Film Composer Terence Blanchard is gearing up to bring an amazing score to the upcoming biopic, Harriet this weekend. Last October, he was recognized for his contribution to film and was awarded the Distinguished Composer Award, which was presented at a tribute concert featuring his own quintet E-Collective and a 35-piece orchestra at the 7th Annual Middleburg Film Festival. Now, he is preparing for the operatic adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s gripping memoir Fire Shut Up In My Bones which will have an upcoming production staged by the Metropolitan Opera in a few years. I sat down with Terence to discuss his involvement with directors Spike Lee and Harriet’s director Kasi Lemmons, his beginnings and the future!
SundanceTV will air a series of special programs during Black History Month. It’s February programming includes the history-making Roots miniseries; Roots: The Next Generation and Queen (final chapter of Alex Haley’s Roots story).
Also included will be bio film Malcolm X, Rosewood, The Color Purple and Ghosts of Mississippi.
Hap and Leonard stars Michael Kenneth White and Louis Gossett Jr. will provide will provide interstitial commentary on a range of topics relating to SundanceTV’s Black History Month programming.
The 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival has added some more big names to its lineup.
Following the screening of Lenny (1974) Dustin Hoffman will sit down with Alec Baldwin, former co-host of TCM’s The Essentials, for an extended discussion of the film for which Hoffman received an Oscar® nomination for his portrayal of legendary, groundbreaking comedian Lenny Bruce.
Spike Lee will present the screening of Malcolm X (1992), starring Denzel Washington in one of his most acclaimed roles.
The 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival – which runs from March 26-29, will also feature tributes to two artists whose contributions behind the camera have been enormous: Film Editor Anne V. Coates, CSE (Lawrence of Arabia, Out of Sight), and Stuntman and Stunt Coordinator Terry Leonard (Raiders o the Lost Ark, The Wind and the Lion). For further details, follow the jump.