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Jasmine Guy Blasts Atlanta For Being Unfriendly To Artists; What Cities Are Artist-Friendly?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 28, 2013 1:12 PM
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I don't live in Atlanta (never have, although I've visited 3 or 4 times over the last 20 years or so), and I actually don't know a lot of people there - no one that I'd consider a close friend, no family (that I know of), so I definitely won't claim to know what the arts scene is like over there - especially when it comes to cinema.I'll leave all the debate for all you artists who do live there, or are very familiar with the area and its arts scene. I caught this piece on the Access Atlanta website this afternoon, and since it's a slow news day, I thought I'd mention it. But it also inspired some further questions in me that I'll share as well.First here's most of the Access Atlanta piece:Actress and director Jasmine Guy took the arts community to task on several fronts at the annual Women in the Arts panel luncheon sponsored by Synchronicity Theatre at theGeorgian Terrace Wednesday. A last minute panel replacement for casting director Alpha Tyler, who was unable to attend, Guy said she moved to Atlanta four years ago but has grown discouraged by the dearth of work she has found here. “My mission is to leave Atlanta so I can find work,” she said, half in jest. Guy, who has directed and performed in productions for Theatrical Outfit and True Colors Theatre, complained about attending fundraisers so lavish that their budgets could have paid for staging multiple productions. And she expressed frustration with fans who ask her why she doesn’t take her plays on tour – the answer is money, of course – and she encouraged arts patrons to become more knowledgeable about how the business of arts works. “Maybe it’s because I’m black, but everybody always asks me, ‘Why don’t you work with Tyler Perry?’ “Well, I live in Atlanta. Tyler Perry knows where he can find me.” She went on to hold Tyler Perry up as an example of someone who has helped change the business model for arts funding. He started out staging plays that were so profitable, he was able to take them on tour, she said. And the tours were so profitable, he was able to turn them in to movies, which he in turn sold to Hollywood.“ He didn’t go to Hollywood asking for money to make his movies,” she said. And finally, she said, if Atlanta wants to be a city of world-class culture, it needs to act like one. “Y’all need to quit asking me to work for free,” she said.

TONIGHT: 'Homegoings' (Doc Exploring African American Funeral Traditions) Debuts at MoMA

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 28, 2013 11:00 AM
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We first alerted you to Christine Turner's feature documentary titled Homegoings, in late 2011, when it was one of 10 projects selected to receive a total of $150,000 in grants towards completing their projects, from the Tribeca Documentary Fund.

First Trailer For Nelson George's 'Finding The Funk' (Doc On Origins & Influence Of The Music)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 28, 2013 10:44 AM
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S&A featured the Kickstarter campaign for this last fall, which was successful. The film looks like it's done, or close to being done since it's listed as one of 109 films screening at the SXSW film festival in March.

Ving Rhames Joins Steven Seagal, Danny Trejo In Crime Drama 'Force Of Execution'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 28, 2013 10:16 AM
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Andre Royo World Premiering New Feature At 30th Miami International Film Festival (Trailer)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 28, 2013 9:45 AM
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'Django Unchained' Coming To DVD April 16

  • By Sergio
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  • February 27, 2013 7:38 PM
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So the waiting is over. Django Unchained will very soon make its debut on DVD.

The Children Learn How To Hold A Gun In New Clip From Oscar-Nominated 'War Witch' ('Rebelle')

  • By Courtney
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  • February 27, 2013 7:30 PM
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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, will see a theatrical release through Tribeca Film, starting in New York this Friday, March 1 2013, and expanding to other markets through June.

AFFRM Sets Release Date For 'Better Mus' Come' For March 15 + Unveils New Poster

  • By Courtney
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  • February 27, 2013 6:08 PM
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Halle Berry's 'The Call' Is Now Rated 'R' By The MPAA

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 27, 2013 4:36 PM
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Interesting... the trailer has PG13 written all over it! But the MPAA has marked the film with an R rating, for "violence, disturbing content and some language."

Morgan Freeman Channels Morpheus & Shares Top Billing w/ Tom Cruise On Poster For 'Oblivion'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 27, 2013 4:23 PM
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I'm actually surprised to see Morgan Freeman sharing top billing on the poster with Tom Cruise. It's not often that Tom Cruse shares top billing like this for any of his films. Also, Freeman doesn't heavily featured in the trailer. It's been all Cruise.