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While most “director’s cuts” tend to feature added material, Charles Burnett’s director’s cut of My Brother’s Wedding is actually shorter than its theatrical cut. According to the UCLA archive, when Milestone acquired the rights to the film in 2007, Burnett cut 30 minutes from the theatrical version.

Signature image for L.A. Rebellion is a still from Ashes & Embers (1982)
October 17, 2011 - 1:42 pm

"Through brotherhood and family and togetherness we shall progress and succeed," explains Walter Gordon of his self-chosen Swahili name, Jamaa Fanaka.

Unable to find any previous reviews of A Day in the Life of Willie Faust, or Death on the Installment Plan (1972) by Jamaa Fanaka, I reached out to the filmmaker on Facebook and pleasantly, to my surprise, he responded. In the interview that resulted, I gained insight on the film, how it was made and the inspiration behind it.

Signature image for L.A. Rebellion is a still from Ashes & Embers (1982)
October 13, 2011 - 2:20 pm

Robert Wheaton’s short A Little Off Mark (1986) tells the story of a young student (Peter Parros) trying to develop his self-confidence and find a girlfriend. Especially in the context of the "L.A. Rebellion" program as a whole, this film is interesting for its sweet and simple nature.

At the panel on Sunday, there were three main issues expressed by the filmmakers of the L.A. Rebellion. Throughout much of their conversation the topics of hope, despair and inspiration were repeated in various contexts.