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Haile Gerima Talks 'Teza,' 'Sankofa,' and His Concern for the Future of Black Indie Cinema (Part 2)

  • By Jasmin Tiggett
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  • August 21, 2012 10:47 AM
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"What is needed now is to be inclusive, to go and enter into a relationship with anybody nationally or internationally, but as a business with self-preservation, and not to go dissolve and die working for somebody else."

The Thought Of Buying 'Rewrite' Rights To Classic Black Literature... (A Quick Thought On Remakes)

  • By Malcolm Woodard
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  • August 20, 2012 4:43 PM
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I figured I'd write something "lighter" as my second S&A piece (my first post, which I made on Friday, titled In Defining 'Quality Black Cinema,' Whose Lens Are You Looking Through?, can be read HERE, along with all the througtful comments that follow).

Notes From The Screenwriting Desk (Part One)

  • By Tanya Steele
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  • August 20, 2012 4:02 PM
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I get p***ed when I see 'seminars' and 'webinars' and whatever else for screenwriting instruction. I get to read the scripts after they've gone through this so-called "instruction". Rarely, if ever, do these things give a writer what she/he needs. Certainly, structure and format is about all they can offer. But, the real stuff, the stuff that makes a compelling screenplay cannot be given in a group setting.

'Awkward Black Girl' Teams Up w/ Black & Sexy TV Crew For New Series 'Roomieloverfriends' (Preview)

  • By Courtney
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  • August 19, 2012 9:49 PM
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Here comes a new web series created by the Black & Sexy TV team (aka Dennis Dortch and Numa Perrier), and executive produced by Issa Rae (aka Awkward Black Girl) via her Issa Rae Productions. 

Watch Sundance Grand Jury Prize-Winning Somali Pirate Short 'Fishing Without Nets' (Short Shout!)

  • By Courtney
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  • August 19, 2012 9:16 PM
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Cutter Hodierne has made his award-winning short film, Fishing Without Nets (a film we've covered a lot of this site), available for viewing online; the film won the Grand Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at this year's Sundance Film Festival, and is on its way to becoming a feature length film (most recently, we announced that it was one of 15 projects selected to recieve a total of $200,000 in grants this year as part of the Cinereach Project at the Sundance Institute - a development grant that's doing into the feature film adaptation). 

Watch Animator Eric Prah's 2012 Student Academy Award-Winning Short Film 'My Little Friend' (Short Shout!)

  • By Courtney
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  • August 19, 2012 7:59 PM
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In June, we alerted you to Eric Prah, who won the Bronze Medal at the 39th Annual Student Academy Awards, for his short animated film, My Little Friend. 

In Defining 'Quality Black Cinema,' Whose Lens Are You Looking Through?

  • By Malcolm Woodard
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  • August 17, 2012 5:25 PM
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  • 46 Comments
First let me thank Tambay for giving me this platform to share my views, even if they may not be popular.

In 'Griffin' 4 Inner City Teens Struggle To Survive, As They Become Father Figures To Each Other

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 17, 2012 1:03 PM
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I like what the filmmaker did with the promo trailer; it's convincing. One thing I always encourage filmmakers taking the crowd-funding route to do, is, if you can, giving your potential donors something to look at. Words can only do so much. Especially if few are familiar with your ability, or what you've done previously, if anything.

Revisiting 'Hancock' - What The Last Black Superhero Movie Could Have Been...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 17, 2012 11:08 AM
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Well, if the movie is done well. Will Smith did one [Hancock] that was kind of silly. I don’t know why they even did that movie. But if they do Black Panther with some class and some creativity, I think it would go over big-time.

Exclusive: Haile Gerima Talks 'Teza,' 'Sankofa,' and His Concern for the Future of Black Indie Cinema

  • By Jasmin Tiggett
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  • August 17, 2012 11:08 AM
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  • 25 Comments
"And for me it is not only wanting to tell your story, but to also tell it your way that’s part of the struggle. I am not interested only in telling a story, but I want to tell it my way."