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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Dream Date (1989, TV Movie)


When gorgeous Dani Fairview (Tempestt Bledsoe) is asked out on a date by the star of the football team, Jim Parker (Kadeem Hardison), she dreams of the perfect evening-dancing, dining, and...a little romance! Her overprotective father Bill (Clifton Davis), however, has other ideas. Bill secretly follows Dani on her date to make sure Jim doesn't put the moves on his "little girl." What follows is a series of hilarious mishaps involving a crazed movie freak (Richard Moll), a heavy metal rocker (Pauly Shore), and Jim's jealous ex-girlfriend who will try anything to get her boyfriend back.

Friday, June 23, 2017

New Partnership With FilmDoo
We are happy to announce our partnership with FilmDoo, which is a Video on Demand (VOD) based company that focus on the diversity of independent and international films from around the world. FilmDoo is a particularly great resource for African cinema, which is an area DAARAC has been expanding on. We will also be helping FilmDoo expand their diversity of films by introducing more African-American cinema to the international community, especially independent films that are not as easily available.

Joe Bullet (1973)
As many know, DAARAC focuses on the education of Black Cinema and JOE BULLET is a testament to what we do here. Banned by the South African Apartheid Government, JOE BULLET was unseen until Gravel Road Distribution Group in cooperation with Retro Afrika Bioscope remastered the film for release. This film will be featured on FilmDoo for viewing as well as many other South African Blaxploitation films that were banned.

The partnership with FilmDoo will definitely open new avenues of films that we haven’t covered at DAARAC and we look forward to continue the tradition of promoting, educating and bringing awareness to Black Cinema around the world.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Illusions (1982)


The time is 1942, a year after Pearl Harbor; the place is National Studios, a fictitious Hollywood motion picture studio. Mignon Duprée, a Black woman studio executive who appears to be white and Ester Jeeter, an African American woman who is the singing voice for a white Hollywood star are forced to come to grips with a society that perpetuates false images as status quo. This highly-acclaimed drama by one of the leading African American women directors follows Mignon's dilemma, Ester's struggle and the use of cinema in wartime Hollywood: three illusions in conflict with reality. Directed by Julie Dash.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Moving (1988)


After civil engineer Arlo Pear (Richard Pryor) loses his job following a corporate merger, he must sell his house and move with his wife, Monica (Beverly Todd), and daughter, Casey (Stacey Dash), 2,000 miles from small-town New Jersey to Boise, Idaho. Unfortunately, the moving company — led by slippery, fast-talking Perry (Robert LaSardo) — has other ideas. When the movers go AWOL with the Pear family's belongings in the midst of the journey, Pear decides to take matters into his own hands.