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The Sound And Music Of 'The Dark Knight Rises' (Film School)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 1, 2012 4:58 PM
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I'm probably in the minority when I say that The Dark Knight Rises may be the least interesting and messiest of the Christopher Nolan trilogy of films; I especially didn't care for the unrelenting soundtrack that just seemed to overwhelm scenes; as I watched the film, I cherished those few moments of quiet, in which human voices were all my ears had to tolerate.

'Kwaku Ananse' - A Fable, A Funeral And A Spider Coffin (Fundraising)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 1, 2012 12:02 PM
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“Kwaku Ananse” is an intensely personal project which draws upon the rich mythology of Ghana. The short film combines semi-autobiographical elements with the tale of Kwaku Ananse, a trickster in West African stories who appears as both spider and man. Ananse teaches us that there are two sides to everything and everyone. To explore this theme of doubleness, a fable of Kwaku Ananse is combined with the story of a young outsider named Nan Kronhwea attending her estranged father's funeral. Nan's father led two separate lives with two wives and two families — one in Ghana, one in the United States. Nan's ambivalence about her father's double life is a reflection of a broader truth about the nature of our personal relationships.

'Finding the New Black' Interview with Jesse Williams ('Grey's Anatomy,' 'The Butler,' 'Question Bridge')

  • By Jasmin Tiggett
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  • August 1, 2012 10:23 AM
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"This is a different generation. We’re not categorized by these old-school black-and-white tropes that are just not relevant in today's society. But yet and still we keep pulling from the same pool of material we were pulling from in 1989 or 1993."

Is Now A Good Time To Pitch Black Rom-Coms?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 31, 2012 4:02 PM
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Just a quick thought... given recent project greenlights, where "black cinema" is concerned, I'm reminded of the late 1990s/early 2000s, when rom-coms or rom-drams (romantic dramas) with all-black casts, were popular: Hav Plenty, Love Jones, The Best Man, Love & Basketball, Brown Sugar, Two Can Play That Game, The Wood, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and on, and on, and on...

Watch Season2, Episode 6 Of Doc Series 'Black Folk Don't' ('Get Married')

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 31, 2012 1:37 PM
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Created by director/producer Angela Tucker, watch episode 6 (embedded below) in the Black Folk Don't docu-series - this one titled Black Folk Don't Get Married.
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Vivica Fox's Birthday Is Today; Celebrate By Revisiting One Of Her Earliest Films: 'Booty Call'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 30, 2012 10:25 PM
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On Vivica Fox's 48th birthday, a look at one of her earliest films; no, not Set It Off, as you might expect (it's a bit too easy, and an obvious a choice); but rather the film she made right after that, 1997's Booty Call.

RZA's Early Directorial Efforts: The Feature ('Bobby Digital') & The Short ('Domestic Violence')

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 30, 2012 2:31 PM
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While we wait for RZA's official feature film directorial debut, a trip into the past to revisit his OTHER directorial debut(s) (not The Man With The Iron Fist), titled Bobby Digital, as well as a 15-minute short film called Domestic Violence. 
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Short Film Watch - 'Don't Bite The Apple'

  • By Sergio
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  • July 28, 2012 3:37 PM
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Here's your look at the 2011 Chicagio-made short film Don't Bite The Apple, written and produced by Maurice Dortch, and co-directed by Dortch and Eugene Bush; it made the film festival circuit last year.

Danny Glover's Toussaint L'Ouverture Film That Never Was, But Could Still Be

  • By Courtney
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  • July 27, 2012 6:34 PM
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When Tambay spoke to Danny Glover about his long-in-development Toussaint L'Ouverture film last fall, this is what he had to say:

Exclusive: Kimberly Elise Talks Working w/ African Filmmakers, VH1's 'Bounce', Upcoming Projects & More!

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • July 27, 2012 9:00 AM
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Prior to her acting debut in 1996’s Set It Off, Kimberly Elise arrived in L.A. as a writer/director. At that time, thanks to a short film she helmed, Elise was admitted to the Graduate Director’s Program at The American Film Institute. “I made 3 films and had the most educational year of my life up to that point,” says the four time NAACP Award winner, who switched gears to full-time actress after she was offered the role of a single mom set to execute a bank robbery alongside three other women in F. Gary Gray’s action crime thriller.
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