Category Archives: Film

Watch Trailer For New Whitney Houston Documentary

Watch the first trailer for the Whitney Houston documentary Whitney. Kevin Macdonald is the director of the film that has the blessing of Houston’s estate. Macdonald managed to get interviews with some of the people who were closest to the late singer as well as footage from home movies. There is one scene where Houston gives her raw opinion on Paula Abdul that has people talking about the trailer. But the real bombshell is the news that Houston’s cousin Dee Dee Warwick molested her as a child. Macdonald’s film was screened at Cannes and opens nationwide July 6th. Read Macdonald’s interview with Deadline

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Watch: Spike Lee’s The BlacKkKlansman Official Trailer

The trailer for Spike Lee’s The Black KkKlansman features John David Washington in his role as detective Ron Stallworth who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan as a Black man. The movie is based on the book Black Klansman Stallworth wrote detailing his experiences as the first African-American detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department. It is a comedy-drama and the trailer’s funniest scene is when Washington reenacts Stallworth’s initial phone call to KKK Grand Wizard David Duke. The movie premiered at the Cannes Film Festival Monday night and received a six-minute standing ovation. Critics are calling Lee’s new film his best in a long time. The Black KkKlansman opens in theaters August 10th. 

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Watch: The Creator & Cast Of Sorry To Bother You Talk About The Film

 Boots Riley, the director of Sorry To Bother You, and the cast discuss the movie and its connection to Oakland, California in this one-minute clip. Riley, who is usually referred to as the founder of political rap group The Coup, explains how the movie is informed by dark comedy, magical realism and science fiction. The movie’s plot focuses on telemarketer Cassius Green played by Lakeith Stanfield who is based in Oakland and the sacrifices he makes to become successful. Tessa Thompson, Terry Crews, Omari Hardwick and Danny Glover have roles in the feature that hits theaters July 6th. 

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New York African Film Festival Opens May 16th

Mahen Bonette credit: Francoise Bouffault

The 25th New York African Film Festival will run May 16-22 at the Film Society Of Lincoln Center. The theme this year is “25 Years Of The New York African Film Festival” which will pay tribute to pioneers of African cinema and the new generation. The event will also commemorate South African Freedom Fighter and national leader Nelson Mandela with a litany of films from his homeland. The month-long festival will showcase 66 films from 25 countries at FSLC, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Bamcinématek and Maysles Cinema in Harlem. 

NYAFF founder and executive director Mahen Bonetti spoke about the new era in African cinema in a press release: 

“Since the founding of the New York African Film Festival, African cinema has moved beyond the art house and become the lingua franca of Africa and its diaspora. From Nigeria to South Africa and Brazil, regional film industries are breaking down the artificial demarcations of the colonial era. For this 25th milestone, the festival is proud to showcase this new wave of a borderless cinema, which uses the tactility and immediacy of storytelling to offer audiences opportunities to imagine other futures for Africa and its diaspora.”

The opening night will put Appolline Traoré’s film Borders in the spotlight. The feature speaks to the issue of migration, African women’s struggles and an echo of the #MeToo Movement. Four women in the movie travel from Mali to Nigeria and support each other while battling sexism and corruption. The film won three prizes at FESPACO including the Paul Robeson prize for best film by a director from the diaspora. Borders will screen with a short film dedicated to the memory of Burkinabé director Idrissa Ouedraogo, who passed away in February and was a mentor to Traoré. A fundraising gala will follow the screening. Tickets for the film and Opening Night Gala are $200 and are available online at africanfilmny.org and filmlinc.org.

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Superfly: Official Trailer

  The 2018 reboot of Super Fly has an official trailer giving a glimpse of Alex Tse’s screenplay in action. Trevor Jackson reprises the role of Youngblood Priest originally played by the late Ron O’Neal and Michael K. Williams is his mentor Scatter. O’Neal’s character was a Harlem drug dealer during the ’70s but Jackson’s Priest is a young hustler in Atlanta trying to find his place among the criminal underworld with an eye on cryptocurrency. Director X took charge of the new story and there are appearances from Rick Ross, Big Boi and Lecrae. Superfly opens in theaters June 15th. 

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