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Reel Talk – PAFF, Angela Bassett, Jackie Robinson Movie and Kerry Washington
By Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor
Published January 18, 2013

The Pan African Film Festival

The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is happy to announce that it will receive the first ever-Special Achievement Award in the Film Festival Category by African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA). The festival will be recognized for its contribution to cinematic arts. PAFF will be presented with this award during the AAFCA’s private awards ceremony on Friday, February 8, 2013 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood, Calif.


This year, the AAFCA named “Zero Dark Thirty,” directed by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow as its Best Film of 2012. Based in Los Angeles, the AAFCA is the premiere organization of African American film media professionals. Founded in 2003, AAFCA’s members represent a geographically diverse cross-section of media covering the cinematic arts. The organization honors excellence in cinema by creating awareness for films with universal appeal to black communities, while emphasizing film about the black experience and those produced written, directed and starring performers of African descent. The association actively reviews the quality and standard of black talent, content and media coverage. AAFCA also supports the development of future black film critics and filmmakers. AAFCA is based in Los Angeles. For more information, visit

“We are very humbled by this award from the African American Film Critics Association,” said Ayuko Babu, executive director of PAFF. “When we began this festival 21 years ago, we knew there was a hunger and demand to see positive images of Black folks from around the world on the big screen. Over the years, we’ve worked very hard to have our fingers on pulse of the international film market.” Babu added, “We built it, and people came out to support the festival. We’re extremely grateful and thankful for everyone’s support over the years.” 

Currently, PAFF is gearing up for its 21st anniversary on February 7-18, 2013 at the new Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills 15 at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles.  PAFF is the nation’s largest and most prestigious Black film festival.  Over the years, it has showcased films from all parts of the world, representing such countries as Angola, Austria, England, Bermuda, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, Brazil, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa, Nigeria, and of course, the United States.  

Olympus Has Fallen

The newest action thriller from director Antoine Fuqua (Shooter, Training Day) was based on a script from newcomers Katrin Benedikt and Creighton Rothenberger. It is a Millennium Films’ movie that was purchased by FilmDistrictshortly after filming wrapped in October. FilmDistrict’s Peter Schlessel said, “Olympus is a great action thriller that will keep audiences guessing and on the edge of their seat. Everyone at FilmDistrict is happy to be in business again with Avi, Mark, and the team at Millennium and with a film starring Gerry Butler, who also stars in Playing for Keeps.”


Olympus won out for originality in the title department and will also have Angela Bassett in the action thriller. The Academy Award winning actress will play the head of the Secret Service in the action thriller. The theatrical releases in March. 

42 The True Story of An American Legend

Many are anxiously awaiting the opening of 42 The True Story of An American Legend. The film is centered around the story of Jackie Robinson (played by Chadwick Boseman) and Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford).

The film which will be distributed by Warner Bros., is directed and written by Brian Helgeland who also wrote the Academy Award winning screenplay of one of my all-time favorites: L.A. Confidential. The biographical movie will also star Christopher Meloni as Leo Durocher, John C. McGinley as Red Barber, T.R. Knight as Harold Parrott, Lucas Black as Pee Wee Reese, and Nicole Beharie as Rachel Isum.

The movie’s theatrical release is planned to coincide with the 66th anniversary of Jackie Robinson Day (April 15th).

Jackie Robinson not only is an integral part of the history of the Dodgers, but his courage influenced and impacted the entire world of professional sports as well as civil rights in America. This film was an important project to make, as it is not only entertainment but it also documents history.

Moneyball and Trouble With the Curve are two recent baseball films, which have hopefully rekindled the genre a bit. 42 looks to be extra special since it is depicting a part of Brooklyn Dodger history. Baseball is a sport which lends itself very well to the medium of film, and 42 can celebrate and commemorate Jackie Robinson’s legacy well.

We The Peeples


Tina Gordon Chism


Tyler Perry, Ozzie Areu, Stephanie Allain, Matt Moore, Paul Hall


Tina Gordon Chism


Kerry Washington

Craig Robinson

David Alan Grier

Tyler James Williams as Simon Peeples

Ana Gasteyer

Kali Hawk

S. Epatha Merkerson as Daphne Peeples

Diahann Carroll

Malcolm Barrett as Chris Walker

Melvin Van Peebles

Emilio Delgado

Takako Haywood


Sparks fly in the Hamptons when “regular guy” Wade Walker (Craig Robinson) crashes the preppy Peeples family reunion to ask for their precious daughter Grace’s (Kerry Washington) hand in marriage. Wade might be a fish out of water among this picture-perfect East Coast clan always trying to keep up appearances, but he’s not about to let himself sink. Instead, in a wild weekend of fun, dysfunction and hilarious surprises, Wade is about to discover there’s room for all kinds of Peeples in this family, no matter their differences. Writer and first-time director Tina Gordon Chism (writer of DRUMLINE) joins forces with Tyler Perry to present a laugh-out-loud look at the family ties that freak us out … but bind us together with love.

“We the Peeples” stars Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier, S. Epatha Merkerson, Tyler James Williams, Melvin Van Peebles, and Diahann Carroll, and is written and directed by Tina Gordon Chism. “We the Peeples” is a presentation of Lionsgate and 34th Street Films, and a 34th Street Films/Paul Hall/Stephanie Allain/Lionsgate production.





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