AWARDS INTELLIGENCER: Five Female Contenders for Best Director! Who’s on the List? – Thelma Adams reports

Imagine there’s no bias. It isn’t hard to do. What if all five Best Director nominees were women? Who would they be? When we put together our AWFJ EDA Awards Nominations, we managed it. We had our ultimate winner, Barbie’s Greta Gerwig, who has gone from the female-driven indie Lady Bird to the female-driven literary adaptation of Little Women to the 2023 blockbuster inspired by the iconic Mattel doll.

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DESPERATE SOULS, DARK CITY AND THE LEGEND OF MIDNIGHT COWBOY – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

The documentary is an immersive kaleidoscope of reflections from the people who helped Midnight Cowboy come to be. Director Nancy Buirski blends insightful interviews and archive footage to craft a picture of the era when Midnight Cowboy debuted, touching on the Vietnam War, New York City’s financial troubles, and attitudes toward homosexuality. Shots from Midnight Cowboy fade in to real-life New Yorkers, anti-war footage, or scenes from director John Schlesinger’s documentaries, enhancing the film’s feel as a product of those times.

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A CRIME IN THE BAYOU – Review by Martha K Baker

A Crime on the Bayou is a defining documentary, excellent and exhilarating. The place: the Bayou of Louisiana. The time: the Sixties. The Crime: one boy touching another to stop a fight. Because the touching was effected by a black teenager, the attempted deterent turned into a federal case that with ancillary cases that re-defined the Constitution.

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A CRIME ON THE BAYOU – Review by Lois Alter Mark

Nancy Buirski’s must-see documentary focuses on an incident that happened in 1966 but is, infuriatingly, still timely and relevant and makes it clear that rallying together and acting as advocates for each other is the only way change will happen. It also makes it clear that the system is not broken; it’s working exactly the way it was intended to – and that’s the problem.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK December 15: THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR

motw logo 1-35Using the horrific 1944 gang rape of a black woman by white men as a jumping-off point to examine systemic issues of race, class, and power in the United States, Nancy Buirski’s documentary “The Rape of Recy Taylor” is stirring and powerful, making it clear that that the complicated history and politics of race and gender are more relevant — and frustrating — than ever. Continue reading…

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