• 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • August 19, 2016  

    In his newest film, Werner Herzog is again asking existential questions — this time, about the internet. In “Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World,” released in theaters on Friday, Herzog analyzes this ever-expanding fortress of information, and how it promises possibilities of both progress and catastrophe. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Herzog about his latest inquiry into human nature. Continue reading

  • August 11, 2016  

    On Friday, long-distance runner Alexi Pappas will compete in Rio in her first-ever Olympic race. But unlike many of her Olympic peers, Pappas does not put all her talent in one basket. In addition to training as a world-class runner, she is also a filmmaker, actress and poet, and she writes about what she knows: track. “As a storyteller, I want to tell stories that I can uniquely tell,” she says. Continue reading

  • April 12, 2016   BY  

    Film archivist Angie Schmidt thinks of her job in terms of time travel. Continue reading

  • March 4, 2016  

    A.O. Scott has been the New York Times’ film critic since 2000, so it’s safe to say he knows his craft. But in a world dominated by social media, where anyone with an Internet connection can become a self-styled critic, what separates a professional from a wannabe? That’s one of the issues Scott tackles in his new book, “Better Living Through Criticism.” Jeffrey Brown talks to Scott for more. Continue reading

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