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December 2 2014

From Shadow and Act Tue Dec 2 2014, 18:10:05

Well, it's no longer a mystery/rumor. Announced this afternoon, Will Smith is definitely going to star alongside Tom Hardy in one of Warner Bros' recently announced planned DC comic book adaptations - "Suicide Squad" - which will be directed by David Ayers. The series follows a group of super-villains who are forced to go on covert missions for a shadowy government agency, in exchange for commuted sentences. Margot Robbie (who co-stars with Will Smith in the upcoming con-man/con-woman romantic-dramedy "Focus") is also on board, with Jared, Leto, Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne also joining the cast. We also can now...

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From Shadow and Act Tue Dec 2 2014, 17:04:00

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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From Shadow and Act Tue Dec 2 2014, 17:00:32

To be frank, it's really the only "black film" (fiction) with any kind of awards season potential, and just like we closely followed "12 Years a Slave" throughout its awards season tour last year, into this year, expect the same for "Selma," as the season kicks off! Yes, Chris Rock's "Top Five" has certainly been buzzy since its TIFF premiere in September, but, so far, the buzz hasn't quite translated to awards recognition. And there's also Justin Simien's "Dear White People," but I'm not sure there's been much in terms of an awards season push/plan for the film by Lionsgate and/or Roadside Attractions - certainly not as we've seen...

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From Shadow and Act Tue Dec 2 2014, 14:32:31

BronzeLens Film Festival 2014 winners were announced at the BronzeLens Awards Show ceremony held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis where the "Best of Festival" filmmakers in their perspective categories received top honors.  Award winning film categories included Best Feature, Documentary, International, Short, Documentary Short, Student, Webisodes as well as Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Overall and the Audience Awards.   Of the 43 juried films screened, a panel of 14 judges selected the work of filmmakers representing the United States, Africa and South America to receive BronzeLens Awards.   This year BronzeLens Awards prizes were...

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From Shadow and Act Tue Dec 2 2014, 14:03:41

With "Scandal" quite potential a season or 2 away from ending its run on ABC (creator Shonda Rhimes hinted at this recently, stating, "It's not a 10-season or eight-season show. I've already decided how long that is and what that's going to be"), I can imagine that the series cast members, specifically its star, actress Kerry Washington, must be prepping for life after "Scandal," in such a competitive environment, especially for black actresses, given how little work (good work) there is for them, both in film and TV. Wasghinton, who's only other attachment is starring in an upcoming rom-com titled "Is He the One," looks to be adding another...

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From Shadow and Act Tue Dec 2 2014, 11:58:46

Well, here it is folks!  The first trailer for Spike Lee's Kickstarter-funded "Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus," which, as we've already told you, is a remake/reimagining of Bill Gunn's woefully-underseen 1973 film that revolutionized the vampire genre, "Ganja & Hess." It's as film that I saw over the summer, at the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) where it premiered, and, suffice it to say that, while I appreciated its somewhat experimental nature, I had, shall we say, some *issues* with it. But Zeba Blay, who also saw it at the ABFF, reviewed it, expressing some of my own thoughts on it as well. If you missed it, read her review here. In...

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From Shadow and Act Tue Dec 2 2014, 11:28:31

A film that's on my Sundance 2015 predictions list (see the list here if you haven't), David Harewood and Edwina Findley star in the indie drama "Free In Deed," from writer/director Jake Mahaffy, which is based on a true story of a man who brings a small congregation together in order to perform the miraculous healing of an 8-year-old autistic child. Harewood plays the man, and Findley plays the boy's mother. Last month, the filmmaker took to Indiegogo to raise funds to complete post-production on the project, although he didn't meet his $55,000 goal, raising just 21% of that. But it's Indiegogo, so he got to keep what he did raise (minus Indiegogo's fees of course). As...

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From Shadow and Act Tue Dec 2 2014, 10:54:49

Lenora Crichlow has joined the cast of "Mr. Robinson," NBC's comedy series starring "Craig Robinson." Crichlow's will be a regular series role. From the creators of "The Office," the project will follow a talented musician (played by Robinson) with rough edges, who adjusts to his new life as a music teacher in a big-city middle school, where he encounters teacher politics and the temptations of single moms. Larenz Tate is attached to play Craig's character's brother and partner in the duo's band called The Filthy Gentleman, further described as a charismatic lady-killer who has never held a regular job, thanks to his musical talents, and who...

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December 1 2014

From Shadow and Act Mon Dec 1 2014, 21:58:28

How fast time flies! The 2015 Sundance Film Festival is almost upon us - less than 2 months away actually. It's the first film festival of each year that many filmmakers work to get their films into; most don't make the short list, and for those that do, it could mean the beginning of an extra special year. See films like "Dear White People" and "Difret" for example - both debuting at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and each attracting acclaim and plenty of support. What film might be next year's "Dear White People"? What director might make history like Ava DuVernay did 2 years ago, becoming the first black woman director to win the...

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From Shadow and Act Mon Dec 1 2014, 18:16:57

South African all-female western-adventure film, "Flatland," directed by Jenna Bass, set in the country's semi-desert region called the Karoo, has been selected to receive production funding from the World Cinema Fund (WCF). It will join the ranks of Oliver Hermanus' "Shirley Adams" (South Africa) and Donald Mugisha's "The Boda Boda Thieves" (Uganda/South Africa) as the only South African films to have received support in the fund's history. "Flatland" is a contemporary-set, all-female western-adventure that tells the story of a lonely policewoman longing to reunite with her fugitive boyfriend; while simultaneously tasked with a murder...

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