deliciouskaek

AMAZING NEWS! I WAS ACCEPTED TO THE CREATIVE MINDS FILM MAKER INSTITUTE FOR CANNES.

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theblackdripsgold:

I am so happy, but so sad.  I literally was just laid off 2 months ago. I can make this happen, but I know this will be an amazing opportunity for me to network and make grounds and moves.

I need to start raising money, and I’ll start doing it tonight. I hope you all will help me with this journey. I want to create impacting media for POC. Conscious media. I believe that this will be an excellent opportunity for me to do so.

I’m honestly shocked. HAPPY. sad. stressed. I know I can make this happen if I just put my mind to it.

CREATIVE MINDS: CANNES. 2013 will be amazing.

I just have to stay positive I guess….

Big congrats and boost!

jalwhite

Oh lawdy. *laughs tiredly*

jalwhite:

searchingforknowledge:

The Sundance Institute has a program called Film Forward, which Advances Cultural Dialogue. Check out the number of poc directors. 

 The international touring program offers film screenings, workshops and discussions with filmmakers in eight locations in collaboration with local institutions and US Embassies. Film Forward’s aim is to foster dialogue, inspire curiosity and advance cultural understanding and awareness.

The films participating in the third year are Behn Zeitlin’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Stacy Peralta’s “Bones Brigade: An Autobiography,” Jeff Orlowski’s “Chasing Ice,” Patricia Riggen’s “Under The Same Moon,” Julia Meltzer and Laura Nix’s “The Light in her Eyes,” Nancy Buirski’s “The Loving Story,” Jerry Rothwell’s “Town of Runners” and Musa Syeed’s “Valley of Saints.”

Now note how many of these people are apparently now expert at advancing cultural dialogue using poc stories. Yeah. There was only ONE poc director who made ANYTHING that could “advance cultural dialogue” this year apparently.  Hisses teeth.

Sundance is the worst when it comes to things like this. These things meaning supporting the work of POC trying to tell stories about POC. But I do think that there are three directors of color on that list, not just one. Jeff Orlowski, Musa Syeed, and Patricia Riggen, yeah?

snarkbender

velocicrafter:

girljanitor:

Lost silent film with all-Native American cast found

The Daughter of Dawn, an 80-minute feature film, was shot in July of 1920 in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton, southwest Oklahoma. It was unique in the annals of silent film (or talkies, for that matter) for having a cast of 300 Comanches and Kiowas who brought their own clothes, horses, tipis, everyday props and who told their story without a single reference to the United States Cavalry. It was a love story, a four-person star-crossed romance that ends with the two main characters together happily ever after. There are two buffalo hunt sequences with actual herds of buffalo being chased down by hunters on bareback just as they had done on the Plains 50 years earlier.

The male lead was played by White Parker; another featured female role was played by Wanada Parker. They were the son and daughter of the powerful Comanche chief Quanah Parker, the last of the free Plains Quahadi Comanche warriors. He never lost a battle to United States forces, but, his people sick and starving, he surrendered at Fort Sill in 1875. Quanah was the son of Comanche chief Peta Nocona and Cynthia Ann Parker, the daughter of Euro-American settlers who had grown up in the tribe after she was kidnapped as a child by the Comanches who killed her parents. She was the model for Stands With a Fist in Dances with Wolves.

You can watch the first ten minutes of the film here. It is over 90 years old, and was produced by, directed by, and stars only Native American people.

posting again for pictures & the link to view the first ten minutes of this movie

womanistgamergirl

youngbadmanbrown:

Paris.– US actor Danny Glover, who plans an epic next year on Haitian independence hero Toussaint-Louverture, said he slaved to raise funds for the movie because financiers complained there were no white heroes.

“Producers said ‘It’s a nice project, a great project… where are the white heroes?’” he told the press during a stay in Paristhis month for a seminar on film.

“I couldn’t get the money here, I couldn’t get the money in Britain. I went to everybody. You wouldn’t believe the number of producers based in Europe, and in the States, that I went to,” he said.

D”The first question you get, is ‘Is it a black film?’ All of them agree, it’s not going to do good in Europe, it’s not going to do good in Japan.

“Somebody has to prove that to be a lie!”, he said. “Maybe I’ll have the chance to prove it.”

“Toussaint,” Glover’s first project as film director, is about Francois Dominique Toussaint Louverture (1743-1803), a former slave and one of the fathers of Haiti’s independence from France in 1804, making it the first black nation to throw off imperial rule and become a republic.

The uprising he led was bloodily put down in 1802 by 20,000 soldiers dispatched to the Caribbean by Napoleon Bonaparte, who then re-established slavery after its ban by the leaders of the French Revolution.

Due to be shot in Venezuela early next year, the film will star Don Cheadle, Mos Def, Wesley Snipes and Angela Bassett.

Danny Glover, one of the most famous black actors in America, had to go to Venezuela to get the funding for a movie with “no white heroes.” 

George Lucas had to pay for Red Tails himself.

This is how hollywood works

EDIT: And some of you motherfuckers are still getting it twisted.

The couple of people responding to my Danny Glover/Toussaint post with things like “well prove to Hollywood there’s an audience!” are missing the point.

It’s not about the fact that there aren’t enough black people who’d want to go see this movie.

It’s entirely about the fact that there is a fundamental deficiency in the psychology of the average white American viewer.

It’s about the same thing that makes white people unable to recognize the humanity of black people 

The same thing that made all those dumbass kids assume Rue and Thresh were white

And the very same thing that makes people think any tv show with more three black characters is a “black show.”

The problem isn’t with black people, black actors or black stories, the problem has always been with y’all.

Yep. How many movies & shows with black leads have to be critically acclaimed before Hollywood acknowledges the audience that fills their pockets every year? Color Purple, Precious, the Cosby Show, Roc, 227, Good Times, Benson, Tyler Perry’s entire catalog etc. have all been made, done well, & still Hollywood pretends that there’s no audience. That’s white privilege & supremacy in action.

vintageblackglamour
vintageblackglamour:

Eartha Kitt and James Edwards in a scene from 1958’s “Anna Lucasta.” Ms. Kitt was not only the star of the film, she and Sammy Davis, Jr. had financial participation in the movie (see link in the comments). James Edwards was the handsome, 6’2” former professional boxer who was supposed to be Hollywood’s first true Black heartthrob. According to film historian Donald Bogle, along with promising work in films like “Home of the Brave” and “The Manchurian Candidate” (he also appeared opposite Dorothy Dandridge in her screen test for Carmen Jones in 1954) Edwards was signed for a short time as a writer at Universal-International studios and wrote several stage plays. Instead of becoming the big star many had hoped he would be, Edwards career suffered because of his temper, heavy drinking and a career-crushing rumor involving an alleged argument with his White girlfriend at a Hollywood party. He was also a very proud man who was not one to “know his place.” Ossie Davis said of him, “Jim Edwards was not prepared to compromise or duck - to make that adjustment that would make white folks comfortable. Not at all.” Edwards died at the age of 51 in 1970.

vintageblackglamour:

Eartha Kitt and James Edwards in a scene from 1958’s “Anna Lucasta.” Ms. Kitt was not only the star of the film, she and Sammy Davis, Jr. had financial participation in the movie (see link in the comments). James Edwards was the handsome, 6’2” former professional boxer who was supposed to be Hollywood’s first true Black heartthrob. According to film historian Donald Bogle, along with promising work in films like “Home of the Brave” and “The Manchurian Candidate” (he also appeared opposite Dorothy Dandridge in her screen test for Carmen Jones in 1954) Edwards was signed for a short time as a writer at Universal-International studios and wrote several stage plays. Instead of becoming the big star many had hoped he would be, Edwards career suffered because of his temper, heavy drinking and a career-crushing rumor involving an alleged argument with his White girlfriend at a Hollywood party. He was also a very proud man who was not one to “know his place.” Ossie Davis said of him, “Jim Edwards was not prepared to compromise or duck - to make that adjustment that would make white folks comfortable. Not at all.” Edwards died at the age of 51 in 1970.

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thehuskybro:

I am watching Slavery By Another Name
“These are the “Good Ol’ Days” that Rick Santorum wish America to go back to,  Rick Santorum ain’t worth a damn! http://huskybro.com/post/6352263427/white-america-was-great”
 36 others are also watching  Slavery By Another Name on GetGlue.com

thehuskybro:

I am watching Slavery By Another Name

“These are the “Good Ol’ Days” that Rick Santorum wish America to go back to, Rick Santorum ain’t worth a damn! http://huskybro.com/post/6352263427/white-america-was-great”

36 others are also watching Slavery By Another Name on GetGlue.com

notime4yourshit

notime4yourshit:

Half Past Autumn: The Life And Work Of Gordon Parks

A true twentieth century Renaissance man, Gordon Parks is one of the most prolific and diverse artists in America today. A preeminent photographer, poet, novelist, composer and filmmaker, Parks’s artisitc vision knows no boundaries.

This candid portrait of the artist is a journey throughout the watershed moments on America’s social history, punctuated by Parks’ seminal works and his unique ability to follow his instincts to the most fascinating and challenging places in the world.