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Celebrating the Impact of French Filmmaker Marie-Louise Iribe

Today we celebrate the life of actress, director and producer Marie-Louise Iribe on the anniversary of her untimely death at age 39. Marie-Louise starred in nearly 20 films, and is often credited as a pioneer of French cinema, but her name is not well-known. 

In 1931, she directed, wrote and produced The Erl King, a film about a man trying to save the life of his child while death, characterized as the Erl King, torments him.read more.

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Celebrating Girl Power in ‘Josie & the Pussycats’

Josie and the Pussycats was released 21 years ago today, so there’s no better time to celebrate the talents of costume designer Leesa Evans and writer / director Deborah Kaplan!

Leesa began her career with music videos and television shows before entering the world of mainstream film by designing costumes for American Pie in 1999.read more.

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Molly Hashimoto Explores the Intersection of Nature & Art

On this day in 2019, Molly Hashimoto released Birds of the West: An Artist’s Guide.

This book contains more than 80 sketches and prints of western birds crafted by Molly. It includes background information as well as her personal experiences finding each type of bird. Molly also teaches skills in drawing, painting and printmaking throughout the book.… read more.

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Celebrating the Prolific Legacy of Maya Angelou

Today, we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Maya Angelou, a pioneering author, poet, filmmaker and civil rights activist! Maya was incredibly prolific in demonstrating her talent and passion, leaving her mark across the art world in almost every medium. 

Throughout her acclaimed career, Maya often made history.read more.

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The Transformative Filmography of Julia Ducournau

On this day in 2016, French filmmaker Julia Ducournau made her solo feature length debut with the critically acclaimed — but hugely controversial — Raw. 

Julia’s feminist sensibilities as a director tackling themes of gender and transformation can be traced back to her earliest work, Junior, a short film that follows a student who starts shedding their skin after becoming sick.read more.

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Delia Kropp Brings Trans Characters to Life On Screen & Stage

On this day in 2016 at the Rivendell Theater, Delia Kropp became the first transgender actress to portray a trans character for a major Chicago stage production!

She acted in Raggedy And, a comedic play by David Valdes Greenwood about the selection of a poet for the inauguration of America’s first female president. read more.

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