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Donna Deitch Captures Desert Hearts With Her Films

During Pride Month, we are taking the opportunity to celebrate some of the many incredible queer artists that we know and love. Our next artist is the iconic Donna Deitch!

Donna Deitch is an American director, best known for her 1985 film Desert Hearts. This critically acclaimed film, set in 1950s Nevada, tells the story of Vivian Bell, a literature professor who arrives in Reno for a quick divorce but finds unexpected love and liberation instead, with a woman.read more.

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Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu Tells Stories Close to Home

Happy birthday, Wanuri Kahiu! Today we’re celebrating the incredible filmmaker behind Rafiki, From A Whisper, and Netflix’s Look Both Ways. 

Wanuri Kahiu is a filmmaker from Kenya, and known to be one of the most inspiring African filmmakers. Wanuri comes from a line of trailblazing women; her mother was one of the first female pediatricians in Nairobi, the area they lived in, and her aunt was a celebrated actress.read more.

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The Experimental Filmmaking of Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens

The next artists that we are recognizing in celebration of Pride Month are ecosexual filmmakers and activists Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle, known for their 2019 documentary Water Makes Us Wet

Beth Stephens was born on November 18, 1960 in Montgomery, West Virginia. After leaving her home state, she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tufts, as well as her Master of Fine Arts from Rutgers.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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‘Ask for Jane’ director Rachel Carey: A Socially-Conscious Storyteller

Ask for Jane was released five years ago today! It is a moving period film about Chicago’s Jane Collective. Telling the story of the group of women who set out to provide safe abortions in a pre-Roe v. Wade era in a way that is both emotionally resonant and informative was a big challenge. It was a challenge which filmmaker Rachel Carey accepted and knocked out of the park. read more.

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Sofia Coppola is a Master of Both Aesthetic and Emotional Depth

Happy birthday to the one and only Sofia Coppola! Today we’re celebrating this legendary filmmaker. 

Sofia Coppola is an American screenwriter, director and actor who is known for her strong aesthetics as well as nuanced and empathetic portrayals of her characters. Though her films span a wide range of time periods, subject matters and color palettes, they always feel distinctly Sofia, making her one of the true auteurs of our time. read more.

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