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2013 S&A Highlights: Looking For A Story For Your Next Film? Consider A Novel By A Black Author

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 31, 2013 6:35 PM
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  • 27 Comments
As we continue to have conversations about black filmmakers taking creative risks, broadening the pool from which they draw their stories, as well as the genres they choose to work/play in, I thought I'd throw this into the pot as well...

2013 S&A Highlights: More Fans, More Problems or Kickstarting Ain’t Easy (On McGruder's 'Ruckus')

  • By Jasmine Golphin
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  • December 31, 2013 6:04 PM
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  • 17 Comments
2013 S&A Highlights: More Fans, More Problems or Kickstarting Ain’t Easy (On Aaron McGruder's 'Ruckus' Project)

2013 S&A Highlights: Page to Screen - SciFi and Fantasy Films

  • By Stephanie
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  • December 31, 2013 5:28 PM
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  • 22 Comments
In addition to my love for romantic comedies, and basically anything that falls under the label of “chick flick” (which I talked about here), I rarely miss the opportunity to see a good science fiction or fantasy film, and I’m an avid science fiction reader. Among the science fiction movies I have on my DVD shelf, only two of them have black characters with a significant role in the film. All of the other films of this genre in my collection have overwhelmingly white casts. So just to satisfy my curiosity, I recently began thinking about all the sci-fi films that actually have prominently featured black characters and I discovered that there are quite a few.

2013 S&A Highlights: Considering Lena Horne's Only Dramatic Role - 'Death Of A Gunfighter'

  • By Sergio
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  • December 31, 2013 4:58 PM
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  • 6 Comments
It would be fair to say that Lena Horne, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 92 and being the legend that she was, would say herself that her film career was something of a major disappointment.

2013 S&A Highlights: Revisiting The Controversy That Was 'Coonskin'

  • By Sergio
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  • December 31, 2013 4:02 PM
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  • 10 Comments
Recent news that animator Ralph Bakshi is planning a comeback to feature film animation with a new project, The Last Days of Coney Island, for which he is currently trying to raise funds for on Kickstarter, brings back to mind a piece I wrote for S & A almost three years ago about his most controversial film.

2013 S&A Highlights: What Are You Willing To *Forgive* When It Comes To No-Budget/Lo-Budget Films?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 31, 2013 3:20 PM
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  • 18 Comments
This is independent filmmaking folks, where money is limited, budgets are anywhere from zero- to low-budget, so whenever I'm screening an indie feature, I'm more forgiving, you could say. I don't expect that every single aspect of production will be top notch. It's never really a surprise if some aspects aren't as strong as others. I understand that when you're working with a very limited budget, some things will likely suffer; you'll have to make adjustments and compromises. 

2013 S&A Highlights: For The Love Of Black Film (ABFF Chief On Relevance Of Black Film Fests)

  • By Jeff Friday
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  • December 31, 2013 2:47 PM
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  • 53 Comments
With Sundance 2013 upon us, we genuinely celebrate filmmakers of color whose works have made it onto this year’s slate. We, at the American Black Film Festival (ABFF), cannot help but indulge in our own film version of “fantasy football.”

2013 S&A Highlights: Are There Stories That Should Only Be Told On Film By Black Filmmakers?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 31, 2013 2:21 PM
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  • 72 Comments
2013 S&A Highlights: Are There Stories That Should Only Be Told On Film By Black Filmmakers?

2013 S&A Highlights: The Academy Award Effect: Does Winning Help Black Actors’ Careers?

  • By Abdul Ali
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  • December 31, 2013 1:35 PM
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  • 32 Comments
Now that Oscar season is upon us, a deluge of commentary is sure to crop up on the Web about the various disappointments: the black actors who weren’t nominated, those who were nominated but weren’t deserving, and the default (legitimate) argument that there just aren’t enough quality roles for black actors.

Selling The Sizzle: Check out the Free Trailer We Created for One Lucky Filmmaker

  • By CJ Harris
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  • December 31, 2013 12:07 PM
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  • 13 Comments
Selling The Sizzle: Check out the Free Trailer We Created for One Lucky Filmmaker

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