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RO*CO Productions & 1492 Pictures To Adapt Documentaries Into Feature Films, Starting with "Crime After Crime"

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • January 22, 2012 3:26 PM
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Announced last night at the Sundance Film Festival...

Sundance 2012 Review - "Detropia" (A Moving, Painterly Mourning Of A Once Economically Vibrant City)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 22, 2012 12:23 PM
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This haunting piece of documentary cinema tells the story of one city in economic decay; but really, as the real people in the film repeatedly state, this isn't just a Detroit problem; it's an American problem, and other cities within the country will eventually experience a similar fate; that is unless something is done to reverse trends brought about by what we call globalization, as captains of industry make decisions based almost entirely on the need to generate profit.

Weekend B.O. (Jan. 20-22) - "Red Tails" Saves Black Cinema!!

  • By Sergio
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  • January 22, 2012 11:44 AM
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HALLEUJAH! PRAISE THE LORD! FREE AT LAST! FREE AT LAST! THANK GOD ALMIGHTY WE'RE FREE AT LAST!!

Poster and Image For T.D. Jakes' "On The 7th Day", In Theaters April 13th, 2012

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • January 22, 2012 11:02 AM
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Not really a follow-up to T.D. Jakes 2004 film Woman Thou Art Loosed, the indie thriller On The Seventh Day about a couple in search for their missing daugther, has just released its first poster and film image. The Codeblack Entertainment film, which premieres at the Pan African Film Festival next month (see Tambay's post HERE), hits theaters April 13th, 2012. 

Sundance 2012 Review: "The Raid" (Indonesian Actioner Delivers Relentless Bloody Brutality)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 22, 2012 10:09 AM
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A film that's already developing a cult following, even though it's only commercial exhibits have been on the film festival circuit, starting with a 2011 Toronto Film Festival debut (it's now a Sony Pictures property, scheduled for a US and Indonesia release in March of this year), The Raid turned out to be exactly as others who'd already seen it, universally described it: a relentless, bloody, brutal action movie, with successive scene after scene of balls-to-the-wall-style choreographed violence that made even this writer flinch in a few instances.

Sundance 2012 Review - "Beasts Of The Southern Wild" (A Striking Feature Debut On Courage & Resiliency)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 22, 2012 1:55 AM
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Ultimately an ode to human resilience and self-reliance, Beasts Of The Southern Wild is initially a little scattered, especially if you aren’t already familiar with the story; however by the second act, it all starts to come together and make sense. But what’s actually kind of interesting is that, without giving the plot away, there’s a structural chaos early on, which is accompanied by a blissful narrative. And as the film progresses into the second and third acts, there’s a reversal of that - the film’s structure seems to become much more orderly, while the narrative amplifies the tragedy.

Watch Trailer For Indie Drama "Greencastle" About Lonely Widowed Single Father in Rural Town

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • January 21, 2012 4:46 PM
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Described as a "quirky off-beat drama," Greencastle is written and directed by Koran Dunbar, who is also the lead actor in the film. The film, about a single father in a rural town in PA grieving the death of his late wife, was able to raise post-production costs through Kickstarter last month.

Watch Angela Davis Offer Her Own Perspective On "The Black Power Mixtape" Documentary

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • January 21, 2012 12:39 PM
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It's a film you've likely read about numerous times on this site, but only because The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 continues to generate news almost weekly.  This week, PBS' The Independent Lens released a video clip of one the film's subjects, activist Angela Davis, speaking on how she felt as she viewed The Black Power Mixtape.
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Sundance 2012 - Settling Into Day 2 + "Beasts Of The Southern Wild" Has Distribution Companies Roaring!

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 21, 2012 11:06 AM
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So this is Day 2 at the Sundance Film Festival for me; I had a rough day arriving yesterday, thanks to Delta Airlines, but I made it. I managed to get 2 film screenings in (I reviewed 1 earlier today 4 posts beneath this one). 

"Red Tails" Looks Like It's Headed For An O.K. Weekend Opening

  • By Sergio
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  • January 21, 2012 10:45 AM
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O.K. folks, the wait is over, and did you do your duty to see Red Tails... OR ELSE THERE WILL NEVER BE A BLACK FILM EVER MADE AGAIN!!!!!
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