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Naoka Yamada is a strong voice in anime

On the release date of K-On! The Movie, we’re celebrating its director and animator, Naoka Yamada. 

Naoka Yamada works with the well-known anime studio KyoAni as a director, having directed and animated for a huge number of television series and films. Her work often features female protagonists and showcases her strong ability to depict her characters’ mental states and emotions through animation.read more.

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Jennifer Kent Masters Horror in Multiple Genres

Eight years ago today, The Babadook was released in theaters, making it the perfect day to celebrate the brilliant Jennifer Kent! 

Jennifer Kent is an Australian director, best known for The Babadook, which was actually her first feature film. The Babadook is a horror film about a single mother who must confront a disturbing intruder, manifested by her son’s fear of a monster in their home.read more.

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Hélène Louvart Captures Beautiful Moments Big and Small

On the release date of Beach Rats (2017), we’re celebrating cinematographer Hélène Louvart!

Hélène Louvart is a French cinematographer who has served as the Director of Photography for a number of prolific films, working with directors such as Agnès Varda, Claire Denis, and Maggie Gyllenhaal. In every film she works on, Hélène’s cinematography transforms the film, bringing out the meaning of the story in a way that makes the whole greater than the sum of its parts. read more.

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Patricia Rozema is a Master of Adaptation

32 years ago today, White Room came out in theaters. White Room was the first film produced by Patricia Rozema, so we’re celebrating this talented writer, director and producer today. 

Patricia Rozema was born and raised in Canada by Dutch Calvinist parents, which means that she actually did not have access to television or movies throughout her childhood.read more.

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Jennifer Lee is a breath of fresh air at Disney

On this day ten years ago, Wreck It Ralph was released in theaters. Wreck It Ralph marked the beginning of the incredible career of Jennifer Lee, the writer and director of some of Disney’s most beloved films. 

Jennifer Lee is best known for her work on animated Disney films. Her career began when a former classmate at the Columbia film school asked her to join the writing team for Wreck It Ralph for what was supposed to be eight weeks, though she ended up staying until Wreck It Ralph (2012) was finished.read more.

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Dee Rees Breaks the Bounds of Filmmaking

Today is the anniversary of the release of the 2011 film Pariah, so we’re celebrating its writer and director, Dee Rees!

Dee Rees is a prolific writer and director, best known for her feature films Pariah (2011), Bessie (2015), Mudbound (2017), and The Last Thing He Wanted (2020). 

Dee bases a lot of her work on elements of her own experience, especially when it comes to her first major film, Pariah, which is semi-autobiographical.read more.

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