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Filmmaker Tanya Wright Speaks To S&A About Her Feature Film Directorial Debut "Butterfly Rising", Screening This Week At Oxford Film + Music Festivals

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • February 9, 2012 9:10 AM
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She's had the fortune of starring in some of some of TV's biggest hits, like 24, E.R., NYPD Blue, and most recently, True Blood.  And if that's not enough, she even got to play Theo Huxtable's girlfriend on a couple episodes of The Cosby Show.  This week I had the pleasure of speaking to actress Tanya Wright, who's now in the spotlight as the writer, director, producer, and star of her debut feature film Butterfly Rising.
More: Festivals

Exclusive: Jimmy Jean-Louis Talks "Toussaint L'Ouverture" Role and Film (PAFF Premiere)

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • February 8, 2012 6:56 PM
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Casting Jimmy Jean-Louis in the lead role of the Haitian revolutionist was a no-brainer to the producers of the French 2, two-part film Toussaint L'Ouverture. Born in Haiti to a poor family, and moving to France at the age of twelve, Jean-Louis ambition and talent persevered amidst struggling to find work as an artist in the streets of Paris. A fluent multi-linguist in French, Creole, English and Spanish, Jean-Louis is the Founder and President of Hollywood Unites for Haiti, a charitable non-profit organization dedicated to the aid of the citizens in Haiti (visit www.hufh.org for contribution info).

Round 3 Of The Shadow & Act Digitial Filmmaker Showcase Starts Today!

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 7, 2012 12:21 PM
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The Shadow and Act Digital Filmmaker Showcase is back with Round 3.

Exclusive: Director/Producer Alfons Adetuyi Talks "High Chicago" (PAFF Premiere) Plus Future Projects

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • February 6, 2012 11:58 PM
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In eager anticipation for his new film High Chicago, premiering stateside at the Pan African Film Festival this month, I had the pleasure of interviewing director and producer Alfons Adetuyi, who shared his inspiration for his first full length feature directorial effort. High Chicago tells the story of family man in a small Michigan town with big dreams, who literally takes a big gamble to fullfil them, and to ultimately provide for his family.

Does Viola Davis Need "Passion" In Her Life?

  • By Sergio
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  • February 6, 2012 8:53 PM
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Since I've been on a roll lately getting people all riled up, I lie awake thinking what kind devilty can I do next? And I think it may have fallen into my lap when I read this from Jeff Wells on his blog today referring to Davis' latest choice of film roles, which I posted about last week, in the upcoming films Ender's Game and Beautiful Creatures.

Watch Now! Aki Kaurismaki's Critically Acclaimed Immigration Dramedy "Le Havre"

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • February 6, 2012 7:31 PM
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Since it's debut at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, the dramedy film Le Havre is a flick S&A has closely watched.  It's been well received on the festival circuit, receiving numerous award nominations, and now you can watch it free courtesy of Hulu.

From Book To Film - A Look At Steve McQueen's Upcoming Adaptation Of "12 Years A Slave" (Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 6, 2012 5:37 PM
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It's a short read (but not necessarily quick, given the overly formal, even ponderous prose), and a relatively straightforward story: free black man in early 1800s is kidnapped and sold into slavery, where he spends 12 years, until he's freed again.

A Shadow & Act Chat w/Pan African Film Festival Founder/Director Ayuko Babu

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 6, 2012 9:57 AM
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The Pan African Film Festival begins this week in Los Angeles with an eclectic lineup of films from across the Diaspora scheduled to screen this year, its 20th anniversary by the way; and I'm looking forward to finally seeing a number of films we've covered here on S&A that'll be making their world premieres at the festival, like Russ Parr's The Under Shepherd, Philippe Niang's Toussaint L'Ouverture, and Neema Barnette's On The Seventh Day; as well as films that have screened previously elsewhere but that I'll be seeing for the very first time like Alfons Adetuyi's High Chicago, Bill Duke's Dark Girls, and several other titles. 

Diahann Carroll In Conversation About Her Film Career

  • By Sergio
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  • February 3, 2012 12:06 PM
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The pretty great film wesbite (well not as great as S & A) which is part of Turner Classic Movies called Movie Morlocks, which is devoted exclusively to older classic films from the 1930-1970's, just this week posted an long and extensive interview with actress and singer Diahann Carroll about her film career.

Revisiting Sundance Predictions List. The Festival Is Over; What Films Are Left To Look Forward To?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 2, 2012 12:21 PM
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Revisiting the list I started the year with... not an all-inclusive list certainly; rather films that I predicted would screen at the Sundance 2012 Film Festival specifically.