Animation, Shorts, Indies and Samuel L. Jackson

You often hear an actor and think, yep, they possess one great voice,  some sonorous tones ideal for animation. Such was the case with Ed Asner in "Up" -- perfect casting -- and such is the case with another Pixar star, Samuel L. Jackson, whose animated "Afro Samurai: Resurrection" is screening at the 10th Annual Hollywood Black Film Festival. Fans of "The Incredibles" will remember him as the superhero Frozone. Frozone! Making ice at will: best superpower ever?

Not only does Mr. Jackson provide a voice for the buzzed-about "Afro Samurai" -- Lucy Liu does as well -- but he executive produced the movie. And as cinema history has shown us, the man makes very interesting choices in all his work. Very. Other actors everywhere: be inspired and be bold.

In fact, the Hollywood Black Film Festival, which is running through Sunday, June 7, is full of indie treats and starry turns and exciting flickage. The films are running at different times and spots around and near Tinseltown, so check the full sked to find your favorites. "Afro Samurai: Resurrection" screens on Thursday, June 4 at 9PM at the Fine Arts Theater on Wilshire.

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