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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 […]

ATTN: Shadow And Act Is Joining The indieWIRE Network!

Consider it our birthday present to ourselves and to you as well… tomorrow, April 16th will mark the 2nd anniversary of this site’s existence. It was on that day that I posted the very first Shadow And Act entry. It’s a coincidence, and maybe it was also a foretelling of sorts that the very first […]

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!

Sony Pictures Acquires U.S. Distribution Rights to “Attack The Block”

News on the march…! The headline says it all! However, no release date is specified in the press release. Also, no word on whether it will be subtitled… If that doesn’t mean anything to you, click HERE to catch up UK readers will get first dibs; it opens there May 11th; I’m sure stateside release […]

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 […]

Nice! Euzhan Palcy Retrospective At MoMA NYC!

Boy MoMA (The Museum Of Modern Art) here in New York City is really tugging at this writer’s heartstrings… It was about a month or so ago when I had a conversation with some acquaintances centered on what black filmmakers we’d love to see retrospectives of their work programmed locally. Two names that were mentioned, […]

Anthony Mackie On Black Hollywood: “We’re Being Lazy On Our Game”

Preach! He’s saying exactly what I’ve been saying for awhile now (read my Put Up or Shut Up piece HERE, if you haven’t already). I’m glad to hear somebody of his ilk speak the words that he speaks in the video below:

“The Mirror Boy” – Nollywood Premières at London’s West End

Think of any major Hollywood star vehicle and, chances are, it premièred at The Empire, Leicester Square, one of Leicester square’s cinemas regularly used for star-studded, red carpet film premières and first runs in London’s West End. And now, for the first time ever, a Nollywood film is going to get the Empire Leicester Square […]

Making The News – Bottle Service The Series

Veteren S&A readers will know that I’ve not been around these parts as much as I used to be. In year one, I was one of the site’s three main contributors, (alongside Messrs T & S ) but, while I jumped at the chance to write for S&A when Tambay first invited me back in […]

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 […]

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 […]

1 Million Visitors Is Cool; But You Know What’s Really Cool? $1 Billion Visitors

Forgot to mention during last night’s livecast that, earlier this month, after just over 1 1/2 years in existence, Shadow And Act crossed the 1 million visit mark! Granted there are some sites that get that many in a day, but, not too shabby, right? Considering how long we’ve been around, completely independent, with very […]

Introducing The African American Film Festival Releasing Movement

This is music to my ears, as it’s the kind of progressive initiative that we’ve long championed here on Shadow And Act, and I certainly hope Ava’s alliance proves to be effective! The gist of it from The New York Times: “The plan is to put black-theme movies in commercial theaters, initially from the independent […]

Ed Bland’s “The Cry Of Jazz” Also To Be Preserved In National U.S. Film Registry; Watch It Now!

Thanks to reader Jake for alerting me to this. A film I completely overlooked (and really shouldn’t have) that was also one of the 25 films to be inducted for preservation in the 2010 National Film Registry of the Library of Congress (yesterday I announced that Spike Lee’s Malcolm X was on the short list). […]

Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X” To Be Preserved In National U.S. Film Registry

Spike Lee’s Malcolm X will rest among the nation’s treasures in the world’s largest archive of film, TV and sound recordings. The 1992 film is one of 25 films to be inducted Wednesday for preservation in the 2010 National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Joining Spike’s biopic in the 2010 class: Saturday Night […]

Holiday music break – Leontyne says goodbye

Just like I did for my previous Shadow and Act holiday music break on Thanksgiving on Duke Elllington (HERE), here’s another incredible music moment. The date was January 1985 and opera singer Leotyine Price, after an extraordinary and history making career spanning decades, was making her final operatic performance at The Metropolitan Opera in New York in her […]

Victoria Mahoney’s “Yelling To The Sky” Will Debut At Berlin International Film Festival

About a week after the Sundance Film Festival announced its complete lineup, the Berlin title with (the Berlin International Film Festival) just publicized the first batch of films that will be in competition at the festival, and, a film that I fully expected would debut at Sundance (but obviously will not) is one of Shadow […]

Mississippi Damned’s director Tina Mabry named James Baldwin Fellow

Screenwriter and director of Mississippi Damned Tina Mabry was named last week  the James Baldwin Fellow receiving a United States Artist Fellowship for her work on Mississippi Damned. During an event at New York City’s Lincoln Center, Tina was among the 50 artists who were honored. According to the fellowship, each  fellow was chosen through […]

Shadow And Act Filmmaker Challenge Winner, Nikyatu Jusu, Wins $50,000 Panavision Grant

As the title already says, Ms Nikyatu Jusu, who won the inaugural Shadow And Act Filmmaker Challenge, with her short script, Black Swan Theory, just won the $50,000 Panavision Equipment Grant at the BronzeLens Film Festival in Atlanta, GA, over the weekend. Her wonderful short film, Say Grace Before Drowning, was in competition and obviously […]

Idris Elba’s Luther picked up for second season

If you haven’t been watching what is maybe the best dramatic show on TV (well that and AMC’s The Walking Dead) then you’ve definitely been missing something, BBC One’s six part mini -series Luther,  starring the ladies’ favorite Idris Elba. The show is an intense, disturbing and fascinating crime thriller with Elba as a tortured, […]

Legendary opera singer Shirley Verrett dies at 79

Anyone who loves opera and classical music was stunned by the announcement this morning of the death yesterday of the opera singer Shirley Verrett at the age of 79. One of the truly great singers from the 50′s until the mid-80′s Verrett along with other African-American opera singers such as Leontyne Price, Grace Bumbry and Martina […]

Cee Lo’s Duet w/ Eva Mendes (Pimps Don’t Cry)

Eva Mendes belts out “the truth” along with Cee Lo Green, for the track, Pimps Don’t Cry. The track was included in the soundtrack for the new film, The Other Guys, in which Mendes co-stars as Will Ferrell’s wife., brain child of SNL alum and Anchorman himself, Ferrell, along with director Adam McKay, has […]

Eva Mendes Sex Tape – and it’s real!

Eva Mendes Sex Tape from Eva Mendes The sex tape everyone has been waiting for with Eva Mendes is finally here and you won’t believe what kinds of positions she gets into.

Records were made to be broken

The Bollywood romantic musical, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (The Bighearted Will Takes the Bride), has now made history. It’s become the longest running Bollywood film of all time! This week marks the remarkable 770th week of continuous screenings in a theater, at the Maratha Mandir Cinema in Mumbai. That’s over 14 years for a single […]