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Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020
Review: "Boys State" From Directors Moss and McBaine, A24, Apple TV+
Teenage political junkies at a leadership conference doesn't seem like the most riveting subject matter for a documentary. As a product of teenage leadership conferences, I assumed that at best, maybe, it could be fodder for a black comedy. But the new documentary " Boys State " convinced me...
Friday, Aug. 7, 2020
Cinematographers & Cameras: Lensing Spike Lee's "Da 5 Bloods" For Netflix, Amazon's "Hanna"
One DP reunited with consummate filmmaker Spike Lee, expanding their collaborative relationship from short to long-form fare. Another took on the second season of a show--not always a coveted proposition--but saw major creative opportunity which as it turns out came to fruition. Here are insights...
Friday, Aug. 7, 2020
Film Commission Survey: Production Prospects and The Pandemic
“Location, location, location.” This proverbial mantra for buying real estate also applies to the state of filming during a pandemic. So much depends on where you are--and whether rates of COVID-19 infections are high, have flattened or even better are on a downward curve. Public health and safety...
Friday, Aug. 7, 2020
Mid-year Report Card: Adapting, Responding To A Pandemic and An Epidemic
In assessing 2020 thus far, ad agency creative directors, executives and heads of production expressed profound concern over--and cited actions taken to address--the COVID-19 pandemic and the racism epidemic that are front and center in the public consciousness. As coronavirus infection and death...
Friday, Jul. 31, 2020
Review: Beyoncé's "Black Is King" Debuts On Disney+
King Beyoncé's new film takes you on a journey of Black art, music, history and fashion as the superstar transports you to Africa to tell the story of a young man in search of his crown, matched to epic songs she created while inspired by "The Lion King." The voyage feels even more special during...
Thursday, Jul. 30, 2020
Review: "The Fight" Chronicles ACLU During The Trump Administration
"The Fight," Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman and Eli Despress' documentary about the American Civil Liberties Union, opens with the inauguration of Donald Trump. His oath rings out like an opening salvo. In just seven days, protests will be amassed at JFK Airport in New York where ACLU attorneys...
Thursday, Jul. 23, 2020
Review: Director Marjane Satrapi's "Radioactive"
It was dirty work, Marie and Pierre Curie's discovery of radium and polonium. To investigate uranium at their Paris laboratory, Marie acquired several tons of pitchblende, a black ore, and the industrial waste product left over when uranium was removed from it. They ground the rock and dissolved it...
Tuesday, Jun. 30, 2020
Review: Director Thomas Kail's Filmed Version of "Hamilton" Debuts On Disney+
The revolution is finally being televised, thank goodness. The long-awaited live-capture of Lin-Manuel Miranda's shake-the-rafters musical "Hamilton" comes out Friday on Disney+, a chance to celebrate America's independence with some of its Founding Fathers. The timing seems ideal. Or, given all...
Friday, Jun. 19, 2020
Review: Director Ivy Meeropol's "Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn"
The director of a new documentary about Roy Cohn is not exactly a neutral party. After all, Cohn played a key role in getting her grandparents executed. Ivy Meeropol is the granddaughter of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were convicted of spying for the Soviet Union and executed in 1953 in large...
Friday, Jun. 12, 2020
Cinematographers & Cameras: Lensing "The Plot Against America" and "The Morning Show"
Cinematographers Martin Ahlgren and Michael Grady are in the Emmy conversation this season for their respective lensing of The Plot Against America (HBO) and The Morning Show (Apple TV+). Both Ahlgren and Grady got the opportunity to shoot this work based on their prior collaborative relationships...