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New Voices in Black Cinema Submission Deadline Ends TOMORROW 11/20

  • By Curtis Caesar John
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  • November 19, 2012 10:31 AM
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Still accepting feature and short film submissions until tomorrow for its 3rd annual film festival is Brooklyn's premier Black film festival and showcase New Voices in Black Cinema. Details after the jump.

15th RSFF: ‘Why Do You Have Black Dolls?’ + Why A Film Like This Matters

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • October 13, 2012 2:38 PM
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The 15th Reel Sisters of The Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series, being held this weekend in New York at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus, is screening an array of interesting films, including Samantha Knowles’ short film, Why Do You Have Black Dolls?

'A Lovers Call' Explores Conflicts of Faith in Romance

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • June 8, 2012 12:52 PM
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When it comes to romance, differences in faith and spirituality can be major hindrances to developing unions, or serve as points of deeper connection.
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Review: Distraught Young Black Cowboy Grieves Death of Friend in Short 'I Am John Wayne'

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • June 6, 2012 9:00 AM
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I was able to catch a screener of the approximately 18-minute short I Am John Wayne, which Courtney profiled on the site last week. That post attracted much debate in the comment section, mostly due to the John Wayne reference in its title, and the possible negative connotations of that alleged racist character.

'12 ABFF Preview: Tracey Heggins is A Streetfighter in Short Action Drama "Cherry Waves"

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • May 11, 2012 8:40 PM
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Written and directed by Carey Williams, the short action drama Cherry Waves stars Tracey Heggins, George Jonson, Lulu Brud, Shaw Jones and Rhobye Wyatt.  Waves is described as "a story of love, loss, and finding oneself set against the world of underground street fighting."

Aml Ameen Directs 1st American Short "Hoorah" This Month + Watch His Short "Drink, Drugs & KFC"

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • May 9, 2012 6:15 PM
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British actor Aml Ameen is directing his first American short film called Hoorah this month in London, to be produced by his company AmeenDream Entertainment. We interviewed the actor last month. If you haven't read it, you can find that exclusive HERE.

Watch Now: Tina Mabry's Compelling Futurestates Short "Crossover"

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • May 1, 2012 9:12 PM
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We've covered some very thought-provoking short films, such as Remigration by Barry Jenkins and White by Sayeeda Clarke, from the popular Futurestates series and today we get to add another one to the list.  Crossover, directed by Tina Mabry (Mississippi Damned), was just released and -- as expected -- does not disappoint.

Watch Now: Dana Verde's 2008 Short "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World"

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • April 30, 2012 7:23 PM
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Here's the 9-min short The Most Beautiful Girl In The World by Dana Verde, a Jamaican/Cuban filmmaker I've profiled in the past, and whom I wish would gain more exposure in the next months/years.
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Short Drama "Save Me" by Lena Waithe Now Available Online

  • By Jasmin Tiggett
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  • April 27, 2012 1:40 PM
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Those who have been following the Finding the New Black interview series should recall Lena Waithe, the television writer on Nickelodeon's How to Rock who has also written and directed a number of short films and web content.

Trailer for Short "Taharuki": Couple Attempt To Expose Child Trafficking Post 07/08 Kenyan Election (Avail Via Amazon)

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • April 16, 2012 7:06 PM
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Written and directed by Ekwa Msangi-Omari (Weakness), the 12-minute film Taharuki ("Suspense") traveled through the festival circuit last year and is now available on Amazon. Taharuki is produced by screenwriter and S&A reader/contrubutor Kia Barbee (Elmhurst Entertainment), Inna Braude, Njeri Micheu & Monika Greenleaf.
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