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My Celluloid Antidepressant, Volume One: Sing Street

Episode One — Sing Street The My Celluloid Antidepressant series — which begins with Sing Street — has now taken on new meaning as we adjust to the new normal vocabulary of “shelter in place,” “self quarantine” and “pandemic.” There is no longer a need to be depressed, anxious, or have any other psychiatric condition …

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Tafadzwa Muzondo Curates the Inaugural Zimbabwe Human Rights Festival

Machipisa in Highfeilds is a paradoxical African high density suburb in Zimbabwe. It gave birth to the both iconic song maestros and political heavyweights inclusive of the late George Nyandoro, Enos Nkala. Robert Mugabe, the late nationalist and former long serving president of Zimbabwe, resided in Highfeilds before his long trip to Mozambican jungles to …

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Love Dot Com: The Social Experiment Available November 19

Love Dot Com: The Social Experiment, a new film produced by Cultural Weekly/Next Echo foundation community member B.K. Fulton, will be available on iTunes on November 19. You can pre-order it now here: http://bit.ly/LoveDotCom In Love Dot Com, Shelby Quinn (Brave Willians) is a Social Justice Food Warrior working to uplift her gentrifying community. Anything …

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Lights, Camera, Child Abuse: The Toleration of Child Sexualization in Hollywood and the Implications of Abuse for Minority Girls

“Her admirers—middle-aged men and clergymen—respond to her dubious coquetry, to the sight of her well-shaped and desirable little body, packed with enormous vitality, only because the safety curtain of story and dialogue drops between their intelligence and their desire.” In 1937, Graham Greene wrote these words in a review of Shirley Temple’s film Wee Willie …

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And the Oscar Goes to… Uncertainty in the Face of Change

Since the Academy announced last week that they were changing the Oscars, I and many others in the film industry have been awaiting for clarifications. They haven’t come yet. While the clarifications will certainly come, and soon, so people can plan their Academy Award release strategies and campaigns, I’m sure one reason is the announcement …

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Which Issues Should We Expect Oscars to Address?

[alert type=alert-white ]Please consider making a tax-deductible donation now so we can keep publishing strong creative voices.[/alert] Ostensibly, the role of the Oscars is to give awards for great filmmaking to cast and crew. And ostensibly, that’s what the Oscars are doing. This year’s batch of best picture nominees is fantastic, with a groundbreaking sci-fi/fantasy …

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Slamdance 2018 By the Numbers: Creative Anarchy and Record Submission Levels

“By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers” has been Slamdance’s brand concept since its inception in 1995, and it’s a mantra that continues this year, as Slamdance celebrates its 2018 edition January 19-25. Slamdance offers a counterweight to the Park City madness of Sundance, although Slamdance has its own madness, the creative anarchy of being filmmaker-governed and focused …

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Classic Cinema in LA

I’ve been a regular film festival-goer ever since I was 19-years-old studying Cinema at Bologna University, where I graduated with a thesis on Alain Robbe-Grillet, the French novelist and filmmaker. But I have never been more awed by a festival as I was last week, when I attended the 30th edition of Il Cinema Ritrovato …

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Make-Believe Economics Bolster Hollywood’s ‘Sorority Racism’

Chris Rock got it right when he called out Hollywood on Sunday night’s Oscarcast: “Is Hollywood racist? You’re damn right Hollywood’s racist. But it isn’t the racist you’ve grown accustomed to. Hollywood is sorority racist. It’s like — ‘We like you, Rhonda, but you’re not a Kappa.’ That’s how Hollywood is.” Rock got it right …

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