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Photographer Marilyn Stafford: From Fashion to ‘Silent Stories’

On this day in 1998, Marilyn Stafford published her first book of photographs, Silent Stories: A Photographic Journey Through Lebanon. Silent Stories is considered an important historical document as well as a tremendous collection of artwork; the same can be said of much of Marilyn’s work. 

Marilyn’s photography career began rather wildly.read more.

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Filmmaker Lana Wilson Captures the Humanity in Every Subject

On this day three years ago, Miss Americana became available to stream on Netflix. This documentary was an up-close and personal view of Taylor Swift, who had been in the public eye for over a decade, but had never gotten to properly tell her story (that is, outside of her music). 

Miss Americana gave Taylor the space to explore the struggles, both personally and publicly, that she had faced as a person who found fame so early in her life.read more.

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Elizabeth McBride’s perfect costumes grace many iconic films of the nineties

When Driving Miss Daisy was released on this day in 1989, it was a hit amongst critics and audiences alike, and became a classic. The film was applauded for its incredible performances by both principal actors, and there’s no doubt that the costumes helped their characters come alive. The costuming for Driving Miss Daisy was one of the earliest successes of costume designer Elizabeth McBride. read more.

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Academy Award Nominee Sarah Polley: Acclaim for ‘Women Talking’

Women Talking, a film written and directed by Sarah Polley, was just nominated for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for the 2023 Academy Awards. The film is receiving much-deserved attention for the incredible story it tells. Of course, it was all made possible by Sarah Polley. 

Sarah Polley is well known for her directing projects, but her success began years before that.read more.

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Filmmaker Dawn Porter’s Docs Combine Empathy and Education

On this day in 2016, the timely and important documentary, Trapped, was released in theaters. Trapped was directed and produced by the brilliant documentary filmmaker Dawn Porter. 

Dawn’s directorial debut came out with a bang with the hard-hitting and critically acclaimed documentary, Gideon’s Army.read more.

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Olivia Sterling Depicts Modern Racial Issues in Bright Colors

On the anniversary of the opening day of Olivia Sterling’s exhibition Yowl, we’re celebrating this important artist! 

Olivia is a British artist known for her hard-hitting messages delivered in a colorful, picture-book style. As a Black woman, she uses her art to address issues of race in the UK. Another signature element of her style is something you might not see right away; little letters ‘B’ and ‘W’, to symbolize the labeling and compartmentalizing of people of different skin tones that she observes. read more.

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