WEEK IN WOMEN: Nancy Savoca’s DOGFIGHT releases on Criterion Collection – Brandy McDonnell reports

Nancy Savoca’s 1991 coming-of-age drama Dogfight, starring Lili Taylor and the late River Phoenix (1970-1993), will be released on April 30 through The Criterion Collection. Written by Bob Comfort (1940-2010), the film is set in 1963 and stars Phoenix as Eddie, a hotheaded young Marine on his way to fight in the war in Vietnam. On leave for 24 hours in San Francisco before shipping out, he and three of his buddies plan on attending a “dogfight,” a cruelly misogynistic party where Marines compete to bring the ugliest date, unbeknownst to the girls.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Dee Rees’ MUDBOUND gets Criterion Blu-ray/DVD release – Brandy McDonnell reports

Writer-director Dee Rees‘ groundbreaking 2017 Oscar-nominated drama Mudbound is getting a new Blu-ray and DVD release through The Criterion Collection. Although it didn’t win any Oscars, Mudbound achieved multiple breakthrough nominations for the 90th Academy Awards.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Chantal Akerman Masterpieces 1968-1978 Collection released by Criterion – Brandy McDonnell reports

The late Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman (1950-2015) is to be honored this month with The Criterion Collection release of Chantal Akerman Masterpieces, 1968–1978, a three-disc set chronicling her trailblazing and prolific first decade of work. After briefly attending the Belgian Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle et des Techniques de Diffusion, Akerman made her first film at the age of 18: Saute ma ville / Blow Up My Town premiered at the renowned Oberhausen short film festival in 1971. It is the first film in the new box set.

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SPOTLIGHT April 2022: Maya Cade, Journalist and Curator

Maya Cade is an accomplished, articulate communicator whose invaluable resource and audience development work broaden our understanding of the Black experience and film culture. Her Black Film Archive not only reveals white representations of Blackness, but also how the Black community has seen itself in feature films, shorts, documentaries, and other media. We believe this greater understanding will result in more nuanced, informed films that can help hasten the cause of equality for all people.

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EASY RIDER — Revisited by Diane Carson

For all the information available about Easy Rider — the motorcycle builders, the heated arguments over the screenplay, the production conflicts and crises, the yin and yang of the meditative Wyatt and the volatile Billy, the improvised insults of the locals, and other incredible minutiae — to me what distinguishes and elevates the film is the visceral experience of it.

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