Tag Archives: Ava DuVernay

13th (2016)

Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th is one of the most masterful documentaries released this year. It compels its viewers to sit upright, and pay close attention to every percentage, statistic and fact handed to them in this in-depth look at the American … Continue reading

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1/15: North Shore (LI) AAUW

JLH Intro: Way back in August, I received an invitation from the North Shore (Long Island) Branch of AAUW. Would I be their January speaker? I said sure. They said the date was January 15th. I said fine. I put … Continue reading

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2015: Oscar So Blue

"Women Hold Up Half the Sky," but as Female Impact on Oscar Nominations falls ever lower, AMPAS--the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences--continues to mock us. Only one year in the 21st Century has had less Female Impact (2.5% in … Continue reading

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2014: Penny’s Top Picks

Best Feature Film of 2014: Selma Runner Up: Birdman Best Director of 2014: Ava DuVernay (Selma) Runner Up: Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman) Best Documentary of 2014: Gringo Trails Runner Up: Life Itself Best Foreign Language Film of 2014: Aftermath Runner Up: … Continue reading

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SELMA

Superlative film captures the essence of the three marches lead by Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Alabama which lead to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. (JLH: 4.5/5) Directed by Ava DuVernay based on an original screenplay … Continue reading

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