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Tim Reid Offers Scholarships To UK-Based Diaspora Filmmakers

Tim Reid was at the British Film Institute Southbank late last month to offer a scholarship to a deserving Black British filmmaker, via his USA-based Legacy Media Institute, a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization he formed with his wife, Daphne Maxwell Reid, with the mission being to operate as a kind of black Sundance Institute, providing mentorship […]

Film Society Of Lincoln Center Saluting Sidney Poitier w/ 38th Annual Chaplin Award


Guess Who Made The Root’s List Of 30 Black Bloggers You Should Know?

Aww shucks! I’m humbled as always by all the love the good folks at The Root constantly send this way… really need to get them one of my photos though Click the image to head over to The Root’s website and read all about the rest of the folks I’m in company with… cheers!

Spike Lee To Be Honored With PromaxBDA Lifetime Achievement Award

News on the march… from my inbox… Filmmaker Spike Lee to Be Honored With PromaxBDA Lifetime Achievement Award LOS ANGELES, April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – PromaxBDA, the leading global association for marketing, promotion and design professionals working in the entertainment industry, announced today that acclaimed director, writer, producer, actor, and author Spike Lee will be […]

And The 2011 African Movie Academy Awards Winners Are…

News on the march…! Held over the weekend, in Yenegoa, Bayelsa State (Nigeria) on Saturday, March 26, 2011, the celebration announcing the winners of the 2011 African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) – in just its 7th year. This year’s nominations list boasted an even longer list of awards, compared to previous years, as the award […]

Watch NAACP Image Awards Video Recap

It happened over on weekend, on Friday night, specifically. I didn’t watch it. We posted the list of winners on Saturday. Here’s a short video recap of the night’s events:

UK Urban Thriller, “Deadmeat,” Out on DVD

When (or if) you think of urban UK film, you may immediately think Noel Clarke. However, while he may be the biggest fish, Clarke isn’t the only one swimming in that pool. Based on the cult novel of the same name by Q (aka Ashanti Power, aka Kwabena Manso), two years ago, Deadmeat won awards […]

NAACP Image Awards Winners!

In case you forgot, the 42nd NAACP Awards ceremony aired on Fox TV last night. Anybody watch it? I’ll save the color commentary and just post the list of winners, which follows below (no real surprises): Outstanding Motion Picture “For Colored Girls” (Lionsgate/34th Street Films) Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Denzel Washington – “The […]

Tyler Perry Dominates The 42nd NAACP Awards Nominations (Awards Ceremony Airing On Fox Tonight)

The 42nd NAACP Awards Nominations follow below, and guess who stole the show? Well, it’s no surprise that Tyler Perry films would leave their mark but who knew it would be by a landslide? For Colored Girls topped the film category with seven nominations and Why Did I Get Married Too? has four. The NAACP […]

Preview: African Movie Academy Awards 2011 Nominee “A Small Town Called Descent”

Just beneath this post, I said I’d highlight all of the feature-length films nominated for African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) this year, which were announced over the weekend – Saturday, specifically, a day before the American Academy Awards voters, aka the Oscars, handed out its trophies. Here’s the first of many AMAA highlights. It’s a […]

Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) Nominees Announced!

Over the weekend, as most of us were reveling in Academy Awards thrills and chills, the nominations for another major movie award ceremony were announced, many miles, across the Atlantic Ocean; I’m referring to the 7-year old (this year) Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), which will be held in Yenegoa, Bayelsa State (Nigeria) on Saturday, […]

Oscar 2011 Talk-back! It Was The Best Of Times; It Was The Worst Of Times; My Take. Your Take.

Another one bites the dust! See you next year… maybe. So, what did you all think? I live-tweeted the entire broadcast. Good times, as I’m sure those who were following me will agree Not too many major surprises. I fully expected The Social Network to win, since it did so well in all the pre-Oscar […]

Remember The Black Oscars? Should The Event Be Reinstated?

Last night, February 25th, a dinner event in Hollywood, called “Eye on Black: A Salute to Directors,” saw a group of black directors feted; Robert Townsend, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Tim Story, to name a few; while Melvin Van Peebles received a lifetime achievement award. The dinner was held at the California African American Museum. […]

Tribute to Lena Horne at this Sunday’s Oscars

It’s been leaked that there’s going to be a special tribute to Lena Horne at this Sunday’s Oscar Show, which will be presented by Halle Berry (and I STILL hold to what I said about her recently, that men lust after her and women hate her bloody guts). And for those of you who wish […]

Pan African Film Festival 2011 Filmmaker Awards

121 films later… another installment of the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) in Los Angeles, CA, came to a close on Wednesday, the 23rd, with the announcement of its filmmaker awards. Prizes were handed out for the following categories: Best Narrative Feature, Best First Feature Film, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short, […]

2011 IFP Independent Filmmaker Labs Application Deadlines Approaching!

I imagine most of you are familiar with the IFP Filmmaker Labs by now – all you filmmakers who read this blog anyway! We’ve talked about so many films that are graduates of the prestigious program – most recently, Dee Rees’ Pariah, Alrick Brown’s Kinyarwanda, and Andrew Dosunmu’s Restless City. All 3 films premiered at […]

And The Winner Of The 2nd Shadow And Act $3000 Filmmaker Challenge IS…

After spending the last 2 months reading, re-reading and re-reading some 50+ short scripts and/or outlines, as well as watching and re-watching several short films sent in support of each application… we’ve chosen a winner of the second Shadow And Act Filmmaker Challenge. First, I’d like to thank everyone who submitted their work. It takes […]

Official Trailer For The 2011 Oscar-Nominated Short Films + Theatrical And On-Demand Release Dates

15 films in total – 5 live action, 5 documentary, 5 animation. Magnolia Pictures will be releasing all 15 of them in theaters next week Friday, February 11th, and later, February 22nd, they’ll be available on iTunes and cable TV VOD.

Watch The Oscar Promos With James Franco & Anne Hathaway

Forgive me if I didn’t scream with glee when it was announced that Anne Hathaway and James Franco would co-host The Oscars® this year. And after watching the below 2 promos for the February 27th event, nothing’s changed for me. But we’ll see won’t we.

Sundance 2011 – Live Stream Alert: Watch Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony Right Now!

A few awards have already been announced, like the Alfred P. Sloan prize (Another Earth) which is given to a feature film that focuses on science or technology as a theme, the U.S. Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking (Brick Novax), and the International Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking (Deeper Than Yesterday – from Australia ). […]

The Oscar nominations….who cares?

Following up on Cynthia’s post below I wanted to put in my two cents in two words. WHO CARES? Are they really such a big deal anymore? I can’t even remember who won last year or the year before that r the year before that.  (Oh wait Slumdog Millionaire did win right?) They don’t mean […]

Too mean or telling the truth?

You may have heard by now that Ricky Gervais stirred up quite bee’s bonnet as the host of last night’s Golden Globes Awards. Suffice it to say he was absolutely brilliant. Rude, offensive, totally disrespectful and cutting through all the usual Hollywood B.S. that it was wonderfully refreshing, as well as being very funny. The Golden […]

Critics Choice Awards Announced

With the Golden Globes just a little over a day away, the Critics Choice Awards were handed out, and they seem in line with just about every other critics award announcement, leading to what will probably be the most predictable awards season yet. Best Picture: The Social Network Best Adapted Screenplay: The Social Network Best […]

Directors Guild Award Nominees Announced (No Tyler Perry Though)

The Directors Guild of America (DGA) has announced its nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, and the directors on the list are: Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan; David Fincher for The Social Network; Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech; Christopher Nolan for Inception; David O. Russell The Fighter. Sorry, […]

CNN Seeking African Journalists For 2011 MultiChoice African Journalists Awards

All the details below…