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Watch Clip For Football Documentary “Late Rounders”

Here’s a clip for Late Rounders, another documentary selection screening at this year’s Atlanta Film Festival (April 28-May 7). Directed by Evan Marshall, the film shows a glimpse of the NFL draft process. Synopsis: In a recent study, 35% of Americans named football as their favorite sport. A distant second was baseball, with 16% of […]

Watch Trailer For “Tunahaki”

Screening at this year’s Newport Beach Film Festival in California, Tunahaki is a documentary film showcasing nine orphans who use their dance and acrobatic skills to change their lives. The film is directed by Mason Bendewald. Synopsis: Tunahaki is the extraordinary story of nine gifted orphans and their journey from Africa to America and back. […]

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 […]

Interview: Black Masculinity in Comic Books with Jonathan Gayles

Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with Scholar and University of Georgia Professor, Jonathan Gayles, about his upcoming documentary entitled — Shaft or Sidney Poitier: black masculinity in comic books. The Professor’s film is a retrospective on the comic book industry, as Black [male] Superheroes emerged during the late 60′s to mid 70′s. The Profession […]

Watch Trailer Featuring African American Family In “Road To Las Vegas” Documentary

Here’s a look at Road To Vegas, a documentary chronicling an African American family of seven who head to Las Vegas in an effort to prosper and find a better home. Filmed over four years, the Jasson Massot directed project captures Vanessa and Maurice Melton as their journey goes from moments of struggle and grief […]

Watch Trailer For Spoken Word Documentary “To Be Heard”

Making its way on the festival circuit before it debuts on PBS this fall, To Be Heard is a spoken word documentary following the lives of three teenagers. Directed by Edwin Martinez, Amy Sultan and Deborah Schaffer, the film will screen at the Full Frame Documentary Festival in Durham, North Carolina this Saturday. Synopsis: To […]

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 […]

HIDDEN COLORS Documentary on the Cover-Up of African History Makes Int’l Premieres This Week

Thursday and this weekend marks the premiere of the new hard-hitting documentary Hidden Colors, which aims to examine the real and untold history of people of color around the globe.  The new doc is directed and executive produced by first-time director but New York Times best-selling author and social commentator Tariq Nasheed, best known for […]

Watch “PUSH: Madison versus Madison” Doc Trailer

Here’s another film screening at the Independent Film Festival Boston this month. PUSH: Madison versus Madison is a documentary directed by Rudy Hypolite. Synopsis: Madison Park Vocational, Roxbury, Massachusetts. A dysfunctional but talented high school hoops team tries to hold itself together. Graced with a handful of sharp shooters and savvy ball-handlers, they also struggle, […]

Watch “The Redemption Of General Butt Naked” Doc Trailer

Still making the film festival rounds, filmmakers Eric Strauss and Daniele Anastasion just screened their thought-provoking documentary The Redemption Of General Butt Naked at the Cleveland International Film Festival. It premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film is the story of Joshua Milton Blahyi (aka General Butt Naked), a Liberian warlord who renounced […]

Watch Trailer For Black Romance Doc “Kiss And Tell”

Here’s another selection that was screened at the Pan African Film Festival this year. Directed by Darryl Pitts, the documentary Kiss And Tell recalls some of our favorite black couples in films. Synopsis: A poignant, thought-provoking film in which actors, directors and producers discuss movies that inspired them, what it takes to make a great […]

Writer Miles Marshall Lewis Sits In Director’s Chair With “Radikal”

Known for his critical music essays and interviews, pop culture author and journalist Miles Marshall Lewis will be adding “director” to his resume with the documentary he’s currently working on titled Radikal. The film is an examination of the rise and fall of the defunct French hip hop magazine Radikal. It will contain a heavy […]

Watch TONIGHT- Pushing the Elephant on PBS

Tonight at 10 CST, Independent Lens presents the story of Rose Mapendo, a Congolese woman’s story of courage and love for her daughter. In the late 1990s, after becoming imprisoned with her family, Rose fled with nine out of ten of her children for the United States. Years later “Pushing the Elephant” documents Rose’s reunion […]

View Clips From “Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story”

Violent crimes committed by the young are becoming an increasing dilemma and tonight, on PBS (check your local listings), filmmaker Daniel H. Birman will be exploring the issue in his documentary Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story. Under the Independent Lens series, the documentary examines the arrest and trial of Cyntoia Brown, a 16 year old […]

Stanley Nelson’s Freedom Riders on PBS in May

Documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s (Jonestown: The Life and Death of People Temple, The Murder of Emmitt Till) latest work, Freedom Riders, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year, will be broadcast on PBS’s American Experience series, on Monday May 16. The film chronicles the 6 months, 50 years ago, in 1961, from May […]

Watch Mini Documentary “The Legendary: A Film About The Roots”

Directed by Cam Be and co-produced by Jeff Baraka, check out this mini documentary–Legendary: A Film About The Roots–with footage taken from last year’s Hennessey Artistry Tour. The Legendary: A Film About The Roots from Cam Be on Vimeo. h/t Okay Player

Watch TONIGHT – Petey Greene Documentary on PBS

Considered the original “shock-jock”, Petey Greene tackled social issues head-on and unapologetically on his radio and TV shows launched in the 1960s. Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene presents a biography of the man behind the facade, including his past demons. The hour long doc airs tonight at 10pm (CST). Watch the Independent […]

Watch TONIGHT: When I Rise – documentary about Barbara Smith Conrad

Tonight at 10pm CST, PBS’s Independent Lens will turn focus to mezzo-soprano opera singer Barbara Smith Conrad in the documentary When I Rise. The documentary focuses on young Conrad’s transfer to Prairie View A&M University in 1956 where her distinguishable talents landed her the role as ‘Dido’ in Dido and Aeneas. Controversy soon spread when […]

Watch Rare Footage Of 1980 Stevie Wonder Documentary “Hotter Than July”

Thanks to S&A reader Harlepolis, here’s a rarely seen Stevie Wonder documentary titled Hotter Than July. The 1980 film covers his preparation for a concert along with an appearance at a Washington Rally to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr..

The Economist Film Project Wants Your Short & Feature Documentary FIlms

The Economist Film Project is an initiative by The Economist, in partnership with PBS NewsHour, to showcase the work of independent documentary filmmakers from around the world. Both organizations will jointly curate the project to choose films by filmmakers “whose new ideas, perspectives, and insights not only help make sense of the world, but also […]

Phunny Business to premiere at Santa Barbara Film Festival

Any long time resident of Chicago will no doubt fondly remember All Jokes Aside. The black comedy club located in the South Loop neighborhood that was in operation from 1991-2000 and literally the Mecca for any up and coming black comedian during that period. Name any black comedian today; go ahead name one: Chris Rock. […]

Trailer watch – The Interrupters

The co-director of the classic 1994 documentary Hoop Dreams, Steve James’ nearly 160-minute long new documentary, The Interrupters, makes its premiere next month at the Sundance Film Festival. The film chronicles the story of three “interrupters,” two men and a woman, all with former criminal pasts, who work to intervene and try to stop the gang violence […]

Oprah’s OWN Network acquires “Becoming Chaz”

It was announced late last night that Oprah Winfrey’s new cable network OWN has acquired the documentary Becoming Chaz which will make its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this month. The film, directed by Fenton Baile and Randy Barbato chronicles “the gender reassignment journey that transformed Cher’s and Sonny Bono’s daughter Chastity into their son, Chaz […]

Help Kickstart “The Loving Story”

In 1967 Richard Perry Loving, a white man, and Mildred Loving, a black woman, won their challenge of the state of Virginia for the right to remain married, lawfully.  Their landmark case effectively overturned miscegenation laws in the US on the grounds of unconstitutionality. Using an impressive collection of photos and archive footage, director/producer Nancy […]

“DuSable To Obama” documentary headed for FESPACO

Filmmaker Barbara Allen’s documentary DuSable to Obama: Chicago’s Black Metropolis (which we profiled HERE last summer) chronicled the black social, cultural and cultural history of Chicago and also broke all ratings records when it premiered on WTTW Chicago’s major PBS station in June. The show will be broadcast soon this year on other PBS stations nationwide. […]