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Sunday, April 27, 2014

'VANISHING PEARLS' Director Nailah Jefferson Talks To "Cinema In Noir" About The Efffects The BP Oil Spill Still Has On Black Fishermen



I have to admit, I wasn't particularly well versed in the whole BP oil spill controversy until yesterday, when I watched the documentary VANISHING PEARLS. For one thing, judging by the endless BP oil spill commercials I've seen, I thought the issue had been resolved. But that is unfortunately not the case. As shown in director Nailah Jefferson's new doc, countless fishermen from Louisiana bayous (many of whom are Black) are out of jobs with still inadequate compensation. And consumers who rely on their product are now short of one of their biggest sources of food. I can't believe more people talking about this.

Jefferson was nice enough to join us on "Cinema in Noir" today talk about the film (which was distributed by Ava Duvernay's AFFRM) and how this issue has evaded headlines. In case you missed the trailer for VANISHING PEARLS, watch it here:


The film has a staggered release across the U.S. To find out when it's coming near you, click here

Also on the show we discussed the ill-fated casting of the already tragic adaptation of JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS. You may remember a while back that I had re-posted a piece written by my #JemLiveTweet band mate, Jamie from Black Girl Nerds, which pretty much echoed all my frustrations with the upcoming live action film. It looks like the filmmakers have decided to seal the fate of the movie by casting a quartet of unknown actors to play the iconic cartoon characters. Shhh....you hear that? That's the sound of my enthusiasm for this film plummeting to zero.

Here's the new poster for the film, which routed online last week:


The cast reads as follows: Aubrey Peeples (Jem/Jerrica Benton), Stefanie Scott (Kimber), Aurora Perrineau (Shana), Hayley Kiyoko (Aja). Before you ask, I don't know who any of these people are either. And how any of them have anything to do with the essence of Jem. But the ladies and I went up one side of this film and down the other on today's show. Put it this way, we're mad as hell as we're not gonna take it anymore.

Missed today's "Cinema in Noir"? Listen to the full episode here.

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