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Kristin Lems Wants People to Know the Jane Addams Her Family Knew

By Elisa Shoenberger

Thanks to the enormous success of Hamilton on Broadway and beyond, historical musicals are having their moment in the limelight.

Now Chicago is making its own contribution with Saint Jane and the Wicked Wicks which just opened on August 26th. It’s a musical play interweaving the life stories of Jane Addams (social work pioneer and founder of Chicago’s Hull House) and Nellie Wicks (the great-grandmother of Kristin Lems who serves in the multiple roles of Playwright, Composer, Lyricist, and Producer).… read more.

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From Willow to Whistle: Meet DC Comics’ New Jewish Superhero!

By Elisa Shoenberger

Meet Whistle, the new Jewish superhero! DC Comics will introduce her on September 7th in Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero. Whistle was created by E. Lockhart and illustrated by Manuel Preitano (with color by Gabby Metzler and letters by Troy Peteri).

Whistle is the first DC Superhero who originated as Jewish since 1977.… read more.

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Multi-Talented Filmmaker Ashley O’Shay’s New Doc ‘Unapologetic’

Ashley O’Shay’s first feature film, Unapologetic, is a documentary that speaks volumes about the many dimensions of Black women and their vast contributions as activists to the Black Lives Matter movement. O’Shay ‘s narrative arc follows two Chicago activists: Bella Bahhs, and Janaé Bonsu.… read more.

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Meet Quadruple Threat Ericka Nicole Malone: Actress, Writer, Director & Producer

Ericka Nicole Malone does it all. She’s an actress, writer, director and producer. She’s written, directed, and produced over nine plays including touring In Love With Tyrone. She’s the creator and Executive Producer of television pilot Ward of the State with Janet Hubert (who is best known from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air).… read more.

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Behind the Scenes with ‘Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles’ Animator Tess Martin

When I stumbled upon the work of filmmaker and visual artist Tess Martin, I was at once delighted and fascinated by both the mediums she uses and the ideas she explores. Based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Martin’s work is informed by hand-made animation techniques and “their potential to explore the human condition.”
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Ask for Rachel: FF2 Interview with Filmmaker Rachel Carey

Guest Post by Diane  K. Martin

Rachel Carey is a writer, a playwright, and a filmmaker. Her feature film, Ask for Jane, covering an abortion collective in the years before Roe v. Wade, debuted in 2018 and is now streaming from Amazon, Apple, Google Play, and elsewhere.

In addition to several other plays and a television pilot, she has written a novel, Debt, published by Silver Birch Press and optioned for a TV series by the production company Calamity Jane.read more.

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