So we are about midway through 2014. There’s been a lull of good films as of late, even at my regular indie theaters here in Atlanta but a little research proves that my patience will definitely pay off. “Belle” is set to come out this weekend here in the ATL and let’s not forget about “Half The Yellow Sun” set for limited release on May 16th. Check out the list of films set to release in the coming months that are definitely worth your time and money.
“Shield and Spear”
In the changing political climate of South Africa a revolution is taking place as artists, musicians and designers tackle issues of politics, race and history. This newest film by director Petter Ringbom follows some of the most recognized artists in South Africa today, exploring what it means to live and work in the new democracy. Artist Brett Murray’s painted caricature of South African president Jacob Zuma results in a lawsuit and death threats. Photographer and activist Zanele Muholi’s work exposes hate crimes in the LGBT community. The Smarteez design collective creates international styles while running a free after-school program for kids. Musician Xander Ferreira of Gazelle parades on stage as a character based on an archetypal African dictator. Shield and Spear presents intimate stories about the artists, art, music, identity, race and freedom of expression in South Africa 20 years into democracy.
An entire country watched transfixed as a poised, beautiful African-American woman in a blue dress sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men and with a clear, unwavering voice recounted the repeated acts of sexual harassment she had endured while working with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. That October day in 1991 Anita Hill, a bookish law professor from Oklahoma, was thrust onto the world stage and instantly became a celebrated, hated, venerated, and divisive figure.
“A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times”
Variety mag: “Well-balanced..meticulous..Portrait of disgraced reporter Jayson Blair raises tough questions about journalistic ethics and personal responsibility in the digital era.”
Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Fox star in this remake of the classic. The film is set for release this Christmas in the U.S.
The film documents the polarizing talent while on his “Yeezus” tour.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past’
We love Halle as Storm and who can resist a good blockbuster during the summer.
For almost 50 years, the world’s population has grown at an alarming rate, raising fears about strains on the Earth’s resources. But how true are these claims? Taking cues from statistics guru Hans Rosling, Misconception offers a provocative glimpse at how the world—and women in particular— are tackling a subject at once personal and global. Following three individuals, director Jessica Yu focuses on the human implications of this highly charged political issue, inspiring a fresh look at the consequences of population growth.
“Pelo Malo”/”Bad Hair”
The film has made it’s way around the festival circuit, be on the look out to catch it at a theater near you.