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Interview: A Conversation w/ Don Cheadle About His Miles Davis Film (Story, Style, Structure, Cast, Crew, Music, more)

  • By Shadow And Act
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  • June 11, 2014 7:14 PM
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Don Cheadle
While promoting the campaign, Cheadle spoke with Shadow And Act about starring, producing, co-writing, and making his feature directorial debut with the film, including several new details about the casting and creative choices.

'Echo Park' Star Tony Okungbowa on Culture Clashes, Interracial Dating, and the Revolution in Diasporic Cinema

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • June 10, 2014 10:10 AM
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Tony Okungbowa and Mamie Gummer in 'Echo Park'
Premiering on Saturday, June 14th at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Echo Park is an understated indie romance starring Mamie Gummer and Tony Okungbowa as Sophie and Alex, a pair whose shifting lives and relationships mirror the gentrification shifts in their Los Angeles neighborhood.

Get to Know A.V. Rockwell: Filmmaker Tells S&A About Dark Elements of Her 'Open City Mixtape' Shorts

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • February 6, 2014 8:47 PM
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When briefly meeting the very young looking, petite – and very pretty - videographer and filmmaker A.V. Rockwell for the first time at the Brown, Black & Digital event at MIST Harlem in New York City last spring, I was, perhaps, surprised, to learn she was the helmer of one of the best - and most shocking - shorts showcased that night.
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'LUV' Director Sheldon Candis Talks to S&A About Making the Movie, Casting Common, and the True Story Behind the Film

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • November 26, 2012 2:43 PM
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2012 Sundance festival drama LUV follows 11-year-old Woody (Michael Rainey Jr.) as he spends a day with his troubled ex-convict Uncle Vincent (Common). As the film nears its January theatrical opening, director Sheldon Candis spoke with S&A about the process behind the film.  

Haile Gerima Talks 'Teza,' 'Sankofa,' and His Concern for the Future of Black Indie Cinema (Part 2)

  • By Jasmin Tiggett
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  • August 21, 2012 10:47 AM
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"What is needed now is to be inclusive, to go and enter into a relationship with anybody nationally or internationally, but as a business with self-preservation, and not to go dissolve and die working for somebody else."

Exclusive: Haile Gerima Talks 'Teza,' 'Sankofa,' and His Concern for the Future of Black Indie Cinema

  • By Jasmin Tiggett
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  • August 17, 2012 11:08 AM
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"And for me it is not only wanting to tell your story, but to also tell it your way that’s part of the struggle. I am not interested only in telling a story, but I want to tell it my way."

'Finding the New Black' Interview with Jesse Williams ('Grey's Anatomy,' 'The Butler,' 'Question Bridge')

  • By Jasmin Tiggett
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  • August 1, 2012 10:23 AM
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"This is a different generation. We’re not categorized by these old-school black-and-white tropes that are just not relevant in today's society. But yet and still we keep pulling from the same pool of material we were pulling from in 1989 or 1993."

'Finding the New Black' Interview with 'More Than a Month' Director Shukree Tilghman

  • By Jasmin Tiggett
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  • July 17, 2012 10:23 AM
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"Many times, funders are looking for different approaches, new ways to think about documentaries. They’ve seen a lot of talking heads and long pans over black-and-white photos. So I think being a fresh voice, and a person with a narrative storytelling background was an advantage."

Romany Malco Chats w/ S&A About "Think Like A Man," Picking Projects, Black Cinema & More!

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • May 7, 2012 9:00 AM
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Many audiences are familiar with Romany Malco as Conrad in the Showtime series Weeds, and as “the Black guy” (Jay) in the Judd Apatow’s 2005 hit comedy 40-Year-Old Virgin. Romany -pronounced RAH-MONEY- is quickly becoming a widely recognizable name however, thanks to the success of the Will Packer-produced ensemble and blockbuster wonder Think Like A Man, in which he plays the charismatic and smooth Zeke, a womanizer who may just be falling for one woman.
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Exclusive! Neema Barnette Talks "On The 7th Day" Re-Writes, Casting Nicole Beharie + New Film on Boy Reincarnated as Dalai Lama

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • February 13, 2012 4:40 PM
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Writer/director Neema Barnette’s enthusiasm for her latest directorial effort Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the Seventh Day was evident in our very candid and lively interview. On The Seventh Day, premiering at the Pan African Film Festival this month as the closing night film, will hit theaters this upcoming April 13th.