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Watch: The Year In Black Cinema In 7 Minutes - A Shadow And Act Video Compilation

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by Tambay A. Obenson
December 15, 2011 1:26 PM
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It's that time of the year again... 2 more weeks until 2011 ends; 10 more days till Christmas day; critics, media outlets and other film organizations are announcing their "best of the year" lists; awards season nominees; year-end wrap-ups, etc...

Just like last year...

And just like 2010, for only the second time, Shadow And Act brings you its own 2011 black cinema zeitgeist - the year in review video compilation.

Edited wonderfully by our own Vanessa Martinez, who invested her precious time putting this 7-minute video together - tons of clips watched, cropping out just the right pieces of each to ensure that they all work well together, finding the right pieces of music, importing, exporting, listening to my critiques of each "draft" and making adjustments, importing and exporting some more, etc, etc, etc.

NOTE: I should state that we only considered films that were released commercially, theatrically in 2011. Films whose only exhibition was on the film festival circuit were not included. I know some of them were eventually acquired and will be released in 2012; those will most certainly be part of our 2012 year-end compilation video.

Might we have missed one or two? Possibly. But Vanessa and I both did a thorough job of going through lists of all the films released (or still to be released) theatrically this year, and I feel confident that they're all in there.

So, without further ado, here's Shadow And Act's 2011 Black Cinema Year In Review video compilation. Feel free to pass it around... how many of the film's highlighted can you identify?

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  • A_Gallivant | December 23, 2011 8:44 PMReply

    This time with commas, so the list is clearer. Sorry about the double post---(note that the movie's name below is "Rejoice and Shout'
    35 and Ticking, Pariah, Video Girl, Double Steps, MOOX-lum, Kinyarwanda, I Will Follow, Politics of Love, Redemption Road, Gun Hill Road, Joy Road, Columbiana, Viva Riva!, Shame, Life-Above All, Le Havre, Jumping the Broom, Africa United, The First Grader, Attack the Block, Big Momma's House: Like Father Like Son, Madea's Big Happy Family, Desert Flower,
    The Help, Tower Heist, Lover's Rock, The Weird World of Blowfly, Louder Than a Bomb, The Interrupter, Crime After Crime, Rejoice and Shout, The Black Power Mixtape; Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest; Mama Africa, Elevate, Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey, and Laugh at My Pain.

  • A_Gallivant | December 23, 2011 8:36 PMReply

    I copied the list of films listed at the end; happy viewing

    35 and Ticking
    Pariah
    Video girl
    Double steps
    MOOX-lum
    Kinyarwanda
    I Will Follow
    Politics of Love
    Redemption Road
    Gun Hill Road
    Joy Road
    Columbiana
    Viva Riva!
    Shame
    Life, Above All
    Le Havre
    Jumping the Broom
    Africa United
    The First Grader
    Attack the Block
    Big Momma's House: Like Father Like Son
    Madea's Big Happy Family
    Desert Flower
    The Help
    Tower Heist
    Lover's Rock
    The Weird World of Blowfly
    Louder Than a Bomb
    The Interrupter
    Crime After Crime
    Rejoice and Shoot
    The Black Power Mixtape
    Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest
    Mama Africa
    Elevate
    Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
    Laugh at My Pain

  • Tim | December 23, 2011 7:49 PMReply

    I wish there was a list of titles so I could find the lesser known movies in this compilation. Gues I'll never know. I would search them out, but you can't find a movie based on images of actors you don't know. I know about the more mainstream titles and documentaries with well known celebrities and can find the movies with recognizable actors in the clips. But the clips of indie flicks with unknown actors need to have the title. You can't google search with a video clip. We need a title.

  • Donise | December 23, 2011 5:10 PMReply

    Beautiful compilation! Could you post the list of films? I can't copy and paste the list, and "arther" won't let me do it long hand! Thank you!

  • Cougar's Marque | December 23, 2011 3:50 PMReply

    AMAZING WORK! With all that awesome cinema on display, it only annoys me more that it's THE HELP that's getting the bulk of the major awards buzz. Just sayin'...

  • AD | December 23, 2011 3:14 AMReply

    Great compilation! I've only seen ~2 of these films.

  • Khamal | December 22, 2011 11:57 AMReply

    Would have been great to get a list of these films so those interested could look them up.

  • Tambay | December 22, 2011 12:18 PM

    The list of films is at the end of the video.

  • ska-triumph | December 17, 2011 9:44 PMReply

    LADY VANESSA: Excellent work, great music variety and those doc segments! And the memoriams were a great touch (no Sotigui Kouyate...?). And I see we left Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson were "left" out... that FAST FIVE fight though! Between this and the weekly (?!) toasts, I see that S&A is stepping up their features and coverage for 2012. Sundance can't come soon enough.

  • canmark | December 17, 2011 8:20 PMReply

    Good stuff. I've only seen 7 of the featured films, but would like to see several more (Viva Riva!, The Interrupters and The Black Power Mixtape, for example).

  • Bankhead | December 17, 2011 11:10 AMReply

    Well done! Great piece to reference. I definitely want to go back and try to watch some of the films I missed out on this year. Thanks again for this.

  • AFROKANLIFE | December 16, 2011 3:13 PMReply

    GREAT !!! Thank you VANESSA for this outstanding job. And kudos to black cinema coz 2011 is really a good year!!!

  • SayNay | December 16, 2011 11:07 AMReply

    Absolutely Brilliant!

  • cassie free | December 16, 2011 8:09 AMReply

    who says aint no black films!!! All were so different with so many themes!! Im so proud...now if we all went out and supported them all, we could run this town!!!

  • brotherQuest | December 16, 2011 2:38 AMReply

    Big up! So inspiring... Thanks also to "SIMONE" for listing some black films or black content films that i hadn't heard of. Great edit Vanessa, great website Tambay. Let's keep this movement alive!!!

  • RB | December 15, 2011 11:05 PMReply

    That was wonderful! Great job! Loved every thing! Cheers!

  • Dr. Boogie | December 15, 2011 11:01 PMReply

    Excellent job! I need to get to Amazon.com ASAP...

  • CHJ | December 15, 2011 9:05 PMReply

    Simply FANTASTIC!!!! Thany you Tembay for this wonderful website. I'm proud to say that I'm a fan ana staunch advocate for supporting african american independent film makers as well as our brothers and sisters througout the diaspora whose stories and journey must be told!!!

  • SIMONE | December 15, 2011 8:43 PMReply

    GREAT JOB, one of my best, i will follow, this year i bought night catch us, Moozlum, Colored Girls, Mother and Child, skin, precious, I Will Follow,. Jumping the broom, Africa united and i'm waiting for Big Ffamily, i order to fnac store, i hope i will receive it soon. And also bought the movie i miss the pass years, like Pride, Hurricanes Seasons, Beat The Drum, New Jersey Drive, Medicine For Melancholy, King Of The Evening, Gospel Hill, American violet, A Good Day To Be Black And Sexy and manies others. Every black people we are, must just buy one movie to support African American cinema. Over the world we have a lack representation of black actors on the lead movie role. I live in France and a untouchables has become one of the successful French movie for all the times more than 13 millions people saw since November 2, in this movie you have Omar Sy who are black comedian and some people in France explains that the French cinema promotes the diversity, it's false, Omar is an exception and they are no role for black actors in France. We just look for black movies come from usa. My thanks go to shadow and act for great job you do to keep African American cinema alive. I give you the heart Oscar. And my others thanks are for Ava Duvernay, this woman is so amazing and one the best ambassador for black cinema. Long life to our cinema.

  • Clayton | December 16, 2011 10:18 AM

    Thank you so very much, Misi. You have my gratitude.

  • Clayton | December 16, 2011 3:19 AM

    @Simone... I'm glad you believe that. Hopefully you can support my African-American film: http://www.facebook.com/problacksheep. You will find the trailer and our eStore at this link. Thank you.

  • Laura | December 15, 2011 8:16 PMReply

    Vanessa, thank you.

  • SIMONE | December 16, 2011 9:26 AM

    Clayton, go this facebook http://www.facebook.com/ILoveAfroCinema requests support for your movie, i use to post some news on this facebook and my facebook name is misijode. i look your e store and i'm going to buy the movie.
    Shahow and act is on the Ebony Power 100 list.

  • artbizzy | December 15, 2011 6:10 PMReply

    Beautiful, Vanessa! Thank you.

  • Quentin | December 15, 2011 5:48 PMReply

    Wow. That was depressing...

  • Quentin | December 23, 2011 2:23 AM

    @ ???Doubter... Can you use a name, any name but mine? I want to tear you a new one with just words but it'll feel weird calling you "quentindoubter." How about something that starts with an "A." That should suit you best.

  • Quentindoubter | December 17, 2011 12:50 PM

    You are pathetic. You are snide. You are a small person. But you give me a good laugh almost daily with your ridiculous comments and near constant trolling on these message boards. Get a life, loser.

  • Emmanuel | December 15, 2011 4:32 PMReply

    Good job, Vanessa! Makes me want to see some of them again soon.

  • Cynthia | December 15, 2011 2:00 PMReply

    Nice. Great job V!

  • B | December 15, 2011 1:59 PMReply

    EXCELLENT! I will be sharing this.

  • Joy | December 15, 2011 1:43 PMReply

    This is an OUTSTANDING compelation of this year's films. Vanessa did a great job of tying in the music to show the emotions involved. Very impressive work!!!!

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