Get thee to the movie theater now, gentle reader, to see Aretha Franklin’s concert film Amazing Grace. To see it on the big screen is to be transported back to 1972, to the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles where Franklin recorded her Grammy-winning gospel album. In search of authenticity that a studio recording could never achieve, Franklin brought the studio to church in every sense of the word with the support of the Southern California Community Choir, her band, and Rev. James Cleveland, one of the most renown gospel figures of the time. Read More
Happy Women’s History Month!
“Women still have to fight to show people that we know what we’re doing. That change is still in the works, but at least there’s more of us.”
Rachel Morrison: first woman nominated for an Academy Award for cinematography.
“I try to see what is at the heart of the story and the character at a given moment, and let story and emotion be the factors that inform the technique.”
And back by popular demand…
Jessie Maple: filmmaker, director, editor, producer, writer, cinematographer, and pioneer.
Maple is the first black woman to join the union of International Photographers of Motion Picture & Television (IATSE) in New York.
“You can’t stop progress. You can hold it up for a minute, but you can’t stop it.”
For 38 years, New York Women in Film and Television has organized the Muse Awards annual gala holiday luncheon to celebrate women of vision and achievement. And each year, remarkable and accomplished women are honored with this prestigious award.
It was my great pleasure to accompany one of the honorees, Lisa Nishimura, Netflix VP of Original Documentary and Comedy. With the success of “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” on Netflix, this was a full circle moment for me. We hadn’t yet met when I greeted Lisa at the entrance, and her first words to me were “Congratulations on the show!” What a classy lady. Also attending on behalf of Netflix was Zana Lawrence, who played a big role in our series as an EP.
Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs
I have been a fan of Stanley Kubrick for nearly as long as I have been a fan of movies. Dr Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and The Shining top the list for me in that I can watch them over and over and find some new delight in his dispassionate storytelling, dramatic soundtracks, and the aggressive symmetry of his composition.