Shadow and Act

Nelson Mandela’s 'Black Pimpernel' Years Will Be Traced In New Docu-Drama 'Mandela's Gun'

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  • November 12, 2013 12:20 PM
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Nelson Mandela’s 'Black Pimpernel' Years Will Be Traced In New Docu-Drama 'Mandela's Gun'

Preview Feature Doc On Trials & Tribulations Of Former WNBA Player Chamique Holdsclaw

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 16, 2013 12:41 PM
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From director Rick Goldsmith, who I had the pleasure of meeting in person at the Independent Film Week panel I moderated a month ago, comes a feature documentary (currently a work-in-progress) on former WNBA star, Olympic gold medalist and Tennessee All-American basketball player Chamique Holdsclaw - a star athlete and public personality who was treated for depression until being diagnosed with bipolar disorder after breaking the car windows and shooting into the vehicle belonging to another WNBA player and her then ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Lacy, which Holdsclaw pleaded guilty to, resulting in three years' probation and a $3,000 fine. Goldsmith's upcoming documentary follows Holdsclaw, "from challenging beginnings to become the best women's basketball player on the planet, until manic depression and near suicide derailed her brilliant career."The film, titled Mind Game, will also capture Holdsclaw's recovery as she speaks out openly about the disorder that almost killed her, shedding light on mental illness and helping to open up conversation on the subject."It's been like a mental prison because it was real uncharacteristic of me," Holdsclaw told ESPN in a June 2013 interview. "It was real uncharacteristic of me and everybody judging me from every different angle." She now runs her own basketball academy with camps nationwide, adding, "I hate that this situation occurred... I feel like I've hurt my family and also the victim's family, but it's been a great thing in helping me move forward. Now I'm on the right medication. I've been able to get the right treatment, and it's really improved my quality of life night and day." She now takes antidepressant medication and is in therapy once a week, all while maintaining a busy daily schedule that includes working with her foundation and traveling the country to promote awareness of mental health issues.And even though she's been contacted by European teams who are interested in her playing for them, she's putting basketball on hold for now, stating, "I knew that I had to take care of myself... That's my first priority right now, even though I love the game."To follow the progress of Goldsmith's project, visit mindgamefilm.org.A promo for the upcoming film is embedded below: CH-Carter3 from Rick Goldsmith on Vimeo.

Watch Fundraising Footage For 'Rheinland' - New Film On Afro-German Tragedy Under Nazi Rule

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 13, 2013 6:17 PM
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UPDATE 10/13 - Promo footage for the film which will be used to raise money to complete the feature has been released online, and is embedded below, with one caveat however. As I was told by one of the film's producers... "It is a mere fundraising teaser shot with zero (literally...) budget and therefore does not stand for the final movie - it is to show to people what we can do without money so they donate and support to help us make a fully funded budget movie..."

Preview 'Mira Mira' (Exploration Into Complexities Of Grief, Race, Mythology, Identity)

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  • October 9, 2013 12:01 PM
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Here’s the trailer for the currently in post-production film, Mira Mira, by Los Angeles based filmmaker and actress Adrienne Rose White.

Former Disney Animator Ron Husband Gears Up To Direct First Feature Film

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  • October 4, 2013 1:10 AM
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His name may not be familiar to most people, but in the animation world Ron Husband is a legend.

O.J. Simpson Was Found Not Guilty Today In History - 2 Projects On The Trial In The Works (For TV & Theaters)

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  • October 3, 2013 11:37 AM
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Today in history, October 3, 1995, in California, a verdict is reached in the murder trial of one O.J. Simpson. Simpson is found not guilty of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown-Simpson and Ronald Goldman. 2 years later, a civil trial found Simpson liable for the murders, ordering him to pay out millions of dollars.

Imagine Entertainment Reveals Cast For Its Pelé Biopic - Shooting Underway In Brazil

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 2, 2013 7:26 PM
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Arguably the greatest footballer of all time, Pelé (born Edison Arantes do Nascimento) will be the subject of a scripted feature film which will see the involvement of Brian Grazer and his Imagine Entertainment.

Brazil-Set Sequel To South African Doc 'Streetkids United' In The Works, Ahead Of World Cup

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  • October 1, 2013 2:18 PM
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Movement On Tupac Biopic - Emmett/Furla To Co-Finance $45 Million Film w/ February Start Date

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  • September 19, 2013 2:29 PM
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Another month, another Tupac biopic announcement. Will this film ever get made, I don't know. We've been writing about it for what seems like many years.

'When Ali Came To Ireland' Captures Zany Week When Boxing Legend Went To Fight In Ireland

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  • September 17, 2013 12:53 PM
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A seemingly noteworthy year for films about Muhammad Ali, with The Trials of Muhammad Ali, the feature documentary from Kartemquin Films, and HBO Films's fictionalized Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight, already making their public debuts in the last 3 months.