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NY African Film Festival Resumes April 29th - May 1st at Maysles Cinema

  • By Jasmin
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  • April 28, 2011 6:42 AM
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Doc Watchers presents the next leg of the 18th Annual New York African Film Festival, April 29 through May 1st at the Maysles Cinema. The event includes the US Premiere of Zimbabwe's Forgotten Children and Q&A's with Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Xoliswa Sithole after the 7:30pm screenings on the 29th and 30th.

Cannes to Honor Egypt With New Slate of Films

  • By Jasmin
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  • April 28, 2011 4:44 AM
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Egypt will be the first of a new tradition to welcome a "Country of Honor" every year to the Festival de Cannes. A tribute to the country will be held on May 18 featuring a screening of 18 jours, a collaborative effort of short films from 10 Egyptian directors, 20 actors, six writers and a crew based on the January 25 revolution in Egypt.

Trailer/Preview - "Lord Byron" (A Tragiocomic Mind Melter)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 28, 2011 1:24 AM
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A film that made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival this year, although I didn't get to see it while I was there... Zach Godshall's Lord Byron, finally has a full trailer, although it's still somewhat cryptic. Then again, it's described as a "Tragicomic Mind Melter."

Tribeca Film Fest Review - "Sint" (St Nick As A Murderous Bishop)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 27, 2011 11:53 AM
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Screening in the Cinemania section of the festival is Dutch horror director, Dick Maas’ Sint (or Saint) – a mostly entertaining, though derivative thriller/chiller that reimagines St. Nicholas as a murderous medieval bishop, who’s eventually burned to death by the revolting villagers he'd long tormented. The act essentially curses the village and its people, as the bloodthirsty bishop, promises to fulfill his grisly promise to return and seek revenge against them, by reawakening every 32 years, on December 5th, the anniversary of his death, to kill off their descendants.

AFF 2011 Preview - Music Documentary "Beatboxing - The Fifth Element Of Hip Hop"

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • April 27, 2011 5:17 AM
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Landing at this year's Atlanta Film Festival (April 28 - May 7), the music documentary Beatbox - The Fifth Element Of Hip Hop examines the art form of "beatbox" and how it's aided the expansion of hip hop music.

NFF 2011 Preview - Music Documentary Selection "Broke*"

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • April 23, 2011 3:48 AM
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Here's the trailer for music documentary Broke*, a film examining the music business and the artist ability to maintain a livelihood in it. It just premiered at this year's Nashville Film Festival and took home the "Special Jury Prize for Most Original Vision" Award.

SIFF 2011 Preview - "Nous, Princesses de Clèves" ("Children of the Princess of Cleves")

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 22, 2011 6:30 AM
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Upon first laying eyes on this, I thought it was more of an examination of the historical dominance of European literature, and suppression, whether intentional or not, of works by and about people of African descent, in junior high as well as high school classrooms, and the long-term effects of that occurrence, explored on a micro-level.

TFF 2011 – Screening Tomorrow Morning... Rwandan Drama “Grey Matter” (“Matière Grise”)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 22, 2011 6:04 AM
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Screening tomorrow morning, at the ongoing 2011 installment of the Tribeca Film Festival here in New York City, is Rwandan filmmaker Kivu Ruhorahoza’s feature film debut, Grey Matter (aka Matière Grise), shot on location in Kigali, Rwanda.

Full Frame Film Fest 2011 Review - "Take Me Away Fast"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 21, 2011 8:15 AM
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The 2011 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival ended last week Sunday. On the scene at the festival's North Carolina location was Shadow And Act woman-about-town, Ms Alece Oxendine.

Tribeca Film Fest 2011 Review - "The Bang Bang Club"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 21, 2011 7:54 AM
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It's screening tonight at the ongoing Tribeca Film Festival, and will be in theaters this weekend.