By Curtis Caesar John | Shadow and Act November 28, 2012 at 11:02AM
As previously reported, Brooklyn, NY-based ActNow Foundation is taking four prime films from its ongoing New Voices in Black Cinema film festival on the road as part of its 'The BEST OF New Voices in Black Cinema' series, starting with screenings in Harlem at the new state-of-the-art fully Black-owned cultural center and performace space My Image Studios aka MIST Harlem (46 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10026). The event actually marks the kick-off week of events for the opening of MIST Harlem. For more info on the entire program go to ActNow Foundation's website.
Check out the lineup below for the four fantastic films brought back for NYC area audiences-at-large with movies starring James McDaniel, Victor L. Williams, Michael K. Williams, Doug E. Fresh, Les Nubianes, Busy Bee and many, many more talented folks.
THE FURIOUS FORCE OF RHYMES
directed by Joshua Atesh Litle
Friday, November 30th at 6:30pm
This multiple-award winning film has traveled the word and has now found its way back to NYC for our repeat screening of this globe-spanning documentary exploring how hip-hop music has moved from the ghettos of NYC to the homes of oppressed West Africans in France, East German skinheads, Israeli Jews, and others as tools of expression and liberation. Taking place in four continents and six countries this trans-national documentary features French hip-hop/soul duo Les Nubians, American rappers like Grandmaster Caz, Dyverse, D-Nice, Busy Bee and Dead Prez, Germany’s Latash (above) and Joe Rilla, Senegal’s Abass Abass and so many more!
Furious Force is a must see film for true hip-hop and music fans, those interested in the transformative nature of trans-national cinema, and folks who just enjoy great movies.
for advance tickets go to: http://www.charged.fm/userevent/item/649/the-furious-force-of-rhymes
Watch the trailer: http://vimeo.com/25410355
LET'S STAY TOGETHER
directed by Joshua Bee Alafia
Friday Nov. 30th at 8:30pm
Produced by Yaya DaCosta. Starring Albert Lamont, Ashley Ramsey, Jill Jose, Jonan Everett, and Joshua Bee Alafia
This feature narrative best described as a work of magical realism is about a young man (Alafia) who when inspired by the suggestion that a new Al Green album could save families embarks on a mission to better understand and unite African American families, providing rich commentary on matters of concern regarding black American households.
A true hit during our February festival, don’t miss this follow-up opportunity to see this wonderful film.
for advance tickets go to: : http://www.charged.fm/userevent/item/650/let-s-stay-togetherWatch the trailer and our interview with the director, both below.
Let’s Stay Together - official trailer HD
interview with director Joshua Bee Alafia:
directed by Wilkie Cornelius, Jr
Saturday December 1st at 6:30pm
Starring J. Kyle Manzay, Krystal Hill, Maryam Bashir, and Victor L. Williams
Following ActNow's sold-out (actually, oversold) NYC premiere of this exploration into the inner psyche of a commitment phobe, this film festival hit returns to New York for this one-night only!
Fearful of serious commitment, a young Brooklyn writer distances himself from his longtime companion. But when she becomes drawn to a more appreciative man, he realizes his loss and fanatically pursues her until his life spirals out of control. Starring Obie award winner J. Kyle Manzay (American Gangster) newcomer Krystal Hill, Maryam Basir (Mooz-lum), and television sitcom veteran Victor L. Williams (Deacon from The King Of Queens) Single Hills is a colorful contemporary story of a young couple facing the end of an undefined relationship.
Filmed in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn and adapted from director Wilkie Cornelius, Jr's play of the same name, Single Hills is a fun, creative new take on the unpredictable nature of coupling and is a must-see date night movie.
for advance tickets go to: http://www.charged.fm/userevent/item/651/single-hills
YOU'RE NOBODY 'TIL SOMEBODY KILLS YOU
directed by Michael A. Pinckney
Saturday December 1st at 8:30pm
Starring James McDaniel, Michael Mosley, Nashawn Kearse, Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, and Michael K. Williams
Playing for only the second time ever in NYC is this action packed and gritty story of two New York City homicide detectives (James McDaniel, Lt. Fancy from classic TV drama NYPD Blue and Michael Mosley from the hit movies The Proposal and 27 Dresses) forced into the high-stakes world of the hip hop industry. A complex web of murder, sex, money and music unfolds as the homicide detectives track a serial killer with an appetite for some of hip hop’s biggest stars.
With Spike Lee serving as Executive Producer, this film long in the making from Lee protege Michael 'Boogie' Pinckney also stars Nashawn Kearse (Desperate Housewives) as Manchild, the latest rapper on the hunt from the serial killer, the detectives on the case must get to him before the killer does. Look out for cameos from some fan-favorite rappers including Doug E. Fresh and Bid Daddy Kane in this ideal Saturday night thrill-ride.
for advance tickets go to: http://www.charged.fm/userevent/item/652/you8217re-nobody-8216til-somebody-kills-you
Watch the intense trailer below: