Dee Rees + Joan Didion = a match made in heaven

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Dee Rees is set to direct an adaptation of Joan Didion's 1996 political thriller The Last Thing He Wanted, Variety reported.

“The Last Thing He Wanted” was optioned last year by Elevated’s Cassian Elwes, who also served as a producer on “Mudbound.” The thriller has a strong following among Didion fans, as it tells the story of a Washington Post reporter who quits her job at the paper to stumble into a job as an arms dealer for covert government forces.
Marco Villalobos will write the screenplay.

I'm a huge fan of both Rees and Didion so I'm waiting for this film with baited breath.

Julie Dash will direct film about Rosa Parks' early life

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Legendary filmmaker Julie Dash will be directing a film based on Rosa Parks' activism and personal life before she came to Montgomery, Shadow and Act reported.

It is based on the book, At the Dark End of the Street by Danielle McGuire, which tells the story of how Rosa Parks and the collective action of black women sparked the Civil Rights movement. “A decade before her iconic moment on the Montgomery bus, Rosa Parks was investigating the brutal rape of Recy Taylor and seeking justice on her behalf. This story of how the incredible bravery and collective action of Black Women sparked The Civil Rights movement will be brought to the big screen," says Invisible Pictures. 
 

This will be the second film Dash has directed about the civil rights activist, after the 2002 TV movie The Rosa Parks Story starring Angela Bassett.

'Brown Girl Begins' debuts at Urbanworld Fest

Brown Girl Begins, directed by Sharon Lewis, made its debut at Urbanworld Fest today, September 23 in NYC. Check out the trailer below and visit http://www.browngirlbegins.com/ to see where it will be screening next!

Brown Girl Begins is a post-apocalyptic tale about a young black woman who is trapped in a world forced upon her. Ti-Jeanne, a reluctant priestess, must resurrect Caribbean spirits and survive the possession ritual that killed her mother or her people will die.

Take a look at the trailer for 'On Monday of Last Week'

Synopsis, from award-winning director Akosua Adoma OwusuSet in an urban home, On Monday of Last Week follows Kamara, a Nigerian woman, working as a nanny caring for Josh, the five-year old son of Tracy and Neil, an interracial couple. Tracy is an African American artist working on a commission in her basement studio - a space she rarely leaves. The absence of Josh's mother, Tracy intrigues Kamara. When Tracy finally emerges from her studio one afternoon, Kamara's growing curiosity is piqued. Their brief encounter inspires Kamara to become Tracy’s muse.

Based on the short story of the same name by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Ava DuVernay's '13th' film wins big at the Creative Arts Emmys

Last night, Ava DuVernay's Netflix documentary about mass incarceration,  13th, won four Emmys: Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special, Writing for Nonfiction Programs, Outstanding Motion Design, and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for “The Letter to the Free” by Common, Robert Glasper, and Karriem Riggins.

During her acceptance speech at L.A.'s Microsoft Theater, DuVernay reminded us of the power of art and media to right societal wrongs:

When all kinds of people are feeling aggressively demoralized and devalued, people of justice and dignity need to stand up and make our voices heard. Our voices are stronger than those that try to silence us.