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Watch - The Year In Black Film In 7 Minutes (A Shadow And Act Video Compilation)

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by Tambay A. Obenson
December 30, 2011 2:51 PM
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One more time with feeling :)

Reposting for those who may not have seen it yet... especially as the year finally reaches its end.

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It's that time of the year again... 1 more week until 2011 ends; 2 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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4 Comments

  • ANONYMOUS | December 31, 2011 1:39 PMReply

    Great job Vanessa Martinez!

  • Gina | December 30, 2011 9:39 PMReply

    Y'all did an amazing job this year. I read daily and the blog is definitely motivation to continue writing, directing and producing. I'm excited by your growth and influence and dedication. happy New Year!

  • Cynthia | December 30, 2011 3:43 PMReply

    Btw, here's the list of films:
    "35 And Ticking"
    "Pariah"
    "Video Girl"
    "Double Steps"
    "Moozlum"
    "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 Interrupters"
    "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"
    "Laugh At My Pain"

  • Cynthia | December 30, 2011 2:58 PMReply

    Catching up on some of these films right now and will continue through the weekend! ;-)

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