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Review: 'The Bastard Sings The Sweetest Song' A Subtle But Strikingly Moving Doc

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • January 23, 2013 9:20 PM
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Currently screening at the Royal Cinema in Toronto since last Friday is Christy Garland’s documentary The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song, which revolves around a family from Georgetown, Guyana in South America. The family’s matriarch, 75-year old Mary, is an alcoholic in denial. She’s also a talented poet who once set out to write a book of poems.

'Mr. SOUL!' Docu (Sam Pollard, Melissa Haizlip, Bradford Young) Closes in on Final Day of Fundraising

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • October 23, 2012 4:16 PM
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Mr. SOUL!: Ellis Haizlip and the Birth of Black Power TV, the feature length documentary profiling one of the most controversial, successful, and socially significant TV shows in US history, is closing in on its final day of fundraising towards its $75,000 goal.

Preview: 'Agents of Change' Docu Charts the Struggle for Black Studies on College Campuses

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • October 22, 2012 6:09 PM
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From Frank Dawson and Abby Ginzberg, Agents of Change is a feature length documentary that tells the story of "the intersection of race, culture, and the American university."

Trailer: NYFF '12 Screening Doc 'The Savoy King: Chick Webb & The Music That Changed America'

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • September 10, 2012 6:20 PM
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A trailer has surfaced for the Swing-era feature documentary The Savoy King: Chick Webb & The Music That Changed America, which screens at the New York Film Festival starting this month.

Preview 'Negrita' (Documentary on Afro Latina Identity in the U.S.)

  • By Jasmin Tiggett
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  • September 10, 2012 10:44 AM
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NEGRITA, a forthcoming documentary from director/producer Magdalena Albizu, will look deeper into the experience of Afro Latinas in the United States.

MacArthur Foundation Open Call for up to $200,000 in Documentary Funding (Deadline Imminent)

  • By Jasmin Tiggett
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  • September 6, 2012 4:54 PM
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The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is currently accepting proposals for documentary film and transmedia projects. Filmmakers interested in applying have until tomorrow, September 7 to submit. So get to it!

TTFF '12 Preview: Doc On Leonard Percival Howell As 'The First Rasta' & Alleged Founding Father

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • September 4, 2012 6:56 PM
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Making its Caribbean premiere at this year's Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, which runs September 19 - October 2, the 2010 feature documentary The First Rasta is directed by Rastafarian scholar Helene Lee.

2012 NYFF Preview: Doc/Fiction 'Kinshasa Kids' (Journey Of Disowned "Witch" Kids in Congolese Capital )

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • August 28, 2012 8:35 PM
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The Belgium/France "documentary/fiction hybrid" Kinshasa Kids, set in the capital of Congo, is slated to screen at the upcoming New York Film Festival (September 28-October 14).

Preview: Doc 'The Savoy King: Chick Webb & The Music That Changed America'

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • August 20, 2012 8:39 PM
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Screening at the New York Film Festival this October as part of the fest's "On The Arts" Special Events, the Swing-era feature documentary The Savoy King: Chick Webb & The Music That Changed America, follows the short life of drummer Chick Webb, who suffered from Spinal Tuberculosis since he was a child, as he built the hottest American Jazz orchestra based at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, NY.

Watch Now: PBS POV Short Cuts Doc 'The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Solider of the Civil Rights Movement'

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • August 11, 2012 10:04 AM
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An official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and the 2012 Oscar-nominated short film The Barber of Birmingham, is now streaming in its entirety on the PBS site for a limited time.