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Help Byron Hurt's "Soul Food Junkies" Documentary Reach Completion (Fundraising)

  • By Jasmin
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  • November 18, 2011 1:17 PM
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Back in April we posted the trailer for Soul Food Junkies, a forthcoming PBS documentary examining the culinary traditions of soul food and its relevance to black cultural identity.

Hal Hartley's "Meanwhile" (Featuring Angolan Actor Hoji Fortuna) Trailer + World Premiere Date

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 3, 2011 3:03 AM
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I've never been a big fan of the films of hermetic indie filmmaker Hal Hartley, even though he was once considered one of a handful of young trailblazing auteurs back in the late 80s/early 90s, along with the likes of Gus Van Sant, Todd Haynes and others, who were producing esoteric, smart, cheaply-made arty films that appealed to a small, tightly-knit, proud subculture of young (mostly white) film lovers; films that defined his auteurist style, like The Unbelievable Truth and Trust, which featured some of the earliest performances by actors like Eddie Falco, and Henry Fool years later.

Focus Features Africa First Short Effort "Big Man" By Julius Onah (Fundraising)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 1, 2011 4:51 AM
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Shadow And Act Black Filmmaker To Watch Julius Onah (his feature film debut, The Girl Is In Trouble, is currently in post-production) was one of the lucky few selected for the next class in the Focus Features Africa First Program - a program we've covered quite extensively.

"(1)ne Drop: Conversations on Skin Color, Race, and Identity" Kickstarter Campaign

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • October 27, 2011 1:04 AM
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Although adopted and enforced by white supremacists at the beginning of the 20th century in Tennessee, the 'one drop of black blood rule' seems to prevail in today's society. In many instances, the old-fashioned rule is the determining factor IMO (is it?) in racially identifying who is black and who isn't, especially in the United States.

British Drama 'Bit By Bit' Needs Your Help with Financing

  • By Curtis
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  • October 25, 2011 2:01 AM
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Talented Brit actress and film director Juliet Ellis (It's A Free World, "Coronation Street") is developing her first feature film BIT BY BIT, a highly original and contemporary British drama set in the gangster milieu of gritty working class Sheffield, and she needs your help with financing.

Fundraiser: Help "Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights" Get Made!

  • By Monique
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  • October 17, 2011 7:07 AM
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A couple months back Tambay posted a preview snippet of the documentary by Nev N. titled Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights. Given the strong response, the director is set on completing the film but she needs your help; she’s currently fundraising hoping to raise $20,000. Check out the film's indiegogo page to contribute to the cause and read a brief synopsis of the documentary, followed by the director's pitch video (below)...

Kickstarter Campaign Trailer: Shauna Garr's "1 More Hit" Takes An Honest Look At Drugs & Hip-Hop

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • October 15, 2011 2:15 AM
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One of the main issues I have with the so-called "hip-hop culture" is its occasional glorification and romanticization of illegal substance abuse. The tired argument of "it's just entertainment" just doesn't fly with me because, believe it or not, some people just don't know the difference between real and "entertainment".

Kickstarter Campaign and Trailer: "The Undocumented" Documentary by Marco Williams

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • October 10, 2011 12:00 PM
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From Marco Williams, the filmmaker of TV documentaries such as Banished: How Whites Drove Blacks Out of Town in America, I Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education and MLK Boulevard, comes The Undocumented, a documentary about Mexican immigrants perishing as they attempt crossing the border through the Arizona desert, and how it directly relates to the United States Immigration Law. The Documentary has raised $22,721 out of $75,000 with 18 days left. Check out the Kickstarter campaign page HERE for more information and to support the film.

Support the Final Funding Push for Festival of the New Black Imagination

  • By Jasmin
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  • October 10, 2011 7:31 AM
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Rob Fields, commonly known from the music/culture blog Bold as Love, recently launched the Festival of the New Black Imagination, an event designed to celebrate ideas springing forth from 21st century urban cultural producers.

A Few Hours Left To Get Nefertite Nguvu's "In The Morning" To The Kickstarter Finish Line

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • September 30, 2011 4:50 AM
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Come on people. So many times-- on this site especially-- we talk about how much we crave good filmmaking that tells stories of the black experience and of black love. Here's our chance to help director Nefertite Nguvu satisfy those cravings with her feature film In The Morning.