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Masked ‘Narcissister’ Finds Power in Physical Vulnerability

On this day in 2018, Narcissister Organ Player was released in theaters. A fascinating artistic documentary, this film is both created by and about the incredible Narcissister. 

Narcissister is a Brooklyn-based performance artist whose work lies in the intersection between gender, sexuality, and race.read more.

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Jamila Wignot Shows the Good, the Bad, & the Ugly of American Society

​​9 years ago today was the release of Town Hall, a fascinating documentary created by the incredible Jamila Wignot.

Jamila Wignot is an American filmmaker and producer known for her informative and impactful documentaries. Town Hall, released in 2014, was the first feature-length doc that she directed. The film offers an inside look into the worlds of Katy and John, two Tea Party activists in rural Pennsylvania.read more.

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Meet Alvin Ailey — “Pied Piper of Modern Dance” — in Jamila Wignot’s BioDoc

In Ailey, a touching look at the life and work of American choreographer Alvin Ailey, director Jamila Wignot excels at mixing archival footage with contemporary clips from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performances. (NBA: 4/5)

Review by FF2 Associate Nicole Ackman

When Alvin Ailey was celebrated at the Kennedy Center Honors in 1988, Cicely Tyson described him as “a choreographer of the heart” and “a Pied Piper of modern dance.”read more.

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‘Testament’ is a Beautiful Example of How Dance Can Adapt

With theaters closed, dance companies have had to find ways to adapt if they wish to continue creating in this strange time. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is celebrating their fiftieth anniversary of Revelations with a virtual season. Ailey was an African-American director and choreographer who founded the AAADT in 1958 as a place for Black dancers to create.read more.

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