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2012 New Projects We're Excited About #4 - Dyana Gaye's Feature Debut "Des Etoiles"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 2, 2012 11:07 AM
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If you missed numbers 1, 2 and 3 in this series (Andrew Dosunmu's Ma'George, Shola Lynch's Free Angela, and Byron Hurt's Soul Food Junkies), click HERE, HERE and HERE.

Filmed Stage Plays With Hollywood Stars - Who’s Watching?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 2, 2012 10:40 AM
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Maybe I've just had my head in the sand (or clouds), and have only recently begun to recognize what feels like a proliferation of these filmed stage plays, some with and others without a live audience.

Nelson Mandela Became South Africa's President Today... Watch "The Life & Times of Nelson Mandela"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 2, 2012 10:04 AM
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Dana Verde Talks To S&A About Challenges Of Shopping Her 1st Feature, Being Afro-Latina, Unifying Diaspora & More!

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • May 2, 2012 9:00 AM
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Filmmaker Dana Verde has left her home in Brooklyn, NY to shop her very first feature in L.A., where she has been for the past few months. The Brooklyn-set rom-com, to be titled Jump-off, follows a commitment phobic man coming to terms with his issues of emotional unavailability, which stem from witnessing his mother’s unstable relationships and his womanizing father.
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Watch Now: Tina Mabry's Compelling Futurestates Short "Crossover"

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • May 1, 2012 9:12 PM
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We've covered some very thought-provoking short films, such as Remigration by Barry Jenkins and White by Sayeeda Clarke, from the popular Futurestates series and today we get to add another one to the list.  Crossover, directed by Tina Mabry (Mississippi Damned), was just released and -- as expected -- does not disappoint.

Can We Talk Film Equipment... Specifically Cameras?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 1, 2012 4:58 PM
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Alright, so... I'm not one of those filmmakers who salivates at the thought of controlling the newest, latest, greatest piece of video camera equipment. I know very little about what's current, and I'm perfectly OK with that.

Full Shadow And Act Report From Marvel's "The Avengers" Press Junket

  • By Anslem Richardson
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  • April 30, 2012 5:33 PM
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Since it opens this week, with plenty of strong buzz leading up to it (read my review HERE), here's another look at our Avengers press day experience from A to Z.

"Thoughts From the Dark Room" - Editor/Producer Jason Pollard Tells His Story; What's Yours?

  • By Jasmin Tiggett
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  • April 30, 2012 3:05 PM
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The next installment of the What’s Your Story? series comes from Jason Pollard, editor of documentaries Sing Your Song and Slavery By Another Name as well as Pete Chatmon’s Queen Hussy series, and son of legendary filmmaker Samuel Pollard.

"Finding the New Black" Interview with Screenwriter Benjamin Cory Jones

  • By Jasmin Tiggett
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  • April 30, 2012 10:10 AM
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"Really, the way you get an agent, the way you get a job, the way you get anything is by expanding your network... Because this is an apprenticeship business."

Exclusive: Variance Films Chief Talks "Red Hook Summer" & Its Upcoming Release (Expect A "Tighter" Film)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 27, 2012 5:58 PM
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As we all know by now, announced earlier this week, Spike Lee's hotly-debated independently-produced and financed Red Hook Summer will be released this summer, August 10th, courtesy of privately held, full service theatrical distribution and consulting company, Variance Films.