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The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), which celebrates achievements in film and television, is headed to the 42nd annual Toronto International Film Festival. AAFCA will be working in collaboration with festival organizers to create the “At The Table” panel on Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Glenn Gould Studio. The panel, “comprised of film industry…

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Amazing Grace

A mere 40 years after it was shot, Amazing Grace, the long lost Sydney Pollack-directed documentary of the making of Aretha Franklin’s landmark gospel LP, is set to see the light of day. Originally filmed in 1972, the documentary details the process of Franklin and an ensemble of musicians recording the album that would go on…

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The Steve McQueen-directed epic 12 Years a Slave has sent out ripples of excitement all across North America and engendered strong Oscar consideration. McQueen’s critically-acclaimed adaptation of Solomon Northup’s book of the same name is a spellbinding true story of a free, educated and successful black man from the North in 1841 who was tricked,…

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Last year in Philadelphia, Jay Z curated the “Made In America Festival.” The event was filmed by Ron Howard and now the Made In America documentary will premiere on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET/PT Oct. 11 and will make a Sept. 7 debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. Performances and interviews include appearances by Pearl Jam, Kanye…

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