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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

So Sue Me....

Yes, I missed the American Black Film Festival that was held here in Los Angeles this month. I think I made my feelings clear about how I feel about these events in my last post about Black film festivals. Until things improve in my eyes, I'm gonna be pretty darn selective.

Undercover Black Man went to the closing night film, which is uaually the biggest shindig at these things. LMAO at his random comment about bras and backless dresses!:

Last night I finally got to see “The Black List,” the new documentary by Elvis Mitchell and Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. (I blogged about this project in January.) It was screened in Beverly Hills.

Alas, I didn’t know the screening was part of the closing-night festivities for the American Black Film Festival. Dudes were rocking blazers, women had on heels... and I stepped up in there with jeans and tennis shoes. Straight bummin’.

I haven’t seen that many black folks in one spot in a while. Celebrity-wise, I spotted Eriq LaSalle across the crowded lobby. I also saw a (white) porn star, Nina Hartley. First I assumed they let her in on a Booty Waiver. (Yeah, fellas... she’s still got that bubble tush working.) But then I saw her chumming around with Greenfield-Sanders, who directed a porn-star documentary in 2004.

Speaking of getting dressed up, may I ask you ladies a question? What’s the deal with wearing a bra with a backless dress? I saw that twice, and it is messed-up-looking.

Anyway... “The Black List” rocked the place. Not only did Elvis and Tim get a standing ovation, not only were there numerous outbursts of applause throughout the movie... but there were murmurs, laughs and other sounds of affirmation indicating a fully engaged crowd.

Elvis declared that this was the best audience for “The Black List” ever.

And all the movie is is a series of interviews with notable Negroes... from Colin Powell to Chris Rock, from Toni Morrison to Serena Williams. “The Black List” has a cumulative power that belies its simple structure. It really does feel like you’re eavesdropping on the world’s coolest cocktail party.

Matter fact, “The Black List” works so well as a group experience, I wonder whether it’ll be as effective when it debuts on HBO two weeks from tonight.

Plus you’ll see a photo of Slash as a teenager with an Afro. And a picture of Louis Gossett, Jr. from his Greenwich Village “beatnik” days, strumming a guitar. (Who knew?)

A companion “Black List” coffee-table book, featuring Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ photo portraits of the interviewees, goes on sale next month.



UPDATE! Here is my Sergio (left) with one of the filmmakers Elvis Mitchell, at his Black Harvest Film Festival screening of "The Black List".

9 comments:

sdg1844 said...

Sounds interesting. I'll have to check it out.

clnmike said...

"What’s the deal with wearing a bra with a backless dress?"

Now you see that.

Im a dude but even I know thats tacky.

Wonder Man said...

It does sound interesting

The Obenson Report said...

You didn't miss much at the ABFF. I wasn't there, but I didn't have to be to know that. I'm surprised The Black List even played there.

Invisible Woman said...

@sdg1844 and wonderman: I might check for it, if it's not looking super boo-jee to me

@clnmike: you are hilarious!

@TAO: let us know how you really feel! lol I think you've been hanging around my blog too long--bluntness is always dangerous!

Invisible Woman said...

@sdg1844 and wonderman: I might check for it, if it's not looking super boo-jee to me

@clnmike: you are hilarious!

@TAO: let us know how you really feel! lol I think you've been hanging around my blog too long--bluntness is always dangerous!

Anonymous said...

I wondered about the potential bougie-ness here, too--it's sounds a bit too "Talented Tenth" for me. I loves my people and I love documentaries, but I can't imagine sitting through a couple hours of this.

Invisible Woman said...

That whole talented tenth, black genius, et. al. seems a bit self-congratulatory and exclusionary to me. There are many Black folk that are wise and have something substantial to say that don't have 5 degrees. And they are usually a lot more interesting too.

Keli said...

Is that Slash? I did not realize he was a soul brotha...but I should have known, he's always had that swag...wiki'd him and found out that his mother is Nigerian...

The blackless dress and bra thing...I had a friend walk down the isle in her wedding dress, once she passed my row all I could see was her bra peeping back at me...hot mess.