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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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Amma Asante Fearlessly Shines Bright Light on Hidden History

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Today is Amma Asante’s birthday! She is the first woman to receive the BUFF honorary award for her contribution to film and TV.
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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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The Filmed ‘Emilia’ Shares A Fiery Feminist Play from the West End

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the filmed version of the British play Emilia is available to watch online. While it’s clear it was filmed for archival purposes and not for public viewing, it’s worth watching.  Women in any era can relate to this energetic and fiery depiction of the life of one of England’s forgotten female writers.read more.

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Congratulations to Alexandra Byrne on Her Oscar Nomination

With the 93rd Academy Award nominations announced on Monday, Alexandra Byrne is now a six-time Oscar nominee for Best Costume Design. Byrne is nominated for her work on Emma. (2020), alongside Bina Daigeler for Mulan (2020), Massimo Cantini Parrini for Pinocchio (2021), Ann Roth for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020), and Trish Summerville for Mank (2020).read more.

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FF2 Reflects on Month One of TCM’s ‘Women Make Film’ Project

There are times when a member of an older generation mentions something they consider obvious, only to see a glaze form across the face of a member of a younger generation’s. The reference has gone completely over her head. As a child, when I told my parents I hadn’t heard of something, their response would usually be, “So what are they teaching you in school?” This is not to condemn the education I received, but a genuine inquiry: why there are certain surprisingly specific gaps in my knowledge?
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