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Trailer For 'The Painter' - Dramatic Short Film About Violence In Chicago & Its Effects

  • By Sergio
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  • September 4, 2013 6:33 PM
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It’s no secret that Chicago, in the past few years, has become synonymous with urban violence. In fact, people are now calling it Chiraq.

David Banner Enlists Ancestral Mythology In New Film 'Walking With Gods' (Short Shout!)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 3, 2013 3:57 PM
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Courtesy of our friends at The Afrofuturist Affair comes a short film from rapper/actor David Banner, titled Walking with Gods, described as a live-action, superhero series about "a man whose godly powers are realized only when his inner being is balanced and he truly believes in the power within."Deep. I dig the concept, tapping into our ancestral mythologies. But the execution could be a lot better.Still, as I'm always on the hunt for material by and about artists of African descent that looks like it's pushing for something more than the usual and typical, I give a hat-tip to the effort.It all begins when Aket Heru, son of a celestial king is cursed. Aket's jealous older brother, Liel, becomes aware that their father will ignore natural order and install Aket as king, upon his death. Angered, Liel invokes the evil spirit Setus. Setus fools Liel and destroys the family, but keeps Aket for entertainment. Aket's memory is erased and he is forced to travel through the ages not knowing his true God like power. Setus plays an evil game and Aket murders his girlfriend, Lisa. After the murder, Aket's true power awakens. Aket must now fight to restore his full power and break the curse. In order to do so, Aket now Alex Light, must believe in his godly power and embrace his true destiny.Banner says that if you'd like to see more, you can donate at www.davidbanner.com.It features the live action artwork by afrofuturistic illustrator John Jennings.Watch below, split up into 4 parts:

Short Shout - Watch The Unique Sci-Fi/Urban Thriller Short ‘Transporter’

  • By Sergio
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  • August 27, 2013 1:21 PM
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One thing for sure, it certainly is different. But that’s what we like.

Scientist Searches Of Ultimate Reality In Experimental Short 'Noise Gate' (Short Shouts!)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 26, 2013 10:05 AM
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Long-time readers of this blog will be aware of our appreciation for films that are a little off the beaten path - especially when it comes to black cinema. It's always a pleasure to come across a film that takes chances, and looks like it's trying for something other than the usual.
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Watch 1950s London Race Riot-Set Drama 'Sorry We Don't Help Darkies' (Short Shouts!)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 5, 2013 4:38 PM
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More holiday weekend viewing. This time it's a short film, courtesy of our friends at the Afro-Europe blog.
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Short Shouts: Watch 'White Sugar in a Black Pot'

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • May 31, 2013 10:33 AM
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Here's a short film - now available for viewing in full - by NYU grad Rachel Johnson that traveled the festival circuit in 2011 and 2012.

Short Shouts: A.V. Rockwell's Gritty City Tale 'Kids'; Based on a True Story

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • May 16, 2013 11:25 AM
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Watch Cedric Ido's Black Samurai Adventure Short Film "Hasaki Ya Suda" Now Before It Disappears

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 16, 2012 11:18 PM
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Now you can watch French/Burkinabe filmmaker Cedric Ido's 25-minute award-winning short film titled Hasaki Ya Suda - a short that helped get him into the 2011 Berlinale Talent Campus, as well as a slot amongst the fourth class of Focus Features' Africa First filmmaker program.

Trailer Watch For "Narcocorrido" With Nicki Michaeux

  • By Sergio
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  • January 12, 2012 5:56 PM
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Just from this brief trailer alone, this looks like it's going to be a riveting film.
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Short Shout - Watch "Soap" ("Watermelon Man" In Reverse)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 12, 2012 2:10 PM
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A short shout today from a filmmaker who calls himself simply Praheme - a graduate of Howard University and Florida State Film School where he got his MFA.