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Hannah Mayo is a Brooklyn based writer, filmmaker, and cinematographer. Raised in Houston, Texas, she grew up with a father who loves photography and made sure to put a camera in her hand before age 10. Inspired by the power of the moving image, her work focuses on telling stories that explore community and the nuances of human connection. She is influenced by a wide range of media, from punk music to old western films to stained glass art, and is constantly picking up a new skill or hobby to keep her hands busy and inspire new works. For more work by Hannah please go to: https://thehotpinkpen.com/author/hannah/

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Through the Window: Meet ‘Big Eyes’ Photographer Leah Gallo

Leah Gallo is a talented stills photographer and photojournalist, with a career spanning many notable feature films. She has fostered a close working relationship with director Tim Burton, shooting stills and authoring photo books for many of his feature films. Her creative and expositive eye for photography compliments the wild, fantastic worlds of the films she works on, often giving new perspectives on the characters and sets.… read more.

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The Past Haunts Ellie Foumbi’s Film ‘Our Father, The Devil’

Our Father, the Devil is an impressive debut feature from writer/director Ellie Foumbi. It is a novel and forceful look at the complex moralities that surround violence and moral redemption, with stellar performances and carefully crafted filmmaking. 

The film begins with many moments of hope for the main character, Marie (played by Babetida Sadjo).read more.

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Iiu Susiraja: A Strange Look into Daily Life

Iiu Susiraja’s current exhibit at New York’s MOMA PS1 is strange and discomforting in all the right ways. Through her photographs, Iiu Susiraja (pronounced ee-you susi-rah-yah) raises taboo topics, such as consumption, body image, and sexuality, through unique and affecting methods. It’s not exactly a cheerful viewing, but it is certainly interesting and engaging enough to reflect on one’s own life through the images.… read more.

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Nan Goldin Demands Accountability from World’s Top Museums

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed (2022) is a powerful look at the life and work of activist Nan Goldin and her fights for personal and collective justice. Director Laura Poitras crafts an inspiring documentary that uses the past to trace lines through loss, grief, companionship, and the hope of redemption.

Nan Goldin was the first artist I fell in love with when I began studying photography.… read more.

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‘Where Do We Go Now?’ is a Story of Community

Nadine Labaki’s 2011 film Where Do We Go Now? explores comedy and community as solutions to the pain that results from past violence. Its frame is turbulent, but the story that is told is ultimately optimistic, humorous, and hopeful. (HRM: 4/5)

Review by FF2 Intern Hannah Mayo
Where do we go Now? tells the story of an isolated village in an unnamed country (although it is assumed to be Lebanon) divided by half of its members’ identity with Christianity, and half to Islam.read more.

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