Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Free Angela! DVD Release August 20!

Source: Shadow and Act- On Cinema of the African Diaspora



Codeblack Films released the doc on April 5th, theatrically in the USA, in a deal that also includes BET's involvement - suggesting that the network will likely premiere the film on broadcast TV later.
It's also played overseas - in France, to start.

If you missed it during its theatrical run, look for it on DVD on August 20, when it'll be released on that format.
Director Shola Lynch's Free Angela & All Political Prisoners is described as:

... a feature-length documentary about Angela Davis and the high stakes crime, political movement, and trial that catapults the 26 year-old newly appointed philosophy professor at the University of California at Los Angeles into a seventies revolutionary political icon. Nearly forty years later, and for the first time, Angela Davis speaks frankly about the actions that branded her as a terrorist and simultaneously spurred a worldwide political movement for her freedom.
I screened the film last fall, while it was at TIFF, and reviewed it (read that review HERE if you missed it). Zeinabu Davis also interviewed director Lynch earlier this year; read that interview HERE.

Watch a clip from the film below in which Davis talks about becoming a symbol of the political movement she was a part of, as well as a target, and how that changed her life:

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

John and Mick and the Dirty Mac Band

Some white boys blues- here is John and Mick during filming of the Rolling Stone’s Rock and Roll Circus in 1968. In the history of Pop music, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones are the two greatest groups (the Who completing the Triumvirate of the greatest Rock Bands, which also happen to be my personal 3 faves), and John Lennon and Mick Jagger are leaders and chief songwriters for these two bands. John appeared on the Rock and Roll Circus show and performed Yer Blues from the White Album. He was joined by Yoko, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and Mitch Mitchell in a one-time super group called the Dirty Mac. Also on the show were the Who, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, and Marriane Faithful.