By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act December 16, 2013 at 1:01PM
Expect a much more thorough write-up towards the end of the year, or early next year. Consider this a snapshot of how black cinema did in 2013, with 2 weeks left until the year ends, and the last black film of the year, now in theaters as of this past weekend - Tyler Perry's Madea Christmas.
I'll also compare this year's stats with previous years, in consideration of all the media proclamations that 2013 ushered in something of a new beginning ("new wave") for black cinema, suggesting that, in the future, we might be looking back at 2013 as the year when black cinema finally got its wings.
I'm defining "black film" simply as cinema in which the central character (or characters) that the stories revolve around, are of African descent - regardless of whether the filmmakers are all of African descent. If it's a documentary, the same definition applies. People of African descent have to be central to whatever unfolds.
So, for example, a film like 2 Guns didn't make the cut. And neither did Captain Phillips. Both featured black characters in significant roles, but, ultimately, both films weren't centered entirely around those characters. There are other similar examples.
The list of films I narrowed the entire year down to are at the bottom of this post.
So how did black cinema do in 2013? Here's a snapshot, with data as of last week Friday, December 13.
- 48 out of 641 films released this year (or about 7%) were black films.
- 6 of the 48 black films were released by Lionsgate; 4 by The Weinstein Company; IFC, Fox Searchlight and Variance released 3 each; 2 each by AFFRM, Oscilloscope, and Sony; ArtMattan released 2. And Phase 4 Films released 1.
There's your 2013 in black cinema, albeit just a snapshot!
I may have missed one or two films, using Box Office Mojo and IMDB as my primary sources. But the overwhelming bulk of black films released theatrically this year, are included here. If you're a distributor with a film that should be on this list, but isn't, please let me know. May I also suggest that if you are a distributor with a film released theatrically, and your film isn't listed with any of the major box office reporting sites, like a Box Office Mojo, it really should be.
As I said, expect a more thorough follow-up post, with even more stats - once I've compiled all that I need to - some time in the next couple of weeks. And also expect comparisons to previous years - especially recent years.
Here's the full list of 48 films:
12 Years a Slave
|A Band Called Death|
A Haunted House
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
Better Mus' Come
Call Me Kuchu
Fire in the Blood
Free Angela and All Political Prisoners
Gimme the Loot
Go For Sisters
God Loves Uganda
I'm In Love With a
Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain
La Playa D.C.
Lee Daniels' The Butler
Let the Fire Burn
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Mother of George
Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary
The Best Man Holiday
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete
The Iran Job
The Trials of Muhammad Ali
The We and the I
|Tyler Perry Presents Peeples|
Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas
Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor
Venus and Serena
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