AUTHOR | Ali Naderzad

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FIRST LOOK: “Driving while black: race, space and mobility in America”

A new documentary offering from PBS

“Driving while black: race, space and mobility in America” is a two-hour documentary film by historian Dr. Gretchen Sorin and Emmy–winning director Ric Burns that will air on PBS this Tuesday. Recounting the history and personal experiences—at once liberating and challenging—of black people on the road from the advent of the automobile through the seismic changes of the sixties and beyond ... more >

MICHAEL LONSDALE’S DEATH | France’s gentleman thespian passes on

He had 145 acting credits to his name

Screen Comment being not just a cinephile media but also a French-American publication, we would be twice remiss not to mention persons and events from across the pond, at least some of the time. The death of Michael Lonsdale, a formidable actor, himself bi-national (his French mother conceived him with the help of a British officer in 1930—Lonsdale was born in May of the following year), was ... more >

KINO LORBER’s “In case of emergency” highlights the plight of the nation’s saturated emergency room nurses

Kino Lorber will release the documentary feature "In Case of Emergency" by award-winning director and photographer Carolyn Jones ("The American Nurse," "Defining Hope") with a live virtual premiere on Eventive on Wednesday, October 14th followed by a week of free streaming on its Kino Now service ahead of a wider on-demand roll-out. This is a documentary that paints a troubling portrait of our ... more >

Alan Parker left an indelible mark on me

"So say it once, say it loud: I'm black and I'm proud" ("The Commitments")

British filmmaker Alan Parker, who left us on July 31st, 2020, was not a prolific filmmaker. He made just shy of twenty movies but what a heavy footprint these movies left on me. Films like "Angel Heart," starring Mickey Rourke, and Robert De Niro as the devil, "Mississippi Burning" or that terrific film "The Commitments," which came out in 1991, they all made their mark on me, each one for a ... more >

BRIEFLY – RZA-directed “Cut throat city” comes out July 31st

132 minutes | USA | English

"The ninth ward isn't covered," or so goes the voiceover in RZA's new film "Cut throat city," which comes out at the end of the month. It's the story of four boyhood friends in New Orleans's Lower Ninth ward who return after Hurricane Katrina to find their homes destroyed, no employment, and no assistance available from Uncle Sam. Out of options, they turn to a local hood who offers them a shot at ... more >

NEWS: Zurich Fest joins forces with a Montreux institution

Ray Parker, Jr. to present new documentary about his career at event

The Zurich Film Festival and the Montreux Jazz Festival have entered into an alliance alliance. Europe’s most prestigious music festival is on board to present concerts in Zurich as partner of the “SoundTrack_Zurich” industry event which takes place during the Zurich Film Festival. In a bid to further expand its engagement in the field of music, the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) announced the ... more >

ENNIO MORRICONE dead at 91

He had over five hundred credits to his name

We’ve lost a big dude today. The hardest-working man in movie scoring, Italian composer Ennio Morricone, has died at the age of 91 earlier today. He "died at dawn on July 6 within the comfort of faith," lawyer and family friend Giorgio Assumma said in a statement later released by the Italian media. He remained "fully lucid and of great dignity until the very last moment," the statement ... more >