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Documentary Channel Continues Black Docs Celebration w/ "BURN: The Evolution of an American City"

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  • June 1, 2011 11:19 AM
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Congolese Gangster Flick "Viva Riva!" Will Open In UK Next Month + New Poster & Trailer

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 27, 2011 5:07 AM
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Continuing to make something of an international splash, as the most audacious film to come out of the country, Djo Tunda Wa Munga's Congo-Kinshasa-set crime thriller, Viva Riva - a film I saw and reviewed earlier this year (calling it a pulsating look at a post-war city), will also be released in the UK; so, our readers in the region will get to see it as well, and judge the hype for themselves.

Victoria Mahoney's "Yelling To The Sky" Starring Zoë Kravitz, Gabourey Sidibe... Makes NYC Debut!

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  • May 27, 2011 3:24 AM
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That's right... the film will be making its New York City premiere next month, at the Gen Art Film Festival, so here's you opportunity to see it first.

To See In Theaters This Week - "Children Of God"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 23, 2011 12:13 PM
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Just a reminder for those of you in New York City... Opening this past weekend at Quad Cinemas, Kareem Mortimer's Children of God, produced by Trevite Willis - an award-winning film, set against a backdrop of scaremongering and hate, that introduces us to Jonny (Johnny Ferro), "a creatively-blocked art student struggling with an obsessive-compulsive disorder that sees him cringe away from any human touch; Romeo (Stephen Tyrone Williams) a young man struggling with his obligations towards his family and his band; and the devoutly religious Lena Mackey (Margaret Laurena Kemp) an anti-gay activist whose hypocritical preacher husband has just given her a sexually-transmitted disease. On the Bahamian island of Eleuthera, these three people's paths collide, with life-changing results."

Andrew Dosunmu’s “Restless City” Premieres In New York May 29th

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 20, 2011 8:59 AM
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Congratulations New Yorkers! You'll FINALLY get your first chance to see Nigerian filmmaker, Andrew Dosunmu’s Restless City, a Sundance 2011 entry, which I saw, loved and also reviewed on the old website, HERE.

Also New In Theaters This Weekend - Meagan Good's "Video Girl"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 20, 2011 8:24 AM
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I missed this in my previous "To See This Weekend" post earlier today... last we checked, it was scheduled to open in a limited release beginning April 29th. But I don't think that ever happened. I say that because I just got info stating that it's actually in theaters TODAY, May 20th, still in a limited release.

National Theatrical Roll-Out For "Louder Than A Bomb" Begins This Week

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  • May 19, 2011 9:02 AM
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The story goes... Every year, more than six hundred teenagers from over sixty Chicago area schools gather for the world’s largest youth poetry slam, a competition known as “Louder Than a Bomb." Founded in 2001, "Louder Than a Bomb" is a youth poetry slam built around teams, rather than emphasize individual poets and performances, essentially demanding that the kids work collaboratively with their peers, presenting, critiquing, and rewriting their pieces.

Starting TONIGHT - MoMA Presents First Ever USA Retrospective Of Filmmaker Euzhan Palcy

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 18, 2011 5:08 AM
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Time flies... the MoMA Euzhan Palcy retrospective I first told you about in March (though it feels like it was just yesterday) is here! In fact, it starts today/tonight, with a screening of her most recognized and prized work, Sugar Cane Alley (Rue Cases-Nègres, at 7PM.

Bringing The Cinema To The People - New Distribution Strategies For African Films In Africa

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  • May 16, 2011 10:54 AM
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If the people can't get to the theater, then what do you do? You bring the theater to the people. And if a penny can be made out of any idea, you know someone will find a way to make it so.

Black X: African Diaspora Experimental Film Series In NYC This Weekend

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 12, 2011 10:56 AM
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Black experimental filmmakers and films don't get a lot of love it seems... I remember, several years ago, an African American college professor of mine, sharing a story to us during a lecture, about his entries into an experimental film showcase, and being met with a perplexed reception when the organizers and audiences realized that the filmmaker whose films they were watching, was black... because, for some reason, black filmmakers aren't expected to be working within the experimental genre. I'm not telling the story as well as he told it, because I can't remember all the details; but his version of it had a lot more weight than my 1 sentence summary.