• 82nd Annual Academy Awards - "Meet The Oscars" New York
    January 23, 2017   BY  

    Favorites for nominations this year include the breakout musical, “La La Land,” the affecting drama, “Manchester by the Sea,” and the coming-of-age film, “Moonlight,” all three of which performed well in the Golden Globes. “Moonlight,” which follows a boy as he grows up black, gay and poor during the era of the “War on Drugs,” took home the Golden Globe for best picture. Continue reading

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    This poem is one of four that American poet Ron Padgett wrote specifically for the new Jim Jarmusch film “Paterson,” which follows a poetry-writing bus driver (played by Adam Driver) who shares a name with his city of Paterson, New Jersey. Throughout the film, we both see and hear Paterson recite his poetry, inspired by his daily routine. Continue reading

  • HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 17:  Director Peter Berg attends the closing night gala screening of "Patriots Day" at the 2016 AFI Fest at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 17, 2016 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
    January 13, 2017  

    “Patriots Day” recounts the 2013 Boston marathon bombing and subsequent manhunt. Although the film is not a documentary, it aims to stay very true to the real events. For director Peter Berg, it’s his third film based on a story ripped from the headlines. Jeffrey Brown talks to Berg about the responsibility to get it right. Continue reading

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    December 29, 2016  

    What were the best films of 2016, and who delivered the most captivating performances? Jeffrey Brown sits down with Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post and Mike Sargent of Pacifica Radio to discuss their top picks. Continue reading

  • Here's a look at our best of 2016 lists in art.  Now we want to hear yours. Photo by Getty Images
    December 29, 2016   BY  

    What outstanding works of literature, television, art, and film captured your attention in 2016? Our arts correspondent, Jeffrey Brown, spoke this week with leading voices in the arts about some of the most compelling contributions in these fields. Now we need your help finding what we’ve overlooked. Continue reading

  • filmmakers
    December 25, 2016  

    In the early part of the 20th century, black filmmakers were forced to work outside the white Hollywood mainstream — and produced around 500 films, mainly for black audiences. To preserve this history, the company Kino Lorber released a five-disc collection this year containing 20 hours of these films. Executive producer Paul Miller joins NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Karla Murthy. Continue reading

  • moonlight1
    November 4, 2016  

    Based on a true story, the new movie “Moonlight” follows Chiron, a boy growing up black, gay and poor in 1980s Miami. The film documents Chiron’s identity struggle in three acts, featuring a different actor for each. It’s a landscape director Barry Jenkins knows well — he grew up in the same neighborhood around that time. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Jenkins and screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney. Continue reading

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    October 31, 2016  

    Two years ago, two best friends with Down syndrome came up with an idea that would change their lives. With the dream of making a zombie movie, Sam Suchmann and Mattie Zufelt raised nearly $70,000 in a Kickstarter campaign, and “Spring Break Massacre” was born. The NewsHour’s Mike Melia meets up with the creative duo to learn what they’re up to now. Continue reading

  • rubin
    October 20, 2016  

    The first thing that casting director David Rubin does when he reads a screenplay is to forget the writer’s character descriptions. Instead, he’s on the lookout for an actor’s authenticity, as well as diversity. Rubin offers his Brief But Spectacular take on what he sees as the most illuminating auditions. Continue reading

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 11:  Vanguard Award recipient Nate Parker speaks onstage at the Sundance Institute NIGHT BEFORE NEXT Benefit at The Theatre at The Ace Hotel on August 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)
    August 31, 2016  

    A new film, “The Birth of a Nation,” tells the story of Nat Turner, a historical figure who led a bloody slave rebellion in 1831. But lately this highly anticipated movie has been in the news because of revelations that Nate Parker, director, writer and lead actor, had been accused of rape in college. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Roxane Gay of Purdue University and Mike Sargent, chief film critic for Pacifica Radio. Continue reading

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