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Seattle Int'l Film Fest Is 2012 Recipient Of Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Multiyear 'African Pictures' Program Grant

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  • November 20, 2012 4:24 PM
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I've yet to attend the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), but I will eventually.

Preview 'Shell Shocked: A Documentary About Growing Up In The Murder Capital Of America'

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  • November 20, 2012 4:01 PM
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Courtesy of the project's website, the short story goes... Louisiana is the murder capital of the United States. For the last decade, statistics have shown murder rates four to six times higher than the national average. Eighty percent of the victims are black males, mostly in their teenage years. This is the city’s greatest neglected crisis with profound implications for the issues of violence and crime most American cities face. New Orleans government, law enforcement, community leaders, and well-intentioned citizens cannot agree on a prognosis or a solution to this situation. Wherever a disagreement is escalating into violence, an execution is being planned, or a victim is taking his last breath, it is more than likely a youth is witnessing or carrying out these actions.

Preview 'Uprising: Drums, Voice of Resistance' (Diasporic Connections From Cuba To Haiti To New Orleans)

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  • November 20, 2012 3:24 PM
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Titled Uprising: Drums, Voice of Resistance, it's said to be part one of a trilogy that explores the historical and cultural connections between Santiago de Cuba, New Orleans, and Haiti, through cultural expression.

Wanuri Kahiu In Post-Production On Ger Duany Documentary, 'Ger: To Be Separate'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 20, 2012 2:35 PM
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A documentary she's apparently been working on for about 2 years now, but I'm only just now learning about it...

Bahamas International Film Festival To Honor Sydney Tamiia Poitier With 2012 Shining Star Tribute

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 20, 2012 1:47 PM
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Expect highlights from the festival to be posted here on S&A; in the meantime, today's news details via press release below (the 4-day festival begins on Thursday, December 6th in Nassau, and runs through Sunday, December 9th:

Doha Film Institute Announces 27 Projects To Receive Funding (Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia Repped)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 20, 2012 12:12 PM
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The Doha Film Institute has revealed the 27 projects that will receive grants, as part of its autumn funding session; and there's a strong North African presence amongst the selected - from both emerging and established filmmakers from Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.

Danny Glover Books Role In Dark Comedy 'Killing Winston Jones' From RadioactiveGiant

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 20, 2012 11:33 AM
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From multi-media development, production and distribution studio RadioactiveGiant, comes a project titled Killing Winston Jones - a feature film starring Richard Dreyfuss and Danny Glover, and directed by actor/director Joel David Moore (this will be his second feature film directorial effort; in 2007, he helmed a thriller titled Spiral, which was well-received, and won some awards on the festival circuit).

Anthony Mackie Gets A 'Gangster Squad' Character Poster

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  • November 20, 2012 11:05 AM
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Kind of a surprise, given that he barely features in the trailer, and his name isn't even given an on-screen mention like all the other stars of the movie.

Tyler Perry Continues To Broaden His Reach; Casts Colombian Actress Zulay Henao In 'Single Moms Club'

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  • November 20, 2012 10:25 AM
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Canon, USA-Sponsored Surrealist-Thriller 'All Tomorrow's Children' Set To Begin Production Dec 1

  • By Courtney
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  • November 19, 2012 6:09 PM
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Speaking of black filmmakers telling unconventional stories... this upcoming project from New York-based award-winning filmmaker, Jon-Carlos Evans (photo above), is one to watch.