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

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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

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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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.

Watch Preview Of Picturesque Colombian Drama "Chocó" Heading To Berlin Panorama Debut

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 31, 2012 1:12 PM
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It's titled simply Chocó, a film set in Colombia, which centers on the struggles of a 27-year-old mother of 2 (the titular Chocó), working a poorly-paid job in a gold mine, living in a tiny wooden hut, who's married to a reckless and abusive man named Everlides, a marimba player who gambles away their life savings.

Teaser Trailer For Ensemble Brazilian Drama "Let's Make a Toast" ("Vamos Fazer um Brinde")

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  • January 30, 2012 9:37 PM
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The short story goes... On New Year's Eve six friends reunite to celebrate the new year; As the night progresses, the revelry soon gives in to long-seated conflicts as well as joys and hopes for a better future.

"Venus Noire" ("Black Venus" - Controversial Hottentot Venus Film) Will Screen At Pan African Film Fest

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  • January 30, 2012 5:40 PM
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It's been over a year since I saw Venus Noire (Black Venus) at the New York Film Festival in the fall of 2010, and it never received a stateside release; actually I'm not sure it got much of a release outside of the international film festival circuit and a few European territories.

"Yelling To The Sky" Will Screen At The Pan African Film Festival In Los Angeles

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  • January 30, 2012 4:55 PM
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Thsoe of you in the Los Angeles area... if you haven't seen Victoria Mahoney's impressive and, dare I say, *controversial* (given some of the reactions to it I read as it toured the film festival circuit) feature film debut, Yelling To The Sky, you will have an opportunity to do so when it screens (twice) at the upcoming Pan African Film Festival which starts next week!