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This week, we have our minds on Lemonade. No, not the beverage, rather Beyoncé’s tour de force of a visual album. Last week, HBO premiered the film Lemonade, which accompanies the singer’s 12-track album, which was released last week. The riveting feature is a collection of vignettes, where each chapter corresponds to a song off the album.
Our black heroine traverses emotional, sonic and visual territories that are diverse, wondrous and compelling. There are moments in the film that stings your eyes, especially the scene featuring the mothers of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner holding photographs of their deceased sons.
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— Daily Mail Celebrity (@DailyMailCeleb) April 24, 2016
The spoken word poetry that serves as narration, birthed by the Somali-British poet Warsan Shire, is beautiful, barbed and poignant as well.
Beyoncé sings about anger, infidelity, injustice, and forgiveness. Lemonade is about the resiliency of black womanhood, making lemonade out of lemons, as it were.
In any event, the work is a critical and commercial success that propels the singer into an entirely different stratosphere, apart from other pop stars. What’s more, HBO is submitting Lemonade for Emmy consideration, reports Variety.
Like Pink Floyd, The Who and Prince, Beyoncé successfully employed film to fully render her musical vision, which is grand in its own right.
Yes, we are sipping this Lemonade all day.
Yes We Cannes
The launch of the most prestigious film festival in the world is almost upon us.
The Festival de Cannes 2016 (Cannes Film Festival) is set to run May 11-22 and features its usual lineup of big-time films and well-regarded shorts. The Short Film competition highlights 10 shorts that were culled from 5,008 submissions.
Cannes will premier films by Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg, along with a buddy-comedy starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, among many others.
We will post the Cannes short film contest winners in a few weeks. Stay tuned.
Two Weeks Left For FirstGlance
Speaking of short film competitions, we have one of our own going on at itsashort.com: the FirstGlance Film Contest. A total of 16 shorts are vying for the top prize: the chance to be screened at the FirstGlance Film Fest in Philadelphia (how’s that for alliteration?).
Anyhow, the short film entrants run the gamut, from crime dramas to comedic parodies. Go here to vote for your favorite short for free. You can do so every day, once-a-day.
The contest ends on May 17. Get in on the fun before it’s gone.
We Salute These Shorts
We would be remiss if we didn’t give props to the Short Film Competition winners at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Best Narrative Short – Hold On (Houvast), directed by Charlotte Scott-Wilson (Netherlands).
Best Documentary Short – Extremis directed by Dan Krauss (USA).
Student Visionary Award – Ping Pong Coach (乒乓), directed by Yi Liu. (Taiwan R.O.C., USA)
Congrats to all these winners as well.
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