African Diaspora International Film Festival – Washington D.C. to Feature 7 Films; Opens with D.C. Premiere of African Independence

African Diaspora International Film Festival – Washington D.C. to Feature 7 Films; Opens with D.C. Premiere of African Independence

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The African Diaspora International Film Festival – Washington D.C. (ADIFF- DC) will celebrate its 7th anniversary in Washington D.C. from August 16 to 18, 2013 with a lineup of 7 films. The African Diaspora International Film Festival – D.C. will open with the Washington D.C. Premiere of AFRICAN INDEPENDENCE, an award-winning, feature-length documentary written, directed and produced by scholar, filmmaker and PBS History Detectives host, Professor Tukufu Zuberi.

WATCH Official Trailers for 2013 Rural Route Film Festival

WATCH Official Trailers for 2013 Rural Route Film Festival

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Rural Route will screen what the festival describes as “4 of the BEST new independent films to the beautiful big screen” at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York City on August 3 and 4, 2013.  The 4 films are TALL AS THE BAOBAB TREE directed by Jeremy Teicher, SALT directed by Diego Rougier, THE MOSUO SISTERS directed by Marlo Poras and BAIKONUR directed by Veit Helmer.

“THE HAPPY SAD” to Open in NYC August 16

“THE HAPPY SAD” to Open in NYC August 16

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Rodney Evan’s latest film, THE HAPPY SAD, that follows two couples, one black and one white, whose lives collide as they navigate open relationships and sexual identity, opens in NYC on August 16, 2013. 

“FRUITVALE STATION” Opens Big at the Box Office

“FRUITVALE STATION” Opens Big at the Box Office

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“FRUITVALE STATION” opened big in limited release in its first weekend with $377,285 from just 7 theaters for a $53,898 per-theater-average.   Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, director Ryan Coogler’s FRUITVALE STATION follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident .. whose life takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. 

29 Documentary Films to Receive Grants from Sundance Institute

29 Documentary Films to Receive Grants from Sundance Institute

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29 feature-length documentary films have been selected to receive more than $550,000 in grants from the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program and Fund (DFP). Grantees were selected from 772 submissions from 88 countries and include filmmakers working in Chile, Libya, Cuba, Cambodia and Pakistan as well as a broad range of experience, from first-time feature documentary filmmakers to Academy Award nominee Arthur Dong and veteran filmmaker Ed Pincus working with Lucia Small.

WATCH 3 Official Clips from Fruitvale Station

WATCH 3 Official Clips from Fruitvale Station

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The award winning indie drama FRUITVALE STATION opens in theaters on Friday July 12, 2013 and the film is receiving lots of early buzz. The film is the true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother, whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend, who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to T, their beautiful 4 year old daughter. He starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easy. He crosses paths with friends, family, and strangers, each exchange showing us that there is much more to Oscar than meets the eye. But it would be his final encounter of the day, with police officers at the Fruitvale Bart station that would shake the Bay Area to its very core, and cause the entire nation to be witnesses to the story of Oscar Grant.Watch 4 clips from the film, read the review, read about the film, and let us know what you think.

REVIEW: Fruitvale Station

REVIEW: Fruitvale Station

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FRUITVALE STATION is based on one of those horrific, real-life stories of when a police officer makes a heinous, unjustifiable decision.

The film opens with amateur footage shot on a cell phone of the actual frantic, fatal moments in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2009 recreated in Frutivale Station’s harrowing climax. The recreation begins a little over twenty-four hours before, with Oscar (Michael B. Jordan), a twenty-two year old small-time dope dealer and ex-con, arguing with Sopina (Melanie Diaz), his girlfriend and the mother of his four year-old child, Tatiana (the adorable Ariana Neal) about Oscar recently cheating on her. The movie then follows Oscar throughout the rest of his New Year’s Eve – which also happens to be his mother’s birthday – as he tries to follow through on his resolution to give up dealing dope and get his job back at the supermarket, which he was recently fired from for constantly being late. However, it’s New Year’s Eve and Sopina wants to go out to San Francisco to party. Though Oscar’s mother (the wonderful Octavia Spencer) begs him to take the train to avoid driving drunk, it turns out to be the wrong decision when Oscar is confronted by someone from his past and is later detained by the police in a frightening, chaotic scene.

Documentary ZIPPER Gets A Release Date

Documentary ZIPPER Gets A Release Date

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ZIPPER a documentary about “greed, politics, land use and public policy’ and the battle over the Coney Island amusement district in New York City will be in theaters this Summer. The film will open at the IFC Center in New York City on August 9th, 2013.

2013 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival Announces Finalist Films

2013 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival Announces Finalist Films

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The popular Philippine indie festival Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival will be held on July 26 to August 4, 2013. 15 full length finalists/ filmmakers (10 new breed and 5 directors showcase) and 10 short films have been selected to be featured at the festival. The films in the New Breed Full Length Category will compete for the coveted Balanghai Award. Awards are also given in the Short Feature Category and the Directors Showcase.

Documentary LEWD & LASCIVIOUS World Premiere to Sold Out Audience at 2013 Frameline

Documentary LEWD & LASCIVIOUS World Premiere to Sold Out Audience at 2013 Frameline

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The documentary LEWD & LASCIVIOUS had its sold out World Premiere at the 2013 FRAMELINE LGBT Film Festival in San Francisco. LEWD & LASCIVIOUS directed by Dr. Jallen Rix documents police harassment and public abuse on New Year’s Day 1965 of a gay and lesbian Mardi Gras Costume Ball attendees and how it changed the Gay civil rights landscape in San Francisco.

Why Are There No Sequels to Indie Films? Why?

Why Are There No Sequels to Indie Films? Why?

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Audiences who have seen BEFORE MIDNIGHT in theaters have experienced a film that is extraordinary for two reasons: first, it’s a fantastic movie (after seeing it myself in April, I couldn’t agree more with TIME magazine critic Mary F. Pols, who said, “If I were only allowed to see one movie this year, I’d want it to be Before Midnight. If I were only allowed two trips to a theater this year, I’d see it twice”). Second, it’s an ultra-rare example of an independent film sequel – and even rarer, it is the second sequel of a film made with the creative team intact.

New York Times’s Op-Docs is Looking For Documentary Filmmakers

New York Times’s Op-Docs is Looking For Documentary Filmmakers

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Op-Docs, the New York Times’s editorial department’s forum for short opinionated documentaries is looking for opinionated documentary shorts (running 3 to 10 minutes), Documentary filmmakers in the United States are invited to apply for a new pitch opportunity at this year’s Camden International Film Festival (CIFF): The pitch will take place as part of the Camden International Film Festival’s Points North Documentary Forum running from September 26 – 29, 2013.

Rural Route Film Festival in Queens NYC Releases Full Line-Up for July 27 & Aug. 1-4

Rural Route Film Festival in Queens NYC Releases Full Line-Up for July 27 & Aug. 1-4

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The Rural Route Film Festival is back for 2013 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York City, and kicks off with a special July 27 environmental ‘Green’ screening of director Jared Fletcher’s  “SOURLANDS” and will close with a Sunday night shorts party on August 4. 

The film lineup for the 2013 Rural Route Film Festival includes some of what the festival describes as ‘the best-but-least-seen’ new indie features, such as a fairytale space romance on the Kazakh Steppe, a Chilean western, a touching Senegalese drama, and a documentary about sub-Himalayan sisters caught in the crunch of modern China. 

János Szász’s THE NOTEBOOK Wins GRAND PRIX – CRYSTAL GLOBE at the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

János Szász’s THE NOTEBOOK Wins GRAND PRIX – CRYSTAL GLOBE at the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

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THE NOTEBOOK (LE GRAND CAHIER / A NAGY FÜZET ) directed by János Szász won the GRAND PRIX – CRYSTAL GLOBE at the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival which took place from June 28th to July 6th in Czech Republic. THE NOTEBOOK is described as a fascinating and hard-hitting adaptation of the controversial first novel by Hungarian writer Agota Kristof about 13-year-old twins forced to spend the last years of the Second World War with their cruel grandmother somewhere near the Hungarian border. A FIELD IN ENGLAND directed by Ben Wheatley was awarded the SPECIAL JURY PRIZE. In the film, which takes place in England during the Civil War, a group of men flee from a raging battle but they are captured and forced to take part in a hunt for treasure supposedly buried somewhere in a field. But before they start digging, they gobble up some strange-looking mushrooms and then everything goes ‘crazy.’

“I WANT MY NAME BACK” Director Roger Paradiso Speaks on the Journey of the Sugar Hill Gang Rap Documentary

“I WANT MY NAME BACK” Director Roger Paradiso Speaks on the Journey of the Sugar Hill Gang Rap Documentary

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Starring hip hop icons and pioneers, Wonder Mike and Master Gee I WANT MY NAME BACK highlights the rise and fall, road to redemption of these former members of the legendary Sugar Hill Gang. After releasing arguably the greatest Rap single and changing the face of Hip Hop history, they were the victim of identity theft as well copyright and trademark violations as a result of what is still today the highest selling song in the genre that so many have grown to love and support today. Achieving platinum status on all of their first three albums as a collective, one would assume that their legacy would have been solidified, both in theory and in financial reward. 30 years removed from the creation of Rappers Delight the duo have fought long and hard for their intellectual property and acknowledgement. The reality of their story is disheartening, yet very necessary in the education of artists and fans alike. Their battle against former label Sugar Hill Records, as well as the background to their rise, as documented by critically acclaimed director Roger Paradiso in conjunction with One Village Entertainment, a division of Image Entertainment, and part of Robert Johnson’s RLJ Entertainment is available via Video on Demand, as well as many other leading digital outlets including iTunes, Sony, Amazon and features the likes of Grandmaster Caz (The Cold Crush Brothers), Melle Mel (Grandmaster Flash), and Vinnie and Treach (Naughty by Nature).

LISTEN to Sneak Preview of Celine Dion’s Track from “UNFINISHED SONG”

LISTEN to Sneak Preview of Celine Dion’s Track from “UNFINISHED SONG”

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A special sneak preview of the title track from the film, UNFINISHED SONG, performed by multi-platinum recording artist Celine Dion, with music and lyrics by iconic songwriter Diane Warren is now available for fans exclusively on CelineDion.com. The song will become available in its entirety on the site in coming weeks. UNFINISHED SONG is currently playing in theaters.