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Documentary on Congolese Street Musicians, "Benda Bilili!" Hits American Theaters This Week

  • By Jasmin
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  • September 27, 2011 4:30 AM
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We initially covered Benda Bilili! back in February when it was chosen to screen at South by Southwest Film Festival. Since then, it has continued on through the festival circuit and this week, will receive a limited release in the U.S. and Canada.

The "Queen Hussy" Chronicles w/ Pete Chatmon: Issue I

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 27, 2011 1:55 AM
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Starting today, and continuing on as a new weekly exclusive S&A series will be Mr Pete Chatmon's Queen Hussy Chronicles; of course, Queen Hussy being the title of his new web series, which we posted a teaser trailer for a couple of weeks ago.

Turner Broadcasting Commissions Kenya-Based Pilot From Director Wanuri Kahiu ("Pumzi")

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 27, 2011 1:45 AM
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“I was approached a year and a half ago to shoot the pilot after successfully pitching for it some years back... It is owned by Turner Broadcasting. I’m not sure what they want it for. They commissioned the production of the pilot through Awali Productions, a company I co-own with Rebecca Chandler. We wrapped up the shoot on Saturday (Sept 24).”

"Dance Fu" (Cedric The Entertainer, Kel Mitchell, Tommy Davidson) On DVD and VOD October 4th

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • September 27, 2011 1:33 AM
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Cedric The Entertainer's Dance Fu, a comedy I profiled at the site back in July, will be released in the U.S. on DVD and VOD on October 4th. The film, produced by Level 33 Entertainment, is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Docs On Nigeria's Musical Heroes & One Of The Largest & Oldest Open Air Markets In Africa (Funding)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 27, 2011 1:27 AM
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2 documentary projects that look very worthwhile to me, and that could really use your assistance in making them a reality.

On The Controversial New Reinterpretation Of "Porgy & Bess"...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 27, 2011 1:01 AM
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Nice report from PBS on all the hoopla surrounding the revival of Porgy & Bess... plus you'll see some footage of the show within it:

"Winnie" Director On Why Winnie Mandela Wasn't Consulted For Biopic, Casting Jennifer Hudson + More

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 26, 2011 11:31 AM
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Nice lengthy interview from Blackfilm.com with Darrell Roodt, director of Winnie, the much-discussed, though not well-received (thus far) biopic on the life of Winnie Mandela, starring Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard.

Brazil's Official Submission To The 84th Academy Awards Gets US Theatrical Release Dates + Trailer

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 26, 2011 10:03 AM
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From the press release:

Drama "Gone Too Far" By Nigerian-British Talents Shortlisted For BBC-Backed Funding Program

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 26, 2011 9:32 AM
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Gone Too Far, a feature film project written by Bola Agbaje, and to be directed by Destiny Ekaragha (both Nigerian Brits) is one of 12 projects shortlisted for Film London’s 4-day boot camp, which is backed by BBC Films, and which includes seminars, masterclasses and mentoring from established directors, writers and producers.
More: FYI

Ben Vereen, Woodie King Jr To Be Inducted Into Theatre Hall of Fame

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 26, 2011 8:55 AM
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From Playbill:
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