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Cristina Ibarra: Passionate ‘Genius’ at the Southern Border

This week, FF2 Media is celebrating the 2021 winners of the MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grants!

Also known as MacArthur Fellows, these extraordinary recipients are awarded $625,000 as an investment in their potential. Each fellow has branched out either creatively or scientifically to earn this grant and has been nominated and selected by an anonymous board that believes in their originality and more.


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

Director/writer Nia DaCosta creates a deliciously gory film with not only visual effects but also gut-wrenching sounds. Sometimes, it’s what you don’t see that’s frightening. Candyman takes place in the Chicago Cabrini-Green area, which was once a low-income housing project. An artist named Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and his partner Brianna Cartwright (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), a gallery director, are a couple living in the now gentrified more.


Falling off the Rails: Season Two of Crystal Moselle’s Spin-off ‘Betty’

FF2 Guest post by Isabella Marie Garcia

It’s been a year since the premiere of the first season of Betty, the tv spin-off of director Crystal Moselle’s Skate Kitchen (2018), which follows a collective of women-identifying skaters and details the complexities of their inner lives and outer networks throughout the hub of New York City.… read more.


Support Women Artists Now – Buy a Calendar from Pomegranate!

To celebrate Pomegranate’s “Art by Women” initiative, we are excited to launch a new series of features over the coming weeks, spotlighting some of the brilliant female artists presented on the Pomegranate website.

Expect Passionate & Empathetic Performances from Marion Cotillard

Today is actress and musician Marion Cotillard’s birthday! She has graced both Hollywood and independent film silver screens in the United States and beyond, as Cotillard was born in Paris, France and grew up in Orléans. The acclaimed actress won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Édith Piaf in La Vie en Rose and earned another Best Actress nomination for her work in the French drama film, Two Days, One more.


Michelle Schumacher Demonstrates Female Gaze in ‘I’m Not Here’

Happy Birthday, Michelle Schumacher! Today we celebrate Schumacher’s career, from Broadway actress to director! Specifically her film, I’m Not Here.

I’m Not Here stars Schumacher’s husband, J.K. Simmons, as well as Sebastian Stan, Maika Monroe, Mandy Moore, Max Greenfield and Iain Armitage. The story follows Steve, played at different ages by Simmons, Stan and Armitage, as he copes with his tragic past while trying to make sense of the present, processing his trauma along the more.