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Sundance 2013 Review: John Akomfrah’s 'The Stuart Hall Project '

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • January 21, 2013 1:14 PM
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It would be unfair to call The Stuart Hall Project a simple documentary. The film, directed by John Akomfrah, is a visual and sonic excursion into the life and philosophies of the Jamaican-born intellectual, a finely crafted collage of memory, distilling hundreds of hours of archival footage of Hall, and exploring not only his life story but the story of the 20th century, in many ways intertwined with his own. In the the 1960s, Hall came to prominence as an important thinker in the UK, fearlessly sharing his ideas on race, class, and the social structure as it related to the black people of Britain and around the world. Hall was interested in breaking down the structures of society, power, and political institutions in relation to how they impacted and indeed were tied to the plight of the black man.  

Sundance 2013 Review: Andrew Dosunmu’s 'Mother of George'

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • January 20, 2013 8:53 PM
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Sundance 2013 Review - 'Gideon's Army' Is A Necessary Look At The Work Done By The Unsung

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 20, 2013 7:08 PM
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Director Dawn Porter's Gideon's Army is summarized as follows: 3 young, idealistic public defenders in the Deep South - Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander and June Hardwick - struggle against long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads to ensure justice is served for America’s forgotten poor.

Slamdance 2013 Review: Psycho Thriller 'Vipaka' Aims To Thrill But Underwhelms

  • By Shadow And Act
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  • January 20, 2013 4:14 PM
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Directed by French/Lebanese director Philippe Caland (Boxing Helena), the psychological thriller Vipaka had its premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival today.

Sundance 2013 Review: Shaka King's 'Newlyweeds'

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • January 19, 2013 8:16 PM
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Newlyweeds, the debut feature of writer-director Shaka King, is many things. It is an intriguing new take on the stoner comedy, the romantic comedy, and one might even say the “black comedy.”

Slamdance 2013 Review: Clever 'Big Words' Is A Well-Acted & Engaging Feature Debut By Neil Drumming

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • January 19, 2013 4:23 PM
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Premiering at Slamdance 2013 in Utah this past Thursday, Neil Drumming’s feature film debut Big Words has been one of our most anticipated films of the fest’s lineup, and that anticipation is well deserved.

Sundance 2013 Review: George Tillman Jr's 'The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete'

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • January 19, 2013 3:56 PM
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Review: What 'LUV' Says About Manhood, or the Lack Thereof... (Opens Today)

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • January 18, 2013 2:38 PM
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Writer/director Sheldon Candis’ first feature is a gutsy Baltimore drama centered on 11-year-old Woody (Michael Rainey Jr.), a fatherless youth who gets a lesson in the hard-knock life from his hustler Uncle Vincent (Common).

L.A. Rebellion 2013 Retrospective Review: Jamaa Fanaka's 'Emma Mae' + Interview w/ Star Jerri Hayes

  • By Brandon Wilson
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  • January 18, 2013 1:53 PM
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EDITOR'S NOTE: The retro is being rebooted for runs in Philly, Toronto and New York through February. Over the next few weeks, we'll be revisiting our reviews/write-ups/interviews on the series (from Brandon Wilson and Nijla Mumin) when it begun in Los Angeles over a year ago... here's another. The overview and complete lineup speak for themselves, so click HERE to head over to the home site for the series.

L.A. Rebellion 2013 Retrospective Review: Haile Gerima’s 'Ashes & Embers'

  • By Brandon Wilson
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  • January 17, 2013 3:38 PM
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