Tag Archives: The Guardian

Robert Redford Bringing Mini-Sundance to London

“Time will tell how it works,” said the actor-director-producer, “but we’re coming in very small. We’re here four days, we’re not bringing the full complement of Sundance – we’re bringing film and American music.” The festival debuts in April 2012 at the O2 arena.

The Guardian (UK) 03/15/11

The Burkina Faso Film Festival Fit a President

“It is late afternoon in Ouagadougou, a landlocked city in one of the world’s poorest countries. Forty thousand people are packed tightly into a vast stadium, originally built to celebrate the renaming of Upper Volta as Burkina Faso, “the land of upright people”. A thermometer shows that it is 100˚ in the shade. A posse of soldiers in bright red ceremonial uniforms and gold-braid shoulder pads march forward in two columns, sabres drawn, as a band strikes up the national anthem. Everyone in the stadium stands up – the president is about to arrive. Are we all here to honour visiting royalty? Only when a giant 6ft-square electronic clapperboard is activated does the reality hit home. This is the opening ceremony of Fespaco, the bi-annual celebration of African cinema.”

The Guardian, 10 March 2011, Don Boyd

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Ballet Black, London’s Company of Color

Founder Cassa Pancho: “All through ballet school I was really aware of the lack of black people around me. So for my dissertation I thought I would interview black women working in ballet and see what they had to say – but I couldn’t find a single black woman working in ballet, and that really stunned me. When I graduated, I decided, very naively, to do something about it myself.”

The Guardian (UK) 12/04/10

Fela! Producers Sued for Copyright Infringement

“Carlos Moore, [Fela Kuti's] only official biographer, claims the producers of Fela! breached his copyright by failing to credit his book, Fela: This Bitch Of A Life, as a source for the production.” Moore is asking for $5 million in damages.”

The Guardian (UK) 11/09/10

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Bill T. Jones: The Step-by-Step Guide

“Jones draws on a range of techniques, including African dance, American modern and postmodern dance, and ballet, but an important formative influence was contact improvisation, a form of partner-work that enables people of different heights, weights and strengths to interact.”

The Guardian (UK) 11/09/10

In Memorium: Abbey Lincoln

Abbey Lincoln, jazz vocalist, actress and civil rights activist, passed away Saturday, August 14, 2010.  She was 80 years old.

The Black Film Center/Archive hosted a program in March 2010 which honored the film Nothing But a Man.  Abbey Lincoln played the leading female role, Josie, in this film.

The BFC/A extend our condolences to her family, friends and fans.

To read more about Abbey Lincoln, please read her obituary:

The New York Times

The Guardian


UK Film Council to Be Abolished

“The culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, today confirmed plans to abolish the UK Film Council. … The move is part of a raft of DCMS cost-cutting measures that involve the merger, abolition or streamlining of 16 public bodies.”

The Guardian (UK) 07/26/10

Tate Modern Expands Into Non-Western Art

“Tate Modern has used the occasion of its 10th birthday to show how it is expanding its collection beyond Europe and North America, actively buying work from artists in countries from Algeria to Egypt to Iran.”

The Guardian (UK) 05/11/10

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