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Helen Beverley and David Opatoshu as the star-crossed lovers in the Edgar G. Ulmer directed 1939 American Yiddish film classic The Light Ahead . Restored and with new English subtitles by The National Center for Jewish Film "[Yiddish films] preserve an invaluable “family album”...
Juan Devis (right) interviews urban planner John Arroyo at the confluence of the Los Angeles River and the Arroyo Seco. Photo courtesy of KCET Good criticism reveals layers of hidden meaning, allowing audiences to uncover the relationship a particular work of art has to place and community. A...
Washington, DC Sterlin Harjo. Photo courtesy of Mr. Harjo "Making a film is a very scary thing. You just put your heart into it and hope that things go right." --Sterlin Harjo Oklahoma filmmaker Sterlin Harjo , a member of the Seminole and Creek nations, is no stranger to firsts. He was...
Washington, DC Lixin Fan (right) with Freedom Riders filmmaker Stanley Nelson and Winter's Bone Line Producer Kathryn Dean during the Film Forward visit to China. Photo by Meredith Lavitt. Canada-based Chinese filmmaker Lixin Fan is one of the 10 filmmakers participating in the Sundance...
Washington, DC Catherine Burns. Photo courtesy of Ms. Burns In the late 1990s writer George Dawes Green decided to host an event in his living room, to recreate in the midst of high-energy New York City, the languorous summer evenings he and his friends had spent regaling each other with stories on...
Washington, DC Vikramaditya Motwane. Photo courtesy of Sundance Institute. Indian filmmaker Vikramaditya Motwane is one of ten directors participating in Film Forward , a partnership project of the Sundance Institute and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. The project...
San Francisco, California This year San Francisco's WritersCorps (a project of the San Francisco Arts Commission and the San Francisco Public Library) celebrated National Poetry Month by taking poetry off the page and projecting it onto the screen. The Poetry Projection Project invited...
Washington, DC Maytime (1923), to be preserved with contributed matching funds raised for the Save America's Treasures grant. Image courtesy of the National Film Preservation Foundation. Imagine an entire chapter of lost American history, rediscovered overnight. That's what happened when it...
Washington, DC Alyce Myatt. Photo courtesy of Ms. Myatt Happy New Year! What better way to kick off 2011 than to introduce you to Alyce Myatt, our new Director of Media Arts. An award-winning producer, Myatt's distinguished career includes stints at ABC, PBS, and the MacArthur Foundation, among...
Washington, DC How does one share the stories of the numerous Native American tribes throughout North America, all of whom have different languages, different cultures, and different environments? That is the crux of the dilemma the Native American Public Telecommunications (NATP) organization...