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Sound and Vision—Jazz and Film

July 20, 2012 by Don Ball, NEA Assistant Director for Public Affairs–Publications Charlie Parker, Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y., ca. 1947 by William P. Gottlieb, courtesy of Library of Congress So what makes a good jazz film? Depends on what you mean by a “jazz film.” Jazz seemed to have a great influence on the […]

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Art Works Podcast: Na’alehu Anthony

May 31, 2012 By Josephine Reed An image still from Papa Mau: The Wayfinder. Image courtesy of Palikū Documentary Films This week’s podcast introduces us to Mau Piailug and his contribution to the revitalization of Polynesian culture. He is the subject of a documentary film by Na’alehu Anthony called Papa Mau: The Wayfinder. During the […]

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Art Talk with Megumi Sasaki

March 28, 2012 by Don Ball Filmmaker Megumi Sasaki with the Vogels in their New York City apartment. Photo by Katsuyoshi Tanaka Megumi Sasaki doesn’t have the usual biography of a filmmaker. No film school, no hobnobbing with celebrities at Sundance. Instead, in 2002 while working as a field producer for Japanese television on an […]

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Art Works Podcast: Stanley Nelson

February 9, 2012 By Josephine Reed Freedom Riders gather with authorities alongside their burning bus after a mob attack outside Anniston, Alabama. Photo courtesy of Firelight Media This week’s podcast is a talk with award-winning director Stanley Nelson, who’s known for his documentaries about critical historical subjects such as Jonestown and Emmett Till. His recent […]

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Turning the Mic on The Kitchen Sisters

January 27, 2012 By Rebecca Gross The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva. Photo by Laura Folger Since the late 1970s, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva—better known as The Kitchen Sisters—have been broadcasting stories from little-known corners of America. The award-winning team of independent radio producers explored the culture of cooking in their series […]

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Filming the Indigenous Experience

January 18, 2012 By Rebecca Gross Poster courtesy of International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management The International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management doesn’t exactly bear a name that screams arts organization. And that’s because it isn’t one: it’s a research and policy center that seeks to give greater agency to Native-American communities. Yet the Denver-based […]

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A Conversation with the Women of WJFF

December 20, 2011 By Rebecca Gross Hank Greenberg, the subject of Aviva Kempner’s documentary The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg. Photo cropped from a posed picture of 1937 Major League Baseball All-Stars in Washington, DC. Image used courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Every year, the Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF) exposes the nation’s capital to […]

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Art Works Podcast: Keri Putnam

November 17, 2011 By Josephine Reed This week’s podcast features the executive director of the Sundance Institute, Keri Putnam, in a conversation about Film Forward. Film Forward is a program that takes ten independent films from the U.S. and abroad and presents them to audiences in locations across the country and around the world. Its […]

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Art Works Podcast: Billy Luther

October 6, 2011 By Josephine Reed Children participate in Grab Day. Photo by Idris + Tony Photography If you don’t know what Grab Day is, then listen to this week’s podcast. It’s a conversation with Native-American filmmaker Billy Luther, who made the documentary GRAB. Luther grew up celebrating Grab Day with his father’s family in […]

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Art Talk with Diego Luna

October 3, 2011 by Guiomar Ochoa Diego Luna at a September screening of The Invisibles by Ambulante co-founder Gael Garcia Bernal, hosted by Washington Office of Latin America. Photo courtesy of Pennie Ojeda “Whenever you tell a real story, it ends up making a social statement. We believe that the more a film raises questions, […]

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