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July 29 2014

From Shadow and Act Tue Jul 29 2014, 20:47:40

A year ago, we alerted you to a Vanessa del Rio biopic that was in development at the time, titled "The Amazing Life of Vanessa del Rio," which the producers described as "Boogie Nights" meets "Taxi Driver." The movie will chronicle the porn star's career set against the backdrop of NYC's then gritty organized crime-controlled Times Square, during the tumultuous 1970s & 1980s. To be directed by Thomas Mignone, best known for his previous feature film "On The Doll," starring Brittany Snow and James Russo, as well as several award-winning music videos for bands...

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From Shadow and Act Tue Jul 29 2014, 19:44:00

Did the title get your attention? The teaser should too. Brazilian filmmaker Gabriel Mascaro, whose provocative film "Domestica" (Housemaids) has been covered on this site several times, is premiering his next feature film drama titled "August Winds" (Ventos de Agosto) at the Locarno Film Festival, which takes place August 6-16. "Winds" is a coming-of-age drama - set in Brazil - that follows a teen girl named Shirley, who has moved from the city to a small coastal village in order to look after her grandmother. Shirley, a rock-music lover who aspires to become a tattoo artist, works along with her boyfriend Jeison at a local coconut plantation. "August...

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From Shadow and Act Tue Jul 29 2014, 18:34:27

Four years in the making,"The World Is Yours" is an upcoming feature documentary exploring the fertile relations between hip-hop and the internet.  Featuring artists like Wiz Khalifa, Lil B, Odd Future, Chuck D, Talib Kweli, QD3, Action Bronson, and others, the project is now in post production and seeking $15,000 in finishing funds on Kickstarter.  The production team includes LA Stereo TV founder Marguerite de Bourgoing, USC professor Taj Frazier and music editor Rebecca Haithcoat. See the trailer below, and if you'd like to give to the cause, visit their Kickstarter here or click the widget at bottom. 

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From Shadow and Act Tue Jul 29 2014, 18:01:11

A feature film inspired by this real-life story was produced by, and aired on the Lifetime network, earlier this year. Titled "The Grim Sleeper," it starred Dreama Walker, Macy Gray, Ernie Hudson and Michael O'Neill. And now a documentary feature that tells the real-life story that the above film was based on, is complete and set to make its world premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), as part of its TIFF Docs lineup. Titled "Tales of the Grim Sleeper," the documentary, directed by Nick Broomfield ("Biggie and Tupac") digs into the case of the notorious serial killer known as the "Grim...

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From Shadow and Act Tue Jul 29 2014, 18:00:10

You might remember that a few weeks ago I post an item about Sophie Okonedo and her criticisms about the lack of opportunities, not just for her, but her other actors of color in the U.K. and that she gets many more opportunities and offers in the U.S, then she does in her own native country. (HERE) Well now joining her in her complaints is actor Treva Etieene, who's currently playing a major role in TNT's sci-fi summer series falling Skies which is executive produced by Steve Spielberg. In a recent article in London's The Guardian of London (HERE) , Eiteene says that many of the current top U.K. actors in demand such as Damian Lewis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston...

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From Shadow and Act Tue Jul 29 2014, 17:05:09

The 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced its TIFF Docs lineup, and among the always impressive slate of high-profile films making their world premieres at the festival, are a few that we've been tracking on this blog, including the Kevin Costner/Octavia Spencer drama "Black And White." Anthony Mackie co-stars in the film, which is written and directed by actor Mike Binder, with Costner co-producing alongside Binder and Todd Lewis. The drama centers on Elliot Anderson (Costner) an attorney widowed after his wife dies in a car crash, and who also is raising his bi-racial granddaughter Eloise, since his...

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From Shadow and Act Tue Jul 29 2014, 17:04:53

Just a reminder folks, that the 20th anniversary edition of the Black Harvest Film Festival in Chicago, starts this Friday, and ends on Thursday, August 28th.. As mentioned previously (here), on opening night, the festival will be honoring Roger and Chaz Ebert; and, later, during the festival, there will be a special screening of Bill Duke's "A Rage in Harlem," with Duke himself doing a Q and Aia Skype, after the film (read more on that here). And with some 50 films - including features, shorts and documentaries - that will be screened (the largest number, even in the history of Black Harvest), such as James Richard's wonderful and endearing feature,...

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From Shadow and Act Tue Jul 29 2014, 16:34:48

The 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced its TIFF Docs lineup, and among the always impressive slate of high-profile films making their world premieres at the festival, are a few that we've been tracking on this blog, including "Beats of the Antonov," a feature documentary that tells the story of the people of the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains in Sudan, showing how they deal with civil war, and, more specifically, how the fear of the Russian-made Antonov planes that bomb these areas has had an unexpected result. Thanks to remarkable access, the film - directed by Sudanese filmmaker Hajooj Kuka, and produced by Sarah...

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From Shadow and Act Tue Jul 29 2014, 14:26:50

Aldis Hodge has been cast as MC Ren and Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella in Universal Pictures' N.W.A biopic, "Straight Outta Compton." The pair of actors join O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell, who were previously cast as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, respectively. "Straight Outta Compton" is directed by F. Gary Gray, with original N.W.A. members, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, producing. Matt Alvarez and Tomica Woods-Wright, are also producers on the project, which Will Packer is executive producing, alongside Gray, and Scott Bernstein. Universal has also set an August 14, 2015 release date for the film. Aldis Hodge most recently was seen in the...

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From Shadow and Act Tue Jul 29 2014, 14:12:23

Because films are what many people love, the actual criticism usually gets overlooked. I've seen a great deal of criticism leveled at black filmmakers, but the criticism itself is not very impressive, yet no one seems to take that part of the equation very seriously. Can we really expect the films to advance while the criticism remains stagnant? It's for this reason that I want to address the issue and talk about someone who gets no love at all these days. I'm talking about Lester Walton. I suspect that many of you have never heard of the man so I'm going to give you an idea of what he was about. Mr. Walton wrote for one of the early African-American newspapers known as New York Age. He...

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