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Sundance 2013 Review: John Akomfrah’s 'The Stuart Hall Project '

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • January 21, 2013 1:14 PM
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It would be unfair to call The Stuart Hall Project a simple documentary. The film, directed by John Akomfrah, is a visual and sonic excursion into the life and philosophies of the Jamaican-born intellectual, a finely crafted collage of memory, distilling hundreds of hours of archival footage of Hall, and exploring not only his life story but the story of the 20th century, in many ways intertwined with his own. In the the 1960s, Hall came to prominence as an important thinker in the UK, fearlessly sharing his ideas on race, class, and the social structure as it related to the black people of Britain and around the world. Hall was interested in breaking down the structures of society, power, and political institutions in relation to how they impacted and indeed were tied to the plight of the black man.  

Sundance 2013 Review: Andrew Dosunmu’s 'Mother of George'

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • January 20, 2013 8:53 PM
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Sundance 2013 Review - 'Gideon's Army' Is A Necessary Look At The Work Done By The Unsung

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 20, 2013 7:08 PM
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Director Dawn Porter's Gideon's Army is summarized as follows: 3 young, idealistic public defenders in the Deep South - Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander and June Hardwick - struggle against long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads to ensure justice is served for America’s forgotten poor.

Sundance 2013 Review: Shaka King's 'Newlyweeds'

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • January 19, 2013 8:16 PM
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Newlyweeds, the debut feature of writer-director Shaka King, is many things. It is an intriguing new take on the stoner comedy, the romantic comedy, and one might even say the “black comedy.”

VIDEO: Director George Tillman Jr, Alicia Keys Discuss 'The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete'

  • By Sergio
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  • January 19, 2013 4:15 PM
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And, in a case of perfect timing, coming up right behind Zeba's review of The Invitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, is this video interview with director George Tillman Jr. and executive producer and composer Alicia Keys, which they did with The Hollywood Reporter, revealing some background on the making of the film.

Sundance 2013 Review: George Tillman Jr's 'The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete'

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • January 19, 2013 3:56 PM
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Sundance 2013 - 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' Acquired By RADiUS-TWC For Summer 2013 Release

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 18, 2013 7:04 PM
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The the Sundance Film Festival has begun, and the first deal has already been made - the acquisition of a film that was on the S&A list of 24 *black films* to see at the festival this year.