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    (BPRW) Cinedigm Signs Multi-Picture, Multi-Year Deal with Moguldom Studios

    The deal provides Cinedigm distribution rights to at least 10 new “Docutainment” releases a year


    (BLACK PR WIRE) -- LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) and Moguldom Studios announced today they have entered into a multi-year, multi-picture deal for Moguldom’s slate of independent films, which explore stories related to the modern, pop culture experience. The deal provides for no less than 10 new films per year. Additionally, Cinedigm has acquired the distribution rights to seven catalog titles from the Moguldom Studios’ library. Cinedigm will have certain US distribution rights to the films, including digital, television, and physical home entertainment.

    Moguldom Studios is a production company for the next generation, creating independent documentary films that are branded as ‘Docutainment.’ Docutainment captures the intersection of reality and traditional storytelling techniques in order to take a unique and objective look at the modern, pop culture experience.

    “With its Docutainment slate, Moguldom Studios is taking on controversial and often taboo topics in a frank, entertaining and no-holds barred manner,” said Yolanda Macias, Cinedigm’s EVP of Acquisitions. “We are proud to partner with Moguldom to bring these films to audiences eager for stories that speak to and reflect not only the African American community but our increasingly cross-cultural society as a whole."

    “We are very excited to partner with Cinedigm. They are the nation’s premier distributor of independent films, and we know that our partnership with them will allow our films to be consumed by the masses. These are important topics and the more people that are able to join the debate, the better,” said Brett Dismuke, President of Moguldom Entertainment.

    The deal was brokered between Brett Dismuke, President of Moguldom Entertainment and Melody Fowler, Cinedigm’s Director of Acquisitions. Moguldom Studios films covered in the distribution deal include:

    “A Genius Leaves The Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z”
    The extraordinary story of how a young hustler from the projects used the same principles to break into corporate America.

    “Gunland”
    Exploring the stories of children affected by gun violence in Chicago.

    “The Swirl”
    Examining the fastest growing social trend in American culture: interracial dating.

    “Black Church, Inc.”
    The prophets for profit. Examining financial corruption of the black church.

    “Bottoms Up: Rise of the Backside”
    The sexual celebration, exploitation and degradation of women’s most treasured and exalted asset: the almighty butt.

    “72%: A Baby Mama Crisis”
    Gain insight into the single mother phenomenon in the African American community.

    “When The Checks Stop Coming In”
    Find out how the IRS, bad contracts and extravagance got these celebrities into financial trouble, and hear what advice they would give to other people and celebrities on the rise to stardom.

    “Bleaching Black Culture”
    Explore the impact that African Americans have had on art, culture, technology and more. But if the African American community is the cultural architect, why are they still outside the building begging to get in?

    “Knifed Up: The Evolution of Cosmetic Surgery”
    Get the backstory on the everyday girl who’s hoping for plastic perfection by tapping into the $11.8 billion cosmetic procedure of breast lifts, nose-reshaping, fat injection, liposuction, tummy tucks, facelifts and Botox.

    “Hating Obama”
    Does Obama get disrespected because of his race or does every President endure this as part of the job?

    “Bossip Comedy Series (Parts 1 & 2)”
    Laugh with subjects taken from the most popular Bossip content while following black comedians’ lives and performances.

    “Side Piece”
    From “Scandal” to “Being Mary Jane,” the phenomenon of sidepieces (male or female) has become an accepted occurrence in our society.

    “Pop Life”
    A film that examines the glorification of recreational drugs throughout all aspects of the entertainment business.

    “Father Forgive Him”
    Explore the events that took place in the Eddie Long fiasco and touch base on the sensitive subjects of homophobia, sexuality and hiding within the black church.

    “Dumb It Down”
    The downside of US urban culture is examined in the brutally-honest expose about “keeping it real” gone wrong.

    “Where is the Love?”
    An exploration of the notion that Black women in America have the most difficult time finding love.

    About Cinedigm
    Cinedigm is a leading independent content distributor in the United States, with direct relationships with over 60,000 physical retail storefronts and digital platforms, including Wal-Mart, Target, iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon, as well as the national Video on Demand platform on cable television. The company’s library of over 52,000 films and TV episodes encompasses award-winning documentaries from Docurama Films®, next-gen Indies from Flatiron Film Company®, acclaimed independent films and festival picks through partnerships with the Sundance Institute and Tribeca Films and a wide range of content from brand name suppliers, including National Geographic, Discovery, Scholastic, WWE, NFL, Shout Factory, Hallmark, Jim Henson and more.

    Additionally, given Cinedigm’s infrastructure, technology, content and distribution expertise, the company has rapidly become a leader in the quickly evolving over-the-top digital network business. Cinedigm’s first channel, DOCURAMA, launched in May 2014, and is currently available on over 165 million consumer devices including Roku, Xbox and Samsung, with additional platforms currently being rolled out. Earlier this year, Cinedigm also announced plans for a Comic Con branded channel, in partnership with WIZARD WORLD, for launch in Q4 2014. The Company recently announced its third OTT channel via a partnership with The Dove Foundation. DOVE MOVIE CHANNEL will be a digital streaming subscription service targeted to families and kids seeking high quality and family friendly content approved by Dove.

    Cinedigm™ and Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp™ are trademarks of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp www.cinedigm.com. [CIDM-G] http://www.cinedigm.com/ http://twitter.com/cinedigm http://facebook.com/cinedigm http://youtube.com/cinedigm

    About Moguldom Media Group
    Moguldom Media Group is a fast-growing, global digital media and entertainment company serving original content to large, under-served audiences in high-demand verticals (e.g., women’s lifestyle, parenting, fashion, travel). Industry leading audience engagement is driven by cultural sensitivity and content authenticity. Moguldom currently serves 20 million unique visitors per month viewing over 400 million pages. Moguldom’s online brands, including Bossip.com and MadameNoire.com are monetized through digital advertising (e.g., programmatic, mobile, video, branded entertainment, native and desktop), sponsorship and content commerce including video rentals, purchases, licensing, syndication and subscription.

    About Moguldom Studios
    Moguldom Studios, a division of Moguldom Media Group, is the next-generation production company creating compelling independent documentary films that are branded as “Docutainment.” Docutainment, as defined by Moguldom Studios, is a hybrid between reality, day in the life and traditional storytelling, which takes a unique and objective look at diverse modern pop culture experiences, all the while offering riveting stories with universal appeal. Moguldom Studios’ staff consists of award-winning filmmakers who capture these stories with a style that is fresh, edgy and relevant. The goal is to deliver intimate, timely yet unforgettable stories that entertain and ultimately enlighten a large audience. The films are available for purchase or rent on the Moguldom Studios website as well as on platforms including iTunes, Google Play and Amazon, where they have achieved top 10 rankings based on actual transaction volume (as opposed to paid-for advertising), and which have been favorably reviewed by industry and consumer publications. For more information, please visit www.moguldomstudios.com.

    Source: Cinedigm


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A History of Strength



    ASPiRE's acclaimed indie film series "ABFF Independent" - All-New Episode “A History of Strength” - Hosted by Omari Hardwick ("Power")

    ABFF Independent – Episode entitled: “A History of Strength” – These four fascinating films tell the story of the strength that shaped African American culture:


    A History of Strength



    · The Journey of Margaret Garner – 32 Min. – This short film tells the story of the creation of an opera built around a American Tragedy. Margaret Garner was a runaway slave who attempted to flee Kentucky to Cincinnati. When faced with the certainty of recapture, she chose to kill her children rather than have them returned to the horrors of slavery. This historical event was the basis for the book and movie "Beloved" and is now embodied in an opera. We learn Margaret's story and understand why all of the amazing artists involved chose to participate in this stirring tale that helped spur the Abolitionists Movement to new heights.

    Alphonzo Wesson – Director – “Zo” was raised on the gritty streets of Chicago's South Side. Zo Spent six years as an in-house director for Procter and Gamble in Cincinnati and directed over six hundred advertising executions. He has received 15 Regional Emmys for Public Service Announcements, Documentaries, TV Specials, Commercials, and Entertainment Programs. His work has also appeared on the Showtime Cable Network with the documentary "We Are Not Vanishing," which featured contributions by Maya Angelou, Bill Cosby and Dick Gregory. He also directed Oprah Winfrey for a permanent installation at The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati Ohio.

    · Underground – 19 Min. – In a story told through song, Bali plans to escape from slavery after learning that his master is going to sell his young daughter, Emala. With house slave Dembi, they strike out in the dead of night, singing Negro spirituals that they hope will protect them on their perilous journey to freedom.

    Akil Dupont – Director – Award-winning director Akil DuPont was born and raised in Tallahassee, FL. He received his B.A. from Florida A&M University (FAMU) in Economics. Akil worked as a Branch Manager of a bank for several years in the Orlando area. During this time he was heavily involved in the world of photography and modeling and rediscovered his passion for directing. He returned to Tallahassee and obtained his MFA from Florida State University (FSU) in Motion Picture Arts.

    · The South Will Rise Again – 15 Min. – A short documentary about race, and the symbols of racism, at the University of Mississippi.

    Ben Guest – Director – Ben Guest is a documentary filmmaker based in southern Africa. His work focuses on issues of race, gender, and equality. He is a former Peace Corps Volunteer and former English teacher in the Mississippi Delta.

    · John Henry and the Railroad – 18 Min. – This is the tale of John Henry. The one from the railroad story. Legend goes that John Henry was a freed slave. John took his only son out looking for work. He was out to make a new life for himself. He heard something about railroad work needing to be done. So that’s where he went. But trouble was just around the bend.

    A History of Strength



    Brandon McCormick – Director – Brandon McCormick is the founder of Whitestone Motion Pictures and the Producer/Director for all of Whitestone’s films. Brandon has made a number of award-winning short films that have created a body of work that is unique and inspiring. Brandon began making films at age 15 at 12Stone Church, which was dedicated to employing the arts to communicate its message. After more than a decade of experience, his vision and style as a filmmaker are distinct. Brandon lives in Buford, Georgia with his beautiful wife Kimberly and 2 daughters, Storie and Ever. Brandon credits the beauty of his family, his friends and the Appalachian mountains as his muse to create art and film.

    “ABFF Independent” is executive produced by Jeff Friday, and Sean Joell Johnson and Ralph Scott of LeftCenter Entertainment, Inc. ASPiRE and the series both launched on June 27, 2012.

    Follow the series and host on:
    · www.aspire.tv/shows/abff-independent
    · Omari Hardwick on Twitter @OmariHardwick


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    DCTV's "Our Cameras, Our Stories" Premieres Saturday on PBS

    First Series 100% Youth Conceived, Created, and Executed


     Our Cameras, Our Stories



    ** Watch the Premiere of DCTV's "Our Cameras, Our Stories" on PBS **

    Saturday, October 4th on PBS (WNET 13), Followed by Air Dates Across the Country (Weekly for the Next Six Weeks)

    "Our Cameras, Our Stories" empowers young New Yorkers via the opportunity to share their stories on film. These young filmmakers shoot short-form autobiographical documentaries using DCTV's (Downtown Community Television Center) studio and equipment - each episode of "Our Cameras, Our Stories" is comprised of a few of such documentary films. Each episode exhibits heart-wrenching stories of inner city turmoil, running the gamut of homelessness to gun violence, and yet the young filmmakers all persevere and use their art to become role models for change. A total of 21 films by 21 young New York City young filmmakers will be featured as part of the series.

    "Our Cameras, Our Stories" is the first series 100% youth conceived, created, and executed.

    Our Cameras, Our Stories



    One such student filmmaker has recently been invited to the White House! Medgar student Jasmine Barclay will be a guest at the White House for her work on "Our Cameras, Our Stories" with the film, When Life Hands You Lemons. The film documents her struggles of having an incarcerated parent. On October 8th, Jasmine will travel to Washington, D.C. where she will be recognized as a Champion of Change. There, she will screen her documentary and speak on a panel about the ordeals youth face when a parent is incarcerated. The White House Champions of Change initiative “honors local Champions of Change who are doing extraordinary work to prepare individuals and communities throughout the nation for disasters and to help build a safer and more resilient nation.”

    DCTV is a non-profit independent media arts center that provides free and affordable public programs and services to NYC media artists, youth, and residents. These programs include media arts training workshops in moving image media, community access to state-of-the-art digital production equipment and edit systems, and production/screening facilities for public use.

    DCTV



    DCTV Founder Jon Alpert has distinguished himself as an award-winning journalist. He has won three Primetime Emmy Awards, eleven News & Documentary Emmy Awards, one National Emmy for Sports Programming, four Columbia DuPont Awards and a Peabody Award.

    For more information visit DCTV's website.


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    The Pan African Film Festival Announces Call for ArtFest Submissions

    America’s Largest, Most Prestigious Black Film Festival Features Unrivaled Art Show


    LOS ANGELES – The call for submissions is open for the 23nd Annual Pan African Film and Art Festival (PAFF), February 12 – 22, 2015. The largest and most prestigious Black film festival in the U.S., PAFF spans 11 days, and attracts 40,000+ industry and public attendees to scheduled screenings of more than 150 films along with an unrivaled art show to 75,000+ attendees for the works of more than 100 fine artists, designers, and unique craftsmen from around the globe such as countries the United States, Austria, England, Bermuda, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, Brazil, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa, Nigeria, and Angola.
     The Pan African Film Festival



    The diversity of PAFF is represented by its core value of Pan-Africanism in every feature selected and its community programming including an extensive fine art show ArtFest and surrounding schools Black History Month curriculum.

    “Through the years, our guiding principle of ‘Pan-Africanism’ as a movement remains to unify and provide a space for patronage of the expression of all people of African descent worldwide” said Ayuko Babu, executive director and a founder of PAFF.

    PAFF ArtFest showcases creativity most often excluded from major museums and affords an exchange place to encourage art collection.

    ”PAFF ArtFest stimulates the Black art trade,” said Allohn, director of PAFF ArtFest. “There is education on fine art as an investment and exhibitor selling by the artists.”

    ELIGIBILITY:
    PAFF ArtFest is juried according to the following guidelines to maintain the objective of featuring fine art, quality craft and designer merchandise.

    Accepted: fine art and photography, handmade unique crafts and jewelry and designer fashions and accessories, one-of-a-kind, original pieces, designer-crafted or hand-printed T-shirts.

    Not Accepted: No incense, no perfume oils, no “low-end” jewelry and mass manufactured merchandise imported from Korea, China and etc.; no mass manufactured/printed T-shirts.

    Gallery applications will be accepted; however, a gallery may not exhibit and sell works by more than four artists. No application will be accepted without accompanying slides and/or photographs; a website can be provided if it includes a representative selection of work.

    SUBMISSION:
    Non-refundable $35

    Early Bird Submission:
    Sep. 30
    Regular Submission:
    Nov. 15

    Late Submission: $100 late fee
    Nov. 16 – Dec. 30

    For complete details on rules, restrictions, fees, deadlines, booth options, equipment rentals and online application, visit www.paff.org.

    TYPES OF ART:
    The directory of artist and business exhibits include:

    Fine Art
    Painting
    Illustrations
    Mixed Media
    Ceramics
    Photography
    Quilt
    Wearable Art
    Home Décor
    Craft
    Fashion
    Art Wear
    Jewelry
    Leather Craft
    African Textiles
    African Crafts
    Egyptian Artifacts

    ABOUT THE PAN AFRICAN FILM AND ART FESTIVAL
    The Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF) is America's largest, and most prestigious Black film and arts festival. Each year, it screens more than 150 films made by and/or about people of African descent from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, Latin America, Europe and Canada. PAFF holds the distinction of being the largest Black History Month event in the United States.

    PAFF was founded in 1992 by award-winning actor Danny Glover (“The Color Purple,” “Lethal Weapon” movie franchise), Emmy Award-winning actress Ja’Net DuBois (best known for her role as Willona in the TV series “Good Times”) and executive director, Ayuko Babu, an international legal, cultural and political consultant who specializes in African Affairs. PAFF is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of ethnic and racial respect and tolerance through the exhibit of films, art and creative expression. The goal of PAFF is to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images, help to destroy negative stereotypes and depict an expanded vision of the Black experience. PAFF believes film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time, serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.

    Share in the movement:
    Official Site: http://www.paff.org/
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PAFF1992
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/paffnow
    Instagram: http://instagram.com/paffnow


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    BAMcinématek Presents the US Theatrical Premiere Run of Manfred Kirchheimer'sStations of the Elevated (1981) in a New Restoration, October 17th - 23rd

    Returning After a Sold Out Screening at BAMcinemaFest Screens With Kirchheimer's Claw (1968) “Achingly gorgeous.”—A. O. Scott, The New York Times

    “A 45-minute proto-hip-hop bliss-out, a masterpiece of train- and tag-spotting.” —Alan Scherstuhl, The Village Voice



    September 22nd, 2014 (New York, NY) - From Friday, October 17 through Thursday, October 23, BAMcinématek presents the US theatrical premiere run of Manfred Kirchheimer’s Stations of the Elevated (1981) in a new restoration.
    " a soundtrack that interweaves ambient city noises with the gutbucket gospel squall of jazz titan Charles Mingus and Aretha Franklin’s transcendent rendition of “Amazing Grace.” "
    The earliest filmed document of graffiti, Manfred Kirchheimer’s richly chromatic city symphony—originally shot in 1977 on 16mm color reversal film and now remastered in high definition - sets images of New York City to a soundtrack that interweaves ambient city noises with the gutbucket gospel squall of jazz titan Charles Mingus and Aretha Franklin’s transcendent rendition of “Amazing Grace.” Regarded by cinephiles and hip-hop heads as a cult masterpiece since its premiere at the 1981 New York Film Festival, Stations of the Elevated is a celebration of a quintessentially urban art form at a time when it was largely dismissed as vandalism.

    With lyrical shots of tagged trains, desolate rail yards, and other details of the urban landscape, it remains a priceless portrait of a bygone era of New York City culture. Back by popular demand after a sold-out screening at this year’s BAMcinemaFest, Stations will be presented in its US theatrical premiere run alongside Kirchheimer’s Claw (1968), a poetic, deeply critical examination of urban renewal. Kirschheimer will appear in person for Q&As on October 17 and 18.

     Stations of the Elevated



    An Artists Public Domain/Cinema Conservancy release | 1981 | 45min | In English | Color | DCP

    Stations of the Elevated and Claw (30min) screen Fri, Oct 17—Thu, Oct 23: Fri & Sun at 2, 4, 6, 7:45*, 9:45pm; Sat at 7*, 9:15pm, Mon—Thu at 4:30, 6:15, 8:00, 10:00pm *Q&A with director Manfred Kirchheimer on Fri, Oct 17 at 7:45pm and Sat, Oct 18 at 7pm

    About Cinema Conservancy / Artists Public Domain
    Cinema Conservancy is the releasing program of Artists Public Domain, a New York-based non-profit production and distribution company. Cinema Conservancy helps to ensure the legacy and public availability of crucial works of American Independent cinema. Previous Cinema Conservancy releases include Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer, the John Hubley Centennial, Nothing But a Man, Little Fugitive, Northern Lights and The Color Wheel. APD’s recent productions include Towheads, Another Earth, and The Forgiveness of Blood.

    About BAMcinématek
    The four-screen BAM Rose Cinemas (BRC) opened in 1998 to offer Brooklyn audiences alternative and independent films that might not play in the borough otherwise, making BAM the only performing arts center in the country with two mainstage theaters and a multiplex cinema. In July 1999, beginning with a series celebrating the work of Spike Lee, BAMcinématek was born as Brooklyn’s only daily, year-round repertory film program. BAMcinématek presents new and rarely seen contemporary films, classics, work by local artists, and festivals of films from around the world, often with special appearances by directors, actors, and other guests.

    BAMcinématek has not only presented major retrospectives by major filmmakers such as Michelangelo Antonioni, Manoel de Oliveira, Shohei Imamura, Vincente Minnelli (winning a National Film Critics’ Circle Award prize for the retrospective), Kaneto Shindo, Luchino Visconti, and William Friedkin, but it has also introduced New York audiences to contemporary artists such as Pedro Costa and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. In addition, BAMcinématek programmed the first US retrospectives of directors Arnaud Desplechin, Nicolas Winding Refn, Hong Sang-soo, and, most recently, Andrzej Zulawski. From 2006 to 2008, BAMcinématek partnered with the Sundance Institute and in June 2009 launched BAMcinemaFest, a 16-day festival of new independent films and repertory favorites with 15 NY feature film premieres; the sixth annual BAMcinemaFest ran from June 18—29, 2014.


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    Christina Welsh

    Screenwriter Bio


    Los Angeles-native Screenwriter Christina Welsh previously gained acclaim for writing IF ONLY — the internationally released romantic drama starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and Tom Wilkinson. Welsh will soon enjoy widespread recognition as the co-writer of the screenplay for ADDICTED, soon to be released by Lionsgate Films, and starring Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe and Latino heart throb/Dancing with the Stars finalist William Levy. Welsh adapted the screenplay from the book by the same name.

    A Loyola Marymount University graduate with degrees in English and Screenwriting, Welsh knew at 14 that screenwriting was her passion and worked toward making it her career. IF ONLY — based on her original screenplay — was chosen to open the Sarasota Film Festival at which Welsh and the movie won the Mark P. Famiglio Award for Excellence in Filmmaking.

    ADDICTED -- opening in theaters on October 10th of this year, is Welsh's second movie and first domestic film release. It is a sexy and provocative thriller about a woman who is a sex addict. Lionsgate Films sent out an industry wide invitation to screenwriters to pitch for this open writing assignment. It was Welsh's writing prowess, superseded only by her passion for the project that landed her the job to adapt Zane's book into a screenplay. Welsh brings her adaptive skills and clear voice to the novel written by an African-American woman and starring a mostly African-American cast.

    While waiting for ADDICTED to go into production, Welsh broke into television, selling a pilot to Lionsgate TV and Lifetime. During her career, she has sold diverse original film projects to producers and studios such as Disney, Intermedia and Halcyon Pictures. Her internationally-released film IF ONLY was picked up by ABC Family for its U.S. television premiere.

    Prior to making the transition to full-time screenwriter, Welsh enjoyed a career in journalism. She served as the first woman editor-in-chief of LMU’s student newspaper. She was an entertainment reporter on Power 106-FM, then the #1 radio station in Los Angeles. As a field reporter Welsh reported live from the Oscars, the Emmys and the Golden Globe Awards. Welsh has interviewed the likes of such A-list stars as Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Costner and Clint Eastwood.

    Welsh also served as the head film critic for Coast Media News and wrote, photographed and designed the monthly publications for several major Hollywood trade unions: IATSE Locals 33, 44 and 728, Teamsters Local 399 and the IBEW Local 40 studio electricians. A member of SAG/AFTRA, Welsh has a varied acting resume with film, theater and voiceover credits. She performed in and wrote several comedy showcases at the famed Groundlings Theatre. Later, she co-created and starred in two long-running live Hollywood theater productions — including a full-length musical and a sketch comedy/ improv show that played to audiences for over two years. Her comedy troupe received rave reviews from the L.A. Times and L.A. Weekly also earning them a featured segment on the nationally syndicated television show AFTER HOURS.

    Christina Welsh currently lives in Los Angeles and has a soon-to-be announced project still in the works.


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New York Film Academy takes a look at black inequality in film



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    Desmond Tutu: Children of the Light


    A new documentary Desmond Tutu: Children of the Light. While the Arch has been in numerous documentaries about all manner of things, this is the first doc that is specifically about him, his life and legacy.

    Desmond Tutu: Children of the Light is the opening feature at the Harlem International Film Fest this September.

    And right now folks can view this doc for 99 cents on Google Play!
    https://play.google.com/store/movies/details/Children_of_the_Light?id=YPrq6wBGbXI


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    TEMPTING FATE

    RISING STAR NICHOLAS ALEXANDER MAKES A SPLASH

    IN NEW MOVIES THAT FOCUS ON THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE


    “Genuine passion...

    Alexander gives a very convincing performance that makes you curious to know more about him.”

    - The Urban Film Stage

    TEMPTING FATE



    LOS ANGELES (June 23, 2014) - Nicholas Alexander is an up and coming young actor poised to take the African American film community by storm. He makes his feature film debut opposite African Academy Award best actor winner, Ramsey Nouahand WEST OF THUNDER actor/writer Dan Davies. The film, TEMPTING FATE, will make its U. S. premiere July 4, and also internationally in the UK, Ghana and Nigeria. In 2015, it will compete to be included in the first round of Nigerian movies to be eligible for an American Academy Award

    TEMPTING FATE is just the tip of the iceberg for this talented actor with an ambitious appetite for quality work. Alexander just wrapped a supporting role opposite Kelly Hu (X-Men 2), and veteran character actor Robert Picardo in the Sci-Fi movie AGE OF TOMORROW.Soon he will play a Leading role in an independent pilot presentation for HBO, B.L.V.D, to be directed by publicist turned director Leigha Hagood, and Kofa Boyah.

    You may recognize Nicholas from the festival circuit where films like CHOICES have premiered to rave reviews. Several other shorts are slated for upcoming screenings including Jacob Stone, Roman Chapter 36, and FKG, a short film about two brothers going through a gang initiation. Of his work on FKG, Nicholas says "A story like this has meaning to me because it's a portrayal of what's real to me in this world.

    “People who aren't exposed to this kind of environment, don’t really get a chance to see what many of these kids and young adults in the hood are going through.” Said Alexander. “The young kids from these neighborhoods come up in this type of lifestyle, live it every day, and feel they have no other option but this way of life. They're not exposed to the opportunities kids from other communities have the privilege of experiencing."

    Nicholas’s work in TEMPTING FATE is sure to attract attention. Of all the movies Nicholas has acted in so far, TEMPTING FATE will have the largest fan base. It is part of the burgeoning “Nollywood” film offerings – slang for Nigerian-Hollywood Film. But unlike some Nigerian films that don’t pass the cultural barrier, this one, Nicholas says, is sure to appeal to a broader audience. A story of two brothers, one of deep faith and the other buried in a life of crime, have their worlds torn apart when the wrong one goes to jail and the other commits an unforgivable act. Nicholas plays Blake, one of the brother’s bank robbing cohorts. “When I got a chance to read it, it was really heartwarming,” says Nicholas of what attracted him to the project, “I felt the passion … You could really tell Kevin took his time molding these characters … each individual character is a thing of beauty.”

    About Nicholas Alexander
    From Naperville, Illinois, Nicholas attended The University of Arizona on a full athletic scholarship where he played Running Back for the football team. Though he played in two bowl games and entertained ambitions of playing in the NFL, he decided to pursue his primary passion for acting after graduation. He currently studies with director, Choice Skinner, who recently attached Isaiah Washington and Daniele Watts to his upcoming feature, WE ARE FAMILY. Nicholas will begin filming Skinner’s next project, KEEP THE FAITH starting at the end of June.


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    THE FIX

    Directed by Laura Naylor (72 mins)


    Junior, a young father trying to turn his life around after years of heroin addiction, joins forces with a group of fellow hepatitis-C-infected former junkies in the Bronx to fight the disease in their community. Knitting personal narratives together with a profile of innovative programs at a methadone clinic, the film explores the concept of storytelling as an instrument of change and gives a powerful voice to marginalized members of society. Ultimately a very personal story of redemption and hope, THE FIX puts a human face on addiction and disease with sensitivity and grace. www.thefixdoc.com

    AFI Docs Festival Screening: Thursday, June 19th @ 6:15 PM - AFI Silver Theater




    SOFT VENGEANCE: ALBIE SACHS AND THE NEW SOUTH AFRICA

    Directed by Abby Ginzberg (70 mins)


    SOFT VENGEANCE is a film about Albie Sachs, a lawyer, writer, art lover and freedom fighter, set against the dramatic events leading to the overthrow of the apartheid regime in South Africa. As a young man, Albie defended those committed to ending apartheid in South Africa. For his actions as a lawyer, he was imprisoned in solitary confinement in Cape Town, tortured through sleep deprivation and forced into exile. In 1988 he was blown up by a car bomb set by the South African security forces in Maputo, Mozambique, which cost him his right arm and the sight of one eye, but miraculously he survived and after a long year of rehabilitation in England, he recovered. Returning to South Africa following the release of Nelson Mandela, Albie helped write the new Constitution and was then appointed as one of the first 11 judges to the new Constitutional Court, which for the past two decades has been insuring that the rights of all South Africans are afforded protection. http://www.softvengeancefilm.org/MAIN.html

    The film is produced by Abby Ginzberg and executive produced by Oscar-Nominated actress Alfre Woodard who also serves as the narrator.

    AFI Docs Festival Screenings: Friday, June 20th 2014 @ 1:30 PM - AFI Silver Theater

    Honorable Ebrahim Rasoul, South Africa’s Ambassador to the U.S., will participate in a conversation following the screening.


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    2014 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OPENING WEEKEND

    Chiwetel Ejiofor and John Ridley Attend Opening Weekend Activities


    WHAT: The 40th Seattle International Film Festival kicked off on Thursday, May 15 with the annual Opening Night Gala and a screening of Jimi: All is By My Side starring Andre Benjamin. Director John Ridley attended the screening and actress Hayley Atwell.

    The 40th Seattle International Film Festival



    On Monday, May 19, Chiwetel Ejiofor received the Outstanding Achievement in Acting Award and participated in a moderated Q&A discussion led by John Horn following the screening of his film Half of a Yellow Sun.

    Other guests include who attended over the weekend included Laura Dern was another honoree who attended the screening of The Fault in Our Stars along with the film’s producer Isaac Klausner. Dern received the Outstanding Achievement in Acting Award and participate in a moderated Q&A discussion led by Elvis Mitchell. Also, Clark Gregg attended the screening of his film Trust Me, which starred in and directed. Actress Jenny Slate attended the screening of Obvious Child along with director Gillian Robespierre.

    MORE: Recognized as one of the top film festivals in North America, the Seattle International Film Festival is the largest, most highly attended film festival in the United States, reaching more than 150,000 annually. The 25-day festival is renowned for its wide-ranging and eclectic programming, presenting over 450 features, short films, and documentaries from over 70 countries each year. For additional information visit www.siff.net.


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    APD's CINEMA CONSERVANCY PRESENTS STATIONS OF THE ELEVATED

    New restoration of Manfred Kirchheimer's legendary NYC film to Premiere at BAMCinemaFest June 27, 2014


    May 15th, 2014 (New York, NY) - APD’s Cinema Conservancy program is thrilled to announce the upcoming release of Stations of the Elevated (1981), a 45-minute independent documentary directed, produced and edited by Manfred Kirchheimer, in a new restoration. Shot over the course of 1977 on lush 16mm color reversal stock, the film weaves together vivid images of elevated subway trains crisscrossing New York City's gritty urban landscape. With a complex soundtrack that combines the ambient sounds of the city with the music of Charles Mingus and Aretha Franklin, the film is an impressionistic portrait of and tribute to a New York that has long since disappeared.

    On Friday, June 27 BAMCinemaFest will present the world premiere of APD/Cinema Conservancy’s new restoration of Stations of the Elevated on the Steinberg Screen at the BAM Harvey Theater. The event begins with a live performance by legendary jazz ensemble the Mingus Dynasty, the original Charles Mingus legacy band. The first band Sue Mingus organized after Charles’ death in 1979, this acclaimed orchestra continues to interpret Charles Mingus’ more than 300 compositions, and will perform as a prelude to Kirchheimer’s jazz-inflected documentary. Tickets go on sale May 14, 2014 here: http://www.bam.org/film/2014/bamcinemafest2014.

    The newly restored version of the film will be released in theaters this fall accompanied by other works by Manfred Kirchheimer. The restoration process includes both re-mastered image and sound.

    Director of Cinema Converancy Jake Perlin stated, “I was hypnotized by Stations from the first time I saw the video cassette, just like the twenty plus times I have seen it since. When thinking of dream projects for Cinema Conservancy, it was at the top of the list. Working with Manny to be able to bring the film back to audiences in this beautiful version and have it premiere on the enormous screen in the Harvey, is thrilling!"

    "In 1977 when Stations of the Elevated was filmed, illegal graffiti on New York’s subway trains was considered the scourge of the city. Mayors and passengers called it vandalism; attack dogs were let loose to scare and apprehend the perpetrators--kids with names and messages they wanted to 'get up.' Today, museums, advertisers and celebrities court the graffiti writers and display their work. With the careful HD restoration of the film, it lives again in all its blazing glory”, said Manfred Kirchheimer.

    Among the first-ever documentations of graffiti on film, Stations of the Elevated Stations of the Elevated
    The film premiered at the 1981 New York Film Festival, but lacking appropriate music licenses, Stations of the Elevated was never theatrically released in the United States. In the 30 years since its completion it has been rarely screened, developing a cult amongst cinephiles and jazz- and graffiti-lovers. After two years of working to secure appropriate licenses for its soundtrack, APD's Cinema Conservancy program will finally make this crucial cultural document and cinematic experience available to the public in 2014 with a theatrical run.

    Filmmaker Manfred Kirchheimer (b. 1931) immigrated to New York with his family as a child, escaping Nazi Germany to settle in Washington Heights. After studying at Hans Richter's Institute of Film Techniques at the City College of New York, he spent many years working in the film industry while self-financing his own independent films. A long-time professor at the School of Visual Arts, Kirchheimer has documented New York with an observant, sympathetic eye for decades, in films including We Were So Beloved (1986), Claw (1968), Short Circuit (1973), Bridge High (1975) and Colossus on the River (1963).

    Now, 33 years after it’s initial release and coming back home, Stations of the Elevated’s new transfer can be seen with a fresh pair of eyes having its world premiere at BAMCinemaFest, Friday, June 27th at 8:00pm at the BAM Harvey Theater.

    Details regarding the film’s theatrical re-release this fall will be announced in the coming months.

    Cinema Conservancy is the releasing program of Artists Public Domain, a New York-based non-profit production and distribution company. Cinema Conservancy helps to ensure the legacy and public availability of crucial works of American Independent cinema. Previous Cinema Conservancy releases include Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer, the John Hubley Centennial, Nothing But a Man, Little Fugitive, Northern Lights and The Color Wheel. APD’s recent productions include Towheads, Another Earth, and The Forgiveness of Blood.

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    THE RESCUERS

    A Film by Michael King


    THE RESCUERS


    Directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Michael King (Bangin'), THE RESCUERS uncovers the largely unknown stories of 13 heroic diplomats who, at tremendous personal cost, saved tens of thousands of Jews during World War II. The film is narrated by Stephanie Nyombayire, a young Rwandan anti-genocide activist who lost 100 members of her family in the Rwandan Genocide of the 1990s, and Sir Martin Gilbert, the renowned Holocaust historian, who travel across the world interviewing survivors and descendants of the diplomats. Nyombayire and Gilbert explore and contemplate the past in a quest, in part, to understand what should be done to stop the ongoing genocide in Darfur and elsewhere.

    Opens in NYC May 9, 2014
    Available on VOD May 6, 2014
    Running time: 105 minutes
    http://www.rescuersdoc.com/


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    The Return of the Lost Ones Film is Offering the Public a Chance to Join Moviemaking History


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    As one of the most acclaimed filmmaking projects in recent memory, the Return of the Lost Ones film is destined to reap numerous honors and awards. This riveting motion picture shines a spotlight on a forgotten chapter in Jewish history, the forced conversion of Jews during the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions. During a large part of the past millennium, Jews were forced to leave these countries or adopt the Catholic faith, leaving millions of descendants without any knowledge of their heritage.

    The Return of the Lost Ones is a documentary that illuminates this tragic history and the modern day movement of the Annusim, i.e. Lost Ones, who are now returning to their Jewish faith. This timeless film examines the lives of prominent Annusim who have embraced their long lost heritage and the trials they endure as they discover and explore their new faith and culture. With the cooperation of Annusim in Europe, North America and South America, this film will tell the heartbreaking tales of men and women who have been denied their own cultural and religious identity for generations.

    Currently, the Return of the Lost Ones is in pre-production and is seeking financing from the public. The production crew is composed of leading moviemaking professionals from the industry who are passionate about telling this truly important story. With the financial assistance of contributors, Return of the Lost Ones can rent a RED camera and lighting equipment, travel to locations, and properly edit and market this film.

    Financial contributors will receive a number of gifts in addition to the satisfaction of knowing that they are a part of filmmaking history. These include tickets for the red carpet premiere, copies of the film, and film credits as well as various other sponsorship and investment opportunities. The film’s producers are also eager for your assistance in spreading the word about the film through social media like Facebook and Twitter. They would also like to get in touch with Lost Ones who are willing to share their story on film. You may make a financial contribution at http://goo.gl/tyjfsU

    About Us:
    The Return of the Lost Ones is a passion project from internationally acclaimed producer and director Dr. Jane Statlander-Slote. Jane is a renowned Professor of American Literature, documentarian, and psychotherapist. In addition to producing major films like Out of Newark, Dr. Statlander-Slote has also produced numerous highly honored books. She currently resides in Miami with her husband and famed philosopher Michael Slote.

    For more information on this press release visit: http://www.abnewswire.com/pressreleases/the-return-of-the-lost-ones-film-is-offering-the-public-a-chance-to-join-moviemaking-history_10921.html

    Media Contact:
    Beverley Harris-Alvarez
    Company Name: The Return of the Lost Ones
    Email: eretz.or.production@gmail.com, bha1966@gmail.com
    Country: United States
    Website: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/return-of-the-lost-ones#home


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    Afraid Of Dark


    Afraid Of Dark


    Hey!

    Did I tell you that we are live on Kickstarter? It's day Three and it's Friday, which means Payday (for some). The project is 3% funded, but we have 27 days left to raise $15,000.

    As a friendly reminder, the money is NOT taken out of your account until I raise all the money, which is May 9th. So, you can pledge now to show our strength in numbers and that you support the project.

    This is a much needed project and it is important to the community to get it out. We need $15,000 to make it happen. The money will be pay for rights/clearances, legal fees and marketing.

    We created a special page to make it easier to share below.
    Kickstarter Share Buttons (click here)
    Help bring THIS project out by pledging and spreading the world about it.
    Here is another look at the trailer, which received a lot of recognition...

    Film Trailer (click here)

    PS…. It’d mean the world to me if after you click the link above, you forward to a handful of friends, family and co-workers. www.afraidofdarkthefilm.com

    Thank You! :)
    Mya B.
    "The people united should never be defeated."


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    (BPRW) SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR THE 4TH ANNUAL “UP FAITH & FAMILY SCREENPLAY COMPETITION” AT THE AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL (ABFF) ENTERS ITS FINAL WEEK

    - Three Finalists Will be Chosen to Compete for $5,000 Grand Prize -


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – ATLANTA – April 22, 2014 – UP, America’s favorite channel for uplifting family entertainment, and partner American Black Film Festival (ABFF) today announced that Friday, April 25 is the final deadline for entries in the fourth annual “UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition.” The successful competition promotes the development of faith-friendly, family entertainment screenplays with a focus on the American Black experience, and is a component of UP’s Official sponsorship of Film Life’s 18th annual ABFF, the preeminent festival promoting cultural diversity within the film and television industry. The 2014 ABFF will be held June 19-22 in New York City for the first time.

    Through Friday, submissions for the UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition are being solicited by the ABFF on the organization’s website (http://www.ABFF.com/#!submit-up-screenplay/c6u3) and newsletter. All eligible screenplays received will be sent to UP for review by a select panel, which will choose the top three screenplay finalists. At ABFF in June, a scene from each of the top three screenplays will be performed live by actors and directed by the screenwriter. The Grand Prize winner of the Competition will be announced during the “ABFF Honors” awards presentation and will receive a check for $5,000.

    “The UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition has grown every year and is now recognized as a prestigious opportunity for aspiring screenwriters," said Brad Siegel, vice chairman, UP. “Each year, the competition draws a wide range of talent submitting work across various genres such as family adventure, comedy, romantic comedy sports and drama. The program is a great extension of our network’s commitment to showcasing uplifting, multicultural family-friendly stories."

    In past years, the UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition has generated films that UP has produced and aired on the network, including Somebody’s Child, written by Siddeeqah Powell and directed by Gary Wheeler. Two of the films – In the Meantime, written by Nzinga Kadalie Kemp, and Raising Izzie, written by David Martyn Conley – were produced and directed by Roger Bobb of Bobbcat Films, ABFF’s only two-time winner of the Best Film Award. Raising Izzie and Somebody’s Child are among the network’s most watched original movies.

    Entries for UP's Faith & Family Screenplay Competition should be formatted for a two-hour television movie, or approximately 88 minutes of content excluding commercials; center around faith-friendly, family-friendly topics with a focus on the American Black cultural experience with a wide audience appeal. All submissions should be non-period pieces. Please visit ABFF.com for complete details. Submissions should be mailed to:

    UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition 2014
    c/o Film Life, Inc.
    Chelsea Piers, Pier 62, Suite 303
    New York, NY 10011

    All submission materials must be received no later than 5 p.m. ET on Friday, April 25.

    About ABFF
    Established in 1997, the core mission of the ABFF is to promote cultural diversity within the motion picture industry. Through its film showcases and special contests, it annually introduces the top echelon of emerging artists to the film and television industry. The ABFF is a property of Film Life, Inc., a New York-based event marketing, and production and film distribution company founded in 2000 by Jeff Friday (CEO). Visit www.ABFF.com for more details.

    About UP
    UP, America’s favorite network for uplifting entertainment, is a 24-hour television network that provides high-quality, diverse, family-friendly programming, including original and premiere movies, theatricals, drama and comedy series, music and holiday specials. UP can be seen in 67 million homes in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) on cable systems including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Charter and Cox Communications as well as DIRECTV (Channel 338), DISH Network (Channel 188) and Verizon FIOS (Channel 224). As part of its mission to entertain and uplift, the network’s pro-social initiative “Uplift Someone” reminds and inspires people to do simple acts of kindness. UP is also a service provider to its sister network ASPiRE. Based in Atlanta, UP is a division of UP Entertainment, LLC, which also offers gMovies, the first faith-friendly streaming movie service. Follow UP on the Web at www.UPtv.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UPtv, Twitter on @UPtv and Instagram at UP_TV.


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    KUMARE Filmmaker & Provocateur Vikram Gandhi Joins HBO’s VICE As Producer & Correspondent

    - VICE Episodes With Vikram Gandhi Starts April 4th, 2014 only on HBO -


    KUMARE Filmmaker & Provocateur Vikram Gandhi Joins HBO’s VICE As Producer & Correspondent


    March 24th, 2014 (New York, NY) -- Provocateur, filmmaker and journalist Vikram Gandhi has joined HBO’s Emmy® nominated news magazine show, VICE.

    Gandhi, who has previously appeared on The Colbert Report, Nightline, Al Jazeera’s The Stream, and numerous NPR programs, will produce segments for VICE and appear as an on-air correspondent. Gandhi will explore a range of topics and stories from terrorism in India, to tribal uprising in Papua New Guinea, to government secrecy in Japan, and ultra-violence in Honduras.

    "Vice makes the kind of documentaries that I'd been trying to make for years. There is a deeper truth that can be revealed from living in a story. And that is what we are trying to tap into. It was a perfect fit for me. It's been refreshing to be in an environment that is not afraid to take risks. This season has been challenging, seeing the world in way I've never seen before", said Vikram Gandhi.

    Vikram Gandhi’s film Kumaré won the Audience Award for Feature Documentary at SXSW 2011. In Kumaré, Vikram impersonates a religious leader and creates a following of real people. While concealing his true identity from everyone he meets, Kumaré forges profound and spiritual connections with people from all walks of life. By building a nest of followers, teaching them that religious leaders are not needed in finding spiritual enlightenment by subsequently outing himself, Vikram in the end, became a student to Kumaré’s teachings, helping himself while helping others.

    Kino Lorber released Kumaré in the US to critical praise; the film was then released in over 20 other countries. Stephen Holden gave the film a positive review in The New York Times, The Village Voice called the film “Incredibly moving”, The Washington Post gave it a “critic’s pick” and Salon gave it a “Pick of the Week”.

    The innovative news magazine show VICE kicked off its 12-edition second season FRIDAY, MARCH 14th (11:00-11:30 p.m. ET/PT), immediately following “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Vikram Gandhi’s first of five episodes airs on FRIDAY, APRIL 4th. Joining Vikram this season are additional new award-winning correspondents to the show’s roster. Along with Shane Smith, 2014 correspondents include VICE Media co-founder Suroosh Alvi; conflict-zone journalist, documentary filmmaker and author Ben Anderson; Academy Award®-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist Fazeelat Aslam (HBO’s “Saving Face”); VICE Media editor-in-chief Rocco Castoro; artist David Choe; Iranian photojournalist and filmmaker Gelareh Kiazand; and longtime VICE correspondent Thomas Morton.

    HBO partners with VICE, the revolutionary new media company of the same name, on the Emmy®-nominated weekly series.

    Always unorthodox and at times irreverent, VICE takes viewers around the globe as its correspondents cover stories often overlooked by traditional media outlets. When reporting on today’s most pressing issues, from anti-government rebellions to hotbeds of terrorist activity to conflict and corruption, VICE uses an immersive documentary style to bring a unique perspective to the events shaping the future.

    Hosted by VICE Media founder Shane Smith, the series is executive produced by Bill Maher, Shane Smith, Eddy Moretti, VICE’s chief creative officer, and BJ Levin, with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria serving as consultant.

    In the 2014 season, VICE investigates a broad range of topics, traveling to global locations to report on everything from rampant U.S. military waste and corruption in Afghanistan to extortion, torture and killing in Rio’s favelas, and terrorist training in Dagestan.


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    TANZANIA: A JOURNEY WITHIN

    - A Film by Sylvia Caminer Opens in NYC April 25th in conjunction with World Malaria Day Running time: 102 minutes -


    TANZANIA: A JOURNEY WITHIN


    After nine long years in the USA furthering his education Venance is traveling home to Tanzania with Kristen, a close American friend from a vastly differing background. As Venance leads Kristen through his native countryside, they experience the ancient culture, the present-day poverty, and the eternal spirituality of his motherland. As Venance struggles to blend his newly learned western philosophy with that of tribal life Kristen experiences a life-changing transformation by observing first-hand the daily struggle to survive for many living on the continent. It is a dramatic, emotional, visually stunning odyssey that challenges and changes our protagonists forever.

    Kristen's trip, and bout with Malaria there, inspired her to create Malaika For Life (http://malaikaforlife.org) – a business which sells bracelets made by Tanzanian women. Proceeds for each bracelet sold are used to provide life-saving treatment for one African suffering from Malaria – hence their slogan "Buy a Bracelet, Save a Life". To date, Malaika For Life has saved over 22,000 lives and has the support of celebrities including Mandy Moore and NBA star Metta World Peace.

    Hoping to re-create the success of that campaign, the filmmakers are launching "Buy A Movie Ticket, Save a Life" in conjunction with the theatrical release of TANZANIA: A JOURNEY WITHIN in April. Proceeds from every ticket sold to the public will be used to provide life-saving treatment for Malaria patients in Africa.


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    John Forté / Church (feat. Stage: Soul Music)


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    (BPRW) Photo of Oprah Winfrey and Sidney Poitier Presenting Trailblazer Award to Cheryl Boone Isaacs Available on Business Wire's Website and AP PhotoExpress


    Photo of Oprah Winfrey and Sidney Poitier Presenting Trailblazer Award to Cheryl Boone Isaacs
    Oprah Winfrey and Sidney Poitier present the Trailblazer Award to Cheryl Boone Isaacs at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon. Boone Isaacs is the first African American and only the third woman elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in its 86 year history. This is one of the most exciting years in black film ever, and 2014 is a record year for African American presenters at the Oscars(R). The Oscars(R) air this Sunday, March 2, at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET. (Photo: Business Wire)


    Oprah Winfrey and Sidney Poitier present the Trailblazer Award to Cheryl Boone Isaacs at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon. Boone Isaacs is the first African American and only the third woman elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in its 86-year history. This is one of the most exciting years in black film ever, and 2014 is a record year for African American presenters at the Oscars®. The Oscars® air this Sunday, March 2, at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET.

    Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences


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    2014 Sundance Film Festival

    - Throughout the festival, Blackhouse Foundation brings its special flare to Park City promoting black filmmakers, introducing exciting programming, networking opportunities, and of course, the chance to enjoy great entertainment.

    Throughout the day, a plethora of African-American thespians, producers, directors and many others come through the doors, all in celebration of Black Cinema. Please visit: The Blackhouse Foundation. -


    2014 Sundance Film Festival
    ³Cues & Hues: How Music Helps Define The Black Film Experience.² The panel explored how music brings film to life. Whether it¹s the core subject or just the critical element that underlies the story, music is key to the telling of an amazing story. The panel featured filmmakers and song masters behind the most melodious Black films in the festival, the panel explored the process of building stories around musical subjects and forming the soundtracks that tell the most powerful tales.



    2014 Sundance Film Festival
    Panelists: Brett Dismuke, SVP of Acquisitions at One Village Entertainment, a division of Image Entertainment, Music producer Jonathan McHugh, and artist/composer Vernon Reid. Music industry veteran, Barry Cole, moderated the panel. The Blackhouse & VH1 hosted panel discussed the Rock Doc Series ³The Making of The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip-Hop, How A Book Went From the Shelves to the Screen² with panelists Steve Stoute (author, CEO of Translation), Billy Corben (Director, Filmmaker), Brad Abramson (VP, VH1 Production & Programming), Keith Clinkscales (CEO, Revolt TV)



    ³Meet the Filmmakers²: Firelight Media and American Experience celebrated the premiere of Freedom Summer, directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker and MacArthur ³Genius² Fellow Stanley Nelson

    Moderated by Paul Garnes, the Money TalksŠSo Learn The Language: Finding Film Finance panel included Greg Centineo, Kevin Monroe, Rudy Langley, Corky Kessler and Maureen Cox.

    Finding Dollars Without Losing Faith: Fundraising in a New Media Landscape Sponsored by Independent Television Service (ITVS), National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), Sundance and filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris (Through A Lens Darkly) offered attendees a keen look into the world of indie film and transmedia finance.


    2014 Sundance Film Festival
    Recognizing that women are underrepresented throughout the film & the entertainment industry, 2014 sponsor BET hosted Women: Provoking Change, Empowering Film. With attentive eyes and ears, moderator Vicky Free, Chief Marketing Officer, BET Networks, led a powerful discussion with industry executives, such as Nina Shaw, Partner, Del Shaw, Moonves Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano, Lena Waithe, Producer, Dear White People, Stacy Smith, Associate Professor, USC Annenberg, all offering insight on the role they individually and collectively play in the quest to provoke transformation and diversity across the filmed entertainment landscape.



    Moderated by producer & Blackhouse board member Carol Ann Shine SAGindie + IFP Panel On Casting: Solving the Talent Quotient included notable industry gurus from Ron Simons, (Simon Says Entertainment), Melissa Breaux (Manager, Washington Square Films), Amy Dotson (Deputy Director Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP)), Darrien Gipson (National Director of Diversity, SAG iNDIE), and actor Jay Mills. Each discussed current dynamics in indie film casting, discuss how to attract named black actors to indie roles, how to build the right cast regardless and how to thrive when the named actors don¹t materialize.


    2014 Sundance Film Festival
    The cast of the movie Dear White People visited The Black House during the Sundance Film Festival, and include Tessa Thompson (For Colored Girls), Brandon P. Bell, Teyonah Parris, and Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris)



    WGA West/Final Draft Coffee Break
    Our Lens: Stories From Across The Black Diaspora: Expanding Black Film Panel
    Webseries, Television, Film ­ In No Particular Order: A Digital Panel
    Leave Them Wanting More: Capturing an Audience in Short-Form Panel


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  4. African American Films >...
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  6. Ajente.com ...
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  27. Invisible Woman.....Black Cinema At Large ...
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  29. Medgar Evers Film and Culture Series ...
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  30. MediaRights ...
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    http://www.newschool.edu/mediastudies/

  32. Midnight Ramble ...
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    http://theblackboxoffice.com/

  36. The Black Hollywood Education & Resource Center ...
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    http://www.bherc.org/

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    Your one-stop source for the latest intelligence and strategic thinking on the business of black film. Through articles, video clips, podcasts and other resources.
    http://www.thebusinessofblackfilm.com

  38. The Internet Movie Script Database ...
    Internet Movie Script Database - Movie scripts free for reading and downloading.
    http://www.imsdb.com

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    The Souls of Black Girls is a provocative news documentary that takes a critical look at media images--how they are instituted, established and controlled.
    http://www.soulsofblackgirls.com/

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  41. UC Berkeley Media Resource Center ...
    African-American/African Diaspora Studies. Audiocassettes and Videotapes in the Media Resources Center.
    http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/AfricanAmVid.html

  42. Urban SLAM ClubPremiere >...
    Watch black movies online in DVD-quality wide screen.
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  43. We Animate Character.com ...
    Developing and providing multimedia character education films and other products with the ultimate goal is to educate youth in the importance of character and its development.
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  44. 24k Black Films ...
    24k Black Films website. Independant filmmakers.
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  45. 3 Black Chicks Review ...
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