film

“Half The Picture” trailer

Half The Picture opens in select theaters in NYC and LA this June!

Via https://www.halfthepicture.com/:

HALF THE PICTURE consists of interviews with high profile women directors including Ava DuVernay, Jill Soloway, Lena Dunham, Catherine Hardwicke and Miranda July, and many others, discussing their early careers, how they transitioned to studio films or television, how they balance having a demanding directing career with family, and challenges and joys along the way. We also interview experts about gender inequality in Hollywood including the ACLU’s Melissa Goodman, Sundance Institute’s Caroline Libresco, Vanity Fair’s Rebecca Keegan, USC’s Dr. Stacy Smith and San Diego State University’s Dr. Martha Lauzen, who establish the magnitude of this employment discrimination issue as woman are shut out across the board, of an industry that systemically denies their expression and point of view.

OPENING IN THEATERS

Friday, June 8 – Village East Cinemas, NYC
https://www.citycinemas.com/villageeast/film/half-the-picture 

Friday, June 22 – Laemmle Monica, LA
https://www.laemmle.com/films/44008

“Be Truly Free” A Spike Lee Joint with VEON (short film)

Check out this short by the one and only Spike Lee.  

Be Free.

Be Truly Free – A Spike Lee Joint with VEON from 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks on Vimeo.

“I Am Not Your Negro” film features text from unfinished James Baldwin novel

Well isn’t this timely?  Peep the teaser for the upcoming film I Am Not Your Negro by director Raoul Peck.  It features readings from an unfinished novel by the great James Baldwin and is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.

About the film:

In his new film, director Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished – a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words. He draws upon James Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America.

In theatres February 3rd

http://www.magpictures.com/iamnotyournegro/

The Schomburg Center presents Black Power 50 Films: “¡Palante, Siempre Palante!”

 As part of their Black Power 50 programming, a retrospective of the past 50 years of black power around America, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is featuring a film documenting the Young Lords movement, ¡Palante, Siempre Palante!.  The screening takes place on 11/10/16 and tickets are free but an RSVP is required and can be done so via their website here.  

Via the Schomburg website:

In the midst of the Black Power Movement, liberation was sought by communities across the globe. In the U.S., Puerto Rican and Latino/a communities fought for economic, racial and social justice. The Young Lords emerged as a powerful voice for the independence of Puerto Rico, empowerment and improved living conditions in America. ¡Palante, Siempre Palante!, directed by Iris Morales, a grassroots activist who was the first woman to join the East Harlem branch of the Young Lords, features interviews with activists. After the screening, Morales will join three former Young Lords–Martha Arguello, Carlos Aponte, and Carlos Rovira –for a talkback with Johanna Fernandez, PhD, professor of History, Department of Black and Latino Studies at Baruch College (CUNY).

Pusha T interviews Ava DuVernay on 13th

Ava DuVernay’s 13th (streaming on Netflix) should be required viewing for everyone, especially those enrolled in higher education with a focus on law.  It’s simply that good and eye opening.  King PUSH (of all people!) sat down with Ava to talk about the film.

Ava DuVernay’s “13th” Official Trailer

I’m really looking forward to @AVAETC‘s new documentary on Netflix.

“The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary 13TH refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis.”

Via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V66F3WU2CKk

Corazon screening at the Bondfire Radio Independent Film Night

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July 29th, 2016 Brooklyn, New York

Corazón will be screened as part of the Bondfire Radio Independent Film Night in Bushwick, Brooklyn.  Myself and other featured filmmakers will be at the screening and will take part in a panel discussion followed by an afterparty!

Via Bondfire Radio:

Bondfire Radio is joining forces with The Luminal Theater to bring you an exclusive Pop Up night of independent short films, a panel, and after party. A fundraiser with flair!

-Short Film Screening

-Panel facilitated by Curtis John of The Luminal Theater.

-After Party sounds by iLLSpokkin (Freestyle Mondays) & Macedonia (Both Sides of The Surface)

Complete with concession stand!

To purchase tickets:
https://summerofbondfireearlybirdtix.splashthat.com/