September 29, 1991 |
In the world of independent film, director Julie Dash is drawing a strong following as a fresh and innovative voice. Her ambitious "Daughters of the Dust"--set on the Sea Islands off the South Carolina coast in the early 1900s--earned top honors for its lush cinematography at this year's Sundance Film Festival. But Dash can't even get a Hollywood agent. In August, friends sponsored a screening of the film on Sony Pictures' Culver City lot--hoping for a turnout of influential insiders.
April 7, 1992 |
Two teens, drawn together after witnessing a murder, find their growing attraction affected by another tragedy: societal prejudices. "Different Worlds: A Story of Interracial Love" is today's "CBS Schoolbreak Special" (3 p.m., Channels 2 and 8), a sensitive look at the multitude of barriers that prevent human connections between racial and ethnic groups. Christine (Noelle Parker) and Jordan (Duanne Martin) live in worlds that barely touch: She's white, he's black.
June 15, 1996 |
A gifted female track star overcoming a near-tragic illness to win Olympic gold is a compelling true-life story. Sunday's TV dramatization, "Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story," lacks the depth to be as compelling, but Charlayne Woodard in the title role and Louis Gossett Jr. as her tough coach are a class act.
February 14, 1990 |
Ruby Dee has fashioned a rich salute to an obscure American folklorist whose voice is as authentic as Mississippi mud. "Zora Is My Name!" on "American Playhouse" tonight (at 9 on Channel 28, 9:30 on Channel 15) infers that the little-known Zora Neale Hurston was a 20th-Century Joel Chandler Harris who recorded adult folk tales told by those "who lived on the other side of the crik."
February 6, 2003 |
A sampling of the dozens of offerings in the 11th annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival, opening tonight, suggests that this may well be the strongest to date. Issues of cultural identity and displacement, a legacy of colonialism, emerge as key themes, and social and political concerns tend to emerge implicitly, rather than didactically, within stylish, personal films. Many of the festival's widely diverse films deserve much wider exposure.
February 18, 2005 |
"Miracle's Boys," the well-done miniseries that starts at 8 tonight on the N (Noggin's nighttime network for adolescents), is everything a parent could ask for in children's TV. It's based on a thoughtful, award-winning novel for young adult readers. The great Spike Lee directed its first and last installments. The plot revolves around family values. It's wholesome enough to be marketed as a Black History Month feature. In other words, lie to your kids.