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Black History Month/African Diaspora

Posted on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 by

The experience of blackness in America is distinct from that of the African diaspora. During Black History Month, it’s a subject that’s rarely discussed. There are historical matters to take into account that require shedding light on, that are specific to the black experience in the United States. We would like to include a selection [...]


Spotlight on Nollywood, pt.1: Hakeem Effects, Special FX whiz

Lady Cyclops - one of Hakeem's creations
Posted on Friday, December 11th, 2015 by

This is the first of a two part story highlighting an active member of  Nigeria’s film community.  With local crews working on enterprisingly low budgets even by most independent film standards, Nollywood produces over 1500 direct to video films a year.  Hakeem Onilogbo is the 37 year old CEO of Hakeem Effects, aka Tricks International, [...]


Home Work: Filmmaker Yared Zeleke’s Origin Stories

Posted on Monday, May 5th, 2014 by

It takes a certain level of conviction to stay true to one’s roots when balancing the demands of a bustling metropolis. The filmmaker  Yared Zeleke is an Ethiopian storyteller who swims against the current, making films that detail his experiences back home and abroad. His first feature, currently in development, was selected as one of [...]

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Kunle Afolayan talks “Phone Swap” and African Indie Film

Posted on Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 by

Kunle Afolayan, director of the critically acclaimed thriller Figurine, discusses his new film Phone Swap and the state of African film as he feels it is advancing. Afolayan utilized the strength in film of Ghana and Nigeria to fill out roles and settings in order to produce a high quality story line that, he says, [...]

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A Worldwide Indie Lens

Posted on Thursday, January 12th, 2012 by

Every year new thoughts and experiments are performed in the world of independent filmmaking that show just how necessary it is to have a separation from big budget films which work to satisfy the one note of profit at the expense of a sonata of deep, intellectual product. Kimi Takesue, a documentary filmmaker with credits [...]

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