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Friday, Aug. 18, 2017
Amanda Marsalis and DeMane Davis—directors who made their mark in indie features and are active in commercials and branded content via, respectively, production companies Backyard and Sweet Rickey—recently extended their reach into primetime TV, helming season two episodes of Queen Sugar,...
Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017
Director DeMane Davis has established herself in short and long-form fare. On the former score, she is on the commercialmaking/branded content roster of production house Sweet Rickey. She has directed campaigns for such clients as Bank of America, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tidy Cats and Cigna. ...
Tuesday, Jul. 11, 2017
Director Amanda Marsalis--who made her indie feature debut with Echo Park at the L.A. Film Festival in 2014, and is active in commercials via production house Backyard--has made her first foray into TV series with two episodes of Queen Sugar. Marsalis directed episodes 5 and 8...
Thursday, Jul. 6, 2017
The historic case of The Central Park Five will be brought to life in a new dramatic limited series for Netflix created by Ava DuVernay, who will also write and direct. The narrative, five-episode series will be executive produced by Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King from Participant Media, Oprah...
Monday, Jun. 12, 2017
Netflix's Sarandos Views Window of No Opportunity; Winfrey, DuVernay Discuss Inclusion At Produced By Conference
Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay, Damien Chazelle, Jordan Peele and Ted Sarandos were among the marquee speakers during the Producers Guild of America’s two-day (6/10-11) Produced By Conference held on the 20th Century Fox Studios lot in Los Angeles. All were interviewed by notables in their own...
Friday, Sep. 30, 2016
The 54th New York Film Festival kicked off Friday under gray autumn skies, cloaked by an unusual degree of topicality.
Ava DuVernay's documentary on mass incarceration, "The 13th," opened the festival, the first documentary to ever mark the start of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's...
Friday, Sep. 2, 2016
The new family drama "Queen Sugar" follows three estranged siblings in a rural Louisiana town as they struggle to make sense of their lives while preserving a family legacy: a failing sugar-cane farm.
Nova (Rutina Wesley, "True Blood") is a fiery journalist and activist. Charley (Dawn-...
Thursday, Sep. 1, 2016
Ava DuVernay's documentary "The 13th," on mass incarceration and its deep, historical roots in America, has been welling up in her a long time.
The film, which DuVernay secretly worked on the last few years, is her third major work to deal with the subject. Her second feature, "Middle of...
Monday, Feb. 16, 2015
Three black women released movies in 2014, more than ever before in a single year. And one of them is a contender for the motion picture academy's top prize.
But that's just three films in one year — out of the 373 that came out in theaters.
Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the filmmakers and cast of the Best Picture Oscar-nominated Selma joined the residents of Selma, Alabama in a commemorative march yesterday to...