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Features,Interviews,Television

Icon Living: Morris Chestnut Reflects On His 30-Year Career, 'The Enemy Within' And 'The Best Man'

Editor's note: This interview was conducted prior to the passing of John Singleton. It has been 20 years since Morris Chestnut sizzled on the big screen as NFL baller, Lance Sullivan in The Best Man, and nearly thirty years since he stole our hearts as Ricky Baker in the late John Singleton's debut feature, Boyz n the Hood. Now at age 50, one of film and television's most iconic...

Festivals,Film,Interviews

Director Stefon Bristol Talks His Majestic and Very Black Debut Feature 'See You Yesterday' [Tribeca Interview]

Filmmaker Stefon Bristol has always been drawn to sci-fi and superhero genres. While audiences have relished in the escapism elements of these genres since Georges Méliès' 1902 sci-fi flick A Trip to the Moon, Bristol was enticed by them for their capacity to be more than escapism for Black viewers.  In the age of Black Lives Matter, Bristol's debut feature film See You...

Film,Interviews

Deon Taylor Talks 'The Intruder' And Making the Films He Wants To Make

More than a decade after his feature film debut, Chain Letter, Deon Taylor is diving headfirst into the genres that first sparked his love of filmmaking. In his new thriller, The Intruder, Taylor turns his lens on Annie and Scott Russell (Meagan Good and Michael Ealy), a married couple who purchase a stunning estate in Napa Valley from an older gentleman, Charlie Peck (Dennis Quaid)....

Film,Festivals,Reviews

'The Apollo' Solidifies Black Harlem's Past But Leaves Uneasy Questions About Its Future [Tribeca Review]

Located in Harlem, New York, a vibrant neighborhood in Manhattan, the iconic Apollo Theater has stood for nearly 90 years on 125th street as a pillar of Black culture and community and a safe space for Black creatives. In his sweeping documentary, The Apollo, Roger Ross Williams chronicles the history of the Apollo Theater which began when it first opened its doors in 1934. Though the...

Interviews,Festivals,Film

History Maker: 19-Year Old Director Phillip Youmans Talks the Black Church, 'Burning Cane' and Trusting His Vision [Tribeca Interview]

In 19-year-old Phillip Youmans’ feature film debut, Burning Cane, the filmmaker showcases how individual choices can ricochet off of other people, derailing everyone's lives. Set in rural Louisiana in the late-‘90s, Burning Cane opens amid the burning season, when the sugar cane is set ablaze so that it’s easier to harvest. Burning Cane is a poetic narrative that follows Helen (Karen...