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DIFF 2013 Preview: 'Ni Sisi' (It's Us) Deals w/ Tensions & Conflict in Kenyan Community

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • July 24, 2013 1:36 PM
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First FULL Trailer For 'Best Man Holiday' - Malcolm D. Lee's Sequel To 'The Best Man'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 10, 2013 2:43 PM
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Well, you've been teased with 2 or 3 short spots thus far. Now here's the first FULL trailer for Malcolm D. Lee's sequel to The Best Man, titled The Best Man Holiday, which sees the return of the stars from the first film, including Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau,Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan,Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa and Regina Hall, who are all reprising their roles in a story that is set 15 years after the original.

Watch Chilling Trailer for Psycho-Thriller 'The Man in The Silo' (Ernie Hudson Stars)

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • July 3, 2013 4:11 PM
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Preview: Doc 'Charles Lloyd: Arrows Into Infinity' on Influential Jazz Musician

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • July 3, 2013 9:27 AM
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Directed by Jeffrey Morse and Dorothy Darr, the latter who is Charles Lloyd's painter/filmmaker wife, the documentary Charles Lloyd: Arrows Into Infinity chronicles the influential saxophonist and composer's life and career range.

ESPN Films Nine for IX Doc Series Begins w/ 'Venus Vs.' On July 2 - Trailer Debuts

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 27, 2013 1:00 PM
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ESPN Films and espnW will premiere the documentary Venus Vs., directed by Ava DuVernay, as the first film in the upcoming Nine for IX series, on July 2, at 8pm ET.

Trailer: Afro-Cubans and Sierra Leoneans Bridge The Gap in Doc 'They Are We'

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • April 22, 2013 8:39 PM
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How mind-blowing and fascinating is this upcoming documentary? Talk about bridging the gap! I came across an article from The Atlantic (recommended reading), written beautifully by Emma Christopher, director of They Are We, a film which documents how a family of Afro-Cubans in a remote village of Perico, Cuba learn of and become acquainted with their ancestors in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and vice-versa. It was no easy task for Christopher, who, in her article, states the following regarding finding the Afro-Cubans' ancestors in an isolated village in Sierra Leone called Mokpangumba: "Only by a long and arduous search, and with a great amount of luck, did my thousands of informants lead me here, where on my first visit the people looked at my screen in utter astonishment, said "they are we," and then joined in with the songs." According to the article, Mokpangumba's Chief, named Mabadu Pocawa, eagerly awaits the Cuban descendants along with the village townspeople, who are preparing to feast and welcome their long lost relatives for a week. Christopher explains how a young girl named Josefa, was taken away from Sierra Leone as part of the Transatlantic trade to Cuba in the 1830's. Josefa lived into old age, and after being freed she taught "her great-granddaughter Florinda her African heritage. Florinda in turn taught her grandson, whom she raised from infancy. He is Humberto Casanova, now himself a great-grandfather. It is Casanova and three of his friends for whom Pokawa and his people are waiting."According to the documentary's Facebook page, the project is slated for an August release later this year. And it looks like the trip from Cuba to Sierra Leone was granted and successful. Here's more about the film:Josefa held her village’s songs and dances in her heart. Captured in Africa, she treasured them as she was loaded into the gruesome hold of a slave ship and then sold as a beast of burden in Cuba. Toiling on a plantation, she taught the songs and dances to her children and grandchildren, words and rhythms that lost their original meanings but still resonated with the cadences of their stolen ide...ntity. Now, 160 years later, might those same songs and dances enable her descendants to make their way home?

Trailer: NYILFF's Best Domestic Feature 'Under My Nails' (Woman Obsessed w/ Neighbors' Violent Sex Life)

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • August 20, 2012 5:57 PM
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The winner of the Best Domestic Feature at this month's New York International Latino Film Festival, the erotic thriller Under My Nails, is directed by Ari Manuel Cruz from a screenplay penned by lead actress Kisha Tikina Burgos, and produced by Cruz, Burgos, Andrei Nemcik (editor) and Enrique Julia. 
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Watch Trailer For Rom-Com 'Note To Self' (Christian Keyes, Letoya Luckett) On DVD/VOD 10/2

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • August 8, 2012 6:14 PM
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Christian Keyes (Dysfunctional Friends) and LeToya Luckett (The Preacher's Kid), both who I had a pleasure to meet at the 2012 American Black Film Festival two months ago, star in the romantic comedy Note To Self, written by Keyes and directed by Trey Haley.

Watch Trailer For Venezuelan Sports Drama 'Hermano' (Brother) - In Select Theaters August 24

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • August 1, 2012 5:17 PM
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The 2010 acclaimed Venezuelan film Hermano (Brother), directed by Marcel Rasquin from a script penned by Rasquin and Rohan Jones, will have a limited theatrical release starting Friday, August 24 at the AMC Empire 25 and Cinema Village theaters in New York City, and in several cities across the country including Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, San Diego and San Francisco (see venue information below).
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Review: Doc 'Color Outside The Lines' Educates On Black Tattoo Artists & Breaking Industry Mold

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • July 3, 2012 9:30 AM
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Now available on DVD for purchase through the film’s website, the feature length documentary Color Outside The Lines was conceived by Tattoo artist Miya Bailey, owner of the Atlanta, GA tattoo shop City of Ink. The doc, in the making for five years, is directed by Artemus Jenkins, who is mostly known for directing music videos.
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