Dominican Filmmaker Elyssa Aquino’s Debut Short, Secadora, Puts Afro-Latina Lesbians in Lead Roles

October 8, 2021 by Johanna Ferreira While we have seen more representation of people of color in the entertainment industry in recent years, the progress has been slow, especially when it comes to diverse Latinx representation in film, TV, and media. The mainstream portrayal of Latinidad is often of white or mestizo Latinxs, with Indigenous […]

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Women’s Voices Heard at AFM

AFM’s “The Future Is Female” (from left) moderator Wendy Calhoun along with panelists Geena Davis, Jen McGowan, Catherine Hand and Jim Whitaker. Prev Next Women’s Voices Heard At American Film Market Geena Davis “The Future Is Female” session sparks lively discussion, cites problems, points to progress; Overall AFM shows gains in attendance, exhibitors By Robert […]

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BlackStar Film Festival

…celebrates filmmakers of color by Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer tirdad@phillynews.com Six years after filmmaker and curator Maori Holmes started the BlackStar Film Festival as an ad hoc film club for a few friends, the annual event has grown into one of Philly’s most significant showcases of indie films. Dubbed “the Black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, […]

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Disrupting Hollywood

by Sheree L. Ross Over a hundred thousand scripts will be written in 2017, as well as tens of thousands of independent films made. Hundreds of contests will be entered and most filmmakers will not move very far towards their goal of a distribution deal or theatrical release. What once seemed like the “impossible dream” […]

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A Very Good Conversation

Happy Christmas Director Joe Swanberg on the Financial Life of the Independent Filmmaker Melanie Lynskey and Joe Swanberg in Happy Christmas by Esther B. Robinson in Filmmaking on Jul 25, 2014 DGA, Drinking Buddies, hannah takes the stairs, Happy Christmas, IFC, Joe Swanberg, Nights and Weekends, WGA “Transparency benefits everybody.” That’s Joe Swanberg, whose recommended […]

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