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NVIBC 2012 Highlight - "Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise and Fall of the Spook Who sat by the Door"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 7, 2012 11:32 AM
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One of the highlights of the upcoming New Voices In Black Cinema Festival which begins its 2nd annual run in Brooklyn, NYC next week Friday at BAM Cinemas, February 17th through the 20th, is University of California-Davis film professor, Christine Acham's documentary on the making of the Ivan Dixon-directed political firebrand of a film, The Spook Who Sat by the Door, adapted from Sam Greenlee's novel.

Join S&A For A Panel Discussion On Diversity In Film Criticism At The Pan African Film Fest Next Week

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 6, 2012 1:58 PM
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I won't arrive in Los Angeles for the festival until the 16th of this month, but thankfully the "genius bastard" himself, Mr Brandon Wilson (find him on Twitter HERE) who lives in Los Angeles, and who has covered events for S&A in LA in the past (you should have read all excellent his reviews of films at the UCLA LA Rebellion retrospective last fall) will be representing Shadow And Act in a panel discussion titled Diverisity In Film Criticism at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles exactly one week from today, February 13th, from 5:30pm to 7pm.

A Shadow & Act Chat w/Pan African Film Festival Founder/Director Ayuko Babu

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 6, 2012 9:57 AM
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The Pan African Film Festival begins this week in Los Angeles with an eclectic lineup of films from across the Diaspora scheduled to screen this year, its 20th anniversary by the way; and I'm looking forward to finally seeing a number of films we've covered here on S&A that'll be making their world premieres at the festival, like Russ Parr's The Under Shepherd, Philippe Niang's Toussaint L'Ouverture, and Neema Barnette's On The Seventh Day; as well as films that have screened previously elsewhere but that I'll be seeing for the very first time like Alfons Adetuyi's High Chicago, Bill Duke's Dark Girls, and several other titles. 

Berlin 2012 Preview - "Iron Sky" Teaser & Official Poster (When The 1st Black Astronaut Met Some Moon Nazis...)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 3, 2012 4:13 PM
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I first profiled this dude about a year ago; buzz about a film he's starring in picked up recently, since it was announced that it will finally make its world debut at the Berlin Film Festival this month, after 5 or more years in production (this is what happens when you're making sci-fi parody without any real steady financial backing.

SXSW 2012 Preview - "Brooklyn Castle" (Bobby Fischer... In The Hood)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 2, 2012 6:01 PM
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Scheduled to make its world premiere at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival is Brooklyn Castle, director Katie Dellamaggiore's documentary, which focuses on an inner-city junior high school (I.S. 318), once deemed one of New York City's mediocre, where the vast majority of students are from homes living below the poverty level; but it also happens to currently be a school that has the best (the most wins) junior high school chess team in the country.

SXSW 2012 Preview - "The Announcement" (Nelson George Revisits Magic Johnson's Stunning 1991 HIV Reveal)

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  • February 2, 2012 1:52 PM
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A collaboration between NBA Entertainment (NBAE) and writer/director/author Nelson George... The Announcement will premiere at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival.

SXSW 2012 Preview - "Gimme The Loot" (Graffiti, Revenge, Heists, New York City...)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 2, 2012 11:00 AM
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Picking up where I left off last night with higlights from the SXSW 2012 lineup which was unveiled yesterday...

Pan African Film Festival Announces Films In 2012 Competition ("Toussaint L’Ouverture, "Chico & Rita" Make The Cut)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 2, 2012 10:38 AM
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For the last month or two, we've been profiling films scheduled to screen at the festival, so you're already privy to some of the highlights; more profiles to come leading up to the festival which begins next week, the 9th. The festival has finally released its full official lineup which I've embedded below, so check it out.

"Espoir Voyage" By Burkinabe Director Michel Zongo Gets Poster & Full Synopsis Prior To Berlin Debut

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  • January 31, 2012 6:49 PM
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Titled Espoir Voyage (direct translation would be Hope Voyage, or Hope Travel, or more than likely, Voyage Of Hope) by Burkinabe filmmaker Michel K Zongo, it'll make its international debut at the Berlin International Film Festival next month, in the Forum section... as I announced in my initial profile of the film a little while ago.

Brazilian Martial Arts/Capoeira Actioner "Besouro" Will Screen At Pan African Film Festival In LA In February

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  • January 31, 2012 6:09 PM
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Besouro was a Shadow And Act Film Find feature in 2009, with a trailer that thrilled just about everyone who saw it – or at least, peaked interest. So, we’ve been on this one for awhile now, alerting you to any and all opportunities to see the film, which never received a stateside release, aside from festival screenings here and there; and you’ve had a few opportunities to watch it over the last 2+ years.