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"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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Shadow and Act Filmmaker Diary Series w/ Matthew Cherry: "Film Festival Preparation"

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • February 13, 2012 7:57 PM
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Here's the latest in our still ongoing filmmaker diary series with The Last Fall writer/director Matthew Cherry. Last time we posted an entry was in November of last year, when Cherry was seeking distribution for the film. You should know by now that the The Last Fall was accepted to the line-up of the SXSW Film Festival next month, an event Tambay and I will be covering.

Exclusive! Neema Barnette Talks "On The 7th Day" Re-Writes, Casting Nicole Beharie + New Film on Boy Reincarnated as Dalai Lama

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • February 13, 2012 4:40 PM
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Writer/director Neema Barnette’s enthusiasm for her latest directorial effort Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the Seventh Day was evident in our very candid and lively interview. On The Seventh Day, premiering at the Pan African Film Festival this month as the closing night film, will hit theaters this upcoming April 13th.

About That Whitney Houston Biopic That's Supposed To Be In Development...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 13, 2012 11:00 AM
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Soooo... as we saw after Michael Jackson died, there was an immediate rush to capitalize on the man's death, with song and film. I'm FULLY expecting a similar thing to happen with Whitney Houston throughout this year, going into next year.

Round 3 Of The Shadow & Act Digitial Filmmaker Showcase Is Underway! Get Your Votes In!

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 10, 2012 7:07 PM
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The Shadow and Act Digital Filmmaker Showcase is back with Round 3.

"Who Gets To Tell Our Stories" - Great Conversation On The Business Of Black Cinema w/ Tanya Steele

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 10, 2012 12:09 PM
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Great WBAI radio conversation with filmmaker and former co-host Tanya Steele, a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, award-winning writer/filmmaker. The recording happened about 3 weeks ago.
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What's the Most Romantic Scene in Black Cinema?

  • By Curtis Caesar John
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  • February 9, 2012 2:25 PM
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Month’s ago as we were selecting films for next week’s New Voices in Black Cinema Festival here in Brooklyn, we were deluged by a number of relationship films. 

Summary Of Spike Lee's CSU Lecture (Hasn't Made His Best Film Yet; Biopics On His List + More)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 9, 2012 12:05 PM
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As was announce last month, and then again a couple of days ago, last night, Spike Lee gave a 1 1/2 hour lecture at Chicago State University that was free and open to the public.
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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.
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