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Spotlight on Berlinale Shorts: Fern Silva’s “Ride Like Lightning, Crash Like Thunder”

New York-based artist Fern Silva’s short film Ride Like Lightning, Crash Like Thunder (2017; 9 min; 16mm) was featured in the Forum Expanded program at Berlinale 2017. The film – set in…

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Ask the Cast & Crew: Marti Noxon’s “To the Bone” Premieres at Sundance Film Festival 2017

Writer-Director Marti Noxon’s feature film debut, To the Bone (2017), is a dark comedy based on her struggles overcoming an eating disorder as a young woman. Noxon is known as a prolific…

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Ask the Cast & Crew: Graphic Novel Adaptation “Wilson” Premieres at Sundance Film Festival 2017

Adapted from Daniel Clowes’ 2010 graphic novel of the same name, Wilson (2017) follows a neurotic and lonely protagonist (Woody Harrelson) as he reunites with his estranged wife and meets the…

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Ask the Filmmakers: “Where is Kyra?” Premieres at Sundance Film Festival 2017

Where is Kyra? (2017) tells the story of Kyra (Michelle Pfeiffer), a disenfranchised woman who loses herself mentally and physically in the wake of her mother’s death. Using negative space and…

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Ask the Cast & Crew: “The Yellow Birds” Premieres at Sundance Film Festival 2017

Premiering last week at Sundance Film Festival 2017, French filmmaker Alexandre Moors’ The Yellow Birds (2017) – adapted from Iraq war veteran Kevin Powers’ 2012 novel of the same name –…

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Ask the Producers: “This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous” Premieres at Sundance Film Festival 2017

Directed by two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple, This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous (2017) chronicles YouTube personality’s transition from Gregory Lazzarato to Gigi Gorgeous.…

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Does the title of the show “Grey’s Anatomy” have anything to do with the famous textbook?

Short Answer: Yes, the television show is named after the main character (Meredith Grey) and the medical textbook (Gray’s Anatomy). A: The television show Grey’s Anatomy (2005 - ) follows the…

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Q: What is Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries derived from?

Short Answer: The Australian crime drama television show Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (2012 - ) is based on the series of 20 novels by author Kerry Greenwood. In 2011 the novels were selected…

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Marvel’s “Luke Cage”: Blaxploitation or #BlackLivesMatter?

Quick Answer: New Marvel/Netflix series Luke Cage is both progressive and regressive in its race politics. Its predominantly black and brown cast – including women in strong roles – and black…

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How is “Breaking Bad”’s Walter White like the Old Testament’s King Saul?

Quick answer: Although one is a 21st century fictional character and the other an historical figure from circa 1000 BCE, Walter White and Old Testament Israel’s King Saul share many qualities…

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Why Aren’t There Mutants in Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”?

Quick Answer: When Marvel filed for bankruptcy in 1996, they sold licenses for rights to several of their characters, losing the rights to these intellectual properties on the screen. This included…

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What Were The First Hollywood Films About Rape?

Quick answer: The first Hollywood films about rape - Johnny Berlinda and Outrage - deal directly with the taboo subject, acknowledging the trauma, judgment, stigma, and the lack of assistance to…

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