Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Three Films to See

Toe to Toe
Black girl on a scholarship with a chip on her shoulder, white girl from a privileged upbringing with nothing better to do than act up...typical plot line, right? Maybe not. Toe to Toe introduces us to Tosha and Jesse, lacrosse teammates, who despite their differences become close. Unfortunately, they're bond is sorely tested by unavoidable societal circumstances. Newcomers Sonequa Martin and Louisa Krause bring it.

Toe to Toe is the latest film from director, writer and producer Emily Abt's
Pureland Pictures.

Beyond Ipanema
Brazilian samba music is brimming with African rhythms and Latin influences. It's about time that someone documented it's roots and the impact it's had on popular music. Interviews with David Byrne, MIA, and the legendary Gilberto Gil (among others) give insight into and introduce us to why so many love Brazil's rich and exciting musical culture. You won't have to drag us to see this one. In fact, we're in the mood for a little Jorge Ben Jor.

P-Star Rising
How many times have we seen kiddie rappers (Kris Kross was the bomb dot com) come and go? We've seen a few but none like Priscilla aka P-Star. Grinding at nine years-old to become a successful rapper; we follow P, her father and older sister from a shelter, to a heartrending search for her drug-addict mother and to minor success. P's spunk and moxie will pull you in.

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