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CaribbeanTales International Film Festival Partners With Afroglobal Television Media Partnership

CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF) welcomes Afroglobal Television as the Official Media Partner for this year’s festival. “CTFF provides a platform to showcase films from the Diaspora and magnifies the voices of Black filmmakers.

We congratulate Frances-Anne Solomon and the amazing team for the 2020 line up. Afroglobal Television is proud to be the leading media sponsor for the 2020 festival,” exclaimed Moses A. Mawa, President & CEO of Afroglobal Television.

On Wednesday July 8th, 2020 at 7pm EST, CTFF will announce its 2020 Livestream programming on the CaribbeanTales-TV online platform as it marks 15 years of celebrating the talents of established and emerging filmmakers of Caribbean heritage. The evening’s festivities include special congratulatory messages, a retrospect of CTFF’s history and the cast talkback and screening of CTFF founder Frances-Anne Solomon’s award-winning film Hero: Inspired by the Extraordinary Life and Times of Mr. Ulric Cross.

“For 15 years CaribbeanTales has amplified our Caribbean stories and allowed Toronto audiences access to films they wouldn’t otherwise see,” said Festival Director Diana Webley. “Now that we have had to move the festival to an online platform due to COVID-19, we expect to have even more people watching our livestream from the comfort of their homes.”

The CaribbeanTales Film Festival runs from September 9th until October 2nd and will take place on the Video-On-Demand CaribbeanTales-TV (CT-TV) platform with nine nights and 25+ short and feature films of livestream entertainment. CT-TV is an innovative subscription-based digital streaming platform that provides access to African & Caribbean-heritage films and TV programs to schools, educational institutions and audiences worldwide.

In honour of CTFF’s 15th anniversary and legacy in festival programming, a screening of Hero will be made available for viewers in the Toronto area. Following a successful world tour that began with its premier at the 2018 CTFF Film Festival, the story of Ulric Cross has garnered several awards including: TTFF 2018 People’s Choice Award, 2019 AMAA Award for Best Diaspora Narrative Feature and the Ja’Net Feature Narrative Award from the Pan African Film Festival where it was the Opening Night film.

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Barry Jenkins Team Up on ‘Virunga,’ Netflix Movie About Gorillas

Leonardo DiCaprio, Barry Jenkins and Netflix are collaborating on a movie version of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Virunga” about the battle to save the Congo’s endangered mountain gorillas.

DiCaprio is producing with Jennifer Davisson and Phillip Watson for Appian Way, along with Joanna Natasegara for Violet Films. Orlando von Einsiedel, who directed the 2014 documentary, is executive producing the pic.

Jenkins, who won an adapted screenplay Oscar with Tarell Alvin McCraney for “Moonlight,” will write the script for “Virunga.”

The documentary “Virunga” focused on the fight to protect the world’s last mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Von Einsiedel spotlighted the biodiversity of Virunga, along with the political and economic issues arising from oil exploration and armed conflict in the region. Netflix bought the rights to the documentary in 2014.

DiCaprio won an Academy Award for “The Revenant.” In addition to a prolific acting career, he produced “Robin Hood,” “Richard Jewell” and the 2016 documentary “The Ivory Game” about the poaching of elephants in Africa.

Jenkins was nominated for a directing Oscar for “Moonlight” and an adapted screenplay Oscar for “If Beale Street Could Talk.” He wrote the script for the boxing biopic “Flint Strong” about Claressa “T-Rex” Shields — Rachel Morrison’s directorial debut.

Source: Variety

Do the Right Thing’ Is Streaming for Free Online, Spike Lee to Hold Live Discussion.

Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” will be free to stream online until June 29.

The 1989 film is also the American Film Institute‘s pick this week for its Movie Club. It will be accompanied by a live conversation with Lee on AFI’s YouTube channel on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.

AFI has partnered with Universal Pictures to make “Do the Right Thing” available for free across a variety of streaming platforms, including Apple TV, Vudu and Google Play.

The choice of film was undeniably influenced by the wave of nationwide protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd, as it explores themes of racial injustice and inequality.

“Do The Right Thing” takes place during a single summer day in Brooklyn, N.Y., in which racial tensions reach a boiling point, culminating in violence and death. It stars Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Rosie Perez and Lee himself. It was nominated for two Academy Awards for original screenplay and supporting actor for Aiello.

AFI’s live conversation with Lee will focus on the meaningful legacy of “Do the Right Thing” and how its social significance has only become increasingly relevant.

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