Shadow and Act

2nd AFFRM Release Announcement Scheduled For July 4th!

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 14, 2011 2:27 AM
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A little bird told me earlier this morning that the 2nd film to be distributed theatrically via AFFRM (the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement) will be announced on Independence Day, July 4!
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Burkinabe Polyandry Dramedy "An Uncommon Woman" Acquired For Distribution By ArtMattan Productions

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 13, 2011 5:56 AM
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I first saw this film at the New York African Film Festival earlier this year, and enjoyed its reversal of traditional patriarchal standards. It's hilarious... poignant, and message-driven, but hilarious.
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Tickets Now On Sale For For Katori Hall's MLK Play "The Mountaintop" Starring Samuel L Jackson

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 13, 2011 5:17 AM
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The show doesn't open until October 13, and the lead actress hasn't even been cast yet, but tickets for the Broadway premiere of Katori Hall's 2010 Olivier Award-winning Best Play, The Mountaintop, are now officially on sale.
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The First Black Men In Outer Space (In The Movies That Is...)

  • By Sergio
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  • June 11, 2011 11:35 AM
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All the heated discussion we had recently about black images in sci-fi movies bought to my mind recently the first time when a black man first appeared as an astronaut in a sci-fi movie. And you would be right in guessing that it wasn't in an American film.
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Introducing FunkTV & Fried Chicken Cinema, Courtesy Of Regi Allen

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 9, 2011 2:18 AM
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I met Regi Allen, the mastermind behind FunkTV and Fried Chicken Cinema back in April, at the New School conference here in NYC that I was a panelist for. We had a great conversation; Regi shared his enthusiasm for Shadow And Act, as well as his ideas for an alternate black TV network; we talked about our mutual belief in progress through collective action, and much more. His excitement for what could be, was infectious and contagious; And, as we discussed, a day or so after, Regi sent me, via email, a reminder of our conversation, as well as links to his brainchild, FunkTV, requesting that I take a look, offer commentary, and hopefully continue the conversation we started at the conference.

"Jungle Fever" 20 Years Later...

  • By Sergio
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  • June 8, 2011 7:18 AM
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WOW! Times really does fly by! It was exactly 20 years ago - June 7, 1991 - that Spike Lee's Jungle Fever first opened. Made at the time when Spike was THE director of the moment, and a film, like other films that Spike made during that period, which had its staunch defenders and detractors.
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Antoine Fuqua Exits Tupac Biopic; Circling Eminem Boxing Drama Instead

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 7, 2011 2:31 AM
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This is a surprise! We've long covered director Antoine Fuqua's plans to produce a feature length film based on the life of Tupac Shakur, with most recent news of his intent to cast unknowns in the starring roles, even launching a web-based nationwide search.

Tyler Perry Says "Good Deeds" is Done Shooting + Working To Lose Weight For "Alex Cross" Next

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 7, 2011 2:20 AM
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"So, I just finished filming a really good movie called GOOD DEEDS. It's me like you've never seen me before. It comes out in February, brace yourself. :-) There were a lot of long days on this shoot, so I wanted to take a break. I decided to do some traveling and since I still have 20 more pounds to lose before I start my next movie, ALEX CROSS, I thought I would go to the Grand Canyon and do some hiking, climbing and so on."
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Sam Pollard Currently Directing Documentary "Slavery by Another Name;" Faces Challenges In Alabama

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 4, 2011 4:30 AM
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Long-time Spike Lee editor, as well as director and producer in his own right, Sam Pollard, is currently shooting a $1.5 million feature documentary for PBS titled Slavery by Another Name.

South Africa's Best Foreign Language Oscar Submission "Life, Above All" Gets US Release Date!

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 3, 2011 5:20 AM
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South Africa’s entry for this year’s Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category, titled, Life, Above All, will open in limited USA release next month, beginning on July 15th.