Support AFFRM - Kinyarwanda at select theaters this weekend

Thursday, December 1, 2011

AFFRM is the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement - empowering black independent filmmakers with collaborative, simultaneous theatrical distribution in multiple markets.

Last March AFFRM got behind Ava DuVernay's  I Will Follow (click for T & T commentary). Giving it a chance to reach a wider audience.  This weekend AFFRM is launching Alrick Brown's KINYARWANDA. Which I will screen on Sunday.

The below video from Reelblack features Brown talking about the film, AFFRM and the state of African American Cinema in general.



For all its greatness, "Hotel Rwanda" nevertheless used the conventional Hollywood technique of a movie star as a protagonist to serve as the audience's entry point. None of the actors in "Kinyarwanda" are stars, and their characters all live in the same world. By the equal weighting and linking of their stories in rotation, Brown prevents us from anticipating who will prevail. The criticism of this approach by Variety's critic is unfortunate. Here is a powerful film- rogerebert.com

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tinseltine.com December 6, 2011 at 8:16 AM  

Powerful, painful, hopeful, exceptionally well done.

The film feels very authentic - part documentary, part narrative.

Smooth transitions between the multi-stories; we're taken back and forth in time, within a couple of months of the worst of the Rwandan genocide, allowing the audience to see where certain stories intersect.

Looking for Alrick Brown to be Oscar nominated. Would love to see what he can do with just a movie - not a black movie, not a statement film, just a good feature length flick.

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Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?

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