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‘Beginning’ Touches On a Sense of Spiritual and Uniquely Feminine Isolation

Georgian filmmaker Déa Kulumbegashvili's debut film thematically connects to current life for many: The feeling of isolation in your own home. The movie follows a Jehovah’s Witness whose faith is brought into question after a remote church is attacke...

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‘I’m No Longer Here’ Is A Story that Finds Power in Identity and Cumbia Music

I’m No Longer Here is a visually rich story about the untold stories of the kids who live on the streets of Monterrey, Mexico. It’s also a very specific period piece about the height of the resurgence of Cumbia in the area. The movement had its peak ...

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A Strategy Primer for Writers: Part I

Every new year comes with a rush of hope, resolutions and optimistic goal setting, but inspiration, writing tips, and a new calendar page aren’t always enough to help you reach your goals. In 2019, only 7% of those surveyed kept their New Year’s reso...

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History of TV: To Boldly Live on 'Deep Space Nine'

When Commander Benjamin Sisko commenced the Deep Space Nine station log on stardate 46388.2, we were introduced to one of the grittiest entries in the Star Trek canon. Star Trek: The Next Generation was ending, and it was welcoming its successor in t...

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‘Psycho Goreman’ Is a Wacky Homage to Campy Sci-Fi Monsters

When Mimi and her older brother Luke unearth an ancient alien overlord in their suburban backyard, they discover they can control him with the magic gem that has trapped him on Earth for eons. Mimi, something of an evil overlord herself, quickly take...

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Filmmaker Nick Sasso On Multiple Hats, Muay Thai, and the Importance of Complex Relationships in 'Haymaker'

Writer-director-producer and star Nick Sasso's Haymaker is a film that follows Nick, a retired Muay Thai fighter, now working as a bouncer. One night, Nick prevents an assault on a Trans performer which forges a trust that results in her hiring him a...

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: HBO Max’s ‘Locked Down’ Is a Fanciful Respite From Pandemic Living

The world is approaching a year into a pandemic being fully recognized as a state of living in America, and the repercussions in entertainment are just starting to truly be felt. HBO Max decided to fully embrace it with Locked Down. The film is a mix...

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‘Sound of Metal’ Challenges Audiences to Consider the Value of Silence

There is no denying that America is grappling with the idea spending time alone, and thus ultimately, the silence that comes with it. That makes watching Sound of Metal all the more poignant. The film follows Ruben (played brilliantly by Riz Ahmed) a...

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways from 'Sylvie’s Love'

Set in the early 1960s, Sylvie’s Love is a delightful film about a relationship that begins between Sylvie (Tessa Thompson), a woman working in her father’s record store, and Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha), a saxophonist looking for a job. It blossoms into...

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