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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‘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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Marie-Louise Iribe Pioneered French Cinema but Is Largely Forgotten Today

TCM will feature films from 12 decades—and representing 44 countries—totaling 100 classic and current titles all created by women. Read more about this here! 

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If you search Marie-Louise Iribe’s name on Google, the results don’t yield much information. She was an actress and director of early French cinema, founded her own production company, and lived in Paris for her entire life.read more.

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Sofia Coppola’s Films Highlight Different Types of Isolation

When looking at Sofia Coppola’s filmography during quarantine, it’s evident how the theme of isolation and its effects on young women is prevalent in several of her movies.
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Lotte Reiniger Was a Talented and Inventive Pioneer in Animation 

The breadth of Reiniger’s work cannot be understated, as it stretches across genres and countries.
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Alexandra Byrne excels at designing for historical dramas

There aren’t many costume designers who excel at designing for period films the way that Byrne does.
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