NABJ Film Festival
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Special Screening and Reception: Beasts of the Southern Wild
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Location: The Joy Theater, 1200 Canal Street, New Orleans, La.
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Special Screening: TV Land’s Soul Man
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Cedric the Entertainer’s singer-turned-preacher character in TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland has spun off into its own series, which was slated to premiere in June. Have Faith will have a 12-episode run, with Niecy Nash cast in the role of Cedric’s wife. According to creator Suzanne Martin (also the creator of "Hot in Cleveland”) Nash’s character "thought she was going to be married to a successful singer, but then he got the calling. And she’s going along with it, but it’s a bit of a transition for her.”
Alicia Quarles, E! News
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Special Screening: Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer
Location: Theatres at Canal Place
Spike Lee spent 19 days last summer quietly filming his latest movie set in the Red Hook Houses, piecing together a boy’s adventures in Brooklyn’s biggest public housing project.
Hollywood reviewers slammed Red Hook Summer at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year in Park City, Utah, for painting too rosy a picture of life in the sprawling urban complex.
But Red Hook residents say Lee did the right thing in his portrayal of their home, which they say is undergoing a development, which they say is in the midst of a renaissance.
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Special Screening: Middle of Nowhere
Winner of the Best Director Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, MIDDLE OF NOWHERE marks the first-time a black woman garnered the festival’s top directorial prize. Starring David Oyelowo (Red Tails), Omari Hardwick (Sparkle) and newcomer Emayatzy Corinealdi, MIDDLE OF NOWHERE chronicles a woman caught between two worlds and two men in the search for herself. Writer/director Ava DuVernay will be in attendance.