Work in Progress ~ BLACK BALLERINA: New Film by Frances McElroy


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BLACK BALLERINA, a feature length documentary-in-progress, is a story of passion, opportunity, heartbreak and triumph of the human spirit. Set in the overwhelmingly white world of classical dance, it tells the stories of several black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet. Six decades ago, while pursuing their dreams of careers in classical dance, Joan Myers Brown, Delores Browne and Raven Wilkinson confronted racism, exclusion and unequal opportunity. In 2014, three young black women also pursue careers as ballerinas. Do they find that the color of ballet has changed? If so, how? If not, why?

BLACK BALLERINA uses the ethereal world of ballet to engage viewers in a subject that reaches far outside the art world. Through broadcast and a comprehensive educational and community outreach initiative, BLACK BALLERINA compels viewers to think about larger issues of exclusion, equal opportunity and change. Join our email list for more information about our project at


Tango Macbeth screens at the Philadelphia Clef Club Sat. July 19th @ 3pm


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The film screens at 3pm Saturday July 19th, 2014 at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz, Broad & Fitzwater Streets in South Philadelphia. A free panel discussion on Independent Filmmaking will follow the film. Ms. Patterson will be present at both events.

Tickets are $8 for general admission. $4 Seniors and students with ID, and with groups of 5 or more.

The Philadelphia Clef Club is at 738 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19146-2232 . (215) 893-9912

See the complete PHILAFILM Schedule here.


Tango Macbeth Premieres in Queens at Museum of the Moving Image Friday August 15th 7pm


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Screening & Live Event
Tango Macbeth

Click here for directions

With director Nadine Patterson in person

Part of the series Changing the Picture, sponsored by Time Warner, Inc. 

Dir. Nadine Patterson. 2012, 74 mins. Digital projection. With Alexandra Bailey, Brian Anthony Wilson. In this multicultural and experimental Macbeth, a theater company rehearses the play while a documentary crew follows them. This blend of world music, contemporary dance, humor, and cinema verite is a refreshing take on the classic tragedy, and the first film adaptation of Shakespeare directed by an African-American woman.

Tickets for Friday evening screenings: $12 ($9 for senior citizens and students / free for Museum members) and includes admission to the Museum’s galleries, which are open until 8:00 p.m. For more information on membership and to join online, visit our membership page.

Changing the Picture (2014)

Sponsored by Time Warner Inc.
Organized by Chief Curator David Schwartz and Warrington Hudlin

This ongoing series celebrates and explores the work of film and television artists of color who are bringing diverse voices to the screen. The series, which consists of screenings and discussions with directors, writers, actors, scholars, and more, includes contemporary work as well as historically significant work that has played an important role in the evolving attempt to “change the picture” and bring a wider variety of voices and visions to the moving image.

Mellody Hobson on Being “Race Brave” instead of “Color Blind”


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From Arial Investment Trust: MELLODY HOBSON is responsible for firm-wide management and strategic planning, overseeing all operations outside of research and portfolio management at Ariel Investment Trust. Additionally, she serves as chairman of the board of trustees for Ariel Investment Trust. Beyond her work at Ariel, Mellody has become a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy and investor education. She is a regular contributor and analyst on finance, the markets and economic trends for CBS News. She also contributes weekly money tips on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and pens a column for Black Enterprise magazine. As a passionate advocate for investor education, she is a spokesperson for the Ariel/Hewitt Study: 401(k) Plans in Living Color and the Ariel Black Investor Survey, both of which examine investing patterns among minorities.

She is chairperson of the board for DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. as well as a director of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., Groupon, Inc., and Starbucks Corporation. Her community outreach includes serving as chairman of After School Matters, a non-profit that provides Chicago teens with high quality, out-of-school time programs. Furthermore, she is a board member of the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, The Chicago Public Education Fund, Sundance Institute and is on the executive committee of the Investment Company Institute’s board of governors. Mellody earned her AB degree from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations and Public Policy. She also received honorary doctorate degrees in humanities from both Howard University and St. Mary’s College. [BTW, yes is married to George Lucas.]

A Mother’s Day Special: BELLE


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Amma Asante’s BELLE is an exciting and elegant coming of age story about a young woman of color that is written and directed from the point of view of a woman of color. It is a rarity in cinema history. Don’t miss it. Take your mum, auntie, grandmum, or friend for Mother’s Day. In theatres now. The film is based on the real life story of two cousins growing up in aristrocratic London of the late 1770’s. The filmmaker was inspired by the Potrait of Dido and Cousin Elizabeth before she received the initial script. Ms. Asante did more research, re-wrote the screenplay and crafted an incredible story with romance, humor, political intrigue, feminist and anti-slavery messages. Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, and Tom Felton. Click here to find out about screenings and special appearances by the director Amma Asante this weekend.


Tango Macbeth in Harlem!


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We had an all star ensemble of movie goers at the Tugg AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 screening of Tango Macbeth. Warrington Hudlin came to see the film, along with other notable independent filmmakers based in New York such as Mariette Monpierre. Alexandra Bailey who plays Lady Macbeth also attended the screening. F&M alumni Crystal Jones, Joel Bramble, and Ellen Henneberry attended the event, as well as London Film School alumni Dana Verde. And a group of young women from the KippStar College Prep Academy attended. More photos to come! [photos by Mariette Monpierre]

IMG_0529IMG_0573IMG_0527IMG_0535IMG_0543IMG_0544If you missed the Harlem screening you can buy and watch the film on Digital HD via VHXTV for $7.99. Once you purchase it,  you can stream or download the film on any device. We are offering a limited number of $1 off coupons. Just type in the code “TMAC” at

Interview 2pm Saturday April 19th with Nadine Patterson


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Host Deardra Shuler talks with award winning director/producer/documentary filmmaker Nadine Patterson about her film “Tango Macbeth,”  a Shakepearean tale told with a unique slant which will be screening at the Magic Johnson Theatre on Wednesday, April 23rd at 6:30:00 pm in Harlem.

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Tango Macbeth Trailer with Music by Lenny Seidman and Jorge Retamoza


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Synopsis: Shakespeare, dance and world music! A theater company rehearses Macbeth. A film crew documents their every move. The drama of the play intertwines with the drama of making the film. It’s unlike any version of Macbeth you have ever seen.

Celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday with us on April 23rd in Harlem [buy tickets at this link] and experience one of the world’s greatest dramas! Since the days of Ira Aldridge (1807-1867) African Americans have been producing multi-ethnic and explosive renditions of Shakespeare’s work. TANGO MACBETH continues that tradition. Music by Lenny Seidman and choreography by Zane Booker propel audiences to see this classic tale in a new light. If you love Shakespeare, this film is for you. If you are not familiar with Shakespeare, this film is for you! Nadine Patterson’s documentary-fiction hybrid creates an earthy, gritty and at times elegant space where the story unfolds. The film features riveting performances by Brian Anthony Wilson (Detective Holley on “The Wire”) and new comer Alexandra Bailey. Buy the film to download or stream for $7.99 at


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