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The Secret To Success: The Merge Summit Surges

  • By Sylvia Franklin
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  • October 15, 2012 5:55 PM
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It’s been six weeks since the 2012 Merge Summit – a two-day gathering of industry hopefuls, eager to impact Hollywood by bridging the gap between ministry and entertainment. Time enough to evaluate not only the short term benefits but the long-term trajectory of an event that closely resembles an industry movement.

Watch 'Soft Focus' (2nd S&A Black Filmmaker Challenge Winning Project)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 15, 2012 5:38 PM
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Rod Gailes OBC's Soft Focus - the winner of the second Shadow And Act Black Filmmaker Challenge winning script - is now available to watch in full online, and is embedded below.

5 Other Suitable Past Dramas That Lifetime Could Remake With All-Black Casts

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 15, 2012 12:50 PM
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Eactly a week ago, the big news was that the all-black remake of Steel Magnolias drew 6.5 million viewers on average, making it the 3th most-watched Lifetime telecast ever! EVER! 

Now That It's Officially Opened, Let's Talk 'Middle Of Nowhere'...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 15, 2012 12:06 PM
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I should first note that the film will continue to expand to other cities over the next several weekends, so while you folks in NYC, LA, ATL, Philly and DC may have seen it this past weekend, others do not yet have access to the film. And to those folks (and really anyone who hasn't seen it), I'd suggest that you AVOID this post altogether, if you don't want your experience potentially spoiled.

Shadow & Act Filmmaker Diary Series w/ Matthew Cherry, #16: Deliverables - Master Tapes

  • By Matthew A. Cherry
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  • October 12, 2012 4:43 PM
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Continuing where we left off with the series, after several months on the film festival circuit, and working to attract the right distributor to the film, the series returns, with a trifecta of very informative posts on deliverables (a very involved part of the distribution process that many of you filmmakers will probably have to deal with at some point), spread out over the next 2 weeks (starting with this one), leading up to the film's officially theatrical opening on Friday, October 26th, in Los Angeles, at the Rave Theaters in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw plaza.

The Only Reason You'll Ever Need To See Ava DuVernay's 'Middle Of Nowhere'...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 11, 2012 2:44 PM
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So here we are folks - a day before Middle Of Nowhere makes its commercial theatrical debut, 9 months after its Sundance Film Festival premiere, where I first saw it (and loved it), and where its director, Ava DuVernay, made history as the first African American woman to be crowned with Best Director honors.

Anita Hill And Clarence Thomas Went To Battle Today... Did You See 'Strange Justice'?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 11, 2012 11:18 AM
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Today in history, October 11th, 1991, in Washington, Anita Hill testified before a senate panel, about her claims that then Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her. Thomas denied the claims, denouncing the hearings as a "high-tech lynching."

'The Couple' Movie Kickstarter Followup Success Diary (And Tips)

  • By Numa Perrier
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  • October 11, 2012 10:15 AM
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Africa At The Oscars: Best Foreign Language Film Submissions From The Continent - Algeria

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 10, 2012 7:00 PM
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As was announced earlier this week by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, a record-setting 71 different countries submitted films for consideration to be nominees for next year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Notes From A Film Festival Programmer: You STILL Have No Facebook Page Or Website????

  • By Charles Judson
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  • October 10, 2012 2:04 PM
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I can’t believe I have to write this one AGAIN, but I–and others–will keep pushing this rock up the hill…