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Trailer Watch: Doc "Pelotero" (Baseball Player), Dominican Players Try To Achieve Big League Dreams

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • January 22, 2012 8:03 PM
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Screening at Santa Barbara International Film Festival late in the month, the 72-min documentary Pelotero, directed by Guagua Productions (Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin & Jon Paley) and narrated by John Leguizamo, is set in the Dominican Republican, where some kids begin baseball training at a young age, in hopes that they make it to the big leagues and aid their families back home, where poverty is commonplace.

Julie Dash To Direct "Tupelo 77", Set During Summer of '77 in Mississippi, Casting Underway

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • January 22, 2012 7:31 PM
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Critically Acclaimed director of 1991's Daughters of The Dust, Julie Dash, is in negotiations to direct a new feature film titled Tupelo 77, according to Bob Crowe (Rabbit Fall, Stained) of Angel Entertainment, who will serve as producer of the film along with Sean Hewitt (Carry Me Home).

Trailer Watch: "Under African Skies" Doc Surrounds Controversy of Paul Simon's Album "Graceland" in South Africa

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • January 22, 2012 5:57 PM
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Currently making its rounds at the Sundance Film Festival, Under African Skies is directed by Joe Berlinger. The feature documentary chronicles Paul Simon's return to South Africa to celebrate the birth of his album "Graceland", and the consequent conflict that arises due to the album's perceived controversial political themes.

"Everyday Sunshine: The Story Of Fishbone" Makes Its US Television Debut Tonight On PBS

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • January 22, 2012 4:11 PM
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Just a few days ago, Tambay announced the documentary that created a buzz on the film festival circuit, Everyday Sunshine: The Story Of Fishbone, would be released on dvd next month (Feb.21).  Now comes word it will make its television debut tonight on the PBS series AfroPoP at 9:00pm/ET&PT (Jan.22).

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.

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