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"The People v. Aissatou Ba" (Immigrant Housekeeper Picks Up Pieces Of Her Life As Assaulter Walks Free)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 6, 2012 12:29 PM
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A fundraising effort is underway for this project from NY-based filmmaker Iquo B. Essien. She only has 10 days left in the campaign to reach her $12,000 goal, so you're encouraged to act now if you deem the project worthy of your contribution.

Kickstarter Campaign for "The Bullfighter" About Chicago Bulls' Player Norm Van Lier

  • By Sergio
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  • January 3, 2012 4:40 PM
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Back in the 1970's, long before Michael Jordan became synonymous with the Chicago Bulls, there was Norm Van Lier. Arguably the most popular player on the team before MJ, Van Lier, who died suddenly in 2009 at the age of 61, led a wild and turbulent life, famous for his exploits both on and off the court.

Now Fundraising: House Music Movie – A Documentary

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • December 29, 2011 6:09 PM
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Fundraising via Rucket Hub, the documentary House Music Movie is directed by Muema; who is the Founder of BounceFM.Com, a blog that supports house music. The feature length independent documentary film about house music, dance and global pop culture with a funding goal of $115,000, has been in the works for the last two years. Muema hopes the campaign funds will cover archival footage and final editing/post-production costs in time for a 2012 festival premiere.

Filmmaker Zeinabu irene Davis Needs Your Support For Her "Spirits of Rebellion" Documentary

  • By Sergio
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  • December 28, 2011 7:54 PM
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As you are well aware the UCLA Film Archive just completed its three month long film festival of movies made by the "L.A. Rebelllion" group of black filmmakers which explored the lasting impact and importance of these films. Several of those films that were screened were reviewed here by Brandon Wilson and Nijla Mumin.

Feature Documentary On Multi-Award Winning Percussionist Kahil EL' Zabar Seeks Completion Funds

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 27, 2011 10:05 AM
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Long time readers of S&A may be instantly familiar with writer/filmmaker/journalist Dwayne Johnson-Cochran's name, as he's been mentioned in a few posts over the last 2 years - all regarding his attachment to Angela Bassett's directorial debut, a film adaptation of author Percival Everett's novel Erasure (to be titled United States).

After 3-Year Absence, GLAAD Award Winning Gay TV Series, "The DL Chronicles," Prepares for Independent Return

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 15, 2011 12:04 PM
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All the details follow in the press release below... including a fundraising campaign via Kickstarter, with a funding deadline of December 30th, so, just about 2 weeks to go to raise quite a bit of cash.

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.