This month, a few stories about filmmaking caught my eye.
The Drone Awards issued this challenge for their 2021 video competition: “...Rediscover the beauty of nature, wildlife, and cities. A new world will appear when you look at it from different angles.” In the award-winning films, filmmakers captured the structure of water, ice, trees and empty urban areas during the pandemic.
A happy little documentary? Actor Melissa McCarthy and her husband, filmmaker Ben Falcone, found out that the life of their subject - and the legacy he left behind - was more complex than they knew or expected.
In this NPR interview, the filmmakers share what they learned while making Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed, which is showing on Netflix.
In June 2020, Maya Cade created a Twitter thread attempting to list every Black film released between 1910 and 1959 that is available to stream.
The result: Black Film Archive, an evolving archive dedicated to making historically and culturally significant films accessible through a streaming guide with cultural context.
The current iteration has expanded to now include films through 1979.
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