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New Ways of Seeing: Tuca and Bertie

Tuca and Bertie, Lisa Hanawalt’s VERY adult animated series was just resurrected this week from digital purgatory, returning blessedly for a second season next year. Watching the first 10 episodes, I marveled at the deep empathy that the creator had for the complexity and subversiveness of women—no matter what the species—and this raunchy, real and…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: Lynn Shelton’s Humpday

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director, and PAM Curator, Film & New Media Humpday Director: dir. Lynn Shelton, United States Available on Amazon Prime Lynn Shelton and I once took a ride on a Memphis riverboat. We sat on flimsy chairs day drinking, watching the mighty Mississippi drag by. There we were, amidst a mix of…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: My Brilliant Friend

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media My Brilliant Friend Created by Elena Ferrente; Series Creator Saverio Costanzo Available on HBO I first read—and devoured—all 1600+ pages of Elena Ferrante’s coming of age series The Neapolitan Novels after an Italian friend tipped me off to the artistic mystery that surrounds her true identity. That story is amazing…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: Moonlight

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media Moonlight Director: dir. Barry Jenkins, United States Available on Kanopy and Netflix When most folks think “tryptic” they think about painting—lush colors, multi-textural landscapes and the power of light to make things come alive that otherwise are nothing but flat. And in a way,…  Read more

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Cinema Unbound Heroes: Amanda Needham

Amanda Needham makes folks look good on screen. Like really good. And it has not gone unnoticed—she’s a two-time Emmy Award-winning Costume Designer. She has a way of putting characters in clothing that so completely suits them and brings them to life—that her costumes become fashion trends and fodder for the media.  Amanda managed to grow…  Read more

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Cinema Unbound Heroes: Todd Haynes

When Todd Haynes premiered Safe in 1995, he could have never foretold the moment in time we find ourselves in today. While the film was firmly set in 1987, the New York Times notoriously gaffed as a film “set in the future.” And that’s where Todd Haynes lives—both of the now and of the past.…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: Community

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media Community Series Creator: Dan Harmon Available on Hulu Sometimes, I know I should watch something artistic, powerful, and deeply felt…but I turn to comedy instead. There are days when I just need a laugh, a jolt, and something that lifts me up out of the…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: Ozark

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media Ozark Series Creators: Mark Williams & Bill Dubuque Available on Netflix I’d been warned as a day-one fan of Ozark that season three packed a wallop, but even still, I was unprepared for its final moments. Beloved by everyone from my Oklahoma relatives to Guillermo Del Toro…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: The Last Black Man in San Francisco

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media The Last Black Man in San Francisco Director: dir. Joe Talbot, United States Available on Amazon Prime Jimmie Fails and Joe Talbot were best friends growing up in San Francisco. They were two teenagers who loved movies—making them, writing them, dreaming of a…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: Fleabag

From Amy Dotson, Director of NWFC: Fleabag, Seasons 1 & 2 Creator: Phoebe Waller-Bridge Available on Amazon Prime Fleabag—and the talents of Phoebe Waller-Bridge—first burst onto the scene in 2016 showcasing a six-part series with a seemingly simple premise: a complex and hilarious British woman attempts to cope with her grief, her family and herself.…  Read more