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CANNES FESTIVAL | Ava DuVernay, Kristen Stewart, attached to jury

The Cannes Festival just announced this year's jury composition. The members are, Chang Chen (an actor from China), Ava DuVernay (writer, director, producer), filmmaker Robert Guédiguian (“The snows of Kilimandjaro”), Khadja Nin (a songwriter and composer from Burundi), actress Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart, filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, and Russian writer-director Andrei Zvyagintsev, whose film ... more >

Opportunities missed in Ava DuVernay’s retelling of “Selma” events

Equality may be the law, it's far from being the rule
David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson and Carmen Ejogo
Directed by Ava DuVernay

The public has been relatively kind to director Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” though this recounting of an extraordinary moment in our country’s march toward civil rights is bloated and inaccurate. Which may explain, rather than some anti African-American conspiracy, why it was spurned for the Academy Awards nomination. Martin Luther King, here played superbly by David Oyelowo, is the closest anyone ... more >

“WHEN THEY SEE US,” a sobering reminder of an America we’d rather not think about

Series stands as inglorious symbol of institutionalized racism
Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo, Michael K. Williams and Logan Marshall-Green
Directed by Ava DuVernay

At the heart of Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us" is the fate of Antron McCray (Caleel Harris, Jovan Adepo), Kevin Richardson (Asante Blackk, Justin Cunningham), Yusef Salaam (Ethan Herisse, Chris Chalk), Raymond Santana ( Marquis Rodriguez, Freddy Miyares) and Korey Wise (Jharrel Jerome). The five black men from Harlem were wrong arrested and convicted for the supposed rape of the Central Park ... more >

Sundance Winners Announced

Drama stood out this year in Park City

As mentioned in the Hollywood Reporter two dramas, Beasts of the Southern Wild and The House I live In (pictured), won the top awards at the Sundance Festival which came to a close this weekend. Of note, the fact that long-time independent film producer Bingham Ray died of a stroke while attending the festival. Here's the full list of awardees: World Cinema Jury Special Prize, Documentary: ... more >

BEST OF 2019: Anthony Francis presents his favorite movies

Some honorable mentions given out, too

2019 started out as a bumpy road. By summer I worried that I wouldn’t be able to make a full top ten. By year’s end, however, some fine work started to shine. 1. (an absolute tie of the two most original and cinematically pleasing films of the year!): “The Irishman” (directed by Martin Scorsese) / “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood” (directed by Quentin Tarantino). Both films brought back a ... more >

NETFLIX AND CHILL: Ten reasons why staying in during the coronavirus scare is not so bad

"Master of None," "Ozark" and "Unorthodox" have made the list!

Confinement. Quarantine. Shut in. Whatever you wish to call it, we are all doing our part to stay safe during this tough time. For many of us, the arts are the key to keeping our minds stable through any issue, let alone being stuck in our homes for months. We have novels, music, films and television to see us through. The world now lives in the age of bingeing thanks to the major streaming ... more >

INTERVIEW | Pamela Green, director of “Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché”

Her film premiered in 2018 in the Cannes Classics slate at the Cannes Festival

Award season is here, and the upcoming Golden Globes have made history by nominating three women in their “Best Director” category.  To honor that long overdue achievement I thought it would be the perfect time to talk with filmmaker Pamela B. Green (featured image) about her documentary “Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché.” If you don’t recognize the name in the title, ... more >