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