Keep an eye out for these films and show your support when they come to your area.
Blacktino, Official Selection SXSW 2011, World Premiere
“blacktino is a dark teen comedy about an overweight half-black, half-hispanic nerd named Stefan Daily. He was raised by his black grandmother in a medium sized suburb of Austin, TX. Struggling to find his place in a mostly white high school, Stefan finds sanctuary among the eclectic mix of social outcasts in the school’s Theatre Department. In the tradition of the great teen comedies of the last thirty years “blacktino” will ensure that the torch of “teen angst” continues to burn bright.”
Yelling to the Sky, Official Selection SXSW 2011
“Yelling to the Sky will have it’s World Premiere in Competition on February 12th, 2011 at the Berlin Film Festival. The following month, the film will have it’s US Premiere in the ‘Spotlight’ section at SXSW.
The debut film from writer/director, Victoria Mahoney, stars Zoe Kravitz, Jason Clarke, Antonique Smith, with Gabourey Sidibe and Tim Blake Nelson.”
“Motherland is a breathtaking film, which sweeps the continent of Africa. With an all-star cast, it is a vivid cinematic centrepiece washed with an African aesthetic. A bold empowering sophisticated story of Africa, which in progressive dignity reaffirming terms looks at Africa’s past, present and future. Motherland is an epic and unprecedented entry into the canon of African-owned cinema, which charts the glory and majesty of the Motherland (Enat Hager). Motherland is a film that unapologetically calls for African unity, self-determination and the African rebirth.
From the acclaimed producers of the multi-award winning 500 Years Later , Motherland is Directed by Owen ‘Alik Shahadah. Motherland has been in the making since 2004 and is expected in 2010.”
“When a young boy loses his grandmother during Hurricane Katrina, he travels to San Antonio, Texas, in search of the mother who abandoned him years earlier. Starring Herman “Tre” Whitney, Nadine Mozon, SkudR Jones, Monique Straw and Michael Cantu. Written and Directed by UT Professor Ya’Ke.”
Waiting for Superman
Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education “statistics” have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of WAITING FOR SUPERMAN. As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying “drop-out factories” and “academic sinkholes,” methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems. Written by Sundance Film Festival