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Trailer: Director Adam Pesce's Story Of Indigenous Surfing In Papua New Guinea, "Splinters", Screening In Jan. & Feb.

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • December 17, 2011 9:00 AM
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"I never set out to make a “surf movie.” My aim with Splinters, rather, is to introduce the viewer to an experiment unfolding in a Petri dish. How the surfboard catalyst will ultimately fuse two disparate worlds together is unknown. Will it be the golden goose that provides a “way out” for emerging surfing talent? Or could it give false hope and usher in the erasure of indigenous heritage while paving the way for commercial exploitation from the West?" -- Adam Pesce, director
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French Star Omar Sy ("Intouchables") Shooting Next Project: Buddy-Cop Dramedy Titled "On The Other Side Of The Tracks"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 16, 2011 6:56 PM
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While the film that offered him his breakout role (Intouchables) continues to rake in box office dough in his native France, star of the film Omar Sy is already onto the next one...

Director's Spotlight: Alex Stapleton's Real Life David And Goliath Story In Making "Corman's World"

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • December 16, 2011 6:45 PM
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In writing for S&A, I often find the "story" behind making films can be just as intriguing as the film itself.  That's the case with first-time director Alex Stapleton and her documentary Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel, an homage of sorts to the king of low budget filmmaking Roger Corman.   

Rwandan Fellini-esque Drama “Grey Matter” (“Matière Grise”) Selected For Touring Global Lens 2012 Series

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 16, 2011 6:09 PM
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I've missed past screenings of this flick here in NYC (there has been at least 1 screening I'm aware of), and I keep hoping it'll return so that I can finally see it! It looks like I'll get another chance...

Preview Sundance Screenwriters Lab Selection "A Chjàna" + Watch Explosive Trailer For The Short Film Version Of It

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 16, 2011 4:58 PM
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Announced earlier today... the Sundance Institute's selection of the next 12 feature projects that will begin the journey through the Sundance Labs program (not that all of them will go through the entire program), beginning with its annual January Screenwriters Lab - an immersive, 5-day writers’ workshop at the Sundance Resort in Utah, that takes places just before the 2012 installment of the Sundance Film Festival begins.

Inaugural Shadow And Act Annual Black Cinema Toasts! 2011 Honorees #1 - Ava DuVernay & AFFRM

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 16, 2011 4:03 PM
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Starting today, and each WEEK day for the rest of the year, I'll highlight, or, as I prefer, propose toasts to all the brave, passionate black men, women and institutions in this ruthless, monocratic industry we cover here on S&A, who were, as the late Steve Jobs put it in that famous ad for Apple, the crazy ones.
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French Immigrant Parable "The Invader" To Screen At Palm Springs International Fest + New Footage

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 16, 2011 1:48 PM
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This is one film that I'm really curious about and hope to see sooner than later. Despite S&A reader reactions to it when I first profiled the film (mostly negative if I recall correctly), I'm intrigued by the subject matter, and the fact that reactions from from those I know who have seen it have been quite polarizing makes it even more enticing. I love it when a film divides passionate audiences.

Bringing The Cinema To The People - Ad For mobiCINE (New Distribution Strategy To Fight Piracy In Africa)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 16, 2011 1:05 PM
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An initiave I profiled much earlier this year, when it was in its infancy, posts its first commercial!

Real-Life "I Am Slave" Story In U.S. Has Storybook Ending

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • December 16, 2011 11:54 AM
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Earlier this year, we told you about the DVD release of domestic-slavery drama I Am Slave, starring versatile British actress Wunmi Mosaku (Moses Jones, Vera. Body Farm).  This week, the LA Times told the story of Shyima Hall, a young Egyptian woman whose own life experience mirrors the one depicted in I Am Slave, highlighting the importance and potential impact of this and similar films' subject matter.

Senegal: Moussa Touré’s Buzzed-About "La Pirogue" Acquired (On The Deadly Trip To Lands Of Opportunity)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 16, 2011 11:37 AM
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Studio 37, the French production/distribution company behind critically-acclaimed fare like this year's The Artist and Black Gold, has acquired theatrical distribution, video and international sales rights to Senegalese filmmaker, Moussa Touré’s 3rd feature film in 20 years, La Pirogue (The Pirogue).

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