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S & A Flashback - Why Do They Love Him So?

  • By Sergio
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  • February 25, 2012 4:48 PM
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Well another Tyler Perry movie is out and and there will be, of course,  his usual supporters and naysayers arguing over the merits or lack thereof of his movies (And for the record let me say that I think he's a bad filmmaker. But I think Michael Bay is too, but no one will jump on me for saying that.) Yet I can't think of another filmmaker who creates more talk or controversy than TP.

Watch Episode 3 Of Dennis Dortch's New Series "The Number" (Or The 1 Thing You Never Discuss w/ Your Fiancé)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 23, 2012 6:26 PM
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Continuing on with episode # 3 of Dennis Dortch's hilarious new web series titled The Number, or "the one thing you never, ever discuss with your fiancé."
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Attn: Actors, Actresses, Writers, Directors, DPs, Editors, Etc - What's YOUR Story?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 23, 2012 12:54 PM
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I know that a significant chunk of S&A's audience comprises of actors, actresses, directors, DPs, editors, etc, etc, etc. Some are able to earn a paycheck utilising their artistic and/or technical skills; others - and I'd say the majority - are what we've labeled the proverbial *starving artists*, working diligently, relentlessly, struggling to climb this incredibly steep hill, trying to reach some pinnacle of success - whether personal or professional. And still others exist somewhere between the former and the latter.

Another Day, Another Op-ed Analyzing/Critiquing Hollywood's *Resistance* To Black Cinema... Snore

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 23, 2012 10:56 AM
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Bah-humbug! 

PAFF 2012 Highlights #1 - Russ Parr's "The Under Shepherd"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 22, 2012 1:51 PM
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The 2012 installment of the Pan African Film Festival ended on Monday; I caught a late night flight back to New York City and arrived yesterday, Tuesday morning, and a day later, I'm still getting back into the NYC flow of things.
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Shadow and Act Filmmaker Diary Series w/ Matthew Cherry: "Film Festival Budgeting"

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • February 17, 2012 6:54 PM
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Here's the latest in our still ongoing filmmaker diary series with The Last Fall writer/director Matthew Cherry. I last posted an entry three days ago regarding Cherry's efforts to raise funds via his Kickstarter campaign in order to cover SXSW Film Festival Premiere trip expenses and post-production costs.

A Young Viola Davis Thought Experiment (An "Open Letter..." Rebuttal)

  • By Charles Judson
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  • February 14, 2012 6:42 PM
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It’s been fascinating to read all the dissection of THE HELP and Viola Davis’s statements and career; a dissection that’s been filtered through mostly a 2011/2012 lens.

Watch Now! Critically Acclaimed Doc "Joe Frazier: When The Smoke Clears"

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • February 14, 2012 4:22 PM
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We've profiled the documentary Joe Frazier: When The Smoke Clears a few times on S&A and you can watch this critically acclaimed and revealing film now courtesy of Hulu. I had a chance to view it and I certainly appreciated the enlighting perspective it gave.

"David is Dying" Director Says He Like's To Go In And Out, Up And Down, Take your Emotions Everywhere!

  • By Monique
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  • February 14, 2012 4:02 PM
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It’s Valentine’s Day and what better way to continue the love fest than to talk about a recent film that depicts the sometimes ugly side to romance? SAR Productions, the company that produced last year’s indie film, David is Dying, announced that David…will be released on DVD later this year. David is Dying, a multi-layered psychological study of a man and his tumultuous relationship with his fiancé, has sparked interesting debate from those who’ve seen it. Audiences are either intrigued by the film’s aesthetics and depth (mainly accentuated by the impressive performance of Lonyo Engele  as David) or they find it confusing and weighed down with too many abstract layers. I was granted the opportunity to chat with the film’s director, Stephen Lloyd Jackson, during the Chicago Int’l Film Festival and again late last month.  Here’s a bit of what we talked about during that in-depth and fascinating discussion:

Listen To Great Interview w/ Whitney Houston & Producer Debra Martin Chase On The "Sparkle" Remake

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 14, 2012 11:31 AM
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Last November, a group of media outlets apparently spent an entire day on the Sparkle set, hald of which was reserved for interviews with the cast and crew, including Whitney Houston and producer Debra Martin Chase.
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