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F. Murray Abraham accepts the William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre at the Harman Center for the Arts Annual Gala. Photo by Kevin Allen "I was a hoodlum. I was a gang member, and art saved my life." --- F. Murray Abraham If you've seen Amadeus or Scarface , or even Star Trek...
Trailer for Have You Heard From Johannesburg , which won a 2012 Emmy Award for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking. Well, the Emmys are on Sunday, and I personally can't wait to criticize celebrity outfits offer high-brow insight into the best television shows of today. The night will...
Charlie Parker, Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y., ca. 1947 by William P. Gottlieb, courtesy of Library of Congress So what makes a good jazz film? Depends on what you mean by a “jazz film.” Jazz seemed to have a great influence on the American filmmaker John Cassavetes’ work, which...
This week's podcast introduces us to Mau Piailug and his contribution to the revitalization of Polynesian culture. He is the subject of a documentary film by Na’alehu Anthony called Papa Mau: The Wayfinder . During the 1970s, a small group of Hawaiians formed the Polynesian Voyaging...
Filmmaker Megumi Sasaki with the Vogels in their New York City apartment. Photo by Katsuyoshi Tanaka Megumi Sasaki doesn’t have the usual biography of a filmmaker. No film school, no hobnobbing with celebrities at Sundance. Instead, in 2002 while working as a field producer for Japanese...
This week's podcast is a talk with award-winning director Stanley Nelson, who’s known for his documentaries about critical historical subjects such as Jonestown and Emmett Till. His recent film, Freedom Riders , continues that exploration. Freedom Riders tells the story of the...
Chris Miller
In his career at DreamWorks Animation, Chris Miller has been engaged with nearly every aspect of animated filmmaking. He worked as a story artist and voiced characters for projects such...
The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva. Photo by Laura Folger Since the late 1970s, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva---better known as The Kitchen Sisters ---have been broadcasting stories from little-known corners of America. The award-winning team of independent radio producers explored...
Poster courtesy of International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management The International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management doesn’t exactly bear a name that screams arts organization. And that’s because it isn’t one: it’s a research and policy center that...
Hank Greenberg, the subject of Aviva Kempner's documentary The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg . Photo cropped from a posed picture of 1937 Major League Baseball All-Stars in Washington, DC. Image used courtesy of Wikimedia Commons . Every year, the Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF)...

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