Web Finds: Short Film Discoveries

No linkspam this week, but a couple of shorts I’ve recently watched online:

Sebastian Gabriel’s Omar (2009, France)

Dana Verde’s The Most Beautiful Girl in the World (2008, USA)

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

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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.

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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.

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A visual recap of Accra’s Chale Wote Festival.

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

Web Finds: Writing Tips, Online Communities, Artivism & More

Film:

A poem about rejection that any artist should be able to relate to.

Some tips on screenwriting from Shadow & Act (that tip on dialogue is everything, I’m learning the importance of subtlety in art)

As a writer working on a project that may be a bit self-indulgent and may be told through multiple mediums, Terence Nance is definitely an inspiration. And I relate to his idea of “the Swarm.” Read this recent S&A interview to see what all I’m talking about.

Literary:

I’ve been in a few online book clubs, none successful.  But I came across an active online book club with a focus on fiction by people of color.  I can’t join because of my reading schedule, but you should consider if you’re looking for a reading community.

My brother is pretty cool, glad there are other people who can say the same (featuring a black feminist reading list)

There’s so much in this interview: beautiful photos of Toni Morrison (some with her family), proof that artists are intent on feeling our full range of emotions, and affirmation for those who have questions about love

Other:

Need some friends who love science fiction? Check out the Black Science Fiction Society.

A call to artists (say it in your work!):


Particularly if you come from poor communities, you come from black communities in this country and you see a casual, systemic indifference to black life…you have to respond.  It’s in your own self interest, it’s not even outstanding or courageous, it’s a survival issue.  Either we gonna fix this or we gonna just agree to be slaves.  And that don’t honor nothing that we ever been about — it don’t honor the legacy of everybody that came before us. -Yasiin Bey

Web Finds: Emeli Sande, Miranda July & More

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I haven’t watched any documentaries on here, but you might find something of interest.

Have you been paying attention to The rise of black lesbian and gay cinema?

Miranda July gives us an awesome tip for those of us who are easily distracted hehe (this is an outtake of The Future).

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The Death of the Black Owned Independent Bookstore, from the AALBC Blog (on the right hand side of your screen, you should see a “Support Black Businesses” image; click it for AALBC’s database of Black owned indie bookstores)

I might as well put Teju Cole in charge of my reading list.  His comments on Michael Ondaatje got me to add Coming Through Slaughter and Running in the Family to my reading list:

For purposes of marketing, writers are designated as poets, novelists, or something else. But writing is about matchmaking, an attempt to marry sensations with apt words. Ondaatje makes language translucent – the exact word, the exact placement of a comma – and the reader has the uncanny feeling of encountering ideas directly. His work is about the things I care most about: memory, threshholds, solitude, work (usually the work of hands), dangerous loves, half-remembered songs and scars of all kinds. It is a particular constellation of thoughts and experiences, so particular to me, I sometimes feel, that I’m unsure if I’m reading or if I’m the one being read.

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The words of Emeli Sande are inspiration for any artists (h/t: Concreteloop)

Web Finds: Loneliness, Shyness & More

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My crush persists: AFFRM recently launched their website

In an interview with Film Society Lincoln Center, Terence Nance shows some love for Ghana and notes books as a source of inspiration.

Zadie Smith’s On Beauty is being adapted into a film by Kasi Lemmons!

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A reading list for young men of color

I’m adding Emily White’s Lonely to my to-read list because of mensah demary’s words

James Baldwin in a 1984 interview with Jordan Elgrably. Baldwin gives us so many gems, but here are a few highlights:

Thank God for visual artists:

INTERVIEWER

Was there anyone to guide you?

BALDWIN

I remember standing on a street corner with the black painter Beauford Delaney down in the Village, waiting for the light to change, and he pointed down and said, “Look.” I looked and all I saw was water. And he said, “Look again,” which I did, and I saw oil on the water and the city reflected in the puddle. It was a great revelation to me. I can’t explain it. He taught me how to see, and how to trust what I saw. Painters have often taught writers how to see. And once you’ve had that experience, you see differently.

A Word to the shy:

INTERVIEWER

Did what you wanted to write about come easily to you from the start?

BALDWIN

I had to be released from a terrible shyness—an illusion that I could hide anything from anybody.

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I was going to excerpt some of the highlights of this article but I would’ve had to repost the whole damn thing. Check out Teju Cole enlightening everybody on the White Savior Industrial Complex.

I was browsing Facebook when I came across this song (via Alternate Takes: a new jazz blog):


sound familiar? The greats inspire the greats.

Web Finds: SXSW Recaps, African Film Library & More

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African Film Library has launched!

Colorlines & Shadow & Act recap SXSW

S&A has several reviews for films shown at SXSW including Gimme the Loot (which won the Grand Jury Award for Narrative Feature) and The Last Fall; but I just wanted to highlight a bit of music from Colorlines’ recap:

MUSIC: The female hip-duo TheeSatisfaction has been performing at SXSW since 2010 but this year they’re on everyones radar: they’ve been featured everywhere from the NY Times to the LA Times and everything in between including what seems like every music blog on the internet. Thee Satisfaction raps about politics, justice, sexuality but they describe their blend of music the best: “funk-psychedelic feminista sci-fi epics with the warmth and depth of Black Jazz and Sunday morning soul, frosted with icy raps that evoke equal parts Elaine Brown, Ursula Rucker and Q-Tip.”

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First I read this then I went here. Instant love.  I look forward to reading more.

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More from SXSW: videos and photos of the All Africa Showcase hosted by Spinlet

I’ve been feeling like a grown up jamming to Gregory Porter’s Be Good.  The official video, directed by Pierre Bennu has been released.  Watch Below:

“The dance of love is something that can be done alone but it is also fun with somebody else,” says Bennu. “I wanted to show two characters; one who was so busy dancing alone, never looking to have a partner… and another so desperate for love that he would do whatever it took to get it. What that character finally realizes is that all he needed to offer forth was himself.”

Web Finds: Ava DuVernay, dream hampton & More

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Some love for my hero Ava DuVernay: AFFRM picks up Restless City & some other news for AFFRM + a release Date for Middle of Nowhere

And for the man who made me crush so hard on San Francisco: Barry Jenkins is working on an adaptation of a graphic novel (and it sounds interesting!)

Indies Unchained shares how to find out about free film screenings!

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I’m adding Rings of Saturn to my to-read list and planning to re-read The Stranger because of this list of novels of solitude compiled by Teju Cole

I added Rebecca Walker’s Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness to my to-read list after reading dream hampton’s essay Audacity

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Saw this video over at Traveling Black Chicks.  The video is kind of long but definitely worth it for anyone pursuing entrepreneurial dreams