Dawn Porter on JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE – Leslie Combemale interviews

For John Lewis: Good Trouble, documentarian Dawn Porter followed the Georgia congressman for over a year. The result is a film that centers on the power of personal conviction, and the importance for individuals to take a stand. In our interview, Porter spoke about why John Lewis is both an icon and a real, thinking man of both his time, and for all time.

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Gina Prince-Bythewood: Action=Story+Emotion in THE OLD GUARD – Leslie Combemale interviews

Gina Prince-Bythewood’s The Old Guard brings a new level of diverse representation to the sci-fi action genre, and a sense of authenticity that comes from action that’s so strongly based in characterization and character motivation.

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I PASTAFARI: A FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER STORY – Review by Leslie Combemale

documentary I Pastafari: A Flying Spaghetti Monster Story follows several of the 30 million devotees of a new religion that celebrates an alien monster made of spaghetti. What a crazy idea for a religion, right? Before you jump to thought like that, what is the basis for your religion? Pastafarians would argue their religion is no nuttier than those that have existed and controlled the world for thousands of years.

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A REGULAR WOMAN – Review by Leslie Combemale

A Regular Woman dramatizes the story of a 23-year-old Turkish woman shot to death by her brother in an ‘honor killing’ in 2005. The film feels true to life because it is taken from real life. It gives Hatun Aynur Sürücü back the voice that was so brutally taken from her. She deserves to be heard.

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SEAHORSE: THE DAD WHO GAVE BIRTH – Review by Leslie Combemale

In Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth, documentary filmmaker Jeanie Finlay gets full access to the experience of transgender parental-hopeful Freddie McConnell. Freddie navigates acting on the commitment to have his first child biologically, by preparing his body and mind to allow for pregnancy, and going through what only a transgender man might experience in doing so.

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THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND – Review by Leslie Combemale

I’m not sure anyone knew SNL’s Pete Davidson had even a shred of acting talent. The King of Staten Island will change that. Davidson stars as Scott Carlin, a version of himself, in a story loosely-based on his experience with depression, drug addiction, borderline personality disorder, and grief.

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MISS JUNETEENTH – Review by Leslie Combemale

Miss Juneteenth is about former pageant winner Turquoise Jones (Nicole Beharie), a single mom, who struggles to keep the lights on by working two jobs. She has a bone-deep desire to see her beloved 15-year-old daughter Kai (Alexis Chikaeze) take the Miss Juneteenth throne, and use it to thrive in ways she herself each could not.

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MARONA’S FANTASTIC TALE – Review by Leslie Combemale

If you love dogs, independent films, and Fauvist artists like Henri Matisse, Marona’s Fantastic Tale is the movie for you. Creative animation –the way emotions, personalities, and experiences are shown in inventive, artistic ways — makes Marona’s Fantastic Tale vibrant, compelling and, I’d even say, magical to watch.

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SPOTLIGHT June 2020: Nisha Ganatra, Filmmaker Focus on Inclusion and Parity

Nisha Ganatra has built a successful career anchored in inclusion, putting a full spectrum of voices and talents on display in her work and walking the walk in a way only a select few women working in the industry dare to do. She is helping to change the future for women in film.

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New LOONEY TUNES @ HBO MAX – Review by Leslie Combemale

Featuring fave characters like Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, as well as Tweety and Sylvester, the delightful new HBO Max Looney Tunes Cartoons series is takes its style and substance from the earliest — now classic — Warner Brothers cartoons.

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