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Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga) first began seriously making films when he was living in Portland, Oregon, and learning Chinuk Wawa, a language native to the Columbia River Basin. So perhaps it is inevitable that he sees similarities between language and film—the structural requirements inherent to...
There's arguably no better person to highlight on Election Day than Fannie Lou Hamer. Born a sharecropper in rural Mississippi a month ago today in 1917, Hamer started picking cotton at age six. But she was not going to settle for a life of second-class citizenship. Drawing from her bottomless well...
Twenty years ago, when movie-viewing options were limited to theaters and Blockbuster, there was a questionable gap between the substantial Latino population in Austin, Texas, and the scarcity of Spanish-language movies available. In response, the film festival Cine Las Americas was founded in 1998...
Working in broadcast journalism, over the years Julie Cohen and Betsy West both found themselves more and more drawn to long-form storytelling. In the mid-2000s, after leaving her news job, West developed the documentary series Makers: Women Who Make America , for which she interviewed, among other...
The film program at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is not your typical arthouse cinema. In the past few months, the four-screen venue has shown current independent releases like Eighth Grade , blockbusters like Black Panther , classic favorites like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off , and series...
We don’t generally think of Iowa as a film capital, but at the turn of the 19th century it sure seemed that way. Frank Brinton, a traveling entertainer based in Washington, Iowa, discovered motion pictures when they were still in their infancy, ordering catalogs and subsequently projection...
"I guess my whole M.O. is to do films that I would like to watch about people that need a light shown on them." — Dava Whisenant When Late Show with David Letterman writer Steve Young stumbled on recordings of corporate musicals—musicals written roughly between the 1950s-1980s with the sole purpose...
One of the few African-American women to find success as a director and producer in Hollywood, Ava DuVernay has an unparalleled vision and drive. With feature films like A Wrinkle in Time and Selma and the documentary 13th , the multi-hyphenate powerhouse tells compelling stories that explore the...
This is a story about Nancy —the podcast, not the person. That’s a line used to describe the newest show from WNYC Studios about all things LGBTQ hosted by Kathy Tu and Tobin Low. From opposite ends of California, the two met for the first time about four years ago at the Transom Story Workshop on...
Denali Tiller is very clear about why she made her documentary Tre Maison Dasan , which follows the lives of three boys whose parents are (or were) incarcerated. As she told us when we interviewed her during the AFI Docs film festival, “I didn’t make this film to be a filmmaker. I made this film to...

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