”For me, it was a long shot. It was a Hail Mary. But she said yes.”
What sounds like a good law in a twenty-second sound bite sometimes turns out to be less clear when one digs below the surface. Such is the case with International Megan's Law, which President Obama recently signed into law.
This weekend will be a critical marker for the burgeoning independent Black film movement. Opening in theaters in select cities this Friday, Middle of Nowhere is a compelling drama about a young newlywed who puts her happiness on hold as she eagerly awaits for her husband's early release from a five-year prison sentence.
Gender equality is not for women to "overtake" men or actually be men. What's happening is that women are getting more choices and more confidence to make those choices. What's happening is the decline of expectations, long and slow though it may be.
Suppose for a moment we could see one another, not as mere mortals see, but as God looks upon the heart? What would our difference look like? Could we see the divinity in our difference?
The bad mother-daughter bond is an old familiar story. And I mean old. Throughout narrative history, mother characters have been evil or dead or both.
Seldom do I see my image anywhere, and certainly not portrayed in non-stereotypical and non-heterosexist ways on the silver screen. But Dee Rees' semi-autobiographical Pariah gives me a glimpse of my younger self growing up in Brooklyn.
Dee Rees' Pariah could and should be the beginning of the next wave in black American or African-American cinema, but don't let that notion box the film into any specific category or genre.
Though the 33-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y., native has been noted for her stellar turn as Alike, she admitted that the role was
This is Oduye's feature debut. She originally auditioned to play an extra in the 2007 short film before Rees cast her in
What do you think, readers? Are you happy with the films you've been presented with in the past few years? If the public
NINE NATION ANIMATION - on DVD A story that resembles Rocky might not seem like indie film fodder, but in the hands of director
This year has produced two films that explore minority attitudes toward sexuality: Rashaad Ernesto Green's Gun Hill Road, and now Dee Rees' Pariah, which explores the life of one young black woman whose parents are in deep denial about the fact that she's a lesbian.
I have had 35 years of people telling me the limits of casting me because I am gay, when really the limits are in their own vision.
While the flurry of films snapped up by distributors at this year's Sundance is indicative of a rejuvenated film industry, it is the clarity of spirit that will inspire audiences to reassess our values.
Described as films that "stretch a low budget to create big art," the films in Next are more aptly characterized as films that cut straight into the pulse of American society. No quivering, no hesitation.