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‘Hale County This Morning, This Evening’ Is Quiet, But Moving (Sundance Review)

Aramide Tinubu - February 4, 2018
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Documentary filmmaking is an intimate act. The subject must trust the director enough to allow the camera to capture their most intimate moments and secrets, laying them bare before a prying and curious audience. It’s not something that should be done casually — especially when it puts Black, brown, and impoverished people on display, many of whom don’t have any real control over how they are …

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Remembering An Icon: ‘King: A Film Record … Montgomery to Memphis’

Aramide Tinubu - February 4, 2018
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Fifty-years after his assassination and on what would have been his 89th birthday, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (MPAA) honored the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The NMAAHC and The Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts (CAAMA) held a screening of the …

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Renée Elise Goldsberry On Slaying In Netflix’s Dystopian Series ‘Altered Carbon’

Aramide Tinubu - February 2, 2018
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In case you forgot that Renée Elise Goldsberry is a multitalented thespian who can literally do it all, you’re about to get a reminder. It’s a frigid morning in New York City, and Goldsberry has flown in from Paris for a few days to discuss her new Netflix project. An astounding series based on the 2002 novel by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon is a massive tale set …

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Franchesca Ramsey And Director Kaitlin Fontana On The Comedy Docuseries, ‘Franchesca’ (Sundance Interview)

Aramide Tinubu - February 1, 2018
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Franchesca Ramsey is returning to her roots. The ever-poised and polished YouTuber is dressed in bright colors and sports and a bold lip in the midst of the grey and white background of Sundance Film Festival. The comedian, YouTuber, journalist, actress and producer has returned to the film festival for the second year in a row with her new comedy docuseries, aptly titled Franchesca (at least for …

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Producer Datari Turner Talks Bringing ‘A Boy. A Girl. A Dream.’ To Life (Sundance Interview)

Aramide Tinubu - January 29, 2018
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We’re taught to lean into to love — to let dreams and possibilities consume us. The paralyzing fear the comes with jumping in head first is rarely explored. However, Qasim Basir strips down the fairytale with his gorgeously shot A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. Omari Hardwick and Meagan Good stand at the center of the film as Cass and Frida, two strangers spiraling toward one …

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Condola Rashad And Screenwriter Marcus Hinchey Talk ‘Come Sunday’ (Sundance Interview)

Aramide Tinubu - January 28, 2018
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Capturing years and decades of a lifetime, and squeezing them in a two-hour time span seems almost impossible. For screenwriter Marcus Hinchey, it was something he felt compelled to do. Eight years ago, Hinchey was on a flight from Los Angeles to New York when he began listening to a 2005 episode of NPR’s This American Life. The episode he’d chosen was entitled “Heretics,” and followed …

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Boots Riley And The Cast Of ‘Sorry To Bother You’ On The Bold, Whimsical Film (Sundance Interview)

Aramide Tinubu - January 25, 2018
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There are plenty of films with commentary surrounding race, commodification, self-worth, and what it means to be normal. However, none of those films have been as strange, compelling and masterful as Boots Riley’s debut feature film; Sorry to Bother You. As Riley said bluntly in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, “I’m not good at sounding like somebody else or doing what someone else does.” Starring …

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Jason Mitchell On ‘TYREL’ And Refusing To Conform (Sundance Interview)

Aramide Tinubu - January 23, 2018
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It’s freezing in Park City, Utah, but Jason Mitchell is unphased by the brisk windchill and unending slow flurries. The 31-year-old’s career is continually rising, and it shows in his upbeat attitude. His performance on the Lena Waithe helmed The Chi is garnering rave reviews, but Mitchell is at Sundance for another project entirely. In TYREL, the New Orleans native stars as Tyler, a young man who takes …

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Why Is There No Black Press At The Sundance Film Festival?

Aramide Tinubu - January 22, 2018
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Sundance is the most prominent film festival in North America with thousands of films screening each year. This year, Black representation in the programming slate has been explosive. From projects like Sorry to Bother You, Blindspotting, Hale County: This Morning, This Evening, Two Dope Queens, Francesca and many others, there are so many projects to screen and write about — effectively putting them on the world’s radar before many of them …

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‘Crime + Punishment’ Reveals Devastating Problems With No Easy Answers (Sundance Review)

Aramide Tinubu - January 22, 2018
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With a population of over eight million people, New York City also boasts the biggest police force in the country. Over 36,000 men and women wield badges in the city, and though crime has gone down overall, the most impoverished communities with the highest minority populations and crime rates continually feel the weight and pressure of the police on their backs. In Crime + Punishment, director …

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