5 posts categorized "African American Cinema"

January 28, 2016


Meet the Blacks

Feast your eyes on the first poster for Mike Epps’ hilarious new comedy “Meet the Blacks.” The film will release nationwide on April Fool’s Day (April 1st) – no joke! In the meantime, check out the trailer here http://bit.ly/1PlUP8b

From writer/director/producer Deon Taylor, “Meet the Blacks” is comedy/horror hybrid spoofing the hit film “The Purge,” and stars Mike Epps (“The Hangover,” “50 Shades of Black,” “Resident Evil: Apocalypse”),George Lopez (“Lopez Tonight,” “Swing Vote,” “Balls of Fury”), Mike Tyson(“The Hangover” series “Scary Movie 5”), Bresha Webb (NBC’s “Truth Be Told”), Zulay Henao (“True Memoirs of An International Assassin”) as well as a ‘who’s who’ of pop culture personalities including Gary Owen (“Ride Along”) Charlie Murphy (“The Chappelle Show”), Tameka “Tiny” Cottle(VH1’s TI & Tiny with Rap artist husband TI), gossip columnist Perez Hilton,Paul Mooney (Richard Pryor’s longtime writing partner), Vine star Andrew Bachelor, and comedians Lil Duvall, DeRay Davis and Lavell Crawford

“Meet the Blacks” is written, produced and directed by former pro basketball player turned filmmaker Deon Taylor (“Supremacy” “Chain Letter,” “Dead Tone”).

Roxanne Avent (“Nite Tales,” “The Hustle,” “Free Agents”) and Shannon McIntosh (“The Hateful Eight,” “Django Unchained,” “Inglorious Basterds”) produced the film alongside Taylor. Executive producers are Mike Epps, NBA star Tony Parker, Michael Finley, Venu Kondle and Derek Dudley.  Freestyle Releasing will distribute the film nationwide.

Original music for the film is written, produced and performed by RZA, the iconic producer, multi-instrumentalist, author, rapper, actor, director, composer, and screenwriter. RZA is also an executive producer.

February 04, 2015

Kino Lorber Kickstarter Campaign To Fund "Pioneers of African-American Cinema"

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Kino Lorber Launches Kickstarter Campaign To Fund Pioneers of African-American Cinema 

Four-disc Blu-ray anthology will offer a thorough survey of independent African-American filmmakers (1916-1944) such as Oscar Micheaux, Spencer Williams and Zora Neale Hurston, and will include many films never before available on video or any media.
Visit the official Kickstarter Campaign page:
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 4, 2015 - On Wednesday, February 4, Kino Lorber will launch a 45-day fund-raising campaign to support its most ambitious archival release yet undertaken.

The four-Bluray collection Pioneers of African-American Cinema will showcase the works of such influential figures as Oscar Micheaux, Spencer Williams, Zora Neale Hurston, James and Eloyce Gist, and others to be confirmed, Pioneers will include eight feature films, several shorts, fragments of "lost" films, and rare documentary footage. Context will be provided by videotaped interviews with film historians, performing artists, archivists, and filmmakers, who will discuss the history and enduring influence of these nearly-forgotten innovators.

Pioneers of African-American Cinema is one of the flagship projects of Kickstarter's new Film Preservation and Restoration Initiative, and was announced at a live event Thursday, January 29. A partial list of films and other details of the campaign are listed on the project's Kickstarter page:
The $35,000 target goal will support the creation of HD masters (transferred from
archival elements preserved by several leading archives, including the Library of Congress); the production of interviews, the recording of new scores for the silent films. Kino Lorber will offer a wide range of perks to reward contributors to the campaign, including copies of the finished four-disc box set, bundle packages of select Blu-rays and DVDs from the Kino Lorber library, and an exclusive spin session with DJ Spooky.

Working with contemporary classical, hip-hop, and techno artists, executive producer Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky) will curate contemporary musical scores for the silent films encouraging viewers to look at film history with fresh eyes and ears, and perceive a more seamless transition between the history of film and our modern digital media era. Miller has had an abiding interest in historical film, as evidenced in his innovative remix of D.W. Griffith's infamous The Birth of a Nation. [Note: For those who prefer a more traditional viewing experience, historically-accurate keyboard scores will also be provided.]

Pioneers of African-American Cinema is curated by Charles Musser (Yale University, co-editor of Oscar Micheaux and His Circle: African-American Filmmaking and Race Cinema of the Silent Era) and Jacqueline Najuma Stewart (University of Chicago, author of Migrating To the Movies: Cinema and Black Urban Modernity), who will edit a 40-page booklet of program notes.

The series producer is Bret Wood, who supervises Kino Lorber's archival releases, and whose work includes Stanley Kubrick's Fear and Desire, Orson Welles's The Stranger,Edison: The Invention of the MoviesThe Erich von Stroheim CollectionGaumont Treasures, and Griffith Masterworks.

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About Kino Lorber: 
With a library of 1,000 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for over 30 years, releasing over 25 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Classics, and Alive Mind Cinema banners, including five Academy Award® nominated films in the last seven years. In addition, the company brings over 70 titles each year to the home entertainment market with DVD and Blu-ray releases under its five house brands, distributes a growing number of third party labels, and is a direct digital distributor to all major platforms including iTunes, Netflix, HULU, Amazon, Vimeo, Fandor and others.

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