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Jasmine Guy Blasts Atlanta For Being Unfriendly To Artists; What Cities Are Artist-Friendly?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 28, 2013 1:12 PM
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I don't live in Atlanta (never have, although I've visited 3 or 4 times over the last 20 years or so), and I actually don't know a lot of people there - no one that I'd consider a close friend, no family (that I know of), so I definitely won't claim to know what the arts scene is like over there - especially when it comes to cinema.I'll leave all the debate for all you artists who do live there, or are very familiar with the area and its arts scene. I caught this piece on the Access Atlanta website this afternoon, and since it's a slow news day, I thought I'd mention it. But it also inspired some further questions in me that I'll share as well.First here's most of the Access Atlanta piece:Actress and director Jasmine Guy took the arts community to task on several fronts at the annual Women in the Arts panel luncheon sponsored by Synchronicity Theatre at theGeorgian Terrace Wednesday. A last minute panel replacement for casting director Alpha Tyler, who was unable to attend, Guy said she moved to Atlanta four years ago but has grown discouraged by the dearth of work she has found here. “My mission is to leave Atlanta so I can find work,” she said, half in jest. Guy, who has directed and performed in productions for Theatrical Outfit and True Colors Theatre, complained about attending fundraisers so lavish that their budgets could have paid for staging multiple productions. And she expressed frustration with fans who ask her why she doesn’t take her plays on tour – the answer is money, of course – and she encouraged arts patrons to become more knowledgeable about how the business of arts works. “Maybe it’s because I’m black, but everybody always asks me, ‘Why don’t you work with Tyler Perry?’ “Well, I live in Atlanta. Tyler Perry knows where he can find me.” She went on to hold Tyler Perry up as an example of someone who has helped change the business model for arts funding. He started out staging plays that were so profitable, he was able to take them on tour, she said. And the tours were so profitable, he was able to turn them in to movies, which he in turn sold to Hollywood.“ He didn’t go to Hollywood asking for money to make his movies,” she said. And finally, she said, if Atlanta wants to be a city of world-class culture, it needs to act like one. “Y’all need to quit asking me to work for free,” she said.

First Poster For Coming Of Age Dirt-Bike Gang Feature Doc '12 O'Clock Boys'

  • February 28, 2013 12:41 PM
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From director Lotfy Nathan comes a feature documentary in competition titled 12 O'Clock Boys.

FESPACO 2013 - The Pan-African Film and Television Festival – In Pictures

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 28, 2013 12:04 PM
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As noted in previous FESPACO posts, since we're not physically there to capture it all firsthand, we're trying to bring as much of the festival to you, sifting through other reports (there really haven't been that many thus far, and even fewer in English) as well as bits and pieces from social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Review: 'War Witch' Is A Harrowing Yet Beautiful Tale Of Courage & Resiliency At Time Of War

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 28, 2013 11:26 AM
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It's a film that we encourage you to see in the theater, but if you can't wait until it comes to your city, or if it's not coming to your city at all, the film also became available on demand starting on February 26th.Rarely does war look so beautiful on film. I feel somewhat guilty saying that given the unspeakable acts of physical and mental torment the young protagonist in War Witch endures throughout its roughly 90-minute running time.

TONIGHT: 'Homegoings' (Doc Exploring African American Funeral Traditions) Debuts at MoMA

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 28, 2013 11:00 AM
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We first alerted you to Christine Turner's feature documentary titled Homegoings, in late 2011, when it was one of 10 projects selected to receive a total of $150,000 in grants towards completing their projects, from the Tribeca Documentary Fund.

First Trailer For Nelson George's 'Finding The Funk' (Doc On Origins & Influence Of The Music)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 28, 2013 10:44 AM
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S&A featured the Kickstarter campaign for this last fall, which was successful. The film looks like it's done, or close to being done since it's listed as one of 109 films screening at the SXSW film festival in March.

Berlin 2013 Review - Shirley Clarke's 'Portrait Of Jason'

  • By Karina Griffith
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  • February 28, 2013 10:35 AM
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The crowd-sourcing platform Kickstarter had a hand in realizing more than one independent film premiering at this year’s Berlinale, and we are talking about films from seasoned, internationally acclaimed auteur filmmakers financiers should be jumping at the chance to support – Andrew Bugalski’s COMPUTER CHESS and Matt Porterfield’s I USED TO BE DARKER are two of the most praise-worthy examples. Now even the works of legendary independent filmmakers require our help to get back to the screen. The recent restoration of Shirley Clarke’s PORTRAIT OF JASON showed just how important this fundraising tool has become for films made outside of the studio system. The original master material of Clarke’s was lost for over 45 years, and thanks in part to Milestone Pictures Kickstarter campaign, a restored print was premiered at the film festival in Berlin to sold- out audiences. One has to wonder how such a seminal film, one that Ingmar Bergman described as, “The most fascinating film I’ve ever seen,” could come so close to being lost from history. It would be easy to say that the Black, gay character and a female director are the cause for the films mishandling by the powers that be, but perhaps the films’ challenging nature – exactly the thing that make it so special – is what put it in danger of being erased from the film canon.

Ving Rhames Joins Steven Seagal, Danny Trejo In Crime Drama 'Force Of Execution'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 28, 2013 10:16 AM
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Andre Royo World Premiering New Feature At 30th Miami International Film Festival (Trailer)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 28, 2013 9:45 AM
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'Django Unchained' Coming To DVD April 16

  • By Sergio
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  • February 27, 2013 7:38 PM
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So the waiting is over. Django Unchained will very soon make its debut on DVD.

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