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Watch at Home: Three to See from Chicago’s CIFF 2021

Every year the Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) brings films from all over the world in many genres, including short films, documentaries and animation. As a continuing concession to the pandemic, this year the CIFF has continued with its hybrid model for films including in-person, virtual, and even drive-thru screenings.… read more.

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‘Laggies’ Showcases the Unique Skill of Lynn Shelton

Seven years ago today, Laggies was released in theaters! The romantic comedy, starring Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, and Chloë Grace Moretz, was directed by the late Lynn Shelton. It follows Megan (Knightley) who has an existential crisis after attending her 10-year high school reunion that ends with befriending 16-year-old Annika (Moretz) and her single dad, Craig (Rockwell).read more.

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Three Must-See Films at NYC’s 2021 South Asian Film Festival

Guest Post by Reanne Rodrigues

From a young woman’s monumental journey on foot across India to a Spelling Bee champion who struggles to care for her sick mother, the female-led productions in this year’s NYC South Asian Film Festival (NYC SAFF) tell timely and timeless stories that urge us to shed our stereotypes and other simplistic generalizations.… read more.

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The Story Is in the Roots: The Photography of Hansel Mieth

Guest Post by Iris Jamahl Dunkle 

I first encountered the photographer Hansel Mieth at the Sonoma County Museum in 2015 while I was researching and writing a biography about Jack London’s wife, Charmian Kittredge London. Mieth and her husband Otto Hagel moved to Sonoma County in 1941, inspired by their favorite writer, Jack London.read more.

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Jacqueline Stewart Protects & Illuminates the Black Experience

This week, FF2 Media is celebrating the 2021 winners of the MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grants!

Also known as MacArthur Fellows, these extraordinary recipients are awarded $625,000 as an investment in their potential. Each fellow has branched out either creatively or scientifically to earn this grant and has been nominated and selected by an anonymous board that believes in their originality and insight.read more.

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Caitlin Kuhwald Creates Magical Portraits of Classic Film Stars

Have you scanned the Criterion Classic DVD collection lately? Notice the wonderfully designed new covers? Many of them are recent commissions by working illustrators!

After reading about illustrator Caitlin Kuhwald on Facebook recently, I reached out for an interview. Turns out she’s already done eight film covers for Criterion (as well as one internal illustration).… read more.

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