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New In Release This Weekend: "Restless City," "Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story," "96 Minutes"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 26, 2012 6:21 PM
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Nothing new in wide release this weekend, as far as *blac cinema* is concerned; but a few limited-release titles you should be aware of, starting with AFFRM's 3rd release, Andrew Dosunmu's visually-stunning immigrant tale Restless City, which, I assume, you're very well familiar with by now, given how much we've talked about it in recent weeks.

2012 New Projects We're Excited About #3 - Byron Hurt's "Soul Food Junkies"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 26, 2012 5:30 PM
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If you missed numbers 1 and 2 in this series (Andrew Dosunmu's Ma'George, and Shola Lynch's Free Angela), click HERE and HERE.

Amandla Stenberg ("Hunger Games," "Colombiana") Signs with WME

  • By Jasmin Tiggett
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  • April 26, 2012 2:50 PM
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Looks like we'll be seeing more of Amandla Stenberg, the adorable young actress who co-starred as the character Rue in The Hunger Games.

First Trailer For Brandon Harris' Feature Debut "Redlegs" (Opens May 25; Sneak Peak Next Week)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 26, 2012 1:39 PM
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This was one of the films I predicted would make its debut at Sundance 2012, but it didn't; a seak peak screening of the film will happen next week Thursday, May 3, 10pm, at the reRun Gastropub Theater, here in NYC.

Trailer, Poster Surface For Punchy Brit Drama/Thriller "The Man Inside" (David Harewood, Ashley Thomas)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 26, 2012 1:15 PM
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From riter/director Dan Turner comes drama/thriller titled The Man Inside, which stars Ashley Bashy Thomas, as a young man coming to terms his violent past and a brutal relationship with his Father, played by David Harewood. The rest of the young cast (not counting Harewood of course) includes Jason Maza and Michelle Ryan.

Tribeca 2012 Review - Kenya-Set "Wavumba" Is A Dreamy Homage To The Filmmaker's Youth

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 26, 2012 12:48 PM
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A film that's maybe more about mood and setting than narrative, Wavumba, from Ductch filmmaker Jeroen van Velzen, is a beautiful homage to a place and time - memories of the filmmaker's childhood, spent in coastal Kenya, steeped in mysticism, and driven by the tale of a single fisherman, Mohammed Masoud Muyongo, a legend of shark fishing, a man who proudly wears his scars as proof of decades spent clashing with subaquatic adversaries, and his resigned grandson, as they take to the seas in search of one final mighty capture.

3 Ethiopian Filmmakers Selected For Emerging Talent Initiative At Cannes Film Fest

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 26, 2012 12:30 PM
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Congrats to filmmakers Henok Mebratu, Olisarali Olibui Tongolu and Yidnekachew Shumete. I'll return with individual profiles; here's the news for now:

Lineup For Locarno's 2012 "Open Doors" Focus On French-Speaking Sub-Saharan African Cinema

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 26, 2012 12:12 PM
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Announced last fall, the Locarno Film Festival's Open Doors co-production mart will focus on French-speaking Sub-Saharan Africa this year. The prominent Swiss fest has recruited African cinema pros to consult in selecting a dozen participating projects that were to be announced in May.

Take A Look At The New Web Series "She Got Problems"

  • By Sergio
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  • April 26, 2012 11:10 AM
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I'm totally convinced that web series are increasingly the way to go to see more realistic, honest or simply just different (i.e.eccentric and quirky) portrayals of black folks. Hollywood is too corrupted, small minded and firmly stuck in their ways to even attempt that. Issa Rae could tell you stories about how Hollywood has treated her or has been utterly clueless when she pitched them her Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl as a TV series.

NSFW Trailer For Cheryl Dunye's "Mommy Is Coming" + TLA Acquires North American Release Rights

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 26, 2012 10:30 AM
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Her last project, The OWLs (Older Wiser Lesbians) now on home video, Cheryl Dunye's follow-up to that feature film, a romantic comedy titled Mommy Is Coming, made its debut at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival in the Panorama section in February, which is when we last wrote about the work.

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