Durban Film at First Wed Film Club
Oct28

Durban Film at First Wed Film Club

5th NOVEMBER 7:30pm STUDIO 4 – Atlas Studios – Read more info here BE THERE. Represent! My Black Little Heart by Claire Anglique. Set and shot in the city of Durban, My Black Little Heart tells the story of a young girl from the wrong side  of the track-marks stuck in a hazy sub-city seaside vortex of decrepit flats, poisoned streets and abandoned office blocks littered with self mutilators, ex-cons, gangsters, street delinquents, hustlers and addicts. Exploring the underbelly of Durban, it chronicles both a deeply personal narrative and a city in transition.” Claire Angelique is a 29 year old writer, performer and filmmaker originally from South Africa. Pre-celluloid she performed as a professional ballerina divulging into contemporary african dance and was one of the first dancers in the acclaimed Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre. She is an award winning choreographer and  performance and video artist and has managed over 15 bands and dj’s  as well as writing for contemporary S.A art, music and entertainment...

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Democracy. Your Voice, Your Video.
Oct15

Democracy. Your Voice, Your Video.

CALL FOR ENTRY!! It’s Simple:  You need to be over 18 and have an opinion on democracy… Your video needs to complete the phrase ‘Democracy is…’, it needs to be no longer than 3 minutes and it must be submitted before the 31 January 2009 onto the Youtube documentary challenge site. It can be in animation, documentary, live action, fiction or narrative style, it must be in English or with English subtitles and you can only submit ONE entry.  HOW SIMPLE IS THAT??? Excited? And you don’t even know who it’s for yet or what the (amazing) prize is? (read all the smallprint/rules here and some more info below and… get going…) The Prize: * An all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., New York and Hollywood. * Gala screenings of the winning videos in Hollywood, New York and Washington * Exposure to filmmakers and the U.S. film and television industry. * Meetings with democracy advocates from government, media and civil society. The Winners: # Seven winners – one each from the Western Hemisphere, Europe, Middle East/North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, South & Central Asia, East Asia/Pacific and one anonymous winner – will be announced in mid-June 2009. # In October 2009, the six publicly identified winners, one from each of the six geographic regions, will travel to the United States to claim their prize. How will my video be judged? Your video will be judged on overall impact, creativity and production values. If your video is selected as a finalist, it will compete against other videos from your region in a global online vote to determine the winner. A full explanation of the judging process can be found in the contest rules. Who is running the competition? It’s run by the United States Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs, supported by numerous partners including the United Nations… SO get thinking… AND GET FILMING…  More info: The Democracy Video Challenge, a global call to action celebrating democracy, launched today during International Democracy Day at the United Nations. The Challenge invites citizens from around the world to create short videos that complete the phrase: “Democracy is…” in an effort to enhance the global dialogue on democracy. The Democracy Video Challenge is a new effort supported by a unique partnership comprised of democracy and youth organizations, the film and entertainment industry, academia, and the U.S. government. Richard Engel, NBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent, served as Master of Ceremonies for the contest’s global launch. (Partners represented at the launch are listed below.) “Film is a window into our common humanity – the challenges and joys that make up the universal human experience – no matter...

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First Wednesday Film Club next week
Sep25

First Wednesday Film Club next week

If you love film and you still haven’t been to the First Wednesday film club (we’ve been talking about it since 2005) it’s not too late, as it’s the first of October next week and a Wednesday, so roll up to this legendary cinematic gathering: A Winter Tale, 1st OCTOBER, 7:30pm, STUDIO 4, Atlas Studios,Milpark, Johannesburg. A Winter Tale is set against the backdrop of a multicultural community’s unrealized hopes and dreams. Bitter and tragic, funny and hopeful, the film tells a uniquely Canadian story that features Toronto as a central character. International Awards2007 Tonya Lee Williams Award for Outstanding Canadian Feature Reel World Film Festival 2007 Special Mention/Outstanding Screenplay Category Reel World Film Festival 2007 Audience Award Best Feature T&T Film Festival 2008 Best Foreign Film San Diego Black Film Festival 2008 Remi Award – Best Editing Worldfest Houston Int Film Festival 2008 Award for Best Editor Zuma Film Festival 2008 Award for Best Cinematographer Zuma Film Festival 2008 Ousmane Sembene Award for Best Foreign Film Zuma Film Festival 2008  Award for Best Film Festival of Black International Cinema...

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Off the Shelf on the Rooftop of Jozi
Sep21

Off the Shelf on the Rooftop of Jozi

The crew from Coal Stove films will be having another filmfilled night in the city of Jozi at the mind-blowing Intermission space at the Private Practice venue in Bree street on the last Sunday in September. Four local SA short films will be shown – the film makers will all be on hand for questions afterwards. Get amongst! Map and more info below: SUNDAY, 28th SEPTEMBER. 6.00 PM for 6.30 PM AT PRIVATE PRACTICE NO. 195 JEPPE STREET (ENTRANCE ON BREE…See map below for directions) Featuring: “DE LA REY “, a documentary by Panayota Athanasiou on the controversial popular Afrikaans song of the same name. “UBOMI”. A community’s struggle against crime and child abduction leads them to startling self-realization. By Themba Oliphant. “DAY 7596” by Xolelwa Nhlobatsi and Carl S. Nkosi. Three best friends in their twenties are startled out of the humdrum of Coaltheir ordinary lives when one of them is tragically murdered. “ACE OF HEARTS ” by Andrew Macdonald. When a serial killer turns on the cop who is out to get him, a gripping cat and mouse chase ensues. FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH THE FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE. ENTRY R20 For more information: Call: 011 836 8911 Email Visit Coalstove. Click below for the...

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Represent Film Review: The Strangers
Aug25

Represent Film Review: The Strangers

Sheese, The Strangers is my worst nightmare kind of cheesy thriller: Young couple staying overnight in a country house hear noises and knocking on doors of possible intruders in and around the neighbourless forest-ridden environs. It’s a horrific storyline if you’re a paranoid person like me, who cannot live in a house affixed to the ground in Johannesburg… my imagination is superbly active and my sense of self-preservation way too egotistical. I always have to live at least three floors above ground level to feel safe, and even then, I check the sliding doors before going to sleep. The sheer horror of realising someone is trying to break into the house and murder Liv Tyler was enough to cause serious incidental flashbacks and regular hoarse screams of “OMG” while throwing my face into the shoulder of my big and strong companion, in the process being a little over generous with my sugared (WTF?) popcorn and the neighbours. Definitely Not for the crime-paranoid. Or maybe? It’s a freaking thrill. And based on a true story. See, I told you...

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