Foxx Presents “Thunder Soul”

4 02 2011

A couple of years ago, both Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey lent their names and weight to get a distribution deal for a Precious. Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx has found his passion project and will present a film about a legend from his hometown in the upcoming documentary, Thunder Soul. Read the rest of this entry »


Marley Documentary Greenlit!

2 02 2011

The life of celebrated Reggae icon, Bob Marley will be the subject of an upcoming documentary by filmmaker Kevin Macdonald. The film will tell coincide with the 30th anniversary of the death of ‘dreadlocked rasta’ and will be produced by Tuff Gong Pictures and Shangri-La Entertainment. Read the rest of this entry »

Reel Reviews | 11/4/08

27 10 2010

by Kam Williams

Participatory Documentary Revisits Historic Presidential Election of 2008
If you want a chance to wax nostalgic about how just two years ago the country came together like on no other occasion since 9/11/01, you might like to check out 11/4/08, a documentary revisiting the events surrounding the historic election of Presidential Barack Obama. Director Jeff Deutchman refers to his movie as a “participatory” venture because it is essentially a cinematic collage cobbled together from numerous video snippets recorded on Election Day.

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The Fall Movie Preview

10 09 2010

This feature first appeared in Jet To read this review at its original source, click here.

As the dog days of summer come to an end, the big-budget blockbusters begin to make way for more serious, award-caliber fare. But for the first time in a decade, there are no fall releases garnering awards buzz that showcase Black actors. Read the rest of this entry »

Reel Shorts | Neshoba: The Price of Freedom

6 08 2010

by Kam Williams

Documentary Revisits Site of Mississippi Lynchings
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania might be world renowned as the City of Brotherly Love, but Philadelphia, Mississippi has only been associated with bigotry ever since June 21, 1964. That was the fateful day that three civil rights workers were murdered there by a lynch party comprised of hate-filled Ku Klux Klansmen.

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Reel Shorts | We Need to Talk

4 08 2010

by Kam Williams

Sisters Make Most of Opportunity to Reflect on Relationships in Latest Documentary from Janks Morton 
Janks Morton is an award-winning documentary filmmaker known for poignant, tough-love documentaries about African-American males like “What Black Men Think” and “Men to Boys.” Now, as the father of an 11 year-old girl poised on the brink of blossoming into a beautiful, but possibly vulnerable young woman, he was inspired to make sisters the subject of his latest offering. So, this go-round, he traveled to the Southside of Chicago where he interviewed ten female survivors of the battle-of-the-sexes about their relationships with their dads during their formative years and also with their boyfriends when they first started dating.

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Reel Shorts | Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

2 08 2010

by Kam Williams

Bio-Pic Recounts Brash Artist’s Meteoric Rise and Untimely Demise 
Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) was born in Brooklyn to a Puerto Rican mother and a father of Haitian extraction. Blessed with a rebellious nature, he ran away from home a lot during adolescence, finally leaving for good at 17. Moving to Manhattan, he dropped out of school to fritter away his days spray-painting his alias, “Samo,” all over the place, because as he put it, “The whole object of doing graffiti is fame.”

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