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NVBC 2013 Preview: Doc ‘The Fade’ (3 Continents, 4 Barbers, 7 Days, 1 Cut… Not Just Any Cut)

NVBC 2013 Preview: Doc 'The Fade' (3 Continents, 4 Barbers, 7 Days, 1 Cut... Not Just Any Cut)

In the absence of the former head of ActNow FoundationAaron Ingram, who passed away last year, a hat-tip to Curtis Caesar John (who also does the This Week In Black TV posts here on S&A) and Marty Majeske, the legal eagle, and man behind the curtain, for keeping this ship moving straight ahead.

And I’m glad to be a part of it all, as the New Voices In Black Cinema Festival, presented by BAMcinématek and ActNow Foundation, in its 3rd year, is quickly becoming a festival that demands your attention.

Running from February 15 – 18, at BAM Rose Cinemas, this should be a good year, with 10 New York premieres include several films that we’ve highlighted here on S&A in the last 12 months, like: Alain Gomis’ Aujourd’hui (Tey), Russ Parr’s The Undershepherd, Alfons Adetuyi’s High ChicagoNeil Drumming’s Big WordsChinonye Chukwu’s alaskaLandAndy Mundy-Castle’s The Fade and others.

As I usually do, I’ll be highlighting some of the films in this year’s lineup – especially those that we haven’t written a lot about – like Andy Mundy-Castle’s The Fade.

Call it Barbershop, unscripted. We’ve seen the feature documentary, and it’s a good one. Fresh, refreshing, and well-made.

Titled, simply, The Fade, the feature-length documentary is as an intimate portrait of four black barbers from different parts of the world (one in Ghana, another in Jamaica, the USA, and the UK), followed over the course of seven days in their professional and personal lives.

Hopefully, that should be enough to make you even slightly curious – the potential to closely observe, compare, contrast, and even unify these African Diaspora lives from 4 different location points of view, spanning 3 continents. 

The observational documentary reveals exactly what this profession means to their individual societies in the 21st century, interweaving their own individual stories and examining the differences between of the locations.

The Fade is produced and directed by Brit Andy Mundy-Castle, and will screen at the New Voices In Black Cinema Festival next weekend, making its New York premiere. So if you’re in the area, you should check it out. Click HERE for specific times, location and ticket info.

Here’s its trailer:

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This looks great! I can't wait to see this! I really like the universal aspect of this, no matter what country, men want to look sharp and have their fade on point. Love it. Cheers!


OH YEAH!… "These guys and their hair cut, it's a real big deal to them". Say that again. It's a cultural experience that's as big as black women and their hair. Needless to say I like the concept behind this doc.

Lord knows I've been in many black barber shops… in many different cities through the USA and abroad to get my fade. And the results of such runs through elation, success and misery.

As the gentleman in the chair said, the barber shop is kind of like the hood twitter, and in many cases it a place where one can buy just about anything, or at least get the 411 on where it can be purchased. So I am excited about getting a chance to see this doc.

And btw Tambay, I'm still waiting to hear more about Russ Parr's The Undershepherd. If you can, tell our boy Curtis to do what he does the best here at S&A and drop his view of the movie. Or, if not, refresh my memory by re-posting your review.

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