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Delia Kropp is Subtle & Sincere in Onscreen Debut

Delia Kropp

FF2 Guest post by Muffy Koster

Prominent Chicago actress, director, and LGBTQ advocate Delia Kropp makes her feature film debut in Landlocked, a heartfelt story of reconnection from indie director Timothy Hall. The film follows “Nick” (Dustin Gooch), an aspiring restaurateur, and his estranged mother “Briana” (Kropp), a transgender woman, as they reunite over the course of a road trip to scatter the ashes of Nick’s other, cisgender mother.  read more.

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“Ghosts All Over the Story of My Beginnings”

American Bastard by Jan Beatty

American Bastard by Ann BeattyWe are taught that a story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. We are taught that a girl who ventures on a quest to find her lost parents will become whole when she finds them; we are taught that this girl will find happiness.

But the truth is, life doesn’t usually happen in this way. Sometimes the “story begins at an impasse” as Patrice Staiger writes.… read more.

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Novel in Verse Brings Tejano Pop Star Selena Back to Us

FF2 Guest post by Hannah Lamb-Vines

I’ve never read a novel like Melissa Lozada-Oliva’s Dreaming of You before. In the novel in verse, a poet — who also happens to be named Melissa Lozada-Oliva — uses technology-infused ritual magic to resurrect Tejano pop star Selena Quintanilla-Pérez. Selena’s brief career and dramatic murder on March 31, 1995, at age 23, had a massive impact on pop culture and particular significance within the Latin American diaspora (of which Lozada-Oliva is a member).… read more.

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Nia DaCosta’s ‘Candyman’ Delivers on Both Gore and Reality

Nia DaCosta Candyman still
In "Candyman," director/writer Nia DaCosta creates a deliciously gory film with not only visual effects but also gut-wrenching sounds.
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Falling off the Rails: Season Two of Crystal Moselle’s Spin-off ‘Betty’

Crystal Moselle Betty still
Betty, spin-off of Crystal Moselle’s Skate Kitchen, details the complexities of the inner lives and outer networks of women skaters in NYC.
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Greek God Dionysus Returns as ‘Hurricane Diane’ to Confront Climate Change

Rami Margron in Hurricane Diane
With Huntington Theatre Company's Hurricane Diane, director Jenny Koons and her cast pack a punch in 90 minutes.
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