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LAFF Review: 'Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story' is a Well-Meaning but Tepid Look at the Life of a Jazz Legend

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • June 20, 2014 6:38 PM
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Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story
Highly respected by musicians and fans of the bebop genre, his life and career were stifled by the 30 years he spent cycling in and out of San Quentin prison.

LAFF Review: Director Deon Taylor Explores Real Life Racial Horror in 'Supremacy'

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • June 20, 2014 2:09 PM
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Director Deon Taylor’s suspense thriller "Supremacy," centers on any black family’s worst nightmare: being held hostage by an Aryan Brotherhood member just released from a 14-year prison stint.

LAFF Review: Arthur Jafa Conducts Multilayered Exploration of Blackness in 'Dreams Are Colder Than Death'

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • June 19, 2014 2:48 PM
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What does it mean to be black in America In the 21st century, at a time when we have a black president and black advancement, but major racial disparities in wealth, health, and prison sentences still plague us greatly?

LAFF Review: Bold Doc 'Out In the Night' Explores Black Lesbians' Rights to Self Defense

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • June 17, 2014 3:14 PM
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Fresh off its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival, "Out In the Night" centers on four black lesbian women from Newark, New Jersey who become the targets of unwanted sexual advances from a man outside of the IFC movie theater in New York City’s West Village in 2006.

'Supremacy' Director Deon Taylor Talks Race, Horror, and Working With Lela Rochon (LAFF Premiere)

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • June 12, 2014 4:26 PM
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Making its premiere tonight at the 20th Annual Los Angeles Film Festival, Deon Taylor’s dramatic thriller "Supremacy," is based on the true story of a recently-paroled white supremacist, who, after killing a cop, breaks into a black family’s home and takes them hostage.

'Echo Park' Star Tony Okungbowa on Culture Clashes, Interracial Dating, and the Revolution in Diasporic Cinema

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • June 10, 2014 10:10 AM
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Tony Okungbowa and Mamie Gummer in 'Echo Park'
Premiering on Saturday, June 14th at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Echo Park is an understated indie romance starring Mamie Gummer and Tony Okungbowa as Sophie and Alex, a pair whose shifting lives and relationships mirror the gentrification shifts in their Los Angeles neighborhood.