Reflections Unheard: Black Women In Civil Rights focuses on the marginalization of black women between the Black Power and Feminist ideologies of the 60s and 70s, up to the present day. (via Shadow and Act)
This documentary film will premiere across the pond on April 24. CLICK HERE for more details.
Will there be a UK screening? Hopefully.
True Story Nollywood is a documentary about the stories written and told by the world’s third largest film industry. According to the website Shadow and Act the documentary premiered last month at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City.
I don’t know if there are plans to premier the film here in London.
From a young age Kyla Frye always knew that she would one day become a star. Now, as a UK based actress with a wealth of work behind her, from BBC Three’s “West 10 LDN” to award winning shorts, Kyla investigates what it takes to be successful within the entertainment industry.
This short documentary ultimately aims to inspire and inform those striving to ‘make it’ in the UK entertainment industry. Featuring interviews with Jimmy Akingbola, Aml Ameen and Sheila Nortley, to name a few, Kyla looks back on her career to date and will take an honest look into what she believes it will take to ‘make it’ to the top.
Sebastian Thiel Presents an Upshot TV Production ‘Friday UK’ – A UK spinoff of the classic ‘Friday’.
This video has been made as a UK Tribute to the American cult classic ‘Friday’.
There will be no full feature film of Friday UK, but we do hope you enjoy this spinoff trailer and future clips released.
Major respect to all the original creators of Friday, for creating such a classic.
Check out the trailer for the up and coming black western They Die By Dawn.
Big Bright Films debut their feature length documentary The Fade; the distinctive film presents an exclusive window into the lives of 4 barbers, including Johnny “Cakes” Castellanos; responsible for the images of two of hip-hop’s icons, Jay Z and Pharel Williams. The observational film seamlessly transports us to and from Accra, London, New Jersey and Kingston submitting to its inhibited narrative and paralleling common themes of identity, business, masculinity and culture. Directed by Andy Mundy-Castle, Assistant Producer on Channel 4’s multi-award winning documentary Giving up the Weed and Producer on the multi-award winning film David is Dying, Executive Producer Christopher Hird whose work includes The Flaw and The End of the Line, Cinematography by Tom Swindell responsible for the BAFTA award winning series One Born Every Minute and Director of Photography onMy Kidnapper.
The Fade observes real personalities from the owners Faisal (barber to David Harewood and Andrian Lester), Shawn Powis (barberto Elephant Man), Offori “Tupac” Mensah and Johnny “Cakes” Castellanos to their clientele, baring the same aspirations separated only by time and space. Indiscriminately, the film displays the power of entrepreneurship and the mobility it provides for very individual goals and status within the community. The wit of all the characters is easily captured, demonstrating how boys become men in this self-contained masculine world.
The Fade will be featured at the Austin Film Festival, October 18 2012, shortlisted for ‘Best Documentary’ at the MVSA awards in Birmingham on Oct 27th and followed by Afrika Eye Film Festival November the 11th
A story about identity, brotherhood and the courage it takes to live life on your own terms in an uncompromising world.
Mo is a young boy growing up in a traditional Egyptian household, but beyond the front door of the family’s modest London flat is a completely different world — the streets of Hackney. The impressionable Mo idolizes his handsome older brother Rashid and wants to follow is his footsteps. However, Rashid, a charismatic and shrewd member of a local gang, wants a different life for his little brother and deals drugs hoping to put Mo through college. One eventful summer, Rashid’s sexual awakening forces Mo to confront his own fears and phobias and threatens to tear the brothers apart.
An 11-year-old boy gets a crash course in what it means to be a man when he spends a day with the uncle he idolizes in LUV, a poignant and gritty coming-of-age story featuring standout performances by Common, Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, Charles S. Dutton and newcomer Michael Rainey Jr.
With his mother in rehab and his father out of the picture, young Woody Watson (Michael Rainey Jr.) lives with his grandmother (Lonette McKee) in suburban Baltimore and longs for his family to be reunited. His charismatic Uncle Vincent (Common) has recently returned home after eight years in prison, determined to straighten out his life by opening a high-end crab shack that will establish him as a solid citizen with a legitimate future.
Soon Vincent finds himself pulled back into the violent world he is trying to escape- and Woody has to decide whether to follow his hero- or become his own man.