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‘A Million Colours’ From South Africa To Kick Off Hollywood Black Film Festival

By | Friday October 21, 2011 @ 6:08pm PDT

The always interesting Hollywood Black Film Festival this year for the first time opens with a foreign film, the South African drama A Million Colours. Running October 27-30, the event encompasses 53 films — 11 features, a dozen documentaries, 27 shorts and 3 student films — selected from entries from more than 300 filmmakers worldwide, according to fest executive director Tanya Kersey. There will also be 13 panels and workshops with more than 50 industry speakers.

A Million Colours is a mixture of Slumdog Millionaire and Romeo and Juliet, says director Peter Bishai. It’s the story of the fall from grace and redemption of South Africa’s onetime most famous teen black movie star, Muntu Ndebele. Co-written by Bishai and Andre Pieterse, A Million Colours stars Wandile Molebatsi, Jason Hartman, Stelio Savante and Masello Motana. Read More »

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Mike Sitrick, Shame On You…

By | Thursday July 12, 2007 @ 5:31pm PDT

sitrick.jpgI’ve known Mike Sitrick for a long time. He’s a PR maven who prides himself on being a family man. Which is why he should be filled with self-loathing for allowing his firm to promote a torture porn pic like Captivity, much less an even more disgusting premiere party whose selling point was its political incorrectness. (Let me make it perfectly clear: I support talent’s right to make the movie, just not business people profiting from it.) Sure, I received all those inane emails announcing the bash, and I did the right thing: I trashed them. Other journalists fell all over themselves covering the event so as to diss it: really, they’re lemmings hurling themselves off the cliff. There is only one way to stop the business of these torture porn movies: by shaming the people who receive money for releasing them, publicizing them, having anything to do with them. So, Mike, how could you? (And how could you, After Dark’s  Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman?) Take that Captivity money and donate it to charity and pledge publicly right now you’ll never get involved with torture porn pics again. Until Mike does, I urge Hollywood and other companies to shun Sitrick and Company because there is such a thing as guilt by association.

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