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    Review - "Benda Bilili!" (Documentary On Congolese Street Musicians)

    It opened this weekend in New York City, and will gradually expand to other cities around the country, each of the next few weeks... MsWOO saw it at the London Film Festival last fall, and reviewed it then; I'm reposting that review here for obvious reasons...

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    Watch Episode 1 Of 70s-Set Web Series "Queen Hussy" Directed By Pete Chatmon

    Here's episode 1 of the new "raunchy" comedy webseries directed by Mr Pete Chatmon.

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    Weekend Box Office Sept 30 - Oct 2 ("Dolphin Tale" Leads; John Singleton's "Abduction" Drops Big)

    Some interesting developments this weekend with Dolphin Tale leaping ahead to No. 1, and both Moneyball and The Lion King holding strong. The faith-based, inspirational film Courageous did well, and Abduction dropped big, proving there aren't enough squealing 14 year old girl tweeners to make that ...

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    NYFF '11 Review: 'Tahrir' Is A Must-See Account Of The Egyptian Uprising

    The "Arab Spring" -- a term frequently used to describe the various countries in the Middle East rising against their much-maligned leaders -- rages on in full force. Though the wave of revolution is powerful, the media tends to be very selective in its coverage, focusing on one country before quick...

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    Join S&A Livecast Today! "Dark Girls" Producers D. Channsin Berry And Bill Duke

    It's a special S&A live podcast today and you won't want to miss it! At 3:00pm/est TODAY we plan to air our very enlightening interview with the producers of Dark Girl, D. Channsin Berry and Bill Duke.

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    Freedom of Expression Banned: 6 Iranian Filmmakers Imprisoned

    One of my dearest friends in the business, Katayoon Shahabi, international sales agent and producer of the Iranian documentary A Brief Peace is among the six Iranian filmmakers just imprisoned in Iran for working for the BBC. Her company Sheherazade is the only independent international sales agent...

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    First EVER US-based Killer/Hope Masterclass On Producing Indie Films In Trouble Times

    Christine Vachon and I have toured the world, preaching the indie gospel. Well, okay, we've toured UK & Scandinavia with a stop-over in Amsterdam, but now we've succumbed to popular demand and are going to share a good deal of what we know and what we've learned in one one day session in NYC on Nov...

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    NYFF ‘11 Review: Scorsese's George Harrison 'Material World' Doc Is A Moving & Striking Portrait

    Rock 'n' roll and Academy-Award-winning Italian American filmmaker Martin Scorsese are inextricably linked. After decades of creating striking pictures soundtracked to the likes of the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and the Phil Spector-produced Girl Group strut and constructing documentaries about some of the biggest giants in contemporary music -- Bob Dylan ("No Direction Home:Bob Dylan"), The Band ("The Last Waltz") and the Stones ("Shine a Light") -- Scorsese finally turned his gaze to one titan in rock he had yet to cross paths with, The Beatles. Or more specifically in this case, the enigmatic "quiet" Beatle, George Harrison (though tr...

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    NYFF '11 Review: 'Dreileben' Is An Accomplished, Dense Trilogy Spanning Murder, Love & More

    With the recent upsurge in quality TV programming and the ensuing embracement by cinema-goers, it was only a matter of time before film festivals actually started programming pieces originally made for the tube. Both "Carlos" and "The Red Riding Trilogy" were of this ilk; flicks broadcast on the small-screen that retained their cinematic quality but took advantage of the long-form storytelling television provided. "Dreileben," the latest of these undertakings, centers on a murder across three feature films each with their own perspective. Things open innocently with a youthful romance, the loose murderer and subsequent manhunt only lurking in...

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    Review: 'My Joy' Is A Searing Blast On Russian Society Past And Present

    After admiring the mixing process of cement, two men heartlessly drop a dead body into the vat. The sun shines, a bulldozer covers the hole, and people get on with their workday. Wait a second, Sergei Loznitsa, you don't really mean that title sincerely, do you?

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