South African Drama ‘The Wound’ Picked Up by Kino Lorber for USA Summer Release (Trailer)

John Trengove's "The Wound"

The 2017 Berlin International Film Festival kicked off on Thursday, February 9, and will run through the 19th. Among the films selected to screen in its Panorama “In Focus: Reclaiming Black History” sidebar is the South African drama from director John Trengove, titled… Continue Reading

Sundance 2017: Netflix Acquires Dee Rees’ ‘Mudbound’ for $12.5 Million (Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige & Rob Morgan Star)

Garrett Hedlund, Mary J. Blige and Rob Morgan appear in Mudbound by Dee Rees, an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. © 2016 Sundance Institute |photo by Steve Dietl.

The 2017 Sundance Film Festival now officially over, Netflix has acquired Dee Rees’ latest directorial effort, “Mudbound,” for $12.5 million. The film made its World Premiere at the annual premiere event for American independent cinema. A big-screen adaptation of Hillary Jordan’s 2009… Continue Reading

2017 Sundance Film Festival Announces Award Winners (‘Crown Heights,’ ‘Winnie,’ ‘ Step’ ‘ Strong Island,’ ‘Roxanne Roxanne’ Take Honors)

"Crown Heights"

After 10 days, 119 feature films, the 2017 Sundance Film Festival’s Awards Ceremony, hosted by Jessica Williams, presented 27 prizes for feature filmmaking in Park City, Utah. Of note, given this blog’s specific interests: — The Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic, went… Continue Reading

Sundance Review: ‘Tell Them We Are Rising’ Underscores the Legacy & Importance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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To this day, education is not an inherent right. The effects of segregation are still deeply steeped in the Black community, and unless there is careful nurturing within the family home or by some particularly devoted educators, many Black people… Continue Reading

Terence Nance Directed an “Unauthorized, Heavily Abridged, Biographical” Jimi Hendrix Short Film – Watch It Now

Visit Seattle | Sundance Project Five by Five | Jimi Could Have Fallen from the Sky (Terence Nance)

Visit Seattle – the city’s tourism bureau – teamed up with Seattle-based agency PB& and SundanceTV to produce a series of short films that offer varied looks at the city. Titled “Project Five by Five,” the series invited 5 filmmakers to Seattle… Continue Reading

Watch Peculiar First Trailer for Flying Lotus’ Genre-Defying Feature Debut, ‘Kuso’ (World Premieres at Sundance 2017)

KUSO

First announced in September, acclaimed and celebrated music artist Flying Lotus, and filmmaker Eddie Alcazar partnered up to form the independent film finance and production outfit, Brainfeeder Films. The newly formed operation’s first feature film is “Kuso,” which Flying Lotus directed… Continue Reading

Exclusive: Poster Premiere for Stanley Nelson’s Sundance-Bound ‘Tell Them We Are Rising’ (A Documentary on HBCU History)

Firelight Films

His most recent film, 2015’s “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” now widely accessible on various home video formats, veteran EMMY award winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson is now set to premiere his next work, an ambitious two-hour documentary and… Continue Reading

Dee Rees’ Tamar-kali-Scored ‘Mudbound’ Receives 2017 Dolby Sound Fellowship, Promising Expressive Soundscapes

Garrett Hedlund, Mary J. Blige and Rob Morgan appear in Mudbound by Dee Rees, an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. © 2016 Sundance Institute |photo by Steve Dietl.

Sundance Institute and the Dolby Institute, along with the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund, announced that “Mudbound,” cowritten, directed, and executive produced by Dee Rees, has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Dolby Family Sound Fellowship. This… Continue Reading

Poster Premiere: Flying Lotus’ Genre-Defying Feature Directorial Debut, ‘Kuso’ (World Premieres at Sundance 2017)

KUSO

First announced in September, acclaimed and celebrated music artist Flying Lotus, and filmmaker Eddie Alcazar partnered up to form the independent film finance and production outfit, Brainfeeder Films. The newly formed operation’s first feature film is “Kuso,” which Flying Lotus directed… Continue Reading