Web Finds: Sundance 2013, Writer’s Block, Chale Wote & More

Film
Want a chance to attend Sundance 2013? Consider volunteering with AFFRM.

Pariah is out on DVD!

Middle of Nowhere, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, and Beasts of the Southern Wild will be screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival.  Full schedule will be available here on May 1.

I’ve been coming across a lot of full-length films that are free on YouTube. Planning to watch The Brother From Another Planet soon.

Chinonye Chukwu, director of Alaskaland, opens up about rejection in a personal blog:

Shame, for me, is about the illusion of public failure; it’s about the embarrassment of not reaching expectations I’ve created for myself and that I think others have of me as well. But the thing about shame, as Ms. Brown said in her talk, is that the public failure and critique that we are so ashamed of and embarrassed by is usually self conceived…

I’m not going to shy away or try to suppress my feelings of shame or embarrassment; rather I’m going to confront it head-on, allow myself to feel it, but still keep moving forward. It’s not about being tough all the time or being impervious to insecurity and self-doubt; but it’s about what you do in the midst of those feelings, at some point in time.

Literary
Did you miss Women Writers on the Horizon with Alice Walker, Sonia Sanchez, and Ruby Dee? Here’s the video.

Nnedi Okorafor was interviewed by The Africa Channel, part 1 and part 2 of the interview are on YouTube.

The Oberlin Review interviews Edwidge Danticat.  She reiterates some of what she said at Artist at Work and adds a few gems.

Other
A visual recap of Accra’s Chale Wote Festival.

The song and the story of him writing this song is inspiration for anyone:

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