Kickstarter Campaign: An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

Filmmaker Terence Nance has filmed a beautiful, creatively dynamic film called “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty.” He has (as of today) 22 days left to receive pledges to complete his film and deliver it to the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for screening.

Animation, stop-motion, claymation, performance…what more could you ask! Pledge today! (Remember, if he doesn’t make his goal of $7,675, you will not be charged…but that’s not gonna happen, is it?)

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Sundance announces 2012 film program

The pinnacle of independent film festivals –the Sundance Film Festival– has released the list of its 2012 films, including shorts, features and documentaries!

Notable selections include:
2 Days in New York / France (Director: Julie Delpy, Screenwriters: Julie Delpy, Alexia Landeau) — Marion has broken up with Jack and now lives in New York with their child. A visit from her family, the different cultural background of her new boyfriend, her sister’s ex-boyfriend, and her upcoming photo exhibition make for an explosive mix. Cast: Julie Delpy, Chris Rock, Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alex Nahon. 

Red Hook Summer / U.S.A. (Director: Spike Lee, Screenwriters: James McBride, Spike Lee) — A young Atlanta boy spends his summer in Brooklyn with his grandfather, who he’s never seen before. Cast: Clarke Peters, Jules Brown, Toni Lysaith, James Ransone, Thomas Jefferson Byrd.

FISHING WITHOUT NETS (Director: Cutter Hodierne, Screenwriters: Cutter Hodierne, John Hibey) — A story of pirates in Somalia, told from the perspective of the pirates themselves.

LUV / U.S.A. (Director: Sheldon Candis, Screenwriters: Sheldon Candis, Justin Wilson) — An orphaned 11-year-old boy is forced to face the unpleasant truth about his beloved uncle during one harrowing day in the streets of Baltimore. Cast: Common, Michael Rainey Jr., Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton.

Middle Of Nowhere / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Ava DuVernay) — When her husband is incarcerated, an African-American woman struggles to maintain her marriage and her identity. Cast: Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, Omari Hardwick, Lorraine Touissaint, Edwina Findley.

About Face / U.S.A. (Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders) — An exploration of beauty and aging through the stories of the original supermodels. Participants including Isabella Rossellini, Christie Brinkley, Beverly Johnson, Carmen Dell’Orefice, Paulina Porizkova, Jerry Hall and Christy Turlington weigh in on the fashion industry and how they reassess and redefine their own sense of beauty as their careers progress.

The Words / U.S.A. (Directors and screenwriters: Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal) — The Words is a layered and haunting tale about a celebrated novelist who must learn to live with the consequences of his undeserved success, and the inescapable consequences of stealing another man’s life and work. Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde with Zoe Saldana. (*This is the closing night film)

The House I Live In / U.S.A. (Director: Eugene Jarecki) — For over 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet, drugs are cheaper, purer and more available today than ever. Where did we go wrong and what is the path toward healing?

Untitled Paul Simon Project / U.S.A. (Director: Joe Berlinger) — Paul Simon returns to South Africa to explore the incredible journey of his historic Graceland album, including the political backlash he sparked for allegedly breaking the UN cultural boycott of South Africa, designed to end Apartheid.

The Hidden Smile (El somriure amagat) / Spain (Director: Ventura Durall, Screenwriters: Ventura Durall, Miguel Llansó) — Following a 10-year-old kid who arrives at the Ethiopian capital after escaping from his home and his misfortunes to integrate into a street children group, The Hidden Smile constructs a realistic tale on the values that flourish in a society formed by children.

As the Sundance Film Festival draws closer, there are sure to be more stand-outs that will also be featured!

For more information, visit the Sundance Film Festival at

Exclusive Trailer! KINYARWANDA: Sundance Film Festival 2011 Audience Award Winner Hits Theaters


AFFRM, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement, is pleased to announce that it will open its second film, KINYARWANDA, in theaters on Friday, December 2 in eight cities nationwide.

KINYARWANDA will be released in AFFRM’s founding markets: New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Seattle. In addition, three new opening week cities have been added: Chicago, Washington DC and San Francisco.

Writer/director Alrick Brown’s compelling feature directorial debut garnered the Sundance Film Festival 2011 Audience Award in the World Cinema Drama category this year, and captured the Grand Prize at the lauded Skip City Film Festival in Japan last week.

In KINYARWANDA, a young Tutsi woman and a young Hutu man fall in love amidst chaos, a soldier struggles with being absent from her family to foster a greater good, and a priest grapples with his faith in the face of unspeakable horror. The Hollywood Reporter stated, “Brown presents these personal and heartbreaking stories with steadfast compassion.”

AFFRM is a collaborative theatrical distribution entity powered by the nation’s finest black film organizations. The founding organizations are Urbanworld Film Festival with Imagenation in New York, BronzeLens Film Festival in Atlanta, ReelBlack Film Series in Philadelphia and Langston Hughes African-American Film Festival in Seattle. AFFRM’s inaugural release was the award-winning film, I WILL FOLLOW, which opened March 2011 in more than 20 cities during its seven week run.

SUNDANCE now accepting shorts and features

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If you’ve always wanted to submit to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, then here’s your chance!

You can join the ranks of previous films that have made a splash at Sundance, such as Precious, Pariah, and others. The quintessential independent film festival is now accepting FEATURE LENGTH and SHORTS for the 2012 season.

Submissions will be accepted through the same service that we (the International Black Women’s Film Festival) will be using, that is,

Submission fees are listed below.


The following are our deadlines and fees for the upcoming year:
Early Submission Deadline

Monday, August 15, 2011 – $35 ENTRY FEE

Monday, August 15, 2011 – $45 ENTRY FEE
Official Submission Deadline

Friday, September 2, 2011 – $50 ENTRY FEE

Friday, September 2, 2011 – $75 ENTRY FEE
Late Submission Deadline

Friday, September 23, 2011 – $75 ENTRY FEE

Monday, September 26, 2011 – $100 ENTRY FEE

Please note that the above dates are not postmark deadlines– they are the dates by which your film MUST be received in our office! If your film does not arrive by the deadline for which you have registered, you will be prompted to make an additional payment in order to bring your account up to date.

If you have any technical issues please contact For all other inquiries, you may contact us via e-mail at

IBWFF Community Partner MUBI Showing Cannes Retrospective Films for FREE Until June 30!

Some of you may remember that the 2010 International Black Women’s Film Festival had wonderful community partners! Our community partners included MUBI (previously known as The Auteurs), a wonderful social network for real cineastes who love film and larger discussions around film. MUBI also has amazing collaborations with outstanding directors and film festivals, and director Martin Scorsese was one of the first directors to see to possibilities of MUBI/The Auteurs!

Well, MUBI has done it again!

Until June 30th, 2011, the first 1,000 views of the films in their Cannes Retrospective will be FREE for viewing –in their entirety! You must be a MUBI member to view any of their films.

Make sure you follow me while you’re there! My lists rock and my lists are some of the only ones that include Black women in film.

Watch over 60 films, including the ones below!

FISH DREAMS // Brazil 2006 111 Min DIR Kirill Mikhanovsky

FISH DREAMS // Brazil 2006 111 Min DIR Kirill Mikhanovsky

ROMA // Mexico 2009 26 Min DIR Elisa Miller

ROMA // Mexico 2009 26 Min DIR Elisa Miller

France 2008 20 Min DIR Hachimiya Ahamada

Ylang Ylang Residence // France 2008 20 Min DIR Hachimiya Ahamada

The End of Poverty?

The End of Poverty? // United States 2008 106 Min DIR Philippe Diaz

Negropolitan // France 2009 18 Min DIR Gary Pierre-Victor

NÉGROPOLITAIN // France 2009 18 Min DIR Gary Pierre-Victor

DEMAIN PEUT-ÊTRE France 2008 11 Min DIR Guilhem Amesland

DEMAIN PEUT-ÊTRE // France 2008 11 Min DIR Guilhem Amesland

ANBAFEY // France 2008 6 Min DIR Dominique Duport

ANBAFEY // France 2008 6 Min DIR Dominique Duport

“A Bronx Tale” and “Sugar Cane Alley” Top Cannes Classics list


Two films with prominent roles by Black women have made the exclusive Cannes Classics –a program introduced in 2004 to re-introduce extraordinary and outstanding films to the international Cannes audience. The films are “A Bronx Tale” and “Sugarcane Alley.”

Sugarcane Alley (1983)

“Sugarcane Alley” (originally titled Rue cases nègres) was written and directed by Martinque-born filmmaker Euzhan Palcy. The film centers around a young boy and his grandmother who live and work on a Martinique sugarcane plantation in the 1930’s. The young boy listens to stories of Africa from the elders and enters an essay contest at

Film still from the film Sugarcane Alley

school where he details what he’s heard. He’s accused of plagiarism and the future of his academic career are threatened. “Sugarcane Alley” went on to win over 17 awards, including the César Award (the French equivalent to Academy Award). Ms. Palcy’s remarkable filmmaking talents were also used for apartheid-era film “A Dry White Season” based on a novel by South African writer André Brink. Ms. Palcy also credits her career growth to her mentor, the renowned French director François Truffaut.

A Bronx Tale (1993)

“A Bronx Tale” was based on a one-man stage show by actor Chazz Palminteri, who also starred in the film as neighborhood gangster Sonny. The original play –and movie– is a coming of age story based on Palminteri’s childhood in the Bronx, including the story of him growing up as an Italian teenager who falls in love with an African American teenage girl in from a neighboring school. The young man must choose between the path his jazz-loving, working class father is hoping for him and the fast money and fast life his other father-figure –the mob boss Sonny– is offering to him.

“A Bronx Tale” was directed by actor Robert Deniro who also stars as the young boy’s father. The young actress who played the main character’s girlfriend, was Taral Hicks who went on to star in “Belly” with rappers Nas and DMX, “The Preacher’s Wife” with Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston, and the television series “Soul Food,” based on the film with the same name. Main actor Lilo Brancato went on star in other roles, including to hit HBO series “The Sopranos,” but had his career upended when he was involved and convicted in a botched robbery attempt that result in manslaughter.

The full Cannes Classics list is as follows:

  • A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la lune) by Georges Melies (France, 1902, 16′)
  • Clockwork Orange by Stanley Kubrick (USA, 1971, 137′)
  • The Machine to Kill Bad People (La Macchina Ammazzacattivi) by Roberto Rossellini (Italy, 1952, 80′)
  • A Bronx Tale by Robert De Niro (USA, 1993, 121′).
  • The Conformist (Il Conformista) by Bernardo Bertolucci (Italy, 1970, 118′)
  • Sugar Cane Alley (Rue Cases Négres) by Euzhan Palcy (France, 1983, 106′)
  • Puzzle of a Downfall Child by Jerry Schatzberg (USA, 1970, 105′)
  • The Law of the Border (Hudutlarin Kanunu) by Lufti O. Akad (Turkey, 1966, 74′)
  • No Man’s Land (Niemandsland) by Victor Trivas (Germany, 1931, 81′).
  • The Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du paradis) by Marcel Carné (France, 1945, 190′)
  • Despair by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Germany, 1978, 115′)
  • The Savage (Le Sauvage) by Jean-Paul Rappeneau (France, 1975, 106′)
  • Chronicle of a Summer (Chronique d’un été) by Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin (France, 1966, 91′)
  • The Assassin (L’Assassino) by Elio Petri (Italy, 1961, 100′)

And the following documentaries:

  • The Look by Angelica Maccarone (Germany / France, 2011, 95′)
  • Corman’s World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel by Alex Stapleton (USA, 2011, 125′)
  • Belmondo … Itineraire by Vincent Perrot and Jeff Domenech (France, 2011, 86′)
  • Kurosawa’s Way (Kurosawa, la Voie) by Catherine Cadou (France, 2011, 52′)
  • Once Upon a Time … A Clockwork Orange (Il était une fois… Orange mécanique) by Antoine de Gaudemar and Michel Ciment (France, 2011, 52′)

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Just In! “Pariah” Cast Photos

Just in are exclusive photos from WireImages’ Portrait Gallery at the Sundance  Film Festival starring the cast of Pariah, a by director Dee Rees. There’s still time to catch them at the festival with screenings on January 26 and 28th, 2011! Find out more at Sundance 2011!


Pariah Selected for 2011 Sundance

In June 2009, the International Black Women’s Film Festival told you about the upcoming film Pariah by director Dee Rees, and now  she’s headed to Sundance for 2011!

You can help Dee to get to Sundance through Kickstarter, and pledge as little ($1) or as most as you want. Go to Kickstarter to pledge now: .

Can’t donate right now? Then Demand-It for your city! Go to:

If you can catch Pariah at Sundance in Park City, Utah, there are still tickets available for the January 28 screening at the Eccles  Theater. Let’s support and help this sister to be seen in wider distribution!

About Pariah the movie:

Pariah is a feature film about a Brooklyn teenager who juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression. The film was shot on location in December 2009 over 19 days in Brooklyn, NY. It is a classic coming of age story told from a perspective never seen before on the big screen. To learn more, please visit

Selected Shorts for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival


This year’s 44 U.S. short films were selected from a record 3,453 submissions.

After You Left (Director: Jef Taylor; Screenwriters: Jef Taylor and Michael Tisdale) – A man in his mid-thirties searches for meaning in the aftermath of a relationship.

Andy and Zach (Director and Screenwriter: Nick Paley) – When Zach decides to move out, his roommate Andy tries to set up a new life without his best friend.

AWOL (Director and Screenwriter: Deb Shoval) – Days before her deployment to Afghanistan, Joey, 19, comes home to rural Pennsylvania for Christmas, with big dreams of running away to Canada.

Babyland (Director and Screenwriter: Marc Fratello) – A woman seeks love and beyond in a small American town. 2011 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SHORT FILM PROGRAM   Page 2 of 9 -more

Brick Novax (Director and Screenwriter: Matt Piedmont) – Penniless and now living in a seedy motel with only weeks to live, international super legend Brick Novax records his amazing tales as an astronaut, movie star, corporate CEO, and famous musician to preserve his legacy as the coolest guy in the history of the world.

Close. (Director and Screenwriter: Tahir Jetter) – One night after a casual ‘visit’, Angela is all but ready to leave Derek’s apartment. Derek, however, is determined not to let her go without a fight.

Crazy Beats Strong Every Time (Director and Screenwriter: Moon Molson) – An African-American twenty-something finds his Nigerian-immigrant stepfather passed out drunk in their project-building hallway and is pressured by a friend into murdering him.

Das Racist “Who’s That? Brooown!” (Director and Screenwriter: Thomas De Napoli) – An epic quest through the streets of New York City made in the style of -bit video games from the 1980’s.

Excuse Me (Director and Screenwriter: Duncan Birmingham) – A couple threatens to splinter apart due to what may or may not have been said in the heat of passion.

EX-SEX (Director and Screenwriter: Michael Mohan) – Two former lovers navigate their fizzled relationship by confusing their emotional needs with their physical desires. Ex-sex makes it better. Ex-sex makes it worse.

Fight For Your Right Revisited (Director and Screenwriter: Adam Yauch) – After the boys leave the party… Cast: Elijah Wood, Danny McBride, Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Jack Black.

Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight (Director and Screenwriter: Eliza Hittman) – A Russian teenager in Brooklyn makes an unimaginable decision to protect her aging father and herself.

The Hunter and the Swan Discuss Their Meeting (Director and Screenwriter: Emily Carmichael) – A Brooklyn couple have dinner with a hunter and his girlfriend, a magical swan woman. It doesn’t go well.

I’m Having a Difficult Time Killing My Parents (Director: Jeff Tomsic; Screenwriter: T.J. Miller and Jeff Tomsic) – Thirty-two, unemployed, and derailed somewhere on the path to adulthood, T.J. has boomeranged back home. There, his ennui takes the form of increasingly real fantasies about offing his parents and becoming man of the house.

The Pact (Director and Screenwriter: Nicholas McCarthy) – As a woman struggles to come to grips with her past in the wake of her mother’s death, an unsettling presence emerges.

Pandemic 41.410806, -75.654259 (Director: Lance Weiler; Screenwriters: Lance Weiler and Chuck Wendig) – Bree and her little brother Tyler know that their parents awaken only at sundown and are capable of strange and dangerous nocturnal behaviors. Running low on supplies and forced to act, Bree plots their escape, but Tyler stands in her way, unwilling to leave their family home and give up on the parents he loves so much.

Pioneer (Director and Screenwriter: David Lowery) – A father tells his little boy the most epic bedtime story ever.

Sasquatch Birth Journal 2 (Directors and Screenwriters: Zellner Bros.) – An unprecedented peek at the mysteries of nature.

sexting (Director and Screenwriter: Neil LaBute) – People are not who they seem when a misdirected text message leads a young woman to meet with the wife of her boyfriend and ask what is really going on in their relationship. Cast: Julia Stiles.

The Strange Ones (Directors and Screenwriters: Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein) – A man and a boy, traveling to an unknown destination, find respite in a motel swimming pool. On the surface all seems normal, but nothing is quite what it seems to be.

The Terrys (Directors and Screenwriters: Tim Heidecke and Eric Wareheim) – Two down and out losers named Terry conceive a child in a fit of drug-induced passion. The child is an abomination, or so they think, but what they come to learn is that this ‘special’ child was sent to them for a purpose: to teach them how to love.

We’re Leaving (Director and Screenwriter: Zachary Treitz) – Rusty has to find a new place to live with his wife and his teenage American Alligator, Chopper.

Worst Enemy (Director and Screenwriter: Lake Bell) – A comedy about a female misanthrope who gets herself stuck in a full body girdle.

YEARBOOK (Director: Carter Smith) – Something strange is going on at Rockdale high school…


Animals Distract Me (Director and Screenwriter: Isabella Rossellini) – A day in the life of animal-obsessed Isabella Rossellini as she visits with Mario Batali, Andre Leon Talley, Charles Darwin and a host of urban creatures in New York City.

The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement (Co-Directors: Gail Dolgin and Robin Fryday) – 85-year-old Mr. Armstrong, an African American barber in Birmingham, experiences the manifestation of an unimaginable dream: the election of the first African American president.

Living For 32 (Director: Kevin Breslin) – The inspirational story of Colin Goddard, a survivor of the tragic gun shooting massacre which occurred on the Virginia Tech campus, April 16th, 2007. The winning combination of Colin’s passion, charisma and optimism has commanded the attention of the American public and media since the devastating incident which left 32 dead and 17 injured.

The Majestic Plastic Bag (Director: Jeremy Konner; Screenwriters: Sarah May Bates and Regie Miller) – A plastic bag encounters enemies and escapes death on its epic migration to its final destination, the great Pacific Garbage Patch.

oops (Director: Chris Beckman) – A metaphorical elucidation exploring the Internet’s infinite repository of ‘throwaway’ social documentation.

Satan Since 2003 (Director and Screenwriter: Carlos Puga) – Three weeks’ access to The Hell’s Satans (Richmond, Virginia’s premier moped gang) presents an eye-popping peek into this otherwise reclusive society, but also a satirical jab at the process of documentary film-making.


Bike Race (Director: Tom Schroeder; Screenwriters: Tom Schroeder and Hilde De Roover) – Two friends decide to stage a bicycle race to determine who is the best racer of all time, Eddy Merckx or Lance Armstrong. A love triangle develops during the race and the stakes of winning grow in importance.

Marcel the Shell With Shoes On (Director: Dean Fleischer-Camp; Screenwriters: Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp) – A short conversation with Marcel, a shell with shoes on.

Something Left, Something Taken (Directors and Screenwriters: Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter) – Everyone who enters a crime scene leaves something behind and takes something away, which proves true during a vacationing couples’ encounter with a man they believe to be the Zodiac killer.

Xemoland (Director and Screenwriter: Daniel Cardenas) – This animated short film recounts the story of a seven-year-old boy who is led to believe there is a portal to an alternate reality where all his dreams come true. However, the boy quickly realizes that Xemoland is not the place of his dreams, but of his nightmares.


This year’s international short films were selected from a record 3,014 submissions. This year’s international shorts include 38 films from 21 countries.


Baby / United Kingdom (Director and Screenwriter: Daniel Mulloy) – A young woman intervenes when she witnesses men mugging a girl. Now they won’t leave her alone.

BLOKES / Chile (Director: Marialy Rivas) – 13-year-old Luchito fantasizes about Manuel, his 16-year-old neighbor, whom he can see standing by a window in an adjacent project building. Oblivious of the gaze of his precocious voyeur, Manuel discovers his own sexuality with a girl from the neighborhood.

Cinderela / Brazil, France (Director and Screenwriter: Magali Magistry) – Luiza and Rico. Love and loss in a Rio nightclub.

Deeper Than Yesterday / Australia (Director and Screenwriter: Ariel Kleiman) – After three months submerged underwater in a submarine, the crew have become savages. Oleg, one of the men onboard, fears that losing perspective may mean losing himself.

Diarchy / Italy (Director and Screenwriter: Ferdinando Cito Filmomarino) – Giano and Luc are traveling through the woods when a storm breaks, forcing them to take shelter in Luc’s villa. Gradually and insidiously, a competition emerges between them, with terrible consequences.

The Legend of Beaver Dam / Canada (Director: Jerome Sable; Screenwriters: Jerome Sable and Eli Batalion) – When a ghost story around the campfire awakens an evil monster, it’s up to nerdy Danny Zigwitz to be the hero and save his fellow campers from a bloody massacre.

Little Brother / United Kingdom (Director: Callum Cooper; Screenwriters: Callum Cooper in collaboration with Oni Family) – A teenage boy uses his hearing impairment to escape his daily routine and the responsibility of looking after his wheelchair-bound little brother.

Love Birds / Czech Republic (Director and Screenwriter: Brian Lye) – A humorous love story that reflects the similarities between bird and human life.

Protoparticles / Spain (Director and Screenwriter: Chema García Ibarra) – The experiment was a success: protomatter exists.

shikasha / Japan (Director and Screenwriter: Isamu Hirabayashi) – Imprisoned and bound, a mother and child lay in darkness as investigators search a wasteland.

Small Change / Ireland (Director and Screenwriter: Cathy Brady) – Karen, a young single mother is bored by routine as slot machines have become her secret thrill and addiction. With Christmas looming, a desperate hope for a big win sees her life spiral out of control.

SPRING / United Kingdom (Director and Screenwriter: Hong Khaou) – A young man meets a stranger for an experience that will change his life forever.

Stardust / Belgium (Director and Screenwriter: Nicolas Provost) – An investigation of the boundaries between fiction and reality. The camera ventures to Las Vegas and uses the glorious and ambiguous power of the gambling capital to turn everyday life into an exciting crime story.

Stopover / Italy, Romania (Director: Ioana Uricara; Screenwriter: Cristian Mungiu) – Lost and found in between plane rides.

The Wind is Blowing on My Street / Iran, USA (Director and Screenwriter: Saba Riazi) – A young girl in Tehran accidentally gets left on the street with no head scarf. She is forced to interact with a neighbor who keeps her company in an environment where her mishap could equal trouble.


Grandpa’s Wet Dream / Japan, USA (Director: Chihior Amemiya) – A 75-year-old Japanese man has been acting in adult videos for 15 years without telling his family.

The High Level Bridge / Canada (Director and Screenwriter: Trevor Anderson) – Trevor drops his camera from Edmonton’s High Level Bridge in memory of those who have jumped.

Incident by a Bank / Sweden (Director and Screenwriter: Ruben Östlund) – A detailed and humorous account of a failed bank robbery.

Negativipeg / Canada (Director and Screenwriter: Matthew Rankin) – Rory Lepine gives a personal account of his fateful and infamous encounter with The Guess Who’s legendary lead singer, Burton Cummings, in a Winnipeg 7-Eleven in 1985.

Out of Reach / Poland (Director and Screenwriter: Jakub Stozek) – Karolina and Natalia seek refuge from their domineering father and reminiscence about sad childhood without a mother in a basement of their block of flats.

Skateistan: To Live And Skate Kabul / United Kingdom (Director: Orlando von Einsiedel) – In a country with innumerable problems, Skateistan represents an oasis where children can be children and build the kinds of cross-cultural relationships that Afghanistan needs for future stability.


1989 (When I was five years old) / Denmark (Director and Screenwriter: Thor Ochsner) – Poetic memories of a five-year-old boy who ends up in a dramatic car accident with his dad.

8 BITS / France (Directors: Valere Amirault, Sarah Laufer, Jean Delaunay, and Benjamin Mattern) – A fight between an 8-bit superhero and a high-def boss, in a retro-gaming world.

The Eagleman Stag / United Kingdom (Director and Screenwriter: Mikey Please) – If you repeat the word “fly” for long enough it sounds like you are saying “life”. This is of no help to Peter. His answers lie in the brain of the beetle.

The External World / Germany (Director and Screenwriter: David O’Reilly) – A little boy practices playing the piano.

The Greatness / China (Director and Screenwriter: Yi Zhou) – Inspired by the Divine Comedy. An imaginary journey through the circles of Hell, Purgatory and Paradise where music is a central character. The video begins with the notes of a mysterious waltz-like rhythm, and the soundtrack itself directs attention to the special collaboration between Yi Zhou and Ennio Morricone.

Love & Theft / Germany (Director: Andreas Hykade) – And I’m still carrying the gift you gave, it’s a part of me now, it’s been cherished and saved, it’ll be with me unto the grave, and then unto eternity.’ (Bob Dylan)

Storm / Brazil (Director: Cesar Cabral; Screenwriters: Cesar Cabral and Leandro Maciel) – A lone sailor sails through stormy seas, seeking to reunite with his beloved. He follows a strict routine until unexpected changes in his path alter his destiny.

Tord and Tord / Sweden (Director and Screenwriter: Niki Lindroth von Bahr) – One day Tord accidentally walks in to the apartment next to his own. Another person named Tord lives there, he has just moved in. Tord and Tord start to spend time with each other.

Tussilago / Sweden (Director and Screenwriter: Jonas Odell) – In 1977 West German terrorist Norbert Kröcher was arrested for having planned to kidnap the Swedish politician Anna-Great Leijon. Among the people arrested during the following raids was Kröcher’s former girlfriend ‘A.’


An electrifying celebration of innovation in filmmaking, New Frontier shorts are a platform to showcase the wonderment that is modern film. Through bold color and thought-provoking messaging – these films electrify and energize the mind.

ALL FLOWERS IN TIME / Canada, USA (Director and Screenwriter: Jonathan Caouette) – The director of Tarnation takes us on a guided tour through the shattered remains of memory and identity. Cast: Chloe Sevigny.

Anne Truitt, Working / USA (Director: Jem Cohen) – A short portrait of artist Anne Truitt (1921-2004).

The film consists of an interview and 16mm footage made in and around her studio at the Yaddo artist colony, as well as footage from her home studio in Washington, D.C.

Jupiter Elicius / USA (Director: Kelly Sears) – A haunted meteorologist dreams of storms that are a lot closer and further away than he thought.

On the Way to the Sea / Canada, China (Director and Screenwriter: Tao Gu) – A poetic vision that weaves together fictional elements, documentary fragments and visual abstraction, investigating the dreams, memories and sensory perceptions of two earthquake survivors.

This Is Not A Suit / United Kingdom (Directors: Adrien Sauvage, Chris Gaunt, and Jon Clements; Screenwriters: Adrien Sauvage and Madeleine Morlet) – An instructional guide to the art of dressing that explores the creative quandaries of the mind. Who is the designer? Well, we will look into that. Here we learn the principles of easy dressing as you have not seen them before. This is not a suit.

Tornado / Mexico (Director: Francis Alys de Smedt) – The film combines four basic movements: waiting for tornadoes, chasing, hitting or missing them.

Triumph Of The Wild / USA (Director and Screenwriter: Martha Colburn) – An exploration of the impulses of hunting and the resiliency of the people and animals in times of battle. The film is made using stop-action animation of cut-out paintings and puzzles to explore the psychological states of players and victims in the ‘game of war’ over the past 300 years of American History.

Venus / USA (Director and Screenwriter: Jessica Oreck) – Planets. Women. Sun. Heat. Time.

Yelp (With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg’s Howl) (Director: Tiffany Shlain; Screenwriters: Tiffany Shlain and Ken Goldberg) – Sophocles once said, ‘nothing vast enters the life of mortals without a curse,’ and this couldn’t be more true of technology.


The Cave / Canada (Director and Screenwriter: Helen Haig-Brown [Tsilhqot’in]) – A hunter on horseback accidentally discovers a portal to the afterlife in this fantastical version of a true Tsilhqot’in story.

Choke / Canada (Director and Screenwriter: Michelle Latimer [Métis]) – Upon leaving his First Nations reserve, Jimmy encounters the lost souls of the city and is reminded that no matter how far you travel, you cannot escape who you are.

Ebony Society / Aotearoa-New Zealand (Director and Screenwriter: Tammy Davis [Ngāti Rangi & Atihaunui a Paparangi]) – One night out stealing; two boys learn a lesson.

Redemption / Aotearoa-New Zealand (Director: Katie Wolfe [Taranaki/Ngati Tama Ngati Mutunga]; Co-Screenwriters: Tim Balme, Renae Maihi [Nga Puhi/Ngati Hine, Te Arawa/Ngati Wakaue], and Katie Wolfe based on the short story by Phil Kawana [Ngaruahinerangi, Ngati Ruanui, Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Rangitane]) – A boy. A girl. A step too far.

The Rocket Boy / USA (Director and Screenwriter: Donavan Seschillie [Navajo Nation]) – A young boy’s limitless imagination creates a dilemma between reality and dreams.

Stones / USA (Director and Screenwriter: Ty Sanga [Native Hawaiian]) – Set in the ancient times in the islands of Hawai’i, a forlorn woman living in isolation with her husband meets a child from a nearby village and contemplates whether she should bring her into her mystical world.

Wapawekka / Canada (Director and Screenwriter: Danis Goulet [Métis]) – A final visit to their isolated cabin in northern Canada reveals the inter-generational rift between Josh and his traditional Cree father.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Women of African Descent Film Festival (Brooklyn, NY)

(*This is not the International Black Women’s Film Festival, nor is it a program of the IBWFF. This is a another film festival which may be of interest to our readers and filmmakers.)




The Women of African Descent Film Festival, presented by the Brooklyn Chapter of the Links Inc., seeks feature length and short films directed, written or produced by female filmmakers of African descent. The festival is now accepting submissions of narrative feature and short films, documentaries and animations for the festival, which will take place in May 2011 in Brooklyn, NY.

Submissions can be registered through the festival’s Withoutabox site, which also includes additional information about the event.

To access the application form through Withoutabox please visit –

The Women of African Descent Film Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2011. The Festival is presented each May in Brooklyn, NY by The Brooklyn Chapter of the Links. In 2002, to mark the milestone of its 50th Anniversary, and to continue its legacy of showcasing the talent and accomplishments of African American artists, the Brooklyn Chapter began sponsoring this film festival for women filmmakers. This tradition has continued annually since then and takes place at the Spike Lee Screening Room at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University in May of each year.

Formed in 1952, The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links, Inc., an organization of African American professional women, is dedicated to the support of educational, civic, and cultural activities in Brooklyn. A chapter of The Links, Inc., an international organization comprised of 276 chapters and over 11,000 members in 42 states, the District of Columbia, South Africa, the Bahamas and Germany, the Brooklyn Chapter works under the guidelines of the national body in providing services to its Brooklyn community in four mission areas: services to youth, health and wellness, the arts, and civic involvement.

The foundation for all of the chapter’s programs and services is rooted in the African American tradition of giving and volunteerism. Members share a deep sense of communal responsibility, and for the past 50 plus years have been committed to actively initiating and supporting educational, cultural, and civic programs, that positively impact the lives of people from Brooklyn’s African American/Caribbean communities.

Only films directed by, written by or produced by female filmmakers of African descent will be considered. Please do not submit if you do not fit this criterion.

Submission must be made online. At the end of your submission process you will be asked to complete the online Terms of Submission Agreement form which you must sign in order to complete your submission.

Any number of titles may be submitted by an entrant. A separate entry form must be submitted for each title. Separate DVDs must be submitted for each entry.

Entries must be complete works no longer than 120 minutes in length. They must have been completed on or after January 1, 2008. Industrial or instructional works and those previously submitted to the Film Festival are not eligible. All films and videos in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for Festival presentation. All entrants must complete the online application form and mail or hand-deliver a DVD for jury screening.

All tapes must be labeled with the following information:
* Film Title, total running time, and category (narrative; experimental; documentary; animation.)

* Shipper’s name and email address.

* Withoutbox tracking number.

Entries may be disqualified if they are not properly labeled.

Films and videotapes must be shipped in a padded envelope.

Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like us to return your DVD. Be sure to indicate that you would like your preview screener returned; we will not do so unless you indicate for us to do so on your application form.

Judging will take place January –February 2011 by a jury of Links members and film industry professionals in the New York metropolitan area.

“I Will Follow” to Screen at 2010 AFI Film Fest Nov. 5 – FREE

The Organization of Black Screenwriters has partnered with the 2010 AFI Film Festival to present “I Will Follow,” directed by Ava DuVernay. Starring Salli Richardson-Whitfield (star of the SyFy serie’s “Eureka” and cult movie, “Black Dynamite”), Traci Thoms, Blair Underwood and Omari Hardwick, “I Will Follow” is:

is a delicately observed study of small, unpredictable moments and long unvoiced emotions that suddenly erupt in flurries of grief and recrimination. (2010 AFI Film Fest)

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You may have seen Ava DuVernay’s work as a director for “My Mic Sounds Nice: The Truth About Women in Hip Hop,” which premiered on BET in 2010. She’s also known in Hollywood as a Cinematographer and Writer, but maybe mostly as a publicist for Hollywood’s top grossing films.

Click Here to Catch “I Will Follow” on November 5, 2010 at the AFI Film Fest!

Fri, Nov 5th 9:00pm
American Cinematique Egyptian Theater

ANNOUNCEMENT: Shooting Poverty – documentary competition

Shooting Poverty
Shooting Poverty is a competition for written Treatment for short documentary films (fictions will not be accepted). A jury of film as well as arms and development experts will select at least three treatments to receive full production support. The three films from different parts of the world will be put to the public’s vote online.

For tips on how to write your treatment – please watch the VIDEO.

For everything else you need to know to participate in this competition, please visit the Oxfam site at:

Whitney Performs; Fences Opens; Tribeca Premieres; and More!

April has been a busy month for film premieres, events and glam gatherings! From the opening of the late-August Wilson’s drama “Fences,” starring Viola Davis and Denzel Washington, to Whitney’s shaky comeback, we have the latest photos of the latest glam gatherings!

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Madea is the Only Black “Woman” That Can Open a Film?

“…when you think about a black woman who can open a film, I mean they will green-light the film because of her presence in the film — you know there’s only one person, and that’s Madea.”

Atlanta, Georgia’s, online publication “Rolling Out” wrote an insightful article about the dearth of roles for Black women in film. Of course the article was highlighting the Black Women in Film (formerly, Black Women Film Project) luncheon featuring some of Hollywood’s leading Black actresses in film and television. The article outlined a number of concerns with the roles of Black women –something the IBWFF has also been highlighting for years.

The rub was to promote how much work there is in Atlanta, as well as how much Tyler Perry’s films and studio have impacted roles for African Americans. Personally, my mother’s family has been in Atlanta for over four generations, so I always took for Black achievement and success for granted –i.e., it was something you did, not something you undermined, like in many urban centers.

For many African Americans, Atlanta is a burgeoning, Black metropolis for actors and performers. Tyler Perry’s studio is another example of ingenuity, need fulfillment and entrepreneurship, in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Sadly, the strength, purpose and vision of the luncheon was cut short by the closing statement by Roger Bobb, executive vice president of Tyler Perry Studios. After actress Terri Vaughn’s impassioned plea about roles for Black women in Hollywood, and after outlining the impact of such a worthy luncheon, one small statement seemed to dismiss and undermine everything that was just presented.

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The statement?

“…(W)hen you think about a black woman who can open a film, I mean they will green-light the film because of her presence in the film — you know there’s only one person, and that’s Madea.”

Wow. Did he just state that a Black man dressed as a Black woman is the only “Black woman” who can open a film?

Tyler Perry as Madea

Oh, but he did add, “Now you do have some exceptions — Halle Berry and Queen Latifah. But after that, the list goes way down.” Goes down? Goes down to what? Zoe Saldana? Angela Bassett? Gabrielle Union? Alicia Keys? Beyonce? Mo’Nique?

I respect the work (and jobs) that Tyler Perry Studios provides; however, I wish that Mr. Bobb had edited his words more carefully, especially considering that he just attended a luncheon where Black women in film were discussed for over an hour and a half.

Maybe he was taken out of context, who knows? But please, Black women in film are “dissed” enough… we don’t need to be dissed at our own events.

Read the article:

ANNOUNCEMENT: I Am An American: The Making of an Anthem


World Premiere
San Diego Black Film Festival
January 28 – 31, 2010

The screening will be held Saturday, January, 30 at 4:30 p.m. at the United Artists Horton Plaza 14– 475 Horton Plaza in San Diego.

From Air America to Access Hollywood, the “I Am An American” song has been praised by media nationwide since its 2008 release. Now, the seasoned musicians are releasing their 45-minute documentary, The Making of an Anthem, which follows Mr. Gamble through the “I Am An American” recording process at the Kimmel Center with the Temple University orchestra and choirs, and goes behind the scenes into the legendary Philadelphia International Records studio with the iconic Patti LaBelle. A powerful segment of the history of Father Divine and the Peace Mission Movement comes to life with vintage footage from the 1960s. The film is interspersed with a number of interviews that speak to the meaning and inspiration behind this project, and the tremendous honor that resulted from this unique collaboration.

“At a time of change in history, I believe America has a renewed feeling of patriotism. I’m proud to have produced a song in hopes of keeping that spirit alive through music and the message it gives. I’m especially proud to have the opportunity to share the song and its story at a festival whose primary mission is to preserve and promote African American cinema and the education of media arts. It is my hope that we as Americans continue to have the renewed sense of pride and patriotism that ‘I Am An American’ inspires.” – Kenny Gamble

You can view a brief video about the project here:

For further information about the “I Am An American” project, you can visit

For further information about the film festival, please visit

Austin Leech
Two Sheps That Pass…

Tribeca All Access Call For Submissions

Tribeca All Access (TAA) is a year round networking and career development program of the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) that supports the work of filmmakers from traditionally under-represented communities within the industry by by providing access to industry representatives looking for new projects in development. Approximately 20 qualified directors and screenwriters will be selected to participate in one-on-one meetings with key industry players in addition to networking and learning from dedicated panels and comprehensive workshops during the Tribeca Film Festival. Program alumni receive year-round support through TAA OnTrack, which includes educational panels and workshops; TFI hosted presentation screenings; promotional support for completed films; and the use of digital filmmaking and editing equipment.

Tribeca All Access is open to both mid-career and emerging narrative and documentary filmmakers. Applicants are required to apply with a completed feature-length screenplay, documentary proposal, or documentary work-in-progress and must have at least one screenwriter or director attached who qualifies. Projects may be of any subject matter, genre, or budget range suited for independent or major studio production.

The program is now a recognized talent pool within the industry and an unrivaled opportunity to advance your filmmaking career.

Apply Now! Deadline is Monday, December 14, 2009.

Visit for complete details and upcoming events.

CALL FOR FILMS: Beverly Hills Film Festival

Deadline: January 1, 2010

Click Here for More Information:

The Beverly Hills International Film Festival Film and Screenplay Submissions

The submission, selection and notification processes, film requirements and rules have all been specifically designed to create a quick and convenient experience for our large number of diverse applicants and their projects.

Applications may also be completed using The International Film Festival Submission System (BrigitFest) on the Web at Withoutabox provides cost-saving, online entry to major film festivals throughout the U.S. and in Europe with one master entry form. This method is free and easy. Members who have Upgraded Projects at Withoutabox also receive $5.00 off their Entry Fees, and ALL members get the advantages of Extended Deadlines and Online Press Kit submissions.

Entry Fees
Feature Films $75.00 (50 minutes and over)
Documentaries $75.00
Experimental $75.00
Shorts $50.00 (50 minutes and under)

“Precious” screened at the Toronto International Film Festival

Sundance 2009 grand Jury Prize and Audience Award Winner “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire” screened to an enthusiastic audience at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival!

Media moguls Oprah Winfrey (Harpo Films) and Tyler Perry backed Lionsgate Films’ acquisition of North American distribution rights to the film. Lionsgate acquired the film February 2, 2009.

This is the first film distributed under Tyler Perry’s 34th Street Banner. According to Suite 101, the film stars Mo’Nique, Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe, Paula Patton, Sherri Shepherd, Nealla Gordon, Stephanie Andujar, and Grammy-winning artists Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz.