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Preview Feature Doc 'The Secret Disco Revolution' (You May Think You Know Disco, But You Don't)

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  • August 15, 2012 2:34 PM
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Might what we know as Disco actually contain hidden meanings, despite attempts by revisionist to re-shape it as as a misunderstood culture of protest? Through interviews with the likes of Gloria Gaynor, The Village People, Kool and the Gang and others, along with a goldmine of stock footage and speculative reenactments, The Secret Disco Revolution presents a comical investigation into disco and its "mysterious longevity."

Trailer - 'BMF: The Rise And Fall Of A Hip-Hop Drug Empire' (Opens In September)

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  • August 15, 2012 1:59 PM
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It was just over a year ago when we announced that a scripted feature film for the big screen based on the Black Mafia Family (BMF) was in development by Program Pictures, the production company behind Antoine Fuqua's in limbo Tupac Shakur biopic. 

Preview Sardonic Angolan Drama 'The Great Kilapy' (Con Man Becomes National Hero)

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  • August 15, 2012 1:10 PM
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I'm not entirely sure of what to make of this based on the trailer below, but I can say with certainty that I'm most curious to see the rest of it!

Preview Somali Pirate Thriller 'A Hijacking' (Takes Tragic Global Economic Disparities Into Consideration)

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  • August 15, 2012 12:24 PM
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The Somali pirate movie bomb-rush I expected to come over the last couple of years never did quite materialize, despite the few related projects that were announced.

First Look At Tatyana Ali, Lyriq Bent, Stephan James In Sudz Sutherland's Indie Drama 'Home Again'

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  • August 15, 2012 11:53 AM
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The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) lineup at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival includes premieres of three new feature films by acclaimed Toronto directors, showcasing the NFB’s role in unique and innovative Canadian cinema.

Two Jay-Z Docs Reportedly Coming: One From Will & Jada Smith; The Other, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer

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  • August 15, 2012 11:31 AM
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First, the New York Daily News (NYDN) reported that Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith were producing a Watch the Throne documentary, via their Overbrook Entertainment company. A portion of that doc was reportedly leaked onto the web last week, and according the the NYDN, the documentary film will give fans a look at the highly successful album’s recording process, and will make its premiere in full at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, Sept. 9.

Morris Chestnut Will Play Halle Berry's Love Interest In 'The Hive" + Joins 'Kick-Ass 2' Cast

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  • August 15, 2012 11:05 AM
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Is it just me, or does it feel like Morris Chestnut has been on the quiet side lately? I know he was last in Think Like A Man, but his role wasn't a significant one (he wasn't in the starring cast, in the kind of film that he'd usually be on the short list of black actors being considered to star in).

First Look At, And New Info On John Akomrah's 'Peripeteia' (Based On 16th Century Dürer Painting)

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  • August 15, 2012 10:16 AM
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One of several S&A 2012 Toronto Interntational Film Festival highlights... British/Ghanaian filmmaker John Akomfrah's latest work, titled Peripeteia. 

Trailer: Feature Doc '9.79*' (1988 Olympic 100m Final That Resulted In Ben Johnson's Gold Medal Strip)

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  • August 14, 2012 8:43 PM
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In Mozambican Drama 'Virgin Margarida,' Prostitutes Are Sent To Re-Education Camps To Become 'New'

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  • August 14, 2012 6:54 PM
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From Mozambique comes drector Licinio Azevedo's Virgem Margarida (Virgin Margarida) - a feature film, set in 1975, as revolution sweeps the streets of its capital Maputo, ridding it of prostitutes and other so-called *undersirables*. The women are then sent to re-education camps, to become "new women." However, unfortunately for her, 16-year-old Margarida is mistakenly taken; the problem is she's a virgin. The film tells her story.