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Watch Short Film “Alisha”

Here’s an award-winning short film titled Alisha by student filmmaker Daniel Citron. The story deals with a teenage girl struggling with her body image and her strained relationship with her father. Alisha from Daniel Citron on Vimeo.

Watch Episode 2 Of New “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” Web Series Starring Michael Jai White

Here’s episode 2 of the highly-anticipated Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series that was commissioned by Warner Bros. Jax (Michael Jai White), Striker (Tamoh Pennikett), Sonya Blade (Jeri Ryan) and Kano (Darren Shahlavi) all feature. If you missed episode 1, watched by over 5 million people thus far, see it HERE. Episode 2 synop reads: When […]

RZA’s Early Directorial Efforts… The Feature (“Bobby Digital”) & The Short (“Domestic Violence”)

Stumbled across this trailer for RZA’s directorial debut (not The Man With The Iron Fist, which is currently in post-production), titled Bobby Digital. It’s my first time seeing the trailer; YouTube says it was uploaded on the 8th of this month. The film, described as a “blaxploitation movie which focuses on the “science lab origins” […]

Watch now – Trailer for The Anderson Monarchs documentary

Here’s a film that’s guaranteed to make you feel good all over. Below is a preview trailer for the still-in-the-works documentary The Anderson Monarchs which is about an “an all-girls soccer team competing, living, and thriving in an at-risk urban neighborhood in Philadelphia”. Named after the great Marian Anderson and Jackie Robinson’s Negro League baseball […]

Madea Dishes Out Some Wisdom In This New Clip From “Madea’s Big Happy Family”

Starring one Mr Tyler Perry, Madea’s Big Happy Family opens a week from today – April 22nd. We received an invite to the red carpet premiere in Los Angeles next week Tuesday, the 19th. I live in New York, but hopefully, I’ll be able to get someone in L.A. to attend on our behalf, and […]

Watch Seattle Soul Music Documentary “Wheedle’s Groove”

Wheedle’s Groove is a documentary, directed by Jennifer Mass, detailing the once vibrant 60′s and 70′s soul music scene of Seattle. The film includes commentary by Seattle notable music figures like Quincy Jones, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Mark Arm (Mudhoney), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie), Ben Shepherd (Soundgarden), Kim Warnick (The Fastbacks) and Kenny G and […]

Meet The Cast Of “Attack The Block” (Video Character Profiles)

We’ve talked about this film a lot already, so I won’t rehash. Search the site for previous posts if you need to.

Poetic Cinema: Langston Hughes’ “The Weary Blues”

P. Diddy Spreads The Wealth, Drops $1,000 Cash In Unexpected Filmmaker’s Hands

Nice walking-around money, isn’t it? If he’s giving it away like that, I should ask him to send some our way to add to the $3,000 Shadow And Act Filmmaker Challenge (thanks Jean, who’s repping the film at the center of the clip below):

Watch A Preview Of “Rebel” – The WTF “Violent Art Film” Featuring Gangs, Hip-Hop, Nude Women & More

A couple of weeks ago, I alerted you to a project that the over-exposed James Franco has apparently been working with indie-film enfant terrible Harmony Korine, which they’re calling “a violent new art film” titled Rebel. The film, which will premiere at this year’s Venice Biennale, will reportedly include a fight between actual L.A. street […]

Trailer for “Lord, All Men Can’t Be Dogs” (You just know what’s coming don’t you?)

Our main mission on Shadow and Act is to profile black cinema in all its forms, which means even a taped stage play scheduled to be released on DVD in June, must be bought to our readers’ attention. No need to say anymore, except that this trailer pretty much explains itself. You’ve seen it before […]

Blackenstein – another reason why I love blaxplotation films so much

Yes, you read that right Blackenstein. After the success of American International’s 1972 Blacula with William Marshall (which later spawned its own sequel Scream Blacula Scream), some fly-by-night production company rushed into urban theaters this 1973 zero budget travesty about the black Frankenstein. Of course it was ridiculed and laughed right out of the theaters, […]

Watch Clip From “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest” Documentary

I saw the film at Sundance in January, and reviewed it HERE. Here’s a new clip from the film that just surfaced (by the way, the film was acquired for distribution, so you all should be able to see it eventually):

And speaking of Civil War movies and black people in them…

Is there any film better than Ed Zwick’s 1989 film Glory, about the founding of legendary Massachusetts 54th Colored Union Regiment? I can’t imagine seeing how anyone isn’t be moved by the film; A film that was extremely difficult to make back then, and would be impossible today. (But we do have Lottery Ticket if that’s […]

Watch “Nine Types Of Light” Now (TV On The Radio’s Feature Film Debuts!)

Another web premiere… acclaimed rock band TV On The Radio’s feature film debut titled Nine Types of Light (also the name of the new album which drops today). The 1 hour film is built from videos produced for each of the album’s 10 tracks, and is now online for you to watch in its entirety. […]

Watch Episode 1 Of New “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” Web Series Starring Michael Jai White

Well… here it is… episode 1 of the highly-anticipated Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series that was commissioned by Warner Bros., ordering 10 episodes based on the short teaser that went viral last summer. Jax (Michael Jai White), Striker (Tamoh Pennikett), Sonya Blade (Jeri Ryan) and Kano (Darren Shahlavi) star. Watch and share your thoughts below…

Watch Now – “Footloose” Remade By 54 Filmmakers

Their story goes… We are a collection of amateur filmmakers and video-making enthusiasts, who recreated the Kevin Bacon classic. Different filmmakers from “around the world” have divided the original 1984 Footloose into 54 different scenes. A collaborative work of friends, “Our Footloose Remake” is our message to the Hollywood remake machine. In October 2008 it […]

Director A. Sayeeda Clarke Discusses Her ITVS Future States Film “White”

It premiered today, and I posted it earlier. Click HERE if you haven’t seen it yet. Otherwise, watch A. Sayeeda Clarke, its director, talk about the film below:

Preview Documentary Films Series “Little Brother” (Giving Black Boys A Unique Voice)

From the project’s website… LITTLE BROTHER is a series of 15-minute documentary films dedicated to giving Black boys a unique voice. Beginning in 2010, filmmakers NICOLE FRANKLIN and JASMIN TIGGETT take an annual look at Black boys as young as nine years old for a one-on-one conversation demystifying what society tends to rob them of: […]

First Look Footage At CGI Ape From “Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes”

Here’s your first, albeit brief look at what the CG apes are going to look like in the upcoming Planet of The Apes reboot/prequel, titled Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Peter Jackson’s WETA Digital created the CG creatures. The film, which stars James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo, […]

Watch Video Of Chris Rock In Action In “Motherf**ker With The Hat;” Show Opens On Broadway TONIGHT!

Chris Rock will make his Broadway stage debut in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ new play The Motherfucker With the Hat TONIGHT at 6:30PM, when it officially opens at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. It’ll run for 15 weeks, provided it sells well, so who’s got tickets? Joining Rock in an ensemble cast of talents will be Bobby […]

Idi Amin Was Deposed From Power In Uganda Today… Watch “General Idi Amin Dada” (Portrait of A Dictator)

Today in history… April 11, 1979, Idi Amin Dada, the military dictator and President of Uganda from 1971 to 1979, is deposed, as rebels in exile backed by Tanzanian forces seize control of the country. Several hundred thousand people are believed to have been killed during his brutal 8 year regime. Amin died August 16th, […]

Watch Now – A. Sayeeda Clarke’s Speculative “White” Project For ITVS Futurestates

I already highlighted Barry Jenkins’ contribution when it debuted a few weeks ago; now here’s another film by a filmmaker of the ITVS Futurestates collective. Her name is A. Sayeeda Clarke, and her film is titled White, which makes its debut today, April 11th. The trailer for it follows below. Once again, Futurestates is a […]

Watch now – Trailer for documentary film Preacher

Here’s the trailer for the upcoming documentary film Preacher which is about to hit the film festival circuit this year. It’s a low key, straight-forward, but very sincere and touching film about the life and work of Bishop William Powell a Pentecostal fundamentalist preacher in Virginia. The film is the latest work by Chicago based filmmaker […]

Watch Episode 2 Of New Animated Series “The Lebrons” (Web Series)

Here’s episode 2 of the new animated series called The LeBrons (based on characters two-time NBA MVP LeBron James played in past Nike commercials), which was initially announced in January. If you missed it, watch the first episode HERE.