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Movie Mayhem: Redefining Black Film, Movie Presidents, Fall Oscar Bait


In 2015, it was “Oscars So White.”  But 2016 is shaping up to be a banner year for film artists of color.  In a recent essay in the Washington Post, film critic Ann Hornaday asks “Is the term, ‘black film’ obsolete?”

For our monthly Movie Mayhem show, Ann Hornaday joins Tom in the studio, along with Jed Dietz, the director of the Maryland Film Festival, to talk about movies like Moonlight,the critically acclaimed new coming-of-age film by Barry Jenkins.  Is it part of what some are calling a revolution in black cinema? 

The movie mavens will also be sizing up some of the many Oscar-worthy new films opening in area theaters this fall.

And with a nod to next Tuesday's presidential election, Ann and Jed discuss how Hollywood has portrayed US presidents over the years.  That's also going to be the focus of a film critics' panel, including Ann Hornaday, Arch Campbell and Bill Newcott, called "Inside Media: Hollywood's White House: the Top Ten Movie Presidents, at The Newseum in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, November 5 at 2:30pm.   For details and directions, click here.

The Maryland Film Festival will be sponsoring a special event on Saturday, November 12 in the MICA Brown Center, called An Open Conversation: Between the Scenes.  It will be an opportunity to meet and speak with independent filmmakers about their work.  The event is a fundraiser to support MDFF's year-round programming and celebrate the upcoming opening of its newly-restored Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Film Center.  Details here.

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