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LAFF Review: 'Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story' is a Well-Meaning but Tepid Look at the Life of a Jazz Legend

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • June 20, 2014 6:38 PM
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Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story
Highly respected by musicians and fans of the bebop genre, his life and career were stifled by the 30 years he spent cycling in and out of San Quentin prison.

Watch: First Teaser Trailer for Byron Hurt Documentary 'Hazing: How Badly Do You Want In?'

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • May 19, 2014 4:21 PM
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From Byron Hurt, director of the 2012 documentary Soul Food Junkies, comes another film chronicling a controversial aspect of black life.

Acclaimed Doc 'My Neighbor, My Killer' On Rwandan Genocide's Aftermath Streaming on MUBI This Month

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • April 7, 2014 12:44 PM
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n remembrance of the genocide in Rwanda, the streaming site MUBI is screening the acclaimed documentary My Neighbor, My Killer, by Anne Aghion. The film, shot over a decade ago, chronicles the process in which courts where run by the community after the tragedy.

Full Frame Documentary Film Fest Winners Announced; 'Evolution of a Criminal' Wins Grand Jury Award

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • April 7, 2014 10:06 AM
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Celebrating its 17th annual festival, The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, one of the nation's premier documentary film festivals, announced its winners yesterday afternoon at the festival's Awards Barbecue.

'A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at The New York Times' Coming to PBS May 5th

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • March 25, 2014 10:48 AM
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Acclaimed documentary A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times, a portrait of "the most infamous serial plagiarist of our time," will premiere on PBS in May 5, 2014 at 10pm et, as part of the network's series Independent Lens, hosted by Stanley Tucci.

Documentary 'The United States of Hoodoo' Now Available on Amazon Instant Video

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • March 24, 2014 5:04 PM
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Oliver Hardt's fascinating and provocative documentary The United States of Hoodoo has been traveling the film festival circuit for the past couple of years, and now is your chance to see it as it's available on Amazon instant video!

Preview: In 'Letters to Angola' Brazil and Angola Share Letters and Trace Their Identities

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • March 24, 2014 1:02 PM
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The Brazilian documentary Letters to Angola, directed by Coraci Ruiz and Luis Matos and produced by Hidalgo Romero, has been running the international film festival circuit for over a year, winning the best international documentary award in Angola (Luanda International Film Festival), and Brazil (IV Ethnographic Film Festival of Recife.

Preview Documentary '(In)visible Cities,' Charting the African Diaspora Across the World

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • March 10, 2014 8:07 PM
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Filmed in 13 different cities across the world, (In)visible Cities seeks to document the real life experiences of African Diaspora communities globally.

Following Its TV Premiere, Watch 'The Prep School Negro' Online

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • March 10, 2014 7:42 PM
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It's been a while since we've posted about this project, the feature documentary by public school teacher-turned filmmaker Andre Robert Lee about how his elite prep school education changed the course of his life.

Preview Documentary 'Pier Kids: The Life' on Homeless LGBT Youth of Color

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • March 10, 2014 3:30 PM
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Pier Kids: The Life examines the legacy of Stonewall and the Gay Rights Movement it ignited by following the lives of three gay and transgender youth of color who, after being pushed out of their home because of their sexuality, have become homeless on the same street the riots took place more than forty years ago.