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SXSW 2013 Preview: 'Bayou Maharajah' (Black, Gay, One-eyed, Junkie, Piano Genius - James Booker)

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  • February 13, 2013 4:16 PM
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From director Lily Keber comes the feature documentary, Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker which explores the life, times and music of James Booker, the legendary New Orleans performer who Dr. John proclaimed “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.”

Whoopi Goldberg On Moms Mabley's Broadway Collab w/ Zora Neale Hurston + Her Documentary

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  • February 13, 2013 3:30 PM
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Last summer, despite some criticism of her use of the online crowd-funding website, Kickstarter, to raise funds for her Moms Mabley documentary, Whoopi Goldberg did reach her campaign goal, actually surpassing it, raising over $73,000, when her goal was to raise $65,000.

Rare Screening Of 40's Mexican "Mulatto Angst" Film 'Angelitos Negros' In Long Beach

  • By Sergio
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  • February 13, 2013 3:10 PM
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As I always say, you learn something new every day, even me. And I admit that I had never heard of this film until recently, and I'm really intrigued to see it.

Don Cheadle Is All Suited Up And Read For Action In Character Poster For 'Iron Man 3'

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  • February 13, 2013 12:57 PM
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Posted to Twitter a little bit ago from the Marvel account... hopefully he gets to do a lot more than he did in the last one.

Rwandan Drama 'Imbabazi: The Pardon' Making A Splash On International Film Fest Circuit

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  • February 13, 2013 12:37 PM
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Described by Göteborg (Sweden) festival organizers as a deftly directed debut from Rwandan filmmaker Joel Karekezi, Imbabazi: The Pardon follows two good friends in the same village, who find themselves on opposing sides in the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Manzi is elevated to the position of local leader and is unable to withstand the peer pressure when the genocide begins. He kills Karemara's father and younger brother. After a long bout of illness, Karemara has managed to make a new start in the city with his wife and children, but when Manzi is released from prison after 15 years, Karemara begins to plot his revenge. The film intercuts between present day and the time just before and during the genocide.

Reelblack Developing Doc On Contemporary African American Cinema (Fundraising)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 13, 2013 11:59 AM
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Philly-based film production/promotions company Reelblack, has launched a fundraising campaign via Indiegogo to produce Black Film Now, the first feature-length documentary on African-American cinema in a decade.  

Feature Documentary Seeks To Examine Dutch Zwarte Piet *Blackface* Tradition (Fundraising)

  • By Courtney
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  • February 12, 2013 6:17 PM
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Art Curator Shantrelle P. Lewis,  is developing a film examining the questionable and contentious Christmastime tradition in the Netherlands known as Zwarte Piet, or Black Pete.

Theatrical Release Playdates For Oscar-Nominated 'War Witch' ('Rebelle') Revealed

  • By Courtney
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  • February 12, 2013 5:15 PM
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We've got official theatrical playdates, hot off the presses, for Kim Nguyen's Oscar-nominated (Best Foreign Language Film) Congo-set drama War Witch or Rebelle, an S&A 2012 Highlight selection, which stars Rachel Mwanza.

Trailer: Focus Features Africa First Vol 4. Selection 'Kwaku Ananse' By Akosua Adoma Owusu

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  • February 12, 2013 4:15 PM
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It's exciting that we're starting to see our first glimpses at the films from the 5 filmmakers selected for the 2011 class of the Focus Features Africa First program.

Chicago Preview of L.A. Rebellion Film Series Coming In March

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  • February 12, 2013 4:13 PM
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Anyone who's a regular reader of S & A will know that we have been extentively covering the L.A. Rebellion black film series that was shown at UCLA last year; a touring package of several films from the series is currently traveling across the U.S. (Read about it HERE).