Moving Images of Black and Yellow
Because I wasn’t blogging that much in the spring –ok, not blogging at all, I neglected to tell you about the Lifetime movie of the week Taken from Me starring Taraji Henson. I’m sure you’ve seen it though. You know you have. If you haven’t you can pick it up here.
If you are looking for more diversity than what TV is giving you this summer (or the networks are promising us this fall) there is the webisode hit Awkward Black Girl (whose director/writer/actress I think has observed the lives of me and my friend) which is in need of funding to expand the season so go to their Kickstarter page if you are able to donate.
According to the black movie blog Shadow and Act there are two movies Blasian fans will want to check out local movie festivals and see if it’s in your area. The first is a documentary called A Lot Like You. The African/Korean film maker Eliaichi Kimaro goes in search of her Tanzanian roots and gets the women to open up about a part of their culture they don’t often talk about to outsiders.
For more information on this movie click the link for the blog.
The next is an independent film about sex slavery in the U.S. Shanghai Hotel stars Hill Harper, Pei Pei Chang and Eugenia Yuan.
If are stuck indoors because of the heat or you are bored in an airport terminal here are two webseries to check out. Sci-fi fans will love Futurestates, a series which asks various movie directors what America will be like in 10, 20, 100 years. Director Barry Jenkins envisions a San Francisco where the underclass has been pushed out of the city. Family and memory is pondered about in J.P. Chan’s Digital Antiquities and people with a surplus of melanin find that it becomes a commodity in Sayeeda Clarke’s White.
If you just want summer romance then you will love Audrey and Dre. I wrote of the webseries over a year ago and I am so glad Audrey Kelly has finally been able to complete her show. Audrey and Dre comes in short 5-7 minute clips because the mobisodes can be viewed over smartphones.
So, I have hooked you up for viewing during the summer. Now let’s hope some diverse fare is offered on television this fall. I’m not holding my breath, though.