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'Andrew Dosunmu: Elsewhere - 10 Years Of Photography' In NYC (4/15-5/6) - His 1st Solo Exhibition

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 16, 2014 2:03 PM
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'Andrew Dosunmu: Elsewhere - 10 Years Of Photography' In NYC (4/15-5/6) - His 1st Solo Exhibition

After the Oscar: Filmmakers Who Could Have a Director-Muse Relationship With Lupita Nyong'o

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • March 3, 2014 2:12 PM
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What I’d love to see is Nyong’o become a muse to someone, to develop a longstanding relationship with a director on a series of projects that solidify both their careers.

'Fela Kuti' Project No Longer Set Up At Focus; Previous Director Steve McQueen Says It's Dead

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 9, 2014 3:04 PM
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'Fela Kuti' Project No Longer Set Up At Focus; Previous Director Steve McQueen Says It's Dead

'Mother Of George' Coming To Blu-Ray DVD Feb. 2014

  • By Sergio
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  • October 25, 2013 11:52 PM
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Without question Andrew Dosunmu’s film Mother of George is the most stunningly beautiful film released this year and now it’ll look even better, if that’s possible, when it will soon be released on blu-ray DVD.

Andrew Dosunmu's 'Mother Of George' Opens In DC For One Week Only (10/18)

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • October 15, 2013 8:59 AM
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I'm disappointed, yet not surprised, that Andrew Dosunmu's acclaimed sophomore effort, Mother of George, will be opening in my area for one week only.

The Focus Features, Andrew Dosunmu 'Fela Kuti' Biopic Is Actually Not A Biopic

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 3, 2013 2:00 PM
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Schamus also talked up a film about Fela Kuti, the Nigerian afrobeat king, that he has in long-term development. “It’s not a biopic,” he said. “It’s experimental in form,” with long movements based on Fela’s rambling songs. “I don’t do passion projects, but this could be a ‘Battle of Algiers,’ on that level.”Words from now-ex Focus Features founder and CEO James Schamus, in a New York Times profile from 2010! We clearly missed this in 2010, and I only came across it because of yesterday's news that Schamus will be leaving Focus Features, to be replaced by FilmDistrict founder and CEO Peter Schlessel in a move that will see Focus Features broaden its portfolio beyond the production and distribution of so-called "specialty product" - news that sent me on a research mission to find out what I could about 2 Schamus-led Focus Features projects that are of interest to this blog - one of them being the aforementioned Fela Kuti feature film (the Africa First shorts program being the other), which Andrew Dosunmu (who's sophomore feature, Mother Of George, is currently in theaters) was recently hired by Focus Features to direct.Steve McQueen was originally set to direct it, but Dosunmu replaced him.I bring this up now because, for as long as we've known about the project, we've always assumed that it was going to be a biopic based on Fela Kuti's life - at least I have. So Schamus' words above that it would be "experimental in form... with long movements based on Fela’s rambling songs," is certainly news and intriguing to me.I’ll have to sit with this bit of news for a bit, but an experimental piece, with Battle Of Algiers-level comparisons (as a passion project), I can now understand why Steve McQueen was hired for the directing job in the first place, given his artist background and resume, especially his first film, Hunger.

Exclusive: AFFRM Launches New Black Filmmaker Conversations Podcast Series - 'The Call-In'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 19, 2013 4:23 PM
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AFFRM continues to expand on its services/offerings, launching its very first podcast series, which will feature conversations between AFFRM founder (and a filmmaker in her own right) Ava DuVernay, and black filmmakers from the diaspora.

Hey Brooklyn! Andrew Dosunmu's 'Mother of George' Will Expand To BAMcinématek This Friday

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 18, 2013 5:22 PM
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All you Brooklynites should really appreciate this news! Now you don't have to trek into Manhattan to see Andrew Dosunmu's Mother of George at the Angelika, the only theater it opened in over the weekend.

Andrew Dosunmu Takes Over Steve McQueen's Fela Kuti Biopic. No Word On Chiwetel Ejiofor

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 16, 2013 4:07 PM
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In my interview with Steve McQueen over the weekend, one of the questions on my list to ask him, was whether he still planned to direct a feature film based on the life Afrobeat pioneer and activist, Fela Kuti, which was to star Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Box Office Figures For 'Mother Of George' & 'Blue Caprice' + Upcoming Theatrical Playdates

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 16, 2013 1:30 PM
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Both films opened over the weekend, both in new York City, both playing in one theater, so box office totals for each weren't exactly earth-shattering; but, their per screen averages were strong.In fact, Andrew Dosunmu's Mother of George, released by Oscilloscope, had the highest per screen average of any film in release over the weekend, at $22,500. In comparison, the number 1 film in terms of gross, Insidious Chapter 2, earned a per screen average of $13,463.And Blue Caprice, released by Sundance Selects, wasn't that far behind, in the top 5 per screen averages, with $15,200.By the way, after 2 weeks, Winnie Mandela, the Jennifer Hudson biopic on the life of Winnie Mandela, has grossed over $80,000 at the box office.For those in other cities (other than New York), here are the upcoming theatrical play-dates for both Mother of George and Blue Caprice:For Mother of George:09/13/13New York, NYAngelika Film Center09/20/13Atlanta, GALandmark Midtown Art Cinema09/20/13Los Angeles, CALaemmle Royal09/20/13New York, NYAMC Empire 2509/27/13Chicago, ILSiskel Film Center09/27/13Nashville, TNBelcourt09/27/13Seattle, WALandmark - TBD10/04/13Boston, MALandmark Kendall Square Cinema10/04/13Portland, ORLiving Room Theater10/18/13Washington, DCLandmark E-Street Cinema11/08/13Denver, COLandmark - TBD11/22/13Philadelphia, PALandmark Ritz at the BourseFor Blue Caprice:9/20 Roxie Theater San Francisco CA