A Conversation w/ Writer/Director Russ Parr ("The Under Shepherd" Starring Isaiah Washington) Tomorrow

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by Tambay A. Obenson
January 25, 2012 1:09 PM
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With the film festival celebrating its 20th year when it runs next month, I'll be interviewing, not only the festival's director and co-founder, Ayuko Babu, but I'll also chat with a few of the filmmakers whose features are scheduled to screen there.

These conversations will happen over the next 3 or so weeks, leading up to the festival.

First up is Russ Parr; his next film, The Under Shepherd (which stars Isaiah Washington and an all-around impressive cast) which has been profiled on S&A and was met with lots of debate, will make its world premiere at the Pan African Film Festival next month, and in anticipation of that, Russ will be joining me tomorrow, Thursday night at 8pm EST (5pm PST) to not only talk about The Under Shepherd, but also a variety of black cinema-related subjects, and his experiences in the industry overall.

So, tune in live via Blog Talk Radio (HERE), and feel free to submit any questions you might have for Russ in the comments section below.

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  • Joe Doughrity | January 25, 2012 5:55 PMReply

    The Pan African Film Festival is a gem. They put on a great fest with real events like the Directors brunch at the DGA (not just parties) and treat filmmakers good. Proud to have had my shorts and first feature exhibited there and hope to return one day with another. Celebrating its 20th year! I will never forget seeing films like WELCOME TO THE TERRORDOME and Raoul Peck's LUMUMBA for the first time there.

  • al | January 25, 2012 8:02 PM

    I second that Joe! The Pan African Film Festival screened my first short (Jada Who) and my first feature ( Grapes on a Vine). The brunch at the DGA they have for filmmakers is priceless. All of us in the room that day were very grateful and I still am. I'll take it a step further, when the festival came to Atlanta as part of the National Black Arts Festival , the festival director Ayuko Babu saw me with my daughter who was about to start college and he stopped and had a 30 minute conversation with her about what she was about to encounter...what other film festival director is going to do that????

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