Nicole Ackman is an FF2 Media Associate based in North Carolina, after living in London and New York. She graduated from Elon University with a Bachelors degree in History and Strategic Communication and from City University of London with a Masters degree in Culture, Policy, and Management. She is a theatre and film critic and is a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association. Her taste in film tends towards period dramas, movie musicals, and anything starring Saoirse Ronan. In addition to film, she is passionate about history, theatre, Disney parks, and classic novels by female writers.

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The Filmed ‘Emilia’ Shares A Fiery Feminist Play from the West End

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the filmed version of the British play Emilia is available to watch online. While it’s clear it was filmed for archival purposes and not for public viewing, it’s worth watching.  Women in any era can relate to this energetic and fiery depiction of the life of one of England’s forgotten female writers.read more.

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Congratulations to Alexandra Byrne on Her Oscar Nomination

With the 93rd Academy Award nominations announced on Monday, Alexandra Byrne is now a six-time Oscar nominee for Best Costume Design. Byrne is nominated for her work on Emma. (2020), alongside Bina Daigeler for Mulan (2020), Massimo Cantini Parrini for Pinocchio (2021), Ann Roth for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020), and Trish Summerville for Mank (2020).read more.

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Female Costume Designers Help Create Characters and Worlds

As part of their special celebration with FF2 Media for Women’s History Month, OFFSCREEN with Jillian and Sophia hosted Roza Melkumyan and me to talk about Costume Design in film, and, in particular, women’s roles in it. It was a great experience, with hearty discussions and fantastic insights into the importance of Costume Design.read more.

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Period Films Directed by Women Reigned in 2020

Like all things 2020, last year was a very unusual one for film. The pandemic closed most movie theatres, shut down filming, and caused many films’ release dates to be rescheduled. However, there were a sizable number of period dramas released either before quarantine began or digitally. Many of these period-piece films were directed by women, including some impressive directorial debuts. read more.

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‘Testament’ is a Beautiful Example of How Dance Can Adapt

With theaters closed, dance companies have had to find ways to adapt if they wish to continue creating in this strange time. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is celebrating their fiftieth anniversary of Revelations with a virtual season. Ailey was an African-American director and choreographer who founded the AAADT in 1958 as a place for Black dancers to create.read more.

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The Classic ‘Appalachian Spring’ Still Wows When Streamed by PEAK HD

With many theaters closed across the country due to the ongoing pandemic, artists are finding other ways to reach their audiences, such as streaming filmed performances of theatre, dance, opera, and more. PEAK HD was created last year before quarantine to share productions online and on television, but has turned out to be even better than the artists involved could have expected considering the state of the world in 2020.read more.

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