April 2001
Week of April 27th thru May 4th


Come and experience the finest in Black film. We are offering you an opportunity to see short films produced by some of the finest young talents in the United States. Following the films, stay and network with local film industry colleagues, party with one of the area's hottest DJ's and have your pallet tantalized by tasty hors d'oeuvres and one of the hottest cocktails around - The Martell Cosmopolitan.

On Tuesday, April 17th @ The Deux Plex in Atlanta, MEET MARTELL AT THE MOVIES will debut beginning at 6:30pm...After Atlanta, we will flow to good ole' St. Louis on April 18th @ The Sheldon. Following that, see us in Philadelphia @ The Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts on April 24th...In May, you can MEET MARTELL AT THE MOVIES in Chicago, Houston, Cleveland, Detroit and finally in The Big Apple. Stay on the lookout for The Report @ Blackfilm.com for more information. If you live in one of the cities listed above, please e-mail your "complete" mailing address to mailto:info@blackfilm.com. BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR CITY IN THE "SUBJECT" category. We will send you an invitation. Thanks for your support.

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April 13th thru April 20th


[All Features]

"When I read the script I was really caught up in the emotion of the storytelling. And thatís what this movie is about. " ...
Interviewed by Habiba

CARL BRASHEAR has the kind of story that lends itself to legend.
Interviewed by Sekou

In the film industry, the road to success isn't so easy.
Interviewed by Wilson Morales (NY)

Interviewed by Wilson Morales (New York)

"I was never booed at the Apollo, but I've been booed before. I was booed at a club called IBEX in D.C. Booing is not that bad, it is the silence that bothers you. At least booing is a reaction. You've got to treat the crowd like you treat your women. Women don't mind when you argue, they hate it when you don't argue."
Interviewed by Wilson Morales (New York)

Regina King "I'm co-producing a movie, a coming of age piece called MY TRIBE IS LOST and although I was trying to stay away from playing a mother again, this role spoke to me."
Interviewed by Wilson Morales (New York)

If you have seen his work in LOVING JEZEBEL, HE GOT GAME or THE NEPHEW, then you know Hill is thorough at his craft. For those of you that have not seen him perform, don't miss him in THE VISIT from Urbanworld Films.
Interviewed by Shelby Jones (Washington D.C.)

New 3/9 !
Did you know Kasi Lemmons, the writer/director of EVE's BAYOU and the director of CAVEMAN's VALENTINE, started out as an actress? She's lensed 18 flicks and 5 TV guest spots that have ranged all over the creative spectrum. She got her big break as a director by convincing Samuel Jackson to attach his name to EVE's BAYOU. If it hadn't been for his involvement the movie never would have been made.

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[All Reviews]

Now comes a newly formed company aimed at distributing so called "risky" films - Urbanworld Films. They want to show films that have a sense of realism. Its first feature is "The Visit" and it deserves to be seen for its story is powerful and cast is wonderfully played out to perfection.

Gary Hardwick's feature film is a joyous and entertaining.
By Wilson Morales (New York)

In her second feature, THE CAVEMANS VALENTINE, she proves that her first effort was no fluke, but falls short of emulating the same success.
By Wilson Morales (New York)

SPARKLE - New 3/23 !
"For anyone who has ever sacrificed to chase a distant dream, "Sparkle" will speak to your heart. Brilliantly acted, this film has endured the test of time to remain a favorite of many."
By Nasser Metcalfe (New York)

[All Features]

"Film Duds" is a testament to my love of film and fashion. This column is meant to be humorous commentary on the ever-changing and frequently wild relationship between clothes and movies, celebrities and designers. Fashion and film are intrinsically intertwined. You'll see.
by Kellye Whitney (Chicago)

This NEW FEATURE @ blackfilm.com will deliver news and information about Latino films, actors, directors, stage plays and more. . We would like to thank Elaine Del Valle for contributing the first article to a section that we hope will grow with us. Thanks Elaine. DA SPANISH MOB Adds Latino Flava To A New York City Stage
by Elaine Del Valle (New York)

A Lament for Scooby - New 3/16 !
"One of those golden childhood memories is truly being destroyed by Hollywood. The implication of it can't help but boggle the mind."
by Scott Southard

Brandorf Marsalis Branford Marsalis is playing the Sax - Listen up. "My first performance was at a club called the Horse in New Orleans in 1974. We had an R&B band called The Creators. We played on a Monday night for the door, and made 75 cents each. We used it to catch the bus home."
by Shelby J. Jones (Washington D.C.)


[All Features]

The Acapulco Black Film Festival is a celebration of the cinematic work of Black filmmakers and artists. The ABFF offers a competitive showcase of independent Black cinema from around the world....


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