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After years of complaint and self-criticism about the shortage of prominent movies by and about Black Americans, film companies are poised to release an extraordinary cluster of them across an array of genres in the last five months of 2013.

At least 10 new films will be released, including several awards contenders, from both independent and major distributors, like the Weinstein Company, Fox Searchlight and Universal Pictures.

Even some of those who made this year’s movies have been caught by surprise.

“You tell me!” said the director and screenwriter Lee Daniels, when asked how so many Black-driven films had materialized at once. His historical drama The Butler — based on a real-life White House butler who served eight presidents — is to be released by Weinstein on Aug. 16.

Read it at NY Times.