Seattle Film Fest to Become Hotbed for African Film

There's no shortage of festivals in the world and with an increasing array of diverse programs and sidebars to choose from, covering an enormous breadth of cinema, it is a little surprising that the bod of work of an entire... More »
  

We Now Have a FORUM Again, Ho Ho Hooo!

A few weeks back Twitch closed down its old forum, creating a new one in its place. And here it is: at the top right of the Twitch Facebook page. Just hit the "TTF" button. Why the move to Facebook?... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Angola Never Looked Sexier Than In THE GREAT KILAPY Trailer!

Effectively blending history and politics with a darkly humorous crime thriller, Angolan director Zeze Gamboa's second feature looks to be suave, sexy and oozing with cool. Set in the mid-1970s, on the eve of Angola's independence from Portugual, O... More »
  

Put A Little Trouble In Your Hat With The Stellar Trailer For Dance Doc THE AFRICAN CYPHER

South African director Bryan Little is about to show you the streets of Soweto like you've never seen them. As the home to some incredibly talented young men responding to a difficult environment through dance. Little's The African Cypher is... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Super Slick Trailer For South African Psycho-Sexual Thriller SLEEPER'S WAKE

Adapted from an acclaimed novel, Barry Berk's Sleeper's Wake presents something international audiences are not at all used to seeing come out of Africa: A dark, slickly shot psycho sexual thriller that promises to stand with the best of them.John... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

MIFF 2012: The Dark Side of Cinema

The internet is buzzing right now with thoughts on the 61st Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), one of the biggest and oldest film festivals in the world. Many thought provoking and hype-fused articles have surfaced with the official public availability of... More »
  

Sydney 2012: Day 3 Trailer of the Day - UNDER AFRICAN SKIES

My pick for today's Sydney Film Festival trailer of the day is Under African Skies, which focuses on Paul Simon's seminal album Graceland. About Under African Skies: Paul Simon returns to South Africa to reunite with the musicians, including Ladysmith Black... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

A Crook. A Cop. A Body Swap. They're COPPOSITES!

the body swap comedy. It's one of the most bizarrely resilient sub-genres in film history. They're all basically the same and yet they pop up over and over again around the world, presumably because they give their stars a chance... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

African Men Shoot Their Machine Guns From Trucks And Think Smiling is Stupid

Though I had absolutely nothing to do with making this, consider it a sort of impromptu follow up to my previous editorial about Think Like A Man and Hollywood's bias against casting minorities in significant parts. Check the video below... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Dallas IFF Artistic Director James Faust Offers Up 10 Picks For Twitch Readers

The Dallas International Film Festival is mere days away, and I've been slacking in my duty to inform you all of the great films playing here in my city.  Several of the films I've had the opportunity to see either... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Trailer For South African Heist Movie 31 MILLION REASONS

While every nation's local cinema has its own distinct flavor there are also certain constants no matter where you go. And one of those is that crime plays well everywhere. It's a simple fact. And it's one that is clearly... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Look Out, South Africans, DEATH RACE 3 Is Shooting Where You Live

It's happening right now--the second follow up to the Jason Statham-starring Death Race remake is in front of cameras right now as a South African/German co-production with Paul W.S. Anderson serving as executive producer, Hellboy 2's Luke Goss in the... More »
  

Neill Blomkamp's ELYSIUM Has Wrapped

And now begins the long post-production process.Though it's not due for release until 2013 industry watchdog Baseline reports that District 9 director Neill Blomkamp has wrapped principal photography on his sophomore feature, Elysium.Blomkamp has kept a tight lid on details... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Sundance 2012: Watch The Trailer For Somali Pirate Short FISHING WITHOUT NETS

As Sundance approaches, there's bound to be a flurry of teasers and trailers for the 2012 selection coming online, if not already. We might as well start with one from the shorts program, Cutter Hodierne's Fishing Without Nets. The synopsis... More »
  

You'll Never Look At DEVIL MAY CRY The Same Way Again

I would say that the voice over in the trailer for Bonsam Besu - what I can only assume is a completely unauthorized Ghanaian film version of Devil May Cry - is the best part but that would overlook the... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Ghana Is Infested With Terminators And Predators In 2016.

Ladies and gentlemen, Ghana makes movies. Movies with action. Movies with adventure. Movies with special effects. Movies with famous characters from much better funded movies used in flagrant violation of international copyright law.You love The Terminator? Fond of Predator? So... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Mads Brügger's THE AMBASSADOR opens IDFA festival (and starts a row...)

This week the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam starts with a bang: the opening film is Mads Brügger's "The Ambassador". Made up almost exclusively of hidden-camera footage, the film shows Mads acquiring a diplomatic passport and travelling to the Central... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Watch Kevin MacDonald's LIFE IN A DAY for FREE!

One of the most ambitious and successful documentaries of the year, LIFE IN A DAY is a beautiful collage of people, places, emotions and lives taking place over the course of a single day. Devised and compiled by Academy-Award Winning... More »
  

Canada's MONSIEUR LAZHAR And 62 Other Hopefuls Complete Oscar Foreign Language List

It's no secret that Philippe Falardeau's film about an Algerian immigrant who is hired to replace an elementary school teacher is Canada's submission for the category of Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Oscars. I only tout it out... More »
  

TIFF 2011: Trailer For South African Crime Drama MAN ON GROUND

There's no denying at this point that African cinema is undergoing a major change and audiences around the world can expect to see a lot more projects from the continent in coming years. And if there's a face to the... More »
By Todd Brown   
  
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