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Celebrating the Life and Legacy of André Leon Talley

André Leon Talley, the influential fashion journalist known for his iconic personal style and larger-than-life personality, died at the age of 73 on January 18 at a hospital in White Plains, New York, after suffering a heart attack. Rather than mourn the death of this beloved change-maker, though, I’d like to celebrate the remarkable life that he lived. 
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‘Infiltrators’ Co-director Cristina Ibarra Is the Voice of Change

Co-directors Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera’s docu-thriller The Infiltrators (available in virtual cinemas May 1) tells the true story of young immigrants who are detained by Border Patrol and thrown into a shadowy for-profit detention center— on purpose. With the current political turmoil, uncertainty, COVID-19 and immigration changes, this film shows us that if we are strong enough to fight the system together, we can succeed.read more.

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With ‘Frozen’ Franchise, Jennifer Lee Makes History at Disney

As part of our Tribute Series, FF2 Media celebrates the work of female filmmakers. Be sure to click on the film titles for full reviews & see where you can stream on JustWatch.com.

Jennifer Lee has broken ground as a writer and director at the Walt Disney Animation Studios, accomplishing much within the past decade.read more.

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Streaming Now: ‘Selah and the Spades’ is an Evolved High School Drama

From writer-director Tayarisha Poe, 2019 Sundance Film Festival favorite Selah and the Spades drops on Amazon Prime Video April 17.

Following the five “factions” of the posh Pennsylvania boarding school Haldwell, Poe’s feature debut is a dark, anxiety-ridden and heightened version of the high school drama.read more.

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Second Annual Chaz & Roger Ebert Symposium Celebrates Diversity 

The Second Annual Chaz & Roger Ebert Symposium will take place this Friday, Sept. 27 at the iHotel and Conference Center in Champaign. The event is free and open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend. This year’s symposium is titled “Creating an Inclusive Media and Cinema Ecosystem” and will feature speakers from a variety of groups to talk about diversity in film, journalism and advertising.read more.

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Director Clermont-Tonnerre Makes Room for Second Chances in ‘The Mustang’

Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre creates “The Mustang,” a revelatory film about a hopeless, isolated incarcerated man (Mattias Shoenaerts) who enters into a horse training rehabilitation program.  Gorgeously shot, this evocative and soulful film delves into our penal system as it draws parallel lines between all creatures.read more.

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