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2012 Santa Barbara Int'l Film Fest Unveils Its Lineup; Viola Davis Honored As Outstanding Performer of The Year

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • January 17, 2012 8:08 PM
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which runs from January 26 through February 5, 2012, has unveiled this year's lineup. I have highlighted the films whose subjects are the most interest to our site; most notably those we have already profiled. They include Terrence Nance's An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, which is premiering at the Sundance Film Fest this month (see the post/trailer HERE), Avie Luthra's South African Film Lucky, and the Samuel L. Jackson-starrer neo-noir thriller The Samaritan.
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New Clip & Poster For Sundance 2012 Selection "The Life & Freaky Times of Uncle Luke" (Inspired By "La Jetée")

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 17, 2012 5:23 PM
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Uncle Luke of 2 Live Crew will be leaving the warm sunny beaches of Miami for the frigid temps of Park City, UT this weekend, where a short film he stars in, titled The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke, produced by Miami’s Borscht Corp. (the organization behind the Borscht Film Festival which Barry Jenkins also made a short film for), in collaboration with Miami production company Rakontur, will screen in the 2012 Sundance Film Festival’s Short Film Program.

Spike Lee & Dee Rees In Conversation w/ NY Times' David Carr At Sundance To Stream Live On Sunday

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 17, 2012 1:27 PM
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This Sunday the 22nd of January, 1pm to 2:30pm EST (10am to 11:30am MST) at the Cinema Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival, Spike Lee and Dee Rees will appear together in conversation with the New York Times' David Carr moderating the discussion at part of the New York Times' TimesTalk series.
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New Black Classic "Love Jones" Anchors 2nd Annual New Voices In Black Cinema Festival At BAMcinèmatek, 2/16 - 20

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 17, 2012 9:34 AM
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New Yorkers, mark your calendars... details in the press release below, including trailers for feature films in the lineup; some we've previously profiled on S&A. But as the festival dates get closer, I'll post some individual highlights and reviews:
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Sundance 2012 - Another Look At "Beasts Of The Southern Wild" + Meet Director Benh Zeitlin

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 16, 2012 6:41 PM
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Here's another look at the "Southern Apocalpytic Kids Adventure Comedy," as it's described, titled Beasts of the Southern Wild, directed by Benh Zeitlin, from a screenplay co-written by Lucy Alibar, based on her original play titled Juicy And Delicious (I love both titles).
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Spike Lee Says He Financed "Red Hook Summer" Himself + Has No Distributor Yet + Plot Spoiler & More...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 13, 2012 8:40 PM
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Some bits and pieces of info worth sharing that I came across while reading THIS New York Times Sundance 2012 profile - specifically about veteran filmmakers like Spike Lee and Stephen Frears debuting their films at the festival, competiting with filmmakers much younger for eyeballs and distributors; putting them in a position that they don't often find themselves in.

Watch Common Give Driving Lessons In New "LUV" Clip + Official Poster

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 13, 2012 6:03 PM
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Sheldon Candis' feature film debut, LUV, which stars Common and Michael Rainey Jr, will make its debut at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, in the dramatic competition section, and it's on my short list of films to see while I'm there, premiering at the mammoth Eccles Theater on Monday the 23rd.

Watch Common, Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert Cracking Crabs In New Clip From "LUV" + Photos

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 12, 2012 8:19 PM
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Sheldon Candis' feature film debut, LUV, which stars Common and Michael Rainey Jr, will make its debut at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, in the dramatic competition section, and it's on my short list of films to see while I'm there, premiering at the mammoth Eccles Theater on Monday the 23rd.

SXSW 2012 Unveils Early Slate (Marley Documentary & Wumni Mosaku Horror Title Make The Cut)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 12, 2012 4:45 PM
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Yes, I'll be doing lots of traveling this first 3 months of the year, from one festival to the next; Sundance this month, Pan African next month, and SXSW in March.
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Sam Pollard's "Slavery By Another Name" Will Screen At Pan African Film Fest Before PBS TV Debut

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 11, 2012 11:04 PM
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Long-time Spike Lee editor (as well as director and producer in his own right) Sam Pollard's feature documentary for PBS, titled Slavery By Another Name, will make its debut at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, in the documentary competition section, and it's on my short list of films to see while I'm there, starting just over a week from today.
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