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What If Zoe Saldana's Nina Simone Movie Is Stronger Than You Expect It To Be?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 12, 2012 4:18 PM
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I'm sure this isn't something that a lot of you even want to consider; BUT, before you have my head on a platter, let me explain myself...

ADIFF 2012 Preview: Good-Looking Trailer For Afro-Colombian Coming Of Age Entry 'La Playa D.C.'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 12, 2012 3:34 PM
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New Yorkers will be extremely pleased to learn that Juan Andrés Arango's La Playa D.C., will screen at the African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) - the festival's 20th edition, to be held in Manhattan from November 23 to December 9. 

SyFy Picks Up Hit Canadian Series 'Continuum' & Sets Debut Date (Roger Cross, Omari Newton Co-Star)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 12, 2012 2:45 PM
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It was reported in August that the Syfy network was reportedly finalizing a deal to acquire Canadian sci-fi drama Continuum, which has already been picked up by Syfy UK - 10 episodes.

Watch Trailer For Sci-Fi Short Film (Soon To Be Feature) 'Noon' (Set In Militarized Immigration Checkpoint)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 12, 2012 2:31 PM
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Trailer for an upcoming short film titled Noon, which I'm told by the filmmaker (Kasra Farahani) that it's actually a scene from a completed feature script.

Dear Filmmakers... Invest In A Good First Trailer!

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 12, 2012 2:02 PM
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I first posted this almost a year ago, and believe that I need to continue posting it once every 6 months to a year, because many of you folks just don't seem to be paying attention, given the fact that I continue to receive emails with trailers to films that just aren't put together very well, and which might be hurting more than helping your film's prospects.

Nick Cannon, MTV Reviving 'BIGGER & BETTER' 'Wild 'N Out' (Looking For Fresh Talent)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 12, 2012 1:30 PM
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Nick Cannon just shared this piece of news on Twitter via a link to his website:

Veteran Nigerian Filmmaker Tunde Kelani Talks Adapting 3 Novels By Nigerian Authors & Nollywood's Future

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 12, 2012 1:06 PM
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Good interview with veteran Nigerian filmmaker, Tunde Kelani chatting with Smart Monkey TV on a number of issues, including how piracy ate into profits for his last film Maami; on piracy in Nollywood, which, as we've noted in past posts, is major problem for Nollywood movies, especially when they leave Nigeria, and travel the international marketplace, where the filmmakers lose control, and thus profits; the three book adaptions he's currently working on (which I was excited to hear about); why his films feature strong women characters; and the future of Nollywood, as he sees it, given the pessimism over piracy, international rejection of Nollywood standards of filmmaker, and more.

Preview New Series About An NGO In Kenya That Does A Whole Lot Of Nothing!

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 12, 2012 12:27 PM
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Hah! When I received notification of this, without even reading the contents and watching the promo, I instantly laughed. Why? Well, if you're familiar with NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations - a broad term that is often used to describe usually non-profit organizations that are in business - whether operational or advocacy - usually to further the political or social goals of their members), you'll be familiar with the many criticisms leveled against them, despite their best intentions. 

Watch Short Doc 'Valerie June: Manifest' (From Memphis Music Scene '$5 Cover Amplified' Anthology)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 12, 2012 12:05 PM
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I got a hold of this short doc over the weekend, which served as my introduction to Valerie June - the self-taught musician, singer and song-writer from small-town Humboldt, Tennessee, whose music has been described as an amalgamation of blues, folk, gospel, soul, Appalachian and bluegrass.

Nollywood's Kunle Afolayan, Stephanie Linus Launch $100,000 Short Film Competition For African Filmmakers

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 12, 2012 11:35 AM
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Nollywood director Kunle Afolayan and actress Stephanie Linus have teamed to launch a new short film competition called the Afrinolly Short Film Competition, with the goal being to help cultivate the next generation of African filmmakers, to expand the conversations on issues about the African continent via stories told by Africans, and to motivate and reward young and emerging filmmakers who exhibit exceptional narrative skills.

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