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Trailer Watch: "DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till," Premiering at PAFF Next Month

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • January 30, 2012 7:09 PM
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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.

Charlize Theron Doesn't Understand What's Viola Davis' Problem

  • By Sergio
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  • January 25, 2012 8:09 PM
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I confess that orginally I was going to call this post "Charlize Theron is a dingbat" but why make the obivous so...obvious?

Trailer/Video: "Filly Brown" LA Street Poet/Hip Hop Prodigy Chases Her Dream (Sundance '12)

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • January 25, 2012 6:26 PM
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The urban Hip Hop drama Filly Brown premiered this year at the still ongoing Sundace Film Festival and has been received with fairly warm reviews, especially for the star turn of its relatively unknown lead Gina Rodriguez (Our Family Wedding), a performance that THR calls "magnetic" and a "dynamic breakout". Filly Brown, about a Latina rapper struggling with family troubles and aspiring to make it in the music industry, is written by Youssef Delara and directed by Delara and Michael D. Olmos. The film also stars Jenni Rivera, Lou Diamond Phillips and Edward James Olmos.

Watch Spike Lee's Infamous Rant At Sundance

  • By Sergio
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  • January 25, 2012 10:43 AM
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Well this sure has been Spike Lee Week this week on S & A hasn't it?

"Trinity Goodheart" With Eric Benet Coming Out On DVD In March

  • By Sergio
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  • January 24, 2012 10:10 AM
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For those of you who missed the original GMC family movie Trinity Goodheart with the former Mr. Halle Berry, Eric Benet (wanna bet he gets tired of being called that?) you can rest easy.

If You Missed It...Watch The Spike Lee And Dee Rees Conversation w/David Carr At Sundance

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • January 23, 2012 8:04 PM
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So, if you haven't heard already, Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer practically caused shock waves with its debut at Sundance yesterday.  Critics seemed evenly split on whether or not it's a good film.  A word that seems to pop up consistently...polarizing.  Hmmm...we'll just have to wait for Tambay's colorful review.  Until then, check out this conversation he had, along with Dee Rees, with David Carron Sunday afternoon.

Trailer Watch: Doc "Pelotero" (Baseball Player), Dominican Players Try To Achieve Big League Dreams

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • January 22, 2012 8:03 PM
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Screening at Santa Barbara International Film Festival late in the month, the 72-min documentary Pelotero, directed by Guagua Productions (Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin & Jon Paley) and narrated by John Leguizamo, is set in the Dominican Republican, where some kids begin baseball training at a young age, in hopes that they make it to the big leagues and aid their families back home, where poverty is commonplace.

Trailer Watch: "Under African Skies" Doc Surrounds Controversy of Paul Simon's Album "Graceland" in South Africa

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • January 22, 2012 5:57 PM
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Currently making its rounds at the Sundance Film Festival, Under African Skies is directed by Joe Berlinger. The feature documentary chronicles Paul Simon's return to South Africa to celebrate the birth of his album "Graceland", and the consequent conflict that arises due to the album's perceived controversial political themes.