In the 1980s and ’90s, Kyaw Thu was one of Myanmar’s leading film stars, appearing in more than 200 movies. He was so popular that the military government cast him in several propaganda films. But when he turned down a role, it ended his acting career. Instead, he founded a service that provides funerals for those who can’t afford them. Jeffrey Brown tells the story of personal transformation. Continue reading
Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died Sunday at the age of 46, defied ever being typecast. He’s played a detestable antihero and a brown-nosing manservant with equal skill and conviction. Jeffrey Brown talks to The Washington Post’s film critic Ann Hornaday about Hoffman’s honesty on screen, which she says was key to his connection with moviegoers. Continue reading
It’s summer movie season, the time of year when blockbusters dominate the box office. Jeffrey Brown sits down with producer and director George Stevens Jr. to discuss his new book, “The Great Moviemakers,” a collection of in-depth interviews exploring how some of cinema’s greatest directors approached their craft. Continue reading
Actor Andy Griffith, who played a widowed sheriff in the Andy Griffith show and a cagey Southern lawyer in Matlock, died Tuesday at his home. He was 86. These shows were only a small part of a career that spanned 50-years and included a Grammy award and a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Continue reading
Harry Belafonte is not only a musical icon, but also a lifelong political and social activist. Gwen Ifill talks with Belafonte about his life as a singer, actor and civil rights activist. Continue reading
WNPR reporter John Dankosky narrates a Connecticut Public Television report on how legendary actor Paul Newman’s charitable food company is still thriving after his 2008 death. The Newman’s Own Foundation evolved into one of the most-recognizable celebrity-run charities and recently surpassed $300 million in donations. Continue reading
Awkwardness is the essence of “The Silent Echo Chamber,” a multi-screen video installation on display at the New Orleans Contemporary Art Center. The work is part of an ongoing project called “Nontalking Heads” by “Harry Shearer.