Reflecting on Black History Month – Jazz Tangcay reports

Director Kasi Lemmons says, “I celebrate black history all year.” For the Harriet and Self Made director and other African American film artists, Black History Month isn’t just about February, it’s every day. In a series of guest columns, Ruth Carter, Karin Gist, Robin Thede and Lemmons are among the artists who contributed to Variety’s spotlight on Black History Month.

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Designers Barbara Ling and Arianne Phillips talk ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD – Jazz Tangcay interviews

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” production designer Barbara Ling and costume designer Arianne Phillips were the new kids on the block. It was the first time the two had worked with Quentin Tarantino, and “we had to really fit in,” says Ling. “There was a lot we had to learn,” Phillips says of working on the period movie.

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Ruth E. Carter and Sandy Powell talk Epic Costuming – Jazz Tangcay interviews

Ruth E. Carter made history when she became the first African-American to win the Academy Award for Outstanding Costume Design add this year for “Black Panther.” Recently, she’s reteamed with Eddie Murphy on Netflix’s “Dolemite Is My Name” (they previously collaborated on “Daddy Day Care,” “I Spy” and “Dr. Dolittle 2”), for which where she created more than over 75 costume changes for the star Murphy alone.

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AWFJ’s Eyes on Middleburg Film Festival 2022 — Sandie Angulo Chen reports

This past October, the Middleburg Film Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary with a program-filled long weekend. The four-day festival, founded by Sheila Johnson and run by Susan Koch, featured an impressive selection of 45 narrative and documentary feature films. Several AWFJ members, particularly those who live in the Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area, were in attendance, including Virginia-based critics Mae Abdulaki, Leslie Comebale, Nell Minow, and Susan Wloszczyna; Maryland-based Sandie Angulo Chen; and Jazz Tangcay, who flew in from Los Angeles. This year, instead of discussing the films and performances, we decided to share what we consider to be some of our favorite moments from the 10th annual Middleburg Film Festival.

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Middleburg Film Festival 2022: Female Focus – Leslie Combemale reports

The Middleburg Film Festival marked its 10th year in operation this October, and as founder Sheila Johnson and director Susan Koch have done from the start, they made the celebration of women in film both in front of and behind the camera one of the major priorities of the fest. There were 16 female-helmed films represented in the fest out of the 44 shown, including several by women of color, and many of those films also have female heads of departments, which is, of course, important to advancing gender parity overall.

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AWFJ @ Middleburg Film Festival – Sandie Angulo Chen reports

The ninth year of the Middleburg Film Festival brought back the fest’s in-person programming in Virginia horse country. Founded by Sheila Johnson and run by executive director Susan Koch, the four-day festival continues to feature an impressive slate of diverse and thoughtfully-curated narrative and documentary feature films (34 this year).

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AWFJ’s Black History Month 2021 ‘One-A-Day’ Watch List

Welcome to AWFJ’ 2021 Black History Month Movie Watch List. We present a compendium of 28 watch-worthy films to view one-a-day during February 2021. Our titles were selected from hundreds of the beautifully crafted, relevant and relatable films that elucidate Black experiences, tell stories of Black lives and illuminate Black history — including recent trending and best productions , obscure titles and blockbusters, and films that represent a variety of diverse perspectives and cover genres ranging from romcom to horror, from scifi fantasy to biopic and documentary, with release dates ranging from 1934 to the present.

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Whistler Film Festival 2020 EDA Award Winners – Jennifer Merin reports

For the eighth consecutive year, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists has had the honor to partner with Whistler Film Festival to recognize women filmmakers with presentation of EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Feature Film and Best Female-Directed Short at the 2020 festival, held online December 1 to 20, 2020.

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Whistler Film Festival 2020: EDA Award Nominees and AWFJ Juries – Jennifer Merin reports

For the eighth consecutive year, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists has the honor to partner with Whistler Film Festival to recognize women filmmakers with presentation of EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Feature Film and Best Female-Directed Short at the 2020 festival, held virtually from December 1 to 20, 2020.

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