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This organization is raising money so Muslim American filmmakers can tell their own stories

  • A community of Muslims and allies in San Francisco are raising funds to provide Muslim American filmmakers with grants to counter false narratives about their religious community.
  • The American Muslim Storytellers grant is in partnership with the Islamic Scholarship Fund, a nonprofit organization providing scholarships to Muslim American community members.
  • The crowdfunding campaign was launched on Saturday on Indiegogo, with a campaign goal of $10,000. 
  • The funds will provide Muslim American filmmakers grants between $1,000 and $4,000.
  • “We wanted to give people a way to directly support the American Muslim community,” Michael Morgenstern, founder of the grant, said in an email. “Anyone who believes that Muslims deserve a powerful voice today can give directly to people who want to tell their own stories.” Read more

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Happy birthday, Mr. Jarmusch.

Read J. Hoberman’s essay on where it all began: STRANGER THAN PARADISE.

Look through polaroids of Tom Waits, John Lurie, and Roberto Benigni while filming DOWN BY LAW.

Or watch Jim talk about musicians, filmmaking, Robert Mitchum, and the Sons of Lee Marvin.


CROSSING THE HEART RIVER: A Journey To Standing Rock Trailer 

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In the spring of 2016 members of the Sioux tribe of North Dakota began a prayerful gathering against the proposal to expand an oil pipeline under the Missouri River. By the end of Fall members from over 200 First Nations Tribes and thousands of people from diverse backgrounds had traveled to peacefully assemble against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Arriving on a Caravan out of NYC with his camera to Oceti Sakowin Camp the morning after the Backwater Bridge attack, filmmaker Anthony Basil Rodriguez aligns his story alongside others open to sharing their own. Featuring candid interviews with individuals on the ground and inside the camp, including a descendant of Chief Crazy Horse, Zintkala Wicasa, “Birdman” of the Fire Lightening Band of the Oglala, Crossing the Heart River works to unveil the complex history, stories, and forces behind occupation, as well as the continuous struggles facing indigenous Americans.
Restored 'Race Films' Find New Audiences
Some of the earliest movies by African-American filmmakers from the 1910s through 1940s languished in film archives over the years on poor-quality film prints. Now some have been digitally restored.

Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks was an African-American photographer, filmmaker, writer and composer who used his prodigious, largely self-taught talents to chronicle the African-American experience and to retell his own personal history. He is best remembered for his photographic essays for Life magazine and as the director of the 1971 film, Shaft. In 1948, Parks became a staff photographer for Life magazine, the FIRST African American to hold that position. Parks, who remained with the magazine until 1972, became known for his portrayals of ghetto life, black nationalists, and the civil rights movement. A photo-essay about a child from a Brazilian slum was expanded into a television documentary (1962) and a book with poetry (1978), both titled Flavio. Parks was also noted for his intimate portraits of such public figures as Ingrid Bergman, Barbra Streisand, Gloria Vanderbilt, and Muhammad Ali. Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks received the: Spingarn Medal · National Medal of Arts · NAACP Image Award – Hall of Fame Award (1984) and
Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks was born in Fort Scott, Kansas on November 30, 1912. He died March 7, 2006, in New York City, New York at the age of 93.

“Oh man, it was awesome. There’s nothing better than working with Nash. He came and helped me a lot on ‘The Gift.’ I went and helped him a lot on [his film] - acting and just hanging around.”

“And the movie’s fantastic. It’s a thriller in the vein of 'Fargo’ and "Burn After Reading.' And it’s a caper about a guy (David Oyelowo) going into Mexico and getting kidnapped. It has a sense of humour but it’s dangerous.”-

–  Joel Edgerton talking about working with his brother on Nash’s as yet untitled second feature film with David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron, and Amanda Seyfried


In 1991 Julie Dash premiered her first feature, Daughters of the Dust, at the Sundance Film Festival, which went on to win the award for Excellence in Cinematography. The film is set in the early 1900s and follows a Gullah family of women preparing to move from the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina to mainland America. Daughters of the Dust was the first film directed by an African American woman to receive a national release. 

The film appears to be a source of inspiration for Beyonce’s Lemonade. The visual album echoes imagery from the film with shots of young African-American women in the Southern wild and desolate beaches wearing turn of the century garments. 

Daughters of the Dust screened at the Festival again in 2012 as a part of the “From the Collection” program. The film has recently been digitally restored by Cohen Film Collection and will screen at film festivals and theaters in addition to a Blu-ray release this fall. Click here to view a trailer for Daughters of the Dust.

Film stills courtesy of Daughters of the Dust

I could never be (or work for) one of those die for the art type ppl. Like nope. I’ll sure as hell die from depression but not for some damn film. 

& everyone talks about film in militaristic terms like “in the trenches” and directors as “generals,”  “soldiers to die for the cause”. Idk why. I mean probably bc of American filmmakers’ proximity to the military but….

This is why, especially for his conduct on The Shining, I can’t like Kubrick. Bc what he did to Scatman Crothers & Shelley Duvall is unacceptable. Working a 70 year old black man to near physical death & causing a woman to break down? For what? Some lame ass movie w furry porn thrown in? Nothing is that important
American Film Institute Reveals 25 Women Chosen for the Fox Filmmakers Lab
One or more of them will direct a short film based on a Fox title.
By Michael Nordine

The 25: Joey Ally, Gillian Barnes, Shaz Bennett, Meredith Berg, Aubree Bernier-Clarke, Christine Boylan, Jan Eliasberg, Rachel Goldberg, Anne Hamilton, Tannaz Hazemi, Courtney Hoffman, Mako Kamitsuna, Alexis O. Korycinski, Jean Lee, Erin Li, Maggie Mahrt, Manjari Makijany, Rosita Lama Muvdi, Mia Niebruegge, Jane Pickett, Deborah M. Pratt, Lisanne Sartor, Thoranna Sigurdardottir, Devi Snively & Valerie Weis.

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You

Tickets are on sale for our 11th annual Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You. In collaboration with IFP and Filmmaker Magazine, this series highlights emerging talent in American filmmaking. Filmmakers take part in Q&A discussions following selected screenings. Check out for lineup and info.

[Free In Deed. 2015. USA/New Zealand. Directed by Jake Mahaffy. Courtesy the filmmaker]

imo it’s not enough to say “stop whitewashing asian roles” it’s also important to say stop fucking plucking stories out of their eastern origins and repackaging and recontextualizing them for a western audience for money, period. this ghost in the shell movie isn’t just going to be shit because white people are playing the leads, it’s also going to be shit because the script and adaptation and production were all overseen by what i’m sure are overwhelmingly white american filmmakers. the REASON these films are so white is because they want them to feel white, western, etc. and sadly, i think you could pluck out all the leads from this movie and replace them with asian actors and you’d only be fixing the most visible part of the problem.
WGN America’s ‘Scalped’ Pilot Fills Out Lead Cast, Native American Filmmaker Sterlin Harjo to Produce
The lead cast for WGN America’s “Scalped” pilot is now complete. The Warner Horizon Scripted TV project has added Gil Birmingham, Irene Bedard, and Chaske Spencer; the three join …
By Oriana Schwindt