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Trailer Watch: Short Film "Okechukwu" (A Nigerian Family Man In America Rediscovers Happiness -PAFF '12)

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • January 27, 2012 10:34 PM
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The 17-min film Okechukwu, helmed by Anayo Amuzi, is part of the narrative short lineup in next month's Pan African Film Festival. The Nigerian/US production tells the story of a Nigerian man who is new to America, "works in a dead-end job and lives with his brother and his wife. While searching for a new job, he discovers what truly makes him happy."

Teaser/Video Watch: "T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness: Queer Blues Divas of the 1920s" (PAFF '12)

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • January 27, 2012 9:41 PM
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Directed by Robert Philpson, the short documentary T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness: Queer Blues Divas of the 1920s, will be featured next month at the Pan African Film Festival. The doc explores the private sexual lives of lesbian and bisexual "blues divas" in the 1920's, a time when the subject was even more taboo than it is today, and how these women created "a space for themselves", as they struggled with the alienation faced from society.

Nice! High Stakes Gambling Drama "High Chicago" To Make USA Debut At Pan African Film Fest

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 27, 2012 7:14 PM
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Glad that this new Canadian-produced feature I previously profiled enthusiastically on S&A (and which was received just as enthusiastically) is finally set to make it USA premiere; and it will do so at the upcoming Pan African Film Festival which begins February 9th.
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Sundance 2012 - Watch "A LUV Story" (A Sheldon Candis Family Travelogue)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 27, 2012 10:16 AM
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One of the films that was on my Sundance 2012 to-see list was Sheldon Candis' feature film debut, LUV, which stars Common, Michael Rainey Jr, Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton and other; however, as you've probably noticed, I didn't review it... yet.
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Slamdance 2012 - Keith Miller's Meditative Docu-Drama "Welcome to Pine Hill" Wins Grand Jury Award

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 27, 2012 9:57 AM
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The Slamdance Film Festival doesn't get as much *shine* as the Sundance Film Festival, even though they both take place in Park City, UT, and at almost exactly the same time.
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Berlinale 2012 Preview - "Audre Lorde - The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 26, 2012 10:05 AM
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Scheduled to make its world premiere in the Panorama Documentary section is Dagmar Shultz's Audre Lorde - The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 is an untold chapter (the Berlin years) of the late writer, poet and activist, Caribbean child of immigrants from Grenada, who died rather young at 58 years old in 1992.
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Berlinale 2012 Preview - South African Crime Drama "Man On Ground"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 25, 2012 7:47 PM
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The 2012 Berlin International Film Festival continues to gradually unveil its lineup of films, with the festival just a few weeks away, beginning on February 9, 2012.

Sundance 2012 - "Fishing Without Nets" (Film About Somali Pirates Told From POV Of Pirates) Wins Jury Award

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 25, 2012 1:53 PM
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Yesterday evening, jury prizes and honorable mentions in short filmmaking were announced at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival (which I said goodbye to very early this morning).
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Sundance 2012 - Fox Searchlight Acquires "Beasts Of The Southern Wild"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 24, 2012 2:36 PM
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I believe this is the first *black film* to be picked up at the festival this year, and it's not much of a surprise, given all the hype since its premiere last week.

Sundance 2012 - Fox Searchlight Emerging As Winner In "Beasts Of The Southern Wild" Acquisition Sweepstakes

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 23, 2012 12:18 AM
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It's already been noted that, after its immensely successful premier at the ongoing Sundance Film Festival - a debut that was met with a standing ovation and lots of applause at its end, for both the film and the director - several distribution comapnies have been circling the film with great interest.