2014 Cannes Line Up

I am more excited about this line-up than last year’s. Not sure if it’s Xavier Dolan’s latest Mommy or Abderrahmane Sissako’s appearance with Timbuktu, but it just looks more promising and interesting to me. A few of my thoughts: There’s some good stuff from titans like Godard, Wenders, and Leigh. And we all know Un Certain Regard is where it’s at. The more commercial openers always fall flat. I am surprised to see some actors-turned-directors (Tommy Lee Jones, Ryan Gosling).

I miss Cannes dearly and one year hope to return. In the meantime I am going to admire this line-up and look for some of these to appear at the New York Film Festival this fall.

Descriptions of the films can be found on Variety’s website.

[h/t Variety]


“Grace of Monaco” (Olivier Dahan, France-U.S.-Belgium-Italy)


“The Captive” (Atom Egoyan, Canada)

“Clouds of Sils Maria” (Olivier Assayas, France-Switzerland-Germany)

“Foxcatcher” (Bennett Miller, U.S.)

“Goodbye to Language” (Jean-Luc Godard, Switzerland)

“The Homesman” (Tommy Lee Jones, U.S.)

“Jimmy’s Hall” (Ken Loach, U.K.-Ireland-France)

“Leviathan” (Andrei Zvyagintsev, Russia)

“Le Meraviglie” (Alice Rohrwacher, Italy-Switzerland-Germany)

“Maps to the Stars” (David Cronenberg, Canada-U.S.-France-Germany)

“Mommy” (Xavier Dolan, France-Canada)

“Mr. Turner” (Mike Leigh, U.K.)

“Saint Laurent” (Bertrand Bonello, France)

“The Search” (Michel Hazanavicius, France)

“Still the Water” (Naomi Kawase, Japan)

“Timbuktu” (Abderrahmane Sissako, France)

“Two Days, One Night” (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Belgium)

“Wild Tales” (Damian Szifron, Argentina-Spain)

“Winter Sleep” (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey-Germany-France)


“Coming Home” (Zhang Yimou, China)

“How to Train Your Dragon 2” (Dean DeBlois, U.S.)


OPENER: “Party Girl” (Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis, France) T

“Amour fou” (Jessica Hausner, Austria-Luxembourg-Germany)

“Away From His Absence” (Keren Yedaya)

“Bird People” (Pascale Ferran, France)

“The Blue Room” (Mathieu Amalric, France)

“Charlie’s Country” (Rolf de Heer, Australia)

“Eleanor Rigby” (Ned Benson, U.S.)

“Fantasia” (Wang Chao)

“Force Majeure” (Ruben Ostlund) 

“A Girl at My Door” (July Jung, South Korea)

“Hermosa juventud” (Jaime Rosales)

“Incompresa” (Asia Argento, Italy-France)

“Lost River” (Ryan Gosling, U.S.)

“Run” (Philippe Lacote, France-Ivory Coast)

“Salt of the Earth” (Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, France-Italy-Brazil)

“Snow in Paradise” (Andrew Hulme, U.K.)

“Titli” (Kanu Behl, India)

Untitled (Lisandro Alonso, Denmark-U.S.-Argentina)

“Xenia” (Panos Koutras, Greece-France-Belgium) 


“The Rover” (David Michod, Australia)

“The Salvation” (Kristian Levring, Denmark) 

“The Target” (Yoon Hong-seung, South Korea)


“Bridges of Sarajevo” (Aida Begic, Isild le Besco, Leonardo di Constanzo, Pedro Costa, Jean-Luc Godard, Kamen Kalev, Sergei Loznitsa, Vincenzo Marra, Ursula Meier, Vladimir Perisic, Cristi Puiu, Marc Recha, Angela Schanelec, Teresa Villaverde)

“Caricaturistes: Fantassins de la democratie” (Stephanie Valloatto, France)

“Maidan” (Sergei Loznitsa, Ukraine)

“Red Army” (Gabe Polsky)

“Silvered Water” (Mohammed Oussama and Wiam Bedirxan, Syria-France)

Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert technically falls into the Late Gen-X/Early Baby Boomer generation but he really is the voice of my generation (Sorry Lena Dunham!) The quick-witted king of satire provided a nice juxtaposition to Jon Stewart’s leftist dark humor in the Daily Show. Don’t get me wrong, I love Jon Stewart. But not as much as I love Colbert. I must admit, I’ve been part of the Colbert Nation for a long time. I would make my family watch Daily Show and the Colbert Report with me-they call it “silly white boy humor” that I got and they didn’t. I got it and I was elated to find out today that Stephen Colbert is taking over David Letterman’s spot on the Late Show.

Although I would have rather have seen a person of color take on this role, I am happy it’s Colbert. He acknowledges and challenges his white privilege and pokes fun at both liberals and conservatives. He’s brilliant!

But one question remains: will he be Stephen Colbert or “Stephen Colbert”? Honestly I’ll take either one!

Here are my top Colbert Report moments. *There were supposed to be embedded videos to accommodate the links but for some reason they’re not showing up…

Freak of Nature?! They prefer to be called African-American” (6/10/2010)
This had me DYING of laughter. Watch around the 7:30 mark to understand the comment in context.

BEARS! (Almost every episodes)
The Number 1 threat to America? BEARS. I’m not sure what he has against bears but it’s hilarious.

That time Colbert ran for president… (10/17/2007)
Honestly, I would have voted for him.

Rally to Restore Sanity (10/28/2010)
I am proud to say that I was there! Check out my sign!!

Operation Humble Kanye (12/2/2008)
I am a huge Kanye West fan (pre-Kim Kardashian) and a huge Stephen Colbert fan. This segment was pure comedic gold for me. The funny thing is, people actually bought the album pushing Colbert to the #2 spot. #Colbertbump

Colbert in Iraq – (6/8/2009)
I love the fact that he cares so much about our troops. So much so that he shaved his perfectly coiffed hair. Thank you.

Troops get a hero’s welcome – (9/10/2010)
Troops return home. John Legend sings “Coming Home”. I cried.  The video of the original performance is not available online :(



WATCH: Ousmane Sembene’s “BlackGirl/La Noire de…”

I have to say, this is my favorite film of all time. I usually encourage folks to watch films via VOD or DVD or even VHS. But when a gem like this becomes readily available to the masses, I’m going to spread the word. I have so many thoughts and feels about this film-especially the last couple scenes. Watch and enjoy!

[h/t Society HAE]

21st Edition of NY African Film Festival line-up announced

(Frances Bodomo’s Afronauts)

Yesterday the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced its line-up for the 2014 New York African Film Festival and it’s gooood!! I can’t pick just one film to see: I want to see them ALL! Half a Yellow Sun! Grisgris! Ni Si Si! Sarraounia! I’m particularly excited about the nod to Nollywood with the Opening Night Film Confusion Na Wa.

And I am VERY excited that Frances Bodomo’s short Afronauts is screening again at FSLC.

Maysles Cinema and BAMcinematek will have screenings later in the month.

Check out the full line-up and I will see you in May!

“Not Everyone Wants to be a Director”-other careers in film

Shadow and Act posted this really helpful piece a couple of days ago about alternatives to being a film director. While  jobs on set are what most people go for, there are jobs not on set where we are needed. Some of these jobs include running festivals, distribution companies, grant writers, publicists, and more. Someone has to find and provide the money, right?! Part of the reason why I decided to follow this career path was because I wanted to help filmmakers. Plus, “set-life” isn’t for me :)

Please read and hopefully there’s an article about desk jobs in the film industry.


Paste Magazine’s Top 10 Black Directors to Watch in 2014

Thank you Paste Magazine!! I read these culture lists and influencer lists and I get tired of not seeing brown and black faces. I’m used to seeing these lists produced by black blogs and magazines so it’s refreshing to see Paste post about it. However that doesn’t mean I’m looking for validation but it’s nice to see someone out there supports black filmmakers.

Also to note, this list has a 40% women-which is a better statistic of women representation in the film industry. The norm is around 20%.

I look forward to all of these filmmakers’ projects!


10 Black Directors to Watch in 2014


A Short History of US Black Indie Cinema – by Ashley Clark

This. A very short history of US black Indie Cinema written by Ashley Clark. This is a MUST read if you thought the recent influx of black cinema was a “new” phenomena. We’ve been doing this since the beginning of cinema. Thank you Ashley Clark for writing this! I have zero objections to this wonderfully written article. Seriously, I want to print it out and put it on my actual wall as a reference guide. Check out the link below.


Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song (1971)

Sweet Sweetback’s Baad Asssss Song (1971)

This film is one of my favorites!

The Imaginarium of Black Cinema

I’ve heard of this archive in Harlem holding several valuable black cinematic artifacts and it has stuck in my mind to reach out. And then this gem appears on Shadow and Act today! There’s so much to be said about the need for a black cinema archive on the East Coast and for it to be on display. But I would love to see a physical place for this museum as a place for permanent exhibition and for research. It would be even better if a black college helps preserve these items. I have so many feels about this I can barely contain myself!! I’m trying to figure out a way to help them out-by any means necessary!

The Imaginarium of Black Cinema from Narratively on Vimeo.

[h/t Shadow and Act]

Killing the Doc: The Act of Killing

I appreciate hearing a different viewpoint on the documentary The Act of Killing-which really didn’t really blow me away like it did many other critics. Thank you Indiewire for posting this last week:

Killing the Documentary: An Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker takes issue with The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing


[h/t Miss Representation]


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