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September 2 2014

From Shadow and Act Tue Sep 2 2014, 17:54:10

Hey New Yorkers! Here's a very rare opportunity you should take full advantage of, to see the early works of several acclaimed filmmakers whose names and films have been mentioned/featured on this blog over the years. I'll say no more and instead have the organizers of the event (which will be attended by many of the filmmakers) dish on all the details via press release below... In the early 1990s at New York University, a small and rebellious group of Black students in the Department of Film and Television came together to unite their skills and resources in order to tell their own stories, not the ones they were expected to tell by faculty and fellow classmates. In connection...

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From Shadow and Act Tue Sep 2 2014, 16:55:39

Last week, myself plus 24 other emerging filmmakers participated in the 67th Festival del film Locarno's Filmmakers Academy for a full-on week of screenings, masterclasses, and meetings with some of the most provocative filmmakers working today. The Locarno Academy, newly launched just a few years ago, functions similarly to other major film festival's talent campuses or labs, with the aim to give up-and-coming filmmakers a more curated experience within the festival, by connecting us more intimately with the big talents showing their work there. Between the flurry of back-to-back masterclasses with maestro filmmakers like director Agnès Varda, Italian cinematographer of "The...

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From Shadow and Act Tue Sep 2 2014, 16:38:24

Among the highlights of the short film categories at last year's Urbanworld Film Festival in NYC wa a short making the festival rounds worldwide, "White Space." Written and directed by poet & writer Maya Washington, the film follows the inner life of a deaf man as he makes his debut at a popular open-mic night and hopes that the language of his heart can emancipate the inner voice and transcend the white space between a hearing audience and a deaf man's soul.   Produced by Freddy F. Hakimi, "White Space" stars actor Ryan T. Lane, actor/comedian, CJ Jones (an oft-consulted advocate for the deaf whom most may remember from the...

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From Shadow and Act Tue Sep 2 2014, 14:47:37

Well, the title of this post says it all. I couldn't be more deliberate. Just take a look at the teaser (below) and poster (above) for the upcoming 4th season of the hit ABC series (also Emmy nominated), within this post.  "Scandal "Season 4 premieres September 25th on ABC. The project, produced via Shonda Rhimes' Shondaland production company, with her partner Betsy Beers, stars Kerry Washington, and will help boost Thursday nights on ABC, which will essentially be Shonda nights, because all 3 of her ABC series will air in primetime on that day: "Grey's Anatomy" (8-9 pm); "Scandal" (9-10 pm) and the newest in the trio,...

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From Shadow and Act Tue Sep 2 2014, 14:22:54

VH1's award-winning "Rock Doc" franchise takes you down to the dirty south with the premiere of "ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta's Rise in the Rap Game," tonight, September 2 at 10PM ET. The 90-minute documentary investigates Atlanta's rise in the rap industry, created a major force within American music. The film chronicles the decisions of the city's forefathers in post-civil rights Atlanta as they created an environment for African American arts and culture to thrive, which set the scene for a local hip-hop scene to emerge. "ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta's Rise in the Rap Game" uncovers the story of an American city's evolution, from segregation to the...

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From Shadow and Act Tue Sep 2 2014, 12:57:19

Below you'll find an exclusive featurette from the Sony/Screen Gems Will Packer-produced thriller "No Good Deed'" which stars Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson. In the clip, star Elba gives us some background the bad boy character he plays in the film ("Colin"), which is intercut with a few clips from the upcoming movie. Set for theatrical release on September 12, 2014, "No Good Deed" centers on a former District Attorney, and mother of 2 young children (Henson), who is kidnapped and terrorized by a handsome but mysterious stranger (Elba), who she lets into her home to wait for help, after his car runs off the...

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From Shadow and Act Tue Sep 2 2014, 12:17:22

Screening at the upcoming 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in its Docs lineup, among the always impressive slate of high-profile films making their world premieres at the festival, is "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 Abunama-Elgadi and Steven Markovitz for Big World Cinema -...

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From Shadow and Act Tue Sep 2 2014, 11:39:44

Tribeca Film will release One9's "Time Is Illmatic," which had its world premiere as the opening night film of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, this fall.  Written by Erik Parker and produced by One9, Parker, and Anthony Saleh, the film follows the trajectory of Nas' 1994 landmark debut album, "Illmatic" - widely considered one of the most important and revolutionary albums in hip-hop.  Tribeca Film is planning a simultaneous theatrical and VOD release in October, along with performances from Nas in select cities.  Additionally an educational youth screening series will complement the release. "Time Is Illmatic" traces...

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From Shadow and Act Tue Sep 2 2014, 10:40:13

Set to make its world premiere at the 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this month, is "Mirage," a film described as a western, which tells the story of an African (we aren't told what specific country) football player in a small Hungarian town, who commits a crime and has to flee. He finds refuge on a farm deep in the Hungarian flatland. Soon he realizes that the farm is a modern slave camp where he is forced to fight for his freedom and ultimately his life. S&A actor fave Isaach De Bankolé (an actor who works internationally, and seemingly isn't limited by any boundaries) stars in the film, which is written and directed by...

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From Shadow and Act Tue Sep 2 2014, 09:32:08

Here is episode 8 of the ongoing comedy series "The Art of Theatrical Ushery," by filmmaker Christopher Banks. The series, which deals with the daily trials and tribulations of being a movie usher Ronnell (played by Banks) in a multiplex movie theater, is a re-edited and re-tooled version of a feature that Banks created. However, the now reformatted web series, he feels, is much closer to his original intentions; Or as he says: "Every minute, every second (is designed) to make you laugh." So now here is the 8th episode, entitled "Labor Pains" in which Ronnell, due to circumstances beyond his control, is forced to find another line of work 

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