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November 28 2014

From Shadow and Act Fri Nov 28 2014, 11:49:39

It's an end to another month, and the beginning of another, as Netflix's usual purge of films from its streaming library happens. So if any of these movies is of interest to you, now is the time to watch them, because, after Sunday, November 30, they'll be gone from the service. But first, you'll find a list of the films that are coming to Netflix in the month of December - so, good news (new additions for next month) and bad news (films leaving this month). Coming to Netflix in December Available 12/1 A Knight's Tale (2001) Almost Famous (2000) American Beauty (1999) Bewitched (2005) Jewtopia (2012) Knights of Badassdom (2014) Madison (2005) Out of...

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From Shadow and Act Fri Nov 28 2014, 11:39:57

Is there any town in the world that is more infamous or has the world's attention than Ferguson Missouri at this moment in time? It has because the focal point of racial equality and justice in the United States. But the question remains after the smoke clears or will clears will there be a beginnings of the real catalyst for change or will things just go back to "normal"? You may not know this but the Ferguson rebellion, which has been on-going for over three months, is second only to the Montgomery Bus Boycott when it comes to sustained acts of civil disobedience targeting unjust treatment of Black people. And one of those persons who has been actively involved is...

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From Shadow and Act Fri Nov 28 2014, 10:54:35

Nate Parker is teaming up with Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Amy Berg, and writer-director Matthew Cooke to produce a documentary on what they're calling "the black male crisis" in America, that will emphasize the shooting deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., as well as other black men killed by police officers over the past few years, including Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and more. To help finance the film, the filmmakers have set up an Indiegogo campaign to raise $25,000 by January 5, 2015, and have, thus far, drawn over $4,100. According to the project's Indiegogo page, filming already began in...

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From Shadow and Act Fri Nov 28 2014, 10:12:17

The title of the upcoming new "Star Wars" movie, will be "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is you weren't already aware. Directed by J.J. Abrams, the film is produced by Walt Disney Pictures, Lucasfilm, and Bad Robot Productions and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The seventh installment in the "Star Wars" film series was co-written by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong'o, and Gwendoline Christie, with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker reprising their roles...

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From Shadow and Act Fri Nov 28 2014, 09:47:31

Though director Chris Eska's excellent film The Retrieval is now streaming on Netflix (as reported by Vanessa in her review of the film a few days ago HERE) Kino Lorber has announced this week that the label will also be releasing the film on Blu-ray DVD on Feb. 10th The film, which successfully played the film festival circuit last year, and set during the Civil War deals with a  thirteen-year-old boy who survives by working with a white bounty hunter gang. They send him to earn the trust of runaway slaves in order to lure them back to the south. However while on a forced mission into the free north to find Nate, a fugitive freedman, things go wrong and Will and...

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November 26 2014

From Shadow and Act Wed Nov 26 2014, 23:04:40

As holiday plans continue, so do efforts to make this Black Friday - typically one of the biggest shopping days of the year - a day of national action against human rights violations.  In addition to calling for a nationwide boycott of major retailers this Friday, November 28, filmmaker Ryan Coogler's Blackout for Human Rights initiative has organized a series of events to mobilize communities across the country to action.  On the west coast, Ava DuVernay's AFFRM and Blackout will present "Cinema, Conversation + Change." The day will include free screenings of "Fruitvale Station," "Middle of Nowhere" and "25 to Life" at Downtown...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Nov 26 2014, 15:23:24

It's that time of the year again; Thanksgiving Day, here in the USA, is this Thursday, November 28. And while I'm not exactly big on the holiday, I won't spoil your partaking in all the festivities that will consume the entire country over the next 4 days.. So, with that, I assume many of you have Thanksgiving traditions you'll probably adhere to this week, or will maybe break from and try new ideas, whether with regards to what you eat, drink, talk about, watch, etc. It's the "watch" part that I'm most interested in here. What will you be watching on Thanksgiving Day? Likely football for many of you; while others stick to ritualistic screenings of "A...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Nov 26 2014, 13:27:33

I have nothing rational, insightful or new to say. I simply don't understand. The parade of death we are experiencing is unconscionable. I don't understand how this is okay. I simply don't. This is not 1968. This is 2014. We are intellectualizing & typing and the murder of Black people is matching our output. The culture is stuck in 1965 when it comes to race relations. It is the last time racism was truly addressed in this country. So, we keep playing out that narrative. But, it's been twisted and bastardized. My hope is that new types of activism spring up. What worked in the 1960's may not work in 2014. There are so many ways to practice non-violent, civil disobedience. Study other...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Nov 26 2014, 11:00:13

Director Chris Eska's topowerful Civil War drama "The Retrieval," is now streaming on Netflix. Star Tishuan Scott won the Jury Award for Best Actor at last year's SXSW Film Festival, for his performance as Nate, a fugitive freed man who comes across a young boy and his uncle, both who are sent by a gang of bounty hunters to capture him. The film was also the winner of the jury award for Best Narrative film at the 2013 Ashland Independent Film Festival. Writer/director Chris Eska (2007's "August Evening" has crafted a very unique and cleverly scripted tale about a young boy named Will, played impressively by...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Nov 26 2014, 10:27:05

After attempting to contextualize the Black Power Movement, in a format more accessible to a new generation - what we call a "mixtape" hence the title, "The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975" - Swedish director Goran Hugo Olsson continues on that same path, in a similar style, with his next film, which made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this year. Titled "Concerning Violence," and produced by Annika Rogell and Tobias Janson for Story AB, the project incorporates the words from Frantz Fanon's "The Wretched of the Earth," using newly-discovered archive...

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