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Hey NYC: 'Through a Lens Darkly' Is Playing at a Theater Near You for 2 Weeks. You Should See It!

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • August 29, 2014 12:08 PM
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Harris’s deeply personal and poetic narration, his battles to accept the color of his skin, his hair, his lips, his nose, anchor the documentary.

Unpacking My Locarno Summer Academy Experience (Filmmaker Inspirations)

  • By Shirley Bruno
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  • August 28, 2014 1:16 PM
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The inspiration was infectious but, I must admit the entire Locarno experience threw me a curveball, or maybe it is more like a wake up call. As an emerging filmmaker less than a year out of the London Film School, I thought I had a pretty clear idea of where I wanted my creative and professional path to go.

Interview: 'Hand of God' Creator Ben Watkins Talks Hollywood's Fear of Religion, Creating 360° Portrayals of Black Women, More

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • August 27, 2014 6:51 PM
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Ben Watkins
As the project nears its Amazon premiere, executive producer Ben Watkins made time to talk with Shadow And Act about creating the show and what audiences should expect to see.

Review: BET Makes Its Dramatic Entry with Fresh, Entertaining 'Being Mary Jane' (Now Streaming on Netflix)

  • By Aramide A Tinubu
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  • August 27, 2014 12:53 PM
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"Being Mary Jane" became available on Netflix streaming this week - your chance to catch up season 1 of the series before season 2 premieres - assuming you didn't watch season 1 earlier this year, when it aired on BET. Here are some thoughts on the series to prep you...

Veronica and Efren Go on a Trip in Divisive Free-Form Short 'Master Muscles' (Watch It)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 27, 2014 12:06 PM
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A Sundance Film Festival 2014 in Competition Selection
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The 1st Movie That Made You Laugh? Steve McQueen, Lupita Nyong’o, Oprah Winfrey Share Theirs. Yours?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 26, 2014 11:06 AM
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In each episode of QUESTIONS, a different group of filmmakers answer a single question asked by the Academy.

Review: 'Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People' (Opens in NYC 8/27)

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • August 25, 2014 7:41 PM
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Harris’s deeply personal and poetic narration, his battles to accept the color of his skin, his hair, his lips, his nose, anchor the documentary.

Which Black, Female Filmmaker Should Direct 'Americanah?'

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • August 25, 2014 3:03 PM
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I think it goes without saying that the film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s "Americanah," should be directed by a woman, but more specifically a black woman.

Review: Doc Feature 'Finding Fela' Provides Entertaining Primer for Fela Novices (Now in Theaters)

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • August 25, 2014 1:19 PM
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We never really “find” Fela in this film, which of course is not the point. So prolific and contradictory a figure as he was, no 2-hour foray into his life and music could ever fully do him justice.

Cannes is Waiting for Nollywood. Will Nollywood Answer?

  • By Michael Chima Ekenyerengozi
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  • August 21, 2014 3:25 PM
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Except for Newton Aduaka, Ngozi Onwurah, Andrew Dosunmu and Akin Omotosho, no other Nigerian filmmaker has taken up the challenge to compete on the world stage of the major international film festivals, and until Nollywood movies can compete at the highest levels in the world, from Cannes to the Oscars, then the best is yet to come in the biggest and largest film industry in Africa.