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Los Angeles Film Fest Reveals 3 Gala Screenings Including "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Middle of Nowhere"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 23, 2012 2:53 PM
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The Los Angeles Film Festival (producer Stephanie Allain's inaugural year as director of the festival) has announced a trio of gala screenings for this year's upcoming event, scheduled to run from  from June 14 - 24.

Ya'Ke Smith's Controversial Drama "Wolf" Wins BIG At 2012 Dallas International Film Fest

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 23, 2012 1:14 PM
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Big congrats to Ya'Ke Smith whose feature film debut, the searing drama Wolf (which already has the S&A stamp of approval), on winning the Grand Jury Prize for the Panavision Texas Filmmaker Award at the 2012 Dallas International Film Festival over the weekend!

Funding Boost For Katie Mark’s "Street Girls" (On The Lives of 3 Girls Working As Prostitutes In Nigeria)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 23, 2012 12:15 PM
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Katie Mark’s feature documentary titled Street Girls, described as providing "intimate insight into the lives of three girls working as prostitutes in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja," has been awarded a Story Development Award and a £10,000 grant (or about $16,000) from Sundance London, to assist in the completion of the film, which is expected to make its debut later this year.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's Autobiographical Sundance Labs Project "Farming" Gets Early Funding Boost

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 23, 2012 11:55 AM
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As already noted a week ago on this site, a reading of British actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's feature screenplay titled Farming, will happen at the first-ever Sundance London Film Festival, this Friday, April 27th.

Giving Away 10 Tickets To This Weekend's Theatrical Opening Of "Restless City" In NYC

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 23, 2012 11:15 AM
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"How 2 Steal 2 Million" Tops Winners At The 8th Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 23, 2012 10:40 AM
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Among the highlights of last nights celebration in Lagos, Nigeria, which was hosted by Jimmy Jean-Louis, South African Charlie Vundla picked up the Best Director trophy for his feature film debut, the film noir thriller How 2 Steal 2 Million (photo above), which we've written about quite a bit on S&A.

Let Them Eat "N*gg*r" Cake!

  • By Tanya Steele
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  • April 23, 2012 10:00 AM
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When I first saw this "performance Art" piece, I was horrified. Here we go again, another irresponsible product that uses the black female body as a playground. And then, a Facebook friend gave me a link to the Artist's work.

David Oyelowo Shooting MI5 Torture Drama "Complicit" For UK's Channel 4 Next

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 23, 2012 9:45 AM
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With his next starring project, Lee Daniels' The Paperboy, officially on its way to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Brit actor David Oyelowo (who we recently interviewed HERE) will star in the Channel 4 (UK) drama titled Complicit.

Tribeca 2012 Review: "Supporting Characters" Explores Work Partnerships & Friendships w/ Clever Authenticity

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • April 23, 2012 9:30 AM
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Premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival this past weekend, Supporting Characters written by Daniel Schechter and Tarik Lowe and directed by Schechter, is described by the festival’s write up as a “masculine romantic comedy.” After having seen the film, I can understand how that statement fits the bill when it comes to this quirky-contemporary charmer.

U.K.'s Aml Ameen Talks To S&A About U.S. Transition, Production Co., Upcoming Work & More

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • April 23, 2012 9:00 AM
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At age 26, Rising British star Aml Ameen has his own London-based production company, AmeenDream Entertainment, with five short films helmed by the young actor and filmmaker under its umbrella. Ameen, who learned his acting craft at the Barbara Speake stage school, has been making strides in the U.S. for the past two years. He is best known stateside for his role in Harry's Law as Malcolm Davis, a troubled young man who becomes the firm's assistant paralegal with the help of Harry (Kathy Bates character). Ameen was brought back for season two of the NBC crime drama series.
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