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2011 is a very special year, it is the United Nations International Year for people of African Descent and it also marks the centenary of International Women’s Month.

Images of Black Women (IBW) Film Festival will be back with its 7th Edition to keep on promoting greater awareness of the Diaspora’s issues through films, with a focus on women’s perspective 8th to 10th April – Tricycle Cinema – London, Kilburn.

Prior to the festival, IBW will organise two screenings on March 8th & 26th, venues to be confirmed. Do keep an eye on www.imagesofblackwomen.com (web to be updated) as well as on www.nucinema.co.uk for further details.

As usual you will find below few film events; includes special offer for IBW friends for the outstanding film based on the international award-winning and best-selling novel Chanda’s Secrets by Allan Stratton.

Life, Above All (Chanda’s Secrets)
Friday 18 Feb at 2.30pm &  Sunday 20 Feb at 5.00pm
 Tricycle Cinema

Don’t miss a chance to see this compelling drama from South Africa which follows a young girl (stunningly performed by first-time-actress Khomotso Manyaka) who fights the fear and shame that have poisoned her community.  

The Tricycle is screening the film as part of their International Oscar Season 

Film’s Awards:

  • Premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2010 where it received a ten-minute standing ovation and was awarded the Francois Chalias Prize.
  • Shortlisted to the final nine of the sixty-six  entries to the Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film Category.

Standard tickets:
Fri  18  Feb £5.50/£5 reduction
Sun 20 Feb £9.50/£8.50 reduction

Box Office: 020 7328 1000    
http://www.tricycle.co.uk
269 Kilburn High Road
London NW6 7JR
 

SEE THIS SPECIAL PREVIEW FOR JUST £6 (USUALLY £9.50) ON SUNDAY 20 FEB. CALL THE BOX OFFICE AND QUOTE ‘CHANDA’S SECRET OFFER‘. (Strickly limited availability, advanced bookings only).

There is a special Fund raising screening for the women of Haiti: “Moloch Tropical” on March 8th at the tricycle cinema – get your Tickets Now – limited amount left at the discount rate.
020 7328 1000

Do you wish to contribute to IBW Film festival 2011?
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED  

IBW Film Festival is an official annual event endorsed by the Mayor of London, and regarded as one of the industry’s largest ethnic platform. The festival features an eclectic mix of foreign independent urban and classic films that depict the global black experience by focusing on the achievements of outstanding female talents, by covering a wide range of genres.

If you want to contribute to this unique event, please do get in touch as we are looking for the following volunteers:

-         Webmaster/designer

-         Camera person

-         Photographer

In return you will be credited on all IBW marketing material & with complementary tickets to attend festival.

Contact: info@imagesofblackwomen.com

Also dont forget to checkout www.nucinema.co.uk for all your social gossip and film event news.


Black History Walks & Screenings Is Here To Educate….

 

New fantastic educational screenings coming up soon!  

Black History Walks worked with Teachers TV..
on a documentary based on our walks for use in classrooms. The interactive video is in 4 short clips including African architecture in Britain, the richest black man in the world in 1324 and more. To see all four videos click here www.teachers.tv/series/secondary-lesson-starts or www.youtube.com/blackhistorywalks  

Click here for a complete resource list .Teachers TV is an online resource for all  schools in England. 

400 Years of Black Women Resistance Leaders 

Friday 25 March 7.30pm-10.30pm
Positive Mental Attitude Community College, 26 Reginald Close
(off Admiralty Square) Deptford SE8 4SS.
Tube: New Cross, Deptford Bridge
www.pmacc.co.uk Entry
£8.00 waged £5.00 unwaged  

Biographical details of black women from all over the world who have resisted slavery, colonialism and racism. Women do not get the historical credit they deserve, this event will provide video and documentary evidence of the who, what and why of 45 female leaders who used pistols, pens or placards to fight for equality.

Women include: Queen Amina, May Jemison, Dora Akunyili, Dame Jocelyn Barrow, Leyla Hussein, Una Marson, Hawa Taako, Lt. Sanite Belair, Althea Gibson, Carlota, Mavis Best, Fawzia Hashim, Dr Beryl Gilroy, Edna Ismail, Benadita Da Silva, Charity Adams, Janet Alder, and many more. 
Bring pen and pad. 


Marina Raime and Abi Ajose Adeogun continue the resistance by fighting for equal treatment for black women with breast cancer www.betterdays.uk.com

www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk  

 
Black History Walks is an educational organisation based in London that focuses on revealing hidden & forgotten Black History.

They provide regular annual London tour walks around the city revealing London’s hidden history connecting it to the despicable and shameful African slave trade.

Tony Warner of Black History Walks also organises regular educational film screenings at the BFI, Southbank and the Imperial War Museum.

He has also appeared on national TV in programs like Coast as a specialist historian on the contribution of black service men in World War 1 & 2.

Tony Warner is available to hire; please call: 07957 585 065  

For further info go to: www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk
Make sure to support the good work of Black History Walks

New “Carib Theatre & Kush Film Club – Do Something Different!

Kush the originators of the film club format – brings to you a new season of the best INDEPENDENT black films from the Caribbean, US, UK & Africa, along with Guest Performances, Great Music, After-parties, Debates, Q&A’s, DVD Giveaways and a lot more!
 

The All-New Carib Theatre & Kush Film Club

New Venue – New Films – New Direction………….

FREE FILM – ENJOY THE FIRST WEEK FOR FREE!

Tuesday 3rd Aug 2010

Come & Enjoy our special screening of an audience favourite!
(More info call 07961 977 749)

But ssshh! Its a secret (spies are watching)

Plus Poet
“Cezanne”
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Starting next week Tuesday 3rd Aug 2010 (fortnightly)
Doors open: 7:30 pm / Film starts: 8:30 pm (have a meal prior to films)
Admission: FREE (6 mth membership £10 – see note below)
Venue: Manor Club, 277 Seven Sisters Rd, London, N4 2DE

 


All we ask this first week is you make a reasonable donation to the work Kush does – its up to you and your conscience
(in the past we have done this and some have disrespected it – pls don’t be like them – I will be checking anyway lol!)!


(For all future screenings there will be a one-off £10 Membership/Administration charge covering a 6-month period, which will contribute to our marketing and administration costs. After this there will be a £10 entry fee to all screenings except our occasional complimentary FREE screenings. Your £10 membership fee will also entitle you to: priority entry & seating at all Kush events, Free DVD’s, CD’s and other free tickets/gifts from partner organisations – Membership must be renewed every 6 months).

All attendee’s must show ID and sign our Membership book before entry to venue!

*Help us pack this venue out regularly & we move to a Thursday night!

 

All taking place at the plush nightclub “The Manor Club”
3 large projection  screens / 2 large TV’s and a VIP section

As well  as a great selection of Caribbean films there will be our usual UK & US indie films, alternating fortnightly!

Choose from action films for the guys, music documentaries for music lovers, Jamaican comedy for all, drama & romantic comedies for the ladies; Yes, we have a little something for everyone!


 
*Help us pack this venue out regularly & we move to a Thursday night!

Look out for
Special Exclusive Weekly Screenings of
The hit 12-part Jamaican comedy series:

Me & Me Kru
(Showing weekly)

Starring: Benzly Hype & The Innocent Crew, Vaz Blackwood, Professor Nuts, Spragga Benz, Sly & Robbie & Audrey Reid

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£10 admission

Doors open: 7:30 pm / Film start: 8.30 pm
Music: 10.30 pm – 12.00 pm (on particular night)

Get VIP status for 20 friends & yourself with your own private Screen,
20 piece chicken platter & Champagne.

Also come along and try out the many different flavoured chicken wings from
“The Manor House Of Wings”

Call: 07961 977 749

The Manor Club
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(Nearest tube: Manor House – Piccadilly Line /

Buses: 279, 259, 141, 341, 29, 253, & 254)

 
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Zafaa The African Film Awards & Showcase – October 2011

AFRICA FILM FESTIVAL & ACADEMY AWARDS ZAFAA 2011.

As we are planning for The BIGGEST Africa Film Festival and Academy Awards at ZAFAA in 2011.

We expect to see more Africans participating to make it an all-African film affair giving the winners additional reason to be proud.

London is going to see the best from African filmmakers from all over the world, as we can see Africa Movies are gaining more power in the worldwide movie industry and London is the place to be in October 2011 – remember to make this a date in your diary.

There will also be cultural displays and celebrity acts for three days. Get the full info and join our facebook group: 

Click This Link: http://www.facebook.com/l/95248ek7DNnPapK7b9K3dk8oeYw;www.zafaa.com


New Indie Films – To Watch Out For

A New Film by Wayne G Saunders
Prolific UK filmmaker Wayne G Saunders new film will soon be hitting the streets of London -  checkout the trailer for his new film.

He also works with young people who are interested in filmmaking, so If you would like to find out more about his work or about available opportunities, send him an email: bcrowns@aol.com

 


VET Courses & Training 2011 (Hoxton, London, EC1)

VET & London Film School present: The Lowdown on Digital Workflow, 27 & 28 Jan 2011 

 

When the capture medium is digital how do you get to a finished film?

The digital workflow can be tricky so VET have joined with the London Film School to help you untangle the process.

This 2 day Skillset-funded workshop is for everyone working in film and we’ll hear from some industry experts on how best to prepare and make your film using digital workflows.

For more details see London Film School website or email workshops@lfs.org.uk.

Start 2011 with some brain food from VET Training.

All our Avid courses will run through February and here are a few others to check out too.

Apple Color 101: Jan 24 – 25
HD & Tapeless workflow: Feb 1
Avid Advanced V5 workshop: Feb 18 and March 3
Understanding Digital Media: Feb 21– 24

See our course schedule for more details.

Call Claire on: 020 7505 4747
email: claire@vet.co.uk

Click here for ”tech tips” on our website
www.vet.co.uk
Lux building, 2-4 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6US

 


The Zaffaa African Film Awards – 2011

AFRICA FILM FESTIVAL & ACADEMY AWARDS ZAFAA 2011.

The UK’s BIGGEST Africa Film Festival and Academy Awards ZAFAA is here for another year in 2011.

Make sure you do not miss out, expect to see even more Africans participating to make it an All-African continent Affair, giving the winners great reason to be proud winners. London is going to see the best from African Movie makers from all over the world as it become evident that Africa Movies are gaining more notice and powerful recognition in the International film industry.

London is the Place; October 2011 is the date
There will also be cultural displays and fabulous performances over 3 days. Check us out on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/l/95248ek7DNnPapK7b9K3dk8oeYw;www.zafaa.com

(The flyer below is from the 2010 festival as an example of the event)


The Haringey Independent Cinema – Thursday 9th Sept

Just a quick reminder that HIC are showing Michael Moore’s excellent film – “Capitalism – A Love Story” this Thursday. That’s THURSDAY 9th SEPTEMBER. 

Doors open at 7pm. The film will start about 7.15pm. Normal prices, which hasn’t increased since we started 4 years ago!
 
The film raises some important questions especially in the present climate of cuts, cuts, cuts, as well as being just a bloody good film. We have booked the venue for a little longer this month, so we have a space for discussion / questions and answer session afterwards. We will have a few questions ourselves for people to look at before the film, to get us all thinking about the issue and what (if anything) we would like to discuss at the end.
 
For anybody who hasn’t been before, these discussions are very relaxed, and you don’t have to say anything unless you want to. In fact, if you want, you don’t have to stay for this part of the evening. But most people do as it’s interesting hearing what other people feel about the film and the issues raised.
 
So, hopefully see loads of you there this Thursday – especially as it’s our first film since July, so you must all be dying to get out the house and to the HIC cinema again!!!
 
Details of venue and other information is on our website (www.haringey.org.uk/hic/)

CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY
2009, USA, 127 MINS. DIRECTOR, MICHAEL MOORE

Humanity will not be happy until the last bureaucrat is hung with the guts of the last capitalist. Situationist Slogan, Paris, 1968.

The depths to which the venal running dogs of capitalism will sink in the quest for profit and ‘growth’ are almost beyond parody. The total corruption of greedy bankers, corporations and mercenary politicians and the system they represent, has become so commonplace that it is difficult to be shocked anymore. Even so, in “Capitalism: A Love Story” Michael Moore manages to pull back the curtain even further on this sordid (ongoing) episode in human history to reveal the insidious role it has played in the destruction of peoples lives, communities and environments.

A relatively few rich bankers, bosses and politicians have made a global economic and environmental mess and now the many are being asked to pick up the bill via cuts in education, health-care provision, social housing, social services and jobs. The film does however, highlight the common-sense benefits of workers co-operatives that possibly point to a more hopeful future – the long overdue collectivisation of industry and land anybody?


Keep Making Movies Film Festival – Make A Film In A Day Competition!

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Important Film – Tues 25th May – In The Land Of The Free!

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www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk

Presents an exclusive screening of

In The Land Of The Free
+ interview with Vadim Jean (Director)
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Tuesday 25th May (7.30pm / 8.00pm start)@ The West Green Cinema, Parkview Academy, West Green Road, London, N15 3RB (Nearest landmarks: Blackboy Lane & Downhills park)

Tickets: £6 (You can buy in advance / inc £1.25 booking fee)

Ticket Allocation

In the Land of the Free… is a documentary feature that examines the story of Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox and Robert King. They are known as the Angola 3 and have spent almost a century between them in solitary confinement in Angola, the Louisiana State Penitentiary in the USA. Herman and Albert are still held in solitary confinement after thirty seven years.

How could this be?  In Obama’s America. Today.

Watch The Trailer:
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8U5JMs0LvBo

The “Angola 3”: Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox and Robert King, have spent almost a century between them in solitary confinement in Angola, the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Herman and Albert are still held in solitary confinement TODAY after thirty seven years. 

How could this be?  In America… In Obama’s America??

There was no physical evidence against them. The main eye witness was bribed and promised his freedom by the warden in exchange for testifying and another key witness was a legally blind, mentally retarded sociopath. 
A bloody fingerprint from the scene was shown not to belong to Herman or Albert and yet never tested against the rest of the prison population.

One man understands their plight more than any other. Robert King, also an active member of the BPP, was also held in solitary at Angola under investigation for involvement in the same Miller murder… even though he wasn’t even in the prison when it happened.  The prison authorities used this as their reason for keeping him in solitary confinement for 29 years. He was subsequently accused of the murder of another prisoner in Angola, again convicted by an all white jury on the evidence of unreliable witnesses who all subsequently recanted, before his conviction was overturned in 2001. Since then he’s worked tirelessly all over the world to help bring justice for Herman and Albert.

Robert King came to London in March 2010 to launch the film. Before touring the UK to promote the cause of the Angola 3.The film is directed by Vadim Jean (Leon the Pig Farmer, Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather) produced by the Mob film company (Terry Pratchett’s Colour of Magic, Stone of Destiny) Gold Circle Films (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, White Noise, A Haunting in Connecticut) and UKTV’s Yesterday films.

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The formidable Angola Prison

Support the cause – Say Kush!

Further information can also be found at:
www.inthelandofthefreefilm.co.uk    

 

 

Inthelandofthefree9In the Land of the Free… is a documentary feature narrated by Samuel L Jackson that examines the story of these 3 extraordinary men who claim to have been targeted by the prison authorities for being members of the Black Panther party because they fought against the terrible conditions and systematic sexual slavery that was rife in the prison.  Herman and Albert were subsequently convicted for the murder of a prison guard, Brent Miller.


SUS – New British Movie In Cinema’s Now!

www.susthemovie.com

SUS

Starring: Clint Dyer, Ralph Brown, Rafe Spall
Directed by: Robert Heath

SUS – THE MOVIE THAT HAS EVERYONE THINKING!

Election Night 1979: Margaret Thatcher is about to come into power.

A young black man is held on suspicion of murdering his pregnant wife. Officers Karn and Wilby, racist to the core and high on the prospect of a Conservative Party victory, try to lure the suspect into a quick confession. But the night has just begun…

Written by Barrie Keefe, who was behind the British classic The Long Good Friday, SUS is an emotionally charged and incredibly tense crime drama that serves as a powerful outcry against past institutional racism. But in the age of counter-terrorism SUS also begs the question: has history caught up with us?

www.susthemovie.com

Support British Independent Films!
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WATCH THE TRAILER


Images of Black Women Film Festival April 9-11th

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The 6th International Images of Black Women Film Festival is here! 
 
Back at the Tricycle Cinema from the 9th to 11th April (London, Kilburn) to celebrate Black women in film with a fantastic selection of films,
performances by UK female lyricists, great debates and Q&A’s with filmmakers, award ceremony and a dynamic festival-networking event. 
 
We have 2 great opening & closing films as well as who are the winners of our short film competition. 
 
Sign up for the IBW mailouts and receive regular festival updates.
           
                     Early birds discount from 15th March till 19th March 
 
 
 We also look forward to seeing you all Sunday 14th March at our pre-festival event Celebrating Women: Tribute to Haitian women.Haiti_Cherie

 

Opening & Closing Films

SAY MY NAME – UK Premiere
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Frid 9 April
8:30pm to 11:00pm
 
Dir: Nirit Peled
Dur:73 min
Doc/US-UK/ 2008
 
Born out of a worldwide project about women by Mamaness, SAY MY NAME is a powerful documentary taking viewers on a vibrant tour of urban culture and musical movement, from hip hop’s birthplace in the Bronx, to grime on London’s Eastside.

More than 18 Artists feature in interviews, intertwined with musical performances, to talk about their battle for a place in a society that creates few chances for women. From emerging artists filled with new creativity, to true pioneers like MC Lyte, Roxxanne Shante, and Monie Love, these are women turning adversity into art.
 
Further featured artists: Estelle, Eryka Baduh & Queen Latifah
 
Nirit Peled & producer Dave Hemmingway at this UK Premiere, which will end with a live performance of UK female lyricists.
 

RAIN -UK Premiere
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Sun 11 April    5:50pm to 7:45pm
 
Dir: Maria Govan
Dur: 93min
Drama/Bahamas/2008
 
A very beautiful and poetic film with stunning cinematography, one of the first films produced indigenously in the Bahamas to receive international recognition.
 
When her grandmother dies, 14 year-old Rain leaves her tiny Ragged Island to travel to Nassau to seek out the mother who abandoned her as a child. Rain is devastated to discover that Glory lives in a desperately poor, AIDS-ravaged neighbourhood called “The Graveyard,” and that she turns tricks to support her drug habit. With no strong maternal role model in her life, Rain must look within for strength and discovers she has a gift for running.
 
Maria Govan’s Rain shows a different side to Nassau where, in the shadows of luxury resorts and ocean liners, lives a subset of islanders battling the ravages of drugs, HIV infection and extreme poverty.
 
Film to be introduced by the Bahamas High Commissioner in London & Maria Govan will attend Q&A’s.

SHORT FILM COMPETITION WINNERS 
 Saturday 10 April (Part of Filmmakers’ Forum)
 3:15pm to 5:15pm
 
 
Rungano Nyoni 
UK Award
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For 20 Questions, a well-crafted story of an entangled love affair that shows her passion and skill for good storytelling.  
Dur:9min
Drama/UK/ 2009
 

Sylvie Bayonne
International Award
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For Hexagram, 27-Yi inspired by Chinese philosophy of nourishment of the mind, body and soul. Bayonne produces a tantalising visual piece of body nourishment in African culture where colours and imagery stimulate viewers’ taste buds.     
 
Dur:16min 
Doc/Congo/2009
 
Emmerging Filmmakers’ Forum showcases a total of 4 shorts and an Award ceremony.

For further info please send an email to: info@imagesofblackwomen.com


The 2010 Launch of the “Kush Film Club”

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“The Kush Film Club” 2010

The longest running & renowned black film club in the UK is back with a new season of exclusive & premiere films! (Some films exclusive to Kush only)

Kush Films is back with a new 2010 season of films at a number of brand new venues across London. With less and less black films been released by major UK distributors, Kush has taken up the mantle to fill the void and provide you, our community with a network of screening venues showcasing the best in black films.

IMPORTANT NOTICE!

Unfortunately we have decided not to continue regular screenings at the Black Grape Venue, the venue and it’s management are not quite ready yet for such a commitment sadly. 

We would like to take this time to apologies to all those that came out to support Kush at the premier screening of “See Dick Run” for the late serving of food by The Black Grape Venue and the knock-on effect it had on everything else. I am just glad you all enjoyed the film so much it took away the annoyance of having to wait endlessly for Soon come Food! 

We would like to support members of own community through business collaborations and other beneficial avenues; but if these intended collaborations end up hindering Kush, then its better we take our services elsewhere.

There are still possibilities of us using the Black Grape venue, but only if we are in total control over everything needed to organise events there.

But as they say Life Goes On and we now will begin regular monthly screenings at the West Green Learning Centre (West Green Cinema – WGC) & the very plush Court House Hotel Just off Oxford Street starting in May & June respectively.

Enquire about Kush membership and enjoy!

Support Black Films – with Kush!

Kush: 0800 999 3033 / 07961 977 749
e-mail: info@kushfilms.com / website: www.kushfilms.com

Kush will be organising screenings films at these venues near you.

West Green Cinema (WGC)
West Green Rd, Tottenham, London, N15 3RB
(Nearest tube: Seven Sisters & Turnpike Lane)
(Buses: 41, 67, 230 & 341)

Courtyard Hotel Private Cinema
 19-21 Great Marlborough St
London, W1F
(Nearest tube: Oxford Circus)* 

Black Grape Music Venue (tbc)
268 West Green Rd, London, N15 3QR
(Nearest tube: Seven Sisters & Turnpike Lane)
(Buses: 41, 67, 230 & 341)

 All our South London supporters
We are looking for a South London venue, so if you know of one please let us know ASAP. (Any purpose built auditorium, banqueting hall style etc)  

Below is our line up for June – July 2010
(More dates to be added soon)

SCREENING SCHEDULE:
(Venue/times/dates are subject to change)

See Dick Run (UK Exclusive) 
New Date To Be Confirmed Shortly  

 

 

 

Richard (Kel Mitchell) is a fast-talking ladies man whose life takes a hilarious turn when a voodoo priestess casts a spell that takes away his manhood. His manhood will be lost forever unless he can reverse the spell before midnight. Now, in a race against time, this notoriously deceitful womanizer must revisit all the women in his life he has wronged and apologize for his lowdown ways. Starring Kel Mitchell (“All That”, “Kenan & Kel”) and Page Kennedy (“Weeds”).

Starring: Kel Mitchell, Page Kennedy, Todd Bridges, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Chico Benymon, Brooklyn McLinn, Shelli Boone, Heidi Marie Wanser, Trinecia Moore-Pernell

Directed by: Dwayne Alexander Smith
89 mins / 2009 / USA / 15 

Watch The Trailer
    
 
 

Disoriented Generation (UK Exclusive & Q&A with Wil Johnson / £15)
New date to be announced shortly

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 “Disoriented Generation” is an enthralling new light-hearted comedy/drama which follows the fortunes and misfortunes of Ishmael (WIL JOHNSON) as he tries to keep his life on the emotional roller coaster we call love…

The film, spanning 5 years of Ishmaels life, follows his attempts to stay on track as he navigates through three very different life changing relationships in his quest to find love and the perfect family.

Sharon, Kenisha and Bola are the women who embark on this extraordinary journey with Ishmael and through these people we experience the slings and arrows, the highs and the lows and those rare moments that can truly be called happiness in the eternal search for love…..

Starring: Wil Johnson, Simone McIntyre, Sylvia De Souza, Ciara Dooley & George Eggay

UK / 2009 / 89 mins / 15 / Directed by Christian Ashaiku

Watch The Trailer 

   

  

 Rebound - The Legend of Earl ‘The Goat‘ Manigault
*Dates to be announced
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Rebound: The Legend of Earl “The Goat” Manigault based on the life of real-life Basketball legend and community activist Earl Manigault. Whose drug addiction destroyed his hopes of a professional basketball career, but who went on to become one of Harlem’s most influential citizens after his recovery from drug abuse.

In this dramatisation much-loved actor ‘Don Cheadle’ gives an amazing performance.

Award winner James Earl Jones also adds life and warmth to this incredible story of a man’s determination to rise above poverty, his mistakes and the hand life has dealt him. His experiences encourage him to help others through sport and enable them to not follow the same perilous path.

This film also sees some truly outstanding performances from Eriq La Salle, Loretta Devine, Michael Beach, Clarence Williams III, Colin Cheadle and Forest Whitaker.

Starring: Don Cheadle, Loretta Devine, Michael Beach, James Earl Jones, Eriq La Salle & Forest Whitaker
USA / 15 / 90 mins

Watch The Trailer
Running for the bus & In the school yard – Jumping for a dollar  

 

My Brother
*Dates to be announced (June 2010)
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“My Brother” is an inner city story of two impoverished boys, Isaiah and James. James is developmentally disabled. Their mother, L’Tisha, finds herself in a tragic situation. Dying of tuberculosis, she desperately tries to get her two boys, eight and eleven at the time, adopted into a new home together. Finding that only Isaiah can be adopted. L’Tisha makes the only choice she feels she can make; creating an unbreakable bond of love between the boys, and hoping that bond will get them through life together. Her prayers are eventually answered as the boys overcome impossible odds on their way to adulthood, staying as close as ever as young men dealing with life’s obstacles.

Starring: Vanessa Williams, Tatum O’Neal, Fredro Starr & Nashawn Kearse
Director: Anthony Lover / PG / 2007 / 90 mins / 12  

Watch The Trailer
    

 

In Prison My Whole Life (Special screening In Association with “Black History Walks”)
Tuesday 11th May (7.30pm / Films starts: 8.00pm) @West Green Learning Centre (*Additional screening date to be announced).InPrison_Poster

 

 

 

 

A look at the life of imprisoned political activist and former Black Panther member, Mumia Abu-Jamal, who’s death sentence for killing a police officer was overturned in 2001 due to errors made during his original 1982 sentencing hearing.

Featuring: Mumia Abu Jamal, Snoop Dog, Mos Def, Russell Simmons & William Francome.

Directed by: Marc Evans / 90 mins / 2008 / PG 
(*Attended by William Francome & respected Civil Rights Activist Mrs. Seeta James (International feminist icon, widow of CLR James)
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Watch The Trailer

 

Funny Valentines
*May Dates to be announced shortly (Venue: Courtyard Hotel)
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 After returning to her hometown to contemplate her troubled marriage, a woman finds renewed hope as she and the cousin with whom she was once best friends slowly reconcile their own fractured relationship.

 Cast: Alfre Woodard, Loretta Devine & CCH Pounder
Directed by Julie Dash / 108 mins / 15

Watch The Trailer
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In The Land Of The Free + interview with Vadim Jean (Director)
Tuesday 25th May (7.30pm / 8.00pm start)
@ The West Green Learning Centre.
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In the Land of the Free… is a documentary feature that examines the story of Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox and Robert King. They are known as the Angola 3 and have spent almost a century between them in solitary confinement in Angola, the Louisiana State Penitentiary in the USA. Herman and Albert are still held in solitary confinement after thirty seven years.

How could this be?  In Obama’s America. Today.

Watch The Trailer:
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8U5JMs0LvBo

The “Angola 3”: Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox and Robert King, have spent almost a century between them in solitary confinement in Angola, the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Herman and Albert are still held in solitary confinement TODAY after thirty seven years.  How could this be?  In America… In Obama’s America…

In the Land of the Free… is a documentary feature narrated by Samuel L Jackson that examines the story of these 3 extraordinary men who claim to have been targeted by the prison authorities for being members of the Black Panther party because they fought against the terrible conditions and systematic sexual slavery that was rife in the prison.  Herman and Albert were subsequently convicted for the murder of a prison guard, Brent Miller.

There was no physical evidence against them. The main eye witness was bribed and promised his freedom by the warden in exchange for testifying and another key witness was a legally blind, mentally retarded sociopath.  A bloody fingerprint from the scene was shown not to belong to Herman or Albert and yet never tested against the rest of the prison population.

One man understands their plight more than any other. Robert King, also an active member of the BPP, was also held in solitary at Angola under investigation for involvement in the same Miller murder… even though he wasn’t even in the prison when it happened.  The prison authorities used this as their reason for keeping him in solitary confinement for 29 years. He was subsequently accused of the murder of another prisoner in Angola, again convicted by an all white jury on the evidence of unreliable witnesses who all subsequently recanted, before his conviction was overturned in 2001. Since then he’s worked tirelessly all over the world to help bring justice for Herman and Albert.

Robert King will be coming to London to launch the film. Before touring the UK to promote the cause of the Angola 3 and release of the film in UK on March 26th 2010

  • The film is directed by Vadim Jean (Leon the Pig Farmer, Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather) produced by the Mob film company (Terry Pratchett’s Colour of Magic, Stone of Destiny) Gold Circle Films (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, White Noise, A Haunting in Connecticut) and UKTV’s Yesterday films.

Further information can also be found at:
www.inthelandofthefreefilm.co.uk    

I’m Through With White Girls!
*Dates to be announced shortly (Venue: Courtyard Hotel)
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 On a quest to find the perfect woman, Jay Brooks must deal with his commitment issues in order to win his love.

The only black guy in his indie-rock social scene, Jay Brooks (30 going on 21) is witty and opinionated. A storyboard artist by trade, and sci-fi junkie, he is quite the sexual overachiever in his indie rock world. Still, Jay feels unfulfilled as he watches Drake, a high school buddy, preparing for marriage.

Drake Moore, a tall and handsome black lawyer, has Alpha Male credentials, but is nevertheless controlled by his fiancée, J.C. who comes from a high strung, well-to-do family. Drake wants to give J.C. the wedding of her dreams, but he sweats over juggling their families’ economic and class prejudices of one another.

As Jay takes stock of his many failed relationships, he notices a common denominator: all the women were white. Matt, Jay’s best friend and roommate, calls him on blaming his issues on white women, but Jay insists he is right. Jay gives up dating white women “cold turkey,” and goes in search of the perfect “sistah.” Unfortunately, he doesn’t fit the current stereotype of the hip-hop loving, baller from rap videos. Jay crashes and burns with the “sistahs” and, quite by accident, his quest leads him to Catherine, an un-Orthodox black woman.

As Jay’s feelings deepen for Catherine, he must address his commitment issues, the real root of his problems, in order to win her.

Starring: Anthony Montogomery, Ryan Alosio & Lia Johnson
Turn Soul Films/USA/89 mins/ 12
Written by: Courtney Lilly 

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Me & Mi Kru (UK Premiere)
(12-part Jamaican comedy series – June 2010 – Venue tbc)
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This new celebrated sitcom stars well-known music group the “Innocent Kru” and centres on their exploits to make it big in the music business. When one of the Kru wins the lottery its time to move out of the ghetto with Mother in-tow and move up-town – what a ting!

Starring Hemsley Morris Jnr, the Innocent Kru, Audrey Hall, Vaz Blackwood, Professor Nuts, Sly & Robbie & Spragga Benz Directed by Rick Elwood (Dance Hall Queen & One Love).

Running time: 25 mins (each episode) / 2009 / 12
(Exclusive To Kush)

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What Goes Around
A Sunrason Film, Johnny Blacks Ent and George Fox Enterprises.
(Saturday 24th July / Premiere screening & dance – Venue tbc)

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This hot new Jamaican drama is written and directed by Steve “Tehut-Nine” McAlpin, WHAT GOES AROUND is a twisted tale about male/female relationships that looks at the issues of infidelity, safe sex and HIV awareness. Denzel a committed one-woman man is accused of cheating and is unexpectedly dumped by his low self-esteem girlfriend, Lucille.

He is devastated and confused and after sharing the news with his brother Sylvester, (an unabashed playboy), who also lost his girlfriend in a sordid affair, they both visit a clinic to get checked out; only to find out that one of them has a curable STD and the other is HIV positive.

Filled with anger and bitterness the HIV infected brother decides to spread the virus to as many women as possible, while the other takes advantage of his brother’s misfortune. Brimming with suspense and drama the film takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride with each character, it will have you feeling sorry for some, angry at others and bracing for the outcome, because in the end, What Goes Around…

Starring: Michael Bridges, Movado, Charlene Campbell, Tashika Carpenter, Kashna Clarke, Ding Dong, Flippa Mafia, Baje Fletcher & Kimberly Goss.

Written & Directed by Steve “Tehut-Nine” McAlpin
USA / 2009 / 112 mins / 18

In Life & Love, No Relationship Is Perfect! 

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Concrete Jungle
New Jamaican gangster film (with a moral message)
July 2010
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Black History Walks – Events & Screenings

Films & Talks this January & February
Black Mans Land, White Mans Country                       23.1.10
Saturday School Careers Day                                    30.1.10
Why Fight for Britain ? Black Troops 1790′s to 1948    31.1.10
Small Island Repeat plus Q and A with producer         7.2.10
Namimbia: The Fight for liberation                             20.2.10
Outside the law , Stories from Guantanamo                27.2.10
Kenya and the Mau Mau                                             28.2.10
www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk

Films & Talks this January & February

Black Mans Land, White Mans Country                      23.1.10

Saturday School Careers Day                                         30.1.10

Why Fight for Britain ? Black Troops 1790′s to 1948    31.1.10

Small Island Repeat plus Q and A with producer   7.2.10

Namimbia: The Fight for liberation                             20.2.10

Outside the law , Stories from Guantanamo             27.2.10

Kenya and the Mau Mau                                                   28.2.10

www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk

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Black Mans Land, White Mans Country

Sat 23rd January  2-5pm

BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road SE1

Tube: Waterloo

Admission 5 pounds. Bookings 928 3232

www.bfi.org.uk

This venue has a strict time policy. If you are late you may not be allowed in

A history of Kenya from a Kenyan perspective with two rare films made in the 1970′s. They detail how the British initially appeared as traders in East Africa before moving on to massacre numerous ethnic groups including Somalis, and Masai. Resistance leaders were killed, imprisoned or disappeared and replaced with quislings. The best land was stolen and given to British immigrants such as Lord Delamere. Schools and rites of passage customs were destroyed or disrupted and replaced with mission schools which only a few could attend. The Land and Freedom army was formed by ex WW2 veterans but the British refused to use their name and invented a new name, The Mau Mau. With extensive archive footage and extended interviews with the African resistance movement these unique films have eerie parallels with the modern day ‘war on terror’ and put a context on recent political and racial problems in Kenya.

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Sunday 31st January 1.30-5.00pm.

Imperial War Museum, Lambeth road. SE1

Tube: Lambeth North. Free Entry: First Come, First served.

Bring pen and pad and be on time

An investigation of loyalty within the British Empire to  explain why black troops would want to fight and die for Britain, a country that had enslaved their ancestors .This interactive talk will use film clips, commentary and music to show what life was like in the Caribbean and how that population got to be there in the first place in addition to detailing the exploits of African/Caribbean troops and the wars they fought from 1790′s to the Gulf War. Special guests include Jamaican World War 2 veteran Alan Wilmott  plus extremely rare footage of black fighter and bomber pilots and pioneers such as:

African Victoria Cross winners of the 1800′s

Sqn Ldr Ulric Cross (Trinidad) highest ranking and most decorated black officer in the RAF

Connie Marks founder (Jamaica) of We Were There and chair of Mary Seacole campaign

Billy Strachan Bomber pilot and civil rights activist

Irwin Everlsy (St Lucia)who fought in Falklands war but was then denied a british passport

John Smith (Sierra Leone) World War 1 veteran

Gershon Brown (Barbados) World War 1 Veteran

Small Island (Repeat) with Q and A with Producer - Sat 7 February
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By popular demand we will be repeating the film Small Island and having a interactive session with the producer Vicky Licorish to find out what it took, and what it was like to make this period drama set in the Caribbean and England.

When screened on the BBC it pulled in 5 million viewers beating Batman on ITV. Those who packed the first screening demanded another chance to see and discuss the film with friends and family as the atmosphere was so unique. Our repeat screening will take place on Saturday  7th February from 11.00am onward. We will reveal the venue in the next 10 days.  So check our site or add yourself to the mail list to be part of this special event.

FILMS FOR HAITI
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Two films in recognition of the heroic African freedom fighters who from 22 August 1791, inspired by Boukman Dutty, fought and beat the British, Spanish and French racists and abolished slavery in 1804. (these films were originally screened at the BFI in August 2009, we wil endeavour to repeat them soon)

Passion for a Country
This exploration of Haitian society of the late 19th and early 20th centuries focuses on the tormented life of one of Haiti’s most important authors and prominent political figures, Jacques Roumain. His perceptive writings, similar to Fanon and Cesaire, illuminated issues still relevant today.  If you misssed or saw “The Future is Elsewhere” (Les avenirs est Ailleurs)  you will really appreciate this film.

The Agronomist
Is about Jean Leopold Dominique who hosted Radio Haiti, the first independent radio station in Haiti. Director Jonathan Demme uses historical footage and interviews. The result is a serious recount of Haiti during its numerous regime changes. US military/political   interference and poverty-creation is exposed in detail.
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Events At The Moors Bar – Crouch End, London, N8

JANUARY Events
~ Wed 6th   GREEN on the SCREEN
“Film-Food-Courageous Conversations”.  Organised in collaboration with Sustainability Groups across Haringey (please see website for more details). Admission £3.
~ Thurs 7th   Nelson’s Birthday Blues Jam
Jammers welcome to this regular Blues night.
~ Tues 12th  Feast on Film
Filmmakers showing and discussing their short films. Admission £3
~ Tues 26th   Kush Film Boutique
Showing the work of independent filmmakers. Admission £4.   www.iluvblackfilms.com
~  Wed 20th    Karaoke
Do you have the M-factor? Join Gideon to find out!
~ Wed 27th    Comedy
Steve Anderson brings his comedy carnival of young comedians to Moors. Admission £4.
Regular Events
~ Every Thursday    Blues Jam
~ Every Friday & Saturday   Party Weekends
Live Music, great food and great drinks followed by party DJs playing great music till 3am.
Party season continues throughout January with large and small party bookings every weekend.  Please ring beforehand to check availability and join our guest list.

www.moorsbar.com info@moorsbar.com 020 8348 4161
57 Park Road, London, N8 8SY

The perfect setting for every occasion

…..Parties, Launches, Photo and Video Shoots, Rehearsal Space and Meetings.  PA and projection facilities available.
JANUARY Events

~ Wed 6th   GREEN on the SCREEN

“Film-Food-Courageous Conversations”.  Organised in collaboration with Sustainability Groups across Haringey (please see website for more details). Admission £3.

JANUARY Events

~ Wed 6th GREEN on the SCREEN

“Film-Food-Courageous Conversations”.  Organised in collaboration with Sustainability Groups across Haringey (please see website for more details). Admission £3.

~ Thurs 7th   Nelson’s Birthday Blues Jam

Jammers welcome to this regular Blues night.

~ Tues 12th Feast on Film

Filmmakers showing and discussing their short films. Admission £3

~ Tues 26th Kush Film Boutique

Showing the work of independent filmmakers. Admission £4.   www.iluvblackfilms.com

~  Wed 20th Karaoke

Do you have the M-factor? Join Gideon to find out!

~ Wed 27th Comedy

Steve Anderson brings his comedy carnival of young comedians to Moors. Admission £4.

Regular Events

~ Every Thursday    Blues Jam

~ Every Friday & Saturday   Party Weekends

Live Music, great food and great drinks followed by party DJs playing great music till 3am.

Party season continues throughout January with large and small party bookings every weekend.  Please ring beforehand to check availability and join our guest list.    Nelson’s Birthday Blues Jam

Jammers welcome to this regular Blues night.

Greenonscreen

On the FIRST WEDNESDAY of every month

for ”Films – Food – Courageous Conversations”

~ 3rd February:  PIG BUSINESS

Four years ago, seasoned campaigner, eco-warrior and mother of three Tracy Worcester set out to discover who was paying the true price for the cheap imported pork for sale in Britain’s  supermarkets.

~ 3rd March:  FARM FOR THE FUTURE

Wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking investigates how to transform her family’s farm in Devon into a low energy farm for the future, and discovers that nature holds the key.

~ 7th April:  GARBAGE WARRIOR

What do beer cans, car tires and water bottles have in common?  Not much unless you’re renegade architect Michael Reynolds, in which case they are tools of choice for producing thermal mas and energy-independent housing.

~ 5th May:  FRESH

Documentary directed by Ana Sofia Joanes that explores the environmental and ethical issues related to industrialised food systems.

~2nd June:  AGRO REBEL

Sepp Holzer, the Austrian farmer and forester practices “permaculture” a different kind of farming on his mountain property.

Join FACEBOOK Green on the Screen: North London

http://www.facebook.com/n/?group.php&gid=236259814147&mid=1ac0c8bG2a622bbcG3ca688dG6


Make An Ad Competition – Barcelona 2010

Make a competition winning Ad and win a trip to fame & Barcelona with MOFILM.

If you’ve always fancied your hand at making an ad then this is the competition for you. Click on one of the brand logos below to view the details of their competition and get your video uploaded by Feb 1 2010.

The five brand winners will be flown to Barcelona in February for 4 days all-expenses paid trip to enjoy the GSMA Mobile World Congress plus each brand has its own amazing prizes.

For more info checkout: http://www.mofilm.com/competitions/barcelona2010


INSIGHT COURSES & Q&A’s

Free Kim Longinotto Q&A
Documentary Camera Skills Workshop

Free Kim Longinotto Q&A Documentary Camera Skills Workshop

Highly regarded documentary filmmaker Kim Longinotto will be taking part in an InSight Q&A and a screening of her film Rough Aunties in association with UCL from 18.30-21.00, Thursday 21st January.

This is the start of a regular series of free Q&As featuring significant filmmakers from film & TV.

To book email info@insighteducation.org.uk quoting Kim Longinotto in the subject line.

Although the Q&A is free you have the opportunity to give a voluntary donation of £3.00 on the night to help us cover the expenses incurred at the event.

Further details on the Q&A below – more will be announced shortly. Please check out our latest documentary courses, including a week-long workshop in the techniques of documentary camera work with award-winning filmmaker Michael Yorke.

Documentary Courses from January 2010

Producing Docs – Evenings (£175)
Mon, 25 Jan – Mon, 15 Feb 2010

Art of Doc Editing – Weekend (£190)
Sat 22 Mar 2010 – Sun 23 Mar 2010

Documentary Camera Workshop
Mon-Fri, 15 – 19 Feb 2010 – See below

The Skill of Documentary Camerawork – with Michael Yorke
Mon, 15 Feb – Fri, 19 Feb 2010
09.00 – 18.00, UCL
£599
(£480 concs)

“We live in a world of moving images.”

“To communicate our ideas we need to be as fluent in the use of sound and images as in the printed or the spoken word.”

This is a practical hands-on week with digital video cameras designed for participants with non-professional or no previous filming experience.  It is especially aimed for anyone using the camera to undertake research.

Five intensive 9-hour days working with award-winning independent documentary filmmaker and anthropologist, Michael Yorke.  We provide the equipment – you learn to use a camera to broadcast quality standards.

To book email info@insighteducation.org.uk or go to www.insighteducation.org.uk and click on courses then workshops.

Synopsis:
The course will develop the students’ critical skills of film analysis through the practical application and experience of shooting film exercises and manipulating digital media.  It demystifies the process of filmmaking and opens new ways of reading and understanding visually.

You will acquire the theoretical background and the technical skills to complete a video project to broadcast standards.  Through the hands-on experience of producing a 1-5 minute video exercise, you will obtain an informed critical insight of the representational capacity of digital video.  You will develop and experiment with the ‘pro-filmic’ and the ‘filmic’ realities of image-driven documentation and narrative structure.

Focusing on single person filmmaking, in teams, you will complete four hands-on film exercises.  A selection will be edited so you discover how to shoot for the edit.  You will learn to write a proposal, present and budget a film, the legal and ethical issues, and what is the best filmic style for you, and your subject.

·    Day One:  The right equipment: framing and composition, you shoot a one-shot sequence, telling a story, colour control and white balance.

·    Day Two:  Sound and interview:  different microphones, manual sound control and balance, interview technique, you film a public interview.

·    Day Three:  Filming an action or event:  focus and exposure control, structuring a sequence, you shoot an  action sequence.

·    Day Four:  Filming your own team project, masterclass in writing a proposal, film screening.

·    Day Five:  Buying a camera, the production process, legal, copyright and ethical issues, budgeting a film, festivals, distribution, finding an audience, genres styles and methods of filming. Screening the edited project film.

Tutor:
Dr Michael Yorke is an anthropologist who worked for the BBC Ethnographic Film Unit before becoming an independent freelance documentarist.  His films have been broadcast on BBC 1&2, Channel 4, National Geographic, Discovery, CNN, NHK, ARTE and Canal+.  He teaches a masters course in ethnographic filmmaking at University College London.  He has won numerous documentary awards and has been on the jury of many film festivals.  He specialises in filming in remote areas and has directed presenter-lead, magazine series, corporate videos, multiple camera shoots and observational documentaries for broadcast.


Kim Longinotto Q&A & Screening of Rough Aunties
Thursday 21st January
18.30-21.00, UCL, Free

Email info@insighteducation.org.uk to book.

Fearless, feisty and resolute, the “Rough Aunties” are a remarkable group of women unwavering in their stand to protect and care for the abused, neglected and forgotten children of Durban, South Africa.

This documentary by internationally acclaimed director Kim Longinotto (SISTERS IN LAW, DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE) follows the outspoken, multiracial cadre of Thuli, Mildred, Sdudla, Eureka and Jackie, as they wage a daily battle against systemic apathy, corruption, and greed to help the most vulnerable and disenfranchised of their communities.

Kim Longinotto
Internationally acclaimed director Kim Longinotto is one of the pre-eminent documentary filmmakers working today, renowned for creating extraordinary human portraits and tackling controversial topics with sensitivity and compassion. Longinotto’s films have won international acclaim and dozens of premiere awards at festivals worldwide, including the World Cinema Jury Prize in Documentary at Sundance for ROUGH AUNTIES.

Highlights include perhaps one of her best known works, SISTERS IN LAW (2005), winner of a 2008 Peabody Award and two Cannes awards, including the Cannes Prix art et Essai Award; THE DAY I WILL NEVER FORGET (2003), which won the Amnesty International DOEN Award at IDFA and Best Doc UK Spotlight at Hot Docs; the recent HOLD ME TIGHT, LET ME GO (2007), winner of the Special Jury Prize at the International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam (IDFA); The BAFTA Award-winning DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE (1998); DREAM GIRLS (1993), winner of Best Documentary at Films de Femmes, Creteil; and SHINJUKU BOYS (1995), winner for Outstanding Documentary at the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

Source: Women Make Movies

Watch out for new seminars and courses, screenings, Q&As and masterclasses for the New Year.

InSight

Contact Information
email: info@insighteducation.org.uk
website: www.insighteducation.org.uk


“ROAD, MOVIE” CONTINUES TO DEMONSTRATE AUDIENCE APPEAL WITH BERLIN SELECTION

“ROAD, MOVIE” CONTINUES TO DEMONSTRATE AUDIENCE APPEAL WITH BERLIN SELECTION
FOLLOWING NORTH AMERICA, ASIA AND MIDDLE EAST PREMIERES, DEV BENEGAL’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FLICK WILL HAVE ITS EUROPEAN PREMIERE AT THE 60TH BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL
Mumbai: Monday, 21 December 2009 – The Indian Film Company (TIFC) has announced that ROAD, MOVIE, Dev Benegal’s endearing tale of a young man who takes a travelling cinema truck on a life-changing journey across the sublime Indian landscape, continues its successful festival run with its European premiere at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival in the Generation 14plus programme.  ROAD, MOVIE’s presentation in Berlin demonstrates its audience appeal following its world premiere in Toronto in September and subsequent crowd pleasing receptions in Tokyo and Doha.
ROAD, MOVIE was co-produced by TIFC, Susan B. Landau (An Ideal Husband) and Academy Award® nominee Ross Katz (Lost in Translation, In the Bedroom)
Advisory to The Indian Film Company, CEO Sandeep Bhargava said, “We are delighted to bring this crowd pleasing film to Berlin.  ROAD, MOVIE presents the hopes and desires of the younger generation in India as well as revealing universal truths that we must all accept and embrace.”
ROAD, MOVIE follows Vishnu (played by screen sensation Abhay Deol) as a restless young man who rejects his father’s faltering hair-oil business and hits the road with a travelling cinema in search of freedom.  Along the journey Vishnu ponders his life’s priorities as he learns to appreciate his culture and the power of friendship and love.  Colourful and full of unforgettable characters, ROAD, MOVIE celebrates India’s panorama and the pure love of film.  Deol is supported by Bollywood actor/director Satish Kaushik and festival favourite Tannishta Chatterjee.  The picture boosts stunning cinema-photography from the Rajasthan and Gujarat region, with a memorable score by Michael Brook.
Dev Benegal’s debut feature English, August (1994), was hailed as a landmark in contemporary Indian cinema and ignited a wave of independent Indian filmmaking. His second feature Split Wide Open premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in 1999.
The 60th Berlin International Film Festival will run between 11-21 February, 2010.
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ROAD, MOVIE LINKS
Film website: www.roadmoviethefilm.com
AV promo link: www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi1365967385/
ABOUT THE INDIAN FILM COMPANY-STUDIO 18
Forthcoming international productions from Indian Films-Studio 18 include: ROAD, MOVIE an adventure drama by Dev Benegal, produced by the Academy Award® nominee Ross Katz (Lost in Translation, In the Bedroom) and Susan B. Landau (An Ideal Husband). The script of this feature was an official selection at Cinefondation, Cannes 2006.  In post-production: IT’S A WONDERFUL AFTERLIFE directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham), starring the legendary Shabana Azmi (Fire, Godmother, Arth, Madame Sousatzka), Golden Globe winner, Sally Hawkins (Happy Go Lucky), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes), BAFTA-nominated Zoë Wanamaker (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), Jimi Mistry (East Is East, The Guru, RocknRolla) and Mark Addy (The Full Monty).
www.theindianfilmcompany.com
www.studio18india.com

IndianFilms

“ROAD, MOVIE” CONTINUES TO DEMONSTRATE AUDIENCE APPEAL WITH BERLIN SELECTION

FOLLOWING NORTH AMERICA, ASIA AND MIDDLE EAST PREMIERES, DEV BENEGAL’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FLICK WILL HAVE ITS EUROPEAN PREMIERE AT THE 60TH BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL

Mumbai: Monday, 21 December 2009 – The Indian Film Company (TIFC) has announced that ROAD, MOVIE, Dev Benegal’s endearing tale of a young man who takes a travelling cinema truck on a life-changing journey across the sublime Indian landscape, continues its successful festival run with its European premiere at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival in the Generation 14plus programme.  ROAD, MOVIE’s presentation in Berlin demonstrates its audience appeal following its world premiere in Toronto in September and subsequent crowd pleasing receptions in Tokyo and Doha.

ROAD, MOVIE was co-produced by TIFC, Susan B. Landau (An Ideal Husband) and Academy Award® nominee Ross Katz (Lost in Translation, In the Bedroom)

Advisory to The Indian Film Company, CEO Sandeep Bhargava said, “We are delighted to bring this crowd pleasing film to Berlin.  ROAD, MOVIE presents the hopes and desires of the younger generation in India as well as revealing universal truths that we must all accept and embrace.”

ROAD, MOVIE follows Vishnu (played by screen sensation Abhay Deol) as a restless young man who rejects his father’s faltering hair-oil business and hits the road with a travelling cinema in search of freedom.  Along the journey Vishnu ponders his life’s priorities as he learns to appreciate his culture and the power of friendship and love.  Colourful and full of unforgettable characters, ROAD, MOVIE celebrates India’s panorama and the pure love of film.  Deol is supported by Bollywood actor/director Satish Kaushik and festival favourite Tannishta Chatterjee.  The picture boosts stunning cinema-photography from the Rajasthan and Gujarat region, with a memorable score by Michael Brook.

Dev Benegal’s debut feature English, August (1994), was hailed as a landmark in contemporary Indian cinema and ignited a wave of independent Indian filmmaking. His second feature Split Wide Open premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in 1999.

The 60th Berlin International Film Festival will run between 11-21 February, 2010.

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ROAD, MOVIE LINKS

Film website: www.roadmoviethefilm.com
AV promo link: www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi1365967385/

ABOUT THE INDIAN FILM COMPANY-STUDIO 18

Forthcoming international productions from Indian Films-Studio 18 include: ROAD, MOVIE an adventure drama by Dev Benegal, produced by the Academy Award® nominee Ross Katz (Lost in Translation, In the Bedroom) and Susan B. Landau (An Ideal Husband). The script of this feature was an official selection at Cinefondation, Cannes 2006.  In post-production: IT’S A WONDERFUL AFTERLIFE directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham), starring the legendary Shabana Azmi (Fire, Godmother, Arth, Madame Sousatzka), Golden Globe winner, Sally Hawkins (Happy Go Lucky), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes), BAFTA-nominated Zoë Wanamaker (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), Jimi Mistry (East Is East, The Guru, RocknRolla) and Mark Addy (The Full Monty).

www.theindianfilmcompany.com
www.studio18india.com


The Bahamas Island Film Challenge

14 Islands, 14 Filmmakers, 14 Days

14 filmmakers go to the 14 Islands of the bahamas for 14 days and the winner gets 14k. So  by taking a quick minute to sign up as an armchair critic, help me get through to the finals by rating my film. By doing so you will also be in with a chance to win 14 days in Bahamas… thank you!

Click below to see Danni Akinnusi short film and vote for her to win.

Levi Roots-local Hero
http://14islandsfilmchallenge.bahamas.co.uk/home?video=206&page=1

Dami Akinnusi
Director/Producer
Darkling Productions
07779 244967
www.darkling.tv

Check her recent work.
http://current.com/items/90118717_jude-laws-nanny.htm



NPA Feature Film Trailer Competition

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Do you have an innovative, commercially viable feature project you want to showcase to the right people in the industry?

Then the NPA’s fantastic Trailer competition is for you.

We are offering 3 filmmakers (Full NPA Members) the opportunity to make a 1.5 minute long trailer for their feature project which will be shown in an industry showcase to a specially invited audience and followed by a Q & A.

The three lucky filmmakers will receive the following support to produce their trailers:

- Film stock- 4 x rolls of Super 16mm Kodak filmstock (Kodak)
- Super 16mm Camera and Grip equipment – 2 days (Panavision)
- Film processing and preparation for telecine (Bucks Labs)
- Post production – telecine, editing, grading and sound facility (The Pinewood Studios Group)

The NPA is committed to getting the right people to see your trailer, in the right room at the right time!

The Trailers will additionally be promoted to the industry via an online platform and through our members feature project guides (compilations of feature projects by NPA members attending the festival) at both The Cannes International Film Festival 2010 and the Berlin International Film Festival 2011.

Applications will be short listed by the NPA and the three winning trailer ideas will be selected by the following industry professionals including;

Rebecca O’Brien, Producer, Sixteen Films (Sweet Sixteen, My Name is Joe, Looking For Eric, The Wind that Shakes the Barley); Paul Brett, Film Financier, Prescience Film Finance (Dorian Gray, The Edge Of Love, Easy Virtue); and Ken Marshall, Producer, Steel Mill Pictures (London to Brighton, The Cottage).

The 3 winning trailer ideas will go into production at the end of February 2010.

To enter the competition you must complete and send in an application form together with the supporting material, which must arrive at the NPA office by the 20th of January 2010.Address as follows:

The New Producers Alliance
7.03 The Tea Building
56 Shoreditch High Street
London
E1 6JJ

Deadline: 20th January 2010.

Due to time constraints only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Application form and guidelines will be available to download from the NPA website on Tuesday 8th December: http://www.npa.org.uk/content.asp?newsdetail=508.

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Trailer: “Road Movie” Charms Audiences At Toronto World Premier

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Toronto, 21 September 2009 – ROAD MOVIE, Dev Benegal’s love letter to cinema received a standing ovation at its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on 18 September.

The adventure drama stars Abhay Deol as a young man who drives an antique Chevy with two old film projectors across the Indian highway discovering love, life and laughter along the way.  Deol is supported by fine performances from Tannishtha Chatterjee (Brick Lane, Shadows of Time) and Satish Kaushik (Brick Lane, Ram Lakhan) and newcomer Mohammed Faisal Usmani.

Cinemaphotographer, Michel Amathieu crafted the distinct and sumptuous look of the open road against the epic desert landscape of the Kutch region in Gujarat and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.  Anne Seibel (The Devil Wears Prada, Marie Antoinette) handled production design and Michael Brook composed the beautiful score (Into the Wild, An Inconvenient Truth).

ROAD MOVIE was the only Indian feature to be invited as a special presentation to the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and its glowing reception from public audiences point the film towards international recognition and success.  In 2006 the ROAD MOVIE script was officially selected by Cinefondation in Cannes for feature development.

Dev Benegal’s first feature presentation English, August (1994) was hailed as a landmark in contemporary Indian cinema and ignited a wave of independent Indian filmmaking.  His second feature presentation Split Wide Open (1999) premiered at the Venice International Film Festival.

Indian Films-Studio 18 produce distinct Indian feature films with global appeal for international audiences.  ROAD, MOVIE is being sold internationally by Fortissimo Film Sales, their first Hindi language title.

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Afro Centric Films At The 2009 BFI London Film Festival

Tickets for this years Times London Film Festival went on sale to the public on Saturday, September 26th.

With over 100 films from over 40 different countries, the festival runs from Wednesday, October 14 till Thursday, 29 October.

Below you’ll find a list of Afro-Centric films at the festival. Highlights include:

Precious which is being hailed as this years Slumdog Millionaire having recently won at the Toronto Film Festival.  A strong pick for the Best Supporting Actress & Adapted Screenplay Awards at next years Oscars.

African film icon Souleymane Cissé’s new film Min Ye (Tell Me Who You Are).

A documentary on the life of music legend Bill Withers called Still Bill

London River set against the July 7th terrorist bombings of London; Shirley Adams which has a great performance from Denise Newman as a mother of a disabled child.

Award winning Shorts filmmaker Destiny Ekaragha new short Park; There’s new British film 1 Day set in Birmingham (and featured on Kush Blog) it’s billed as a ”Grime” Musical drama.

2009 London Film Festival in Full

Precious

Min Ye (Tell Me Who You Are)

Still Bill

Shirley Adams

Mugabe & The White African

London River

White Material

L’Absence (The Absence)

Behind The Rainbow

Les Feux de Mansaré (Fire of Mansare)

1 Day

Short Films
Me Broni Ba (My White Baby) October 25
Exception and The Rule

The Park October 26
London Calling

Fetch, One Last Time & X Returns October 17 & 20
I Fought The Law


Portobello Film Festival 2009 Awards Ceremony, London 20th Sep.

-1This Sunday (20th Sep) the Portobello Film Festival “calls it a wrap”. To mark three weeks of packed audiences and free entertainment the organisers will be presenting a host of awards from the best of the festival at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London, starting 8.pm.

Films from Grafitti Research Labs, Michael Horovitz, Aki Nawaz (Fundamental), Nick Nevern, Derek Jacobi, Ken Loach, Stephen Keep Mills, Duke Vin, Eddie Green, Latimer Films and Escorto films Spain will all be featured at this free event.

A specially created award ‘The Trellick’ will also be presented, specially created by top urban artist Zeus based on the Trellick Tower, a West London tower block landmark.


Raindance Film Festival, London 30 Sep – 11 Oct

17th_Festival_BannerThe UK’s largest independent film festival, The Raindance Film Festival takes off in London starting 30 Sep through to 11 Oct. Tickets can be purchased here.

This year (the 17th) organisers say “something to prop up your eye balls” may be required as there are films from 42 countries in the program including shorts, features and documentaries.

Check out Raindance.tv for a taste of whats on offer.

• Raindance also run excellent practical film making courses which have been attended by the likes of Guy Ritchie, Mathew Vaughn, Christopher Nolan, and Paul Brooks (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), and organise the British Independent Film Awards.