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Frances-Anne Solomon announces the launch of BIPOC-focused Black Market Releasing

Updated: Nov 21, 2021

Black Market Releasing will begin serving the dynamic, untapped theatrical market for diverse voices, activate audiences, and link Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, (BIPOC) tales to the big screen, according to the company's announcement today.

Black Market Releasing, which focuses on the Canadian theatrical market and is led by award-winning director and Academy member Frances-Anne Solomon, will acquire tales from the BIPOC community with the goal of achieving theatrical exposure. The CaribbeanTales Media Group, which owns Black Market, has been bringing BIPOC content to screens for almost two decades.

'Studio 17: The Lost Reggae Tapes,' directed by Mark James, is one of the first films on Black Market Releasing's slate. It explores the story of the Chins, the Chinese-Jamaican family behind the famed recording studio. After Jamaica gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1962, Studio 17 became the epicenter of the music revolution. Dennis Brown, Jimmy Cliff, UB40, Maxi Priest, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, and others appear in the feature documentary, which includes previously unreleased songs and unique interviews.

Content submissions are now being accepted on Black Market. The company's debut theatrical release will take place in February 2022 as part of Black History Month.

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