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Tribute to Trailblazing Performer & Civil Rights Activist Joyce Bryant

Joyce Bryant, who was a singer, dancer, and civil rights activist, died on November 20, 2022, in Los Angeles; her devoted niece, Robyn LaBeaud, was by her side.

With her sultry stage presence, Joyce rose to fame in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Her trademarks included silver hair and very tight mermaid dresses with daring necklines.… read more.

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FACETS Honors Chaz Ebert F2F at Screen Gems 2022 Benefit

On September 28th, Chicago’s Indie film community gathered at the Arts Club of Chicago to honor multi-talented entrepreneur, publisher, author, producer, and philanthropist Chaz Ebert with the FACETS Legend Award at the Screen Gems 2022 Benefit.

FACETS is a non-profit organization that was founded by the late Milos Stehlik in 1975.… read more.

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‘The Janes’: Inspiring Documentary about Pre-Roe/ProRoe Activism

Directors Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes mix archival footage from the 1960’s with modern-day interviews in The Janes, thereby creating an illuminating and extremely topical documentary. The Jane Collective was a group of Chicago women who provided care to thousands of women in the years immediately prior to the Roe versus Wade decision of 1972.… read more.

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Emma Cooper’s ‘The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Lost Tapes’

Today — Wednesday April 27th — Netflix is releasing its highly-publicized new documentary, The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Lost Tapes, directed by Emma Cooper.

The film – focused on the final years of Marilyn’s life – consists of previously unheard tapes of people who knew Marilyn Monroe. These tapes  were recorded by journalist Anthony (Tony) Summers over four decades.… read more.

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‘Down in the Delta’: Maya Angelou’s Legacy Includes This Timeless Gem

Maya Angelou’s directorial debut, Down in the Delta (1998), tells a story of the Sinclair family’s history (in the tumultuous past) and solidarity (in the treacherous present). Under her insightful direction, every member of the large shines. (SAT: 4.5/5)

Maya Angelou’s directorial debut, Down in the Delta (1998) opens in a poor Chicago neighborhood where Rosa Lynn (Mary Alice) does her best to care for her drug-addicted daughter Loretta (Alfre Woodard).read more.

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Jan’s Athena 2018: Bigger & Better Every Year at Barnard’s AFF

What did Swiss filmmaker Petra Volpe say that made me laugh so hard that I almost peed my pants in front of a full auditorium? I can’t remember.

I just know that in a weekend full of superlative moments, my Q&A with Petra after our FF2 Media-sponsored screening of The Divine Order (see featured photo above) was a peek experience!… read more.

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