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Video Film Review: 12 YEARS A SLAVE transforms historical narrative into art

12 YEARS A SLAVE epitomizes the character of the human spirit.

Today’s panelists, Rachel V. Byrd and Dami Akinnusi join our host, Safitya Songhai, in Manhattan at the downtown Lower East Side wine bar, Amuse, to discuss and review the stylistic, ground-breaking film, 12 Years a Slave. Directed by British filmmaker, Steve McQueen and featuring a screenplay by John Ridley.  It stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodward, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lupita Nyong’o, Paul Giamatti and Brad Pitt. Considered by many to be one of the most important films of this year, 12 Years a Slave is based on the true story of Solomon Northrup, a 19th century free black man from upstate New York who finds himself sold into slavery.  After an arduous twelve years, he manages to reclaim his life and write a book about his harrowing experience detailing the dark side of a chapter in American history.

What happens in today’s video film review when these three women: a recent Harvard grad, an award-winning British filmmaker and a film grad from New York University’s MFA program come together to discuss and review a historical drama of this significance? A most prolific conversation not to be missed. See for yourself.

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Video Film Review: GRAVITY is a force to be reckoned with

Gravity ushers in a new frontier for women in science fiction films.

Today’s host, Sha Hayes connects with our panelist, Safiya Songhai in Clinton HIll, Brooklyn, New York at the literary bar, The Emerson, to discuss and review the science fiction adventure, Gravity, written by Alfonso Cuaron and Jonas Cuaron, directed by Alfonso Cuaron.

Is Gravity a science fiction or an adventure film? What it is for sure is a non-stop roller coaster ride charged with incredible special effects on a level rarely seen. Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, it is triumphant in every way imaginable and beyond.  In this episode’s video review, today’s host, Sha Hayes and panelist, Safiya Songhai, discuss these issues and so much more about this film which sets a new standard for women in science fiction films.

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Video Film Review: BEFORE MIDNIGHT is fair in love and war and humor

BEFORE MIDNIGHT explores the real issues of love and life with wit and humor.

Today’s panelist, Justine Harrison, connects with our host, Danielle Winston, to discuss one of this summer’s best films thus far, Before Midnight. They get comfy and share a couch at the West Village gastropub favorite, West 3rd Common.
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In our video review above, Danielle and Justine each bring an interesting perspective to this conversation about this perfect-for-summer and beyond film that you won’t want to miss.

Before Midnight is the third film of a cult-like romantic trilogy.  In case you missed the previous two, Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, they are must-see viewing to truly appreciate this latest installment. All three have all been directed by Richard Linklater. Although he is credited with writing the first two, the writing this time, however, is also credited to the romantic leads Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, who each deliver outstanding performances here. Shot in Southern Greece in the coastal towns of Messinia and Kardamili, the scenery is gorgeous, breathtaking and ever so inviting.

Also included in this episode is our Video-On-Demand (VOD) Pick of the Week.  See why our correspondent, Mimi Spillane believes, “We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks” is essential viewing for us all in this current political and social climate.

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