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Rod Gailes OBC Talks To S&A About 'Soft Focus,' His Body Of Work, Artistic Motivations, More...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 11, 2012 12:30 PM
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Cinema Activism: A Conversation with Blackhouse Foundation Chair Brickson Diamond

  • By Jasmin Tiggett
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  • June 11, 2012 11:24 AM
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The Blackhouse Foundation works to “expand opportunities, increase knowledge and provide support for black filmmakers through partnerships with the world's most prominent film festivals.” At the LA Film Festival beginning this Thursday, Blackhouse will present a full weekend of programming including panels, networking, and a brunch in celebration of black documentary film.
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A Crisis of Culture: Exactly What Type of Cinematic Disapora Are We Creating?

  • By Charles Judson
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  • June 11, 2012 11:07 AM
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After Audra McDonald's Historic Tony Award Win, Will Hollywood Finally Fully Embrace Her Talent?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 11, 2012 9:31 AM
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Congratulations are in order for Audra McDonald who made history during last night's Tony Awards celebration, becoming the first black woman to claim 5 Tony Award wins; last night's pickup for Best Leading Actress In A Musical (for Porgy & Bess), also tied the record held by Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris.

Notes On Working Towards A Fanboy/Girl Culture In Black Indie Cinema - Part 1

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 8, 2012 4:01 PM
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As a filmmaker myself (in years past) I suppose I can understand why filmmakers tend to be secretive about their projects - especially while still in some stage of production.

The Slave Revenge Narrative Many Hoped For... And It's Not 'Django Unchained'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 8, 2012 10:00 AM
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I don't know if I've ever seen so many white people this excited about a slave movie.

Marvel In The Civil Rights Era: A Noble Panther, A Gritty Cage

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 6, 2012 12:01 PM
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Perfectly timed, this essay penned by mystery writer Gary Phillips, was actually posted on the LA Times' Hero Complex site a day BEFORE last night's report that Marvel Studios might be pushing forward with a Black Panther movie.

Is There A *Name* Actor Who Could Convincingly Play Black Panther? You Decide

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 6, 2012 11:20 AM
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  • 118 Comments
I say, no.

Watch: WGAW Panel On Packaging Your Film Today ('Making Your Film Project Irresistible')

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 6, 2012 10:08 AM
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Stories and knowledge from the *western* front, where all isn't necessarily quiet. Some really good, interesting stuff here, I found.

Revisiting Dennis Haysbert In The Stylish, Neo-Noir Exploration Of Race & Identity - 'Suture'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 5, 2012 11:03 AM
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I watched this again last night... A film that we could say defies classification, but is often described as a neo-noir thriller; one that may seem at first to be more concerned with how it looks than with what lies underneath its glossy surface, which makes some sense when one realizes that the filmmakers, co-directors, Scott McGehee and David Siegel, have a design school background.