"People need to be able to feel like they're complicated." - Usama Alshaibi on American Arab

Ahead of the film's Chicago premiere at Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) on April 6th, American Arab director Usama Alshaibi has been in the local press talking about the film's exploration of race, identity and cultural stereotypes, and arguing "what it means to be American needs to be reexamined." Talking with fellow filmmaker Carlos Jiménez Flores in the Chicago Reader, Usama states: Continued

Documentary filmmaking tips from Steve James

In Toronto this past weekend Steve James presented a documentary filmmaking "masterclass" as part of the Documentary Organization of Canada's 2014 Masters Series. Talking with Sean Farnel, James discussed his approach to the craft of storytelling and the ethical considerations of his filmmaking style. Journalists from both Filmmaker Magazine and Realscreen attended the masterclass, and have recapped some of the best tips and anecdotes from the sessions. Here's Adam Benzine of Realscreen's breakdown of the key takeaways in brief (read them in full here): Continued

In-Progress Previews for In the Game

In the Game presents a work in progress screening at the Belcourt, a nonprofit theater, in Nashville, TN on March 29. The screening is part of a film program that celebrates girls and women in sports. This screening also marks the beginning of a partnership between the Belcourt and Casa Azafrán, a nonprofit collaborative who's mission is to create community among a diverse population. Immediately following the film, director Maria Finitzo, will participate in a Q&A via Skype. She welcomes the opportunity to hear audience feedback. Continued

Chicago homecoming and Heartland fests for American Arab

American Arab comes home to a much anticipated Chicago premiere on April 6th at the 21st Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF). Get tickets here. American Arab is this year's CUFF closing night film and will screen at The Logan Theater at 8pm. Director Usama Alshaibi - a regular at CUFF with his previous experimental works, including 2006 CUFF Best Documentary Feature award-winner Nice Bombs - will return to his former hometown for the screening. Continued

Celebrating Five Years of Typeface

On Wednesday March 19th, The One Club, the industry-leading organization dedicated to promoting and recognizing excellence in advertising and design, will celebrate the impact of Typeface by holding a 5th anniversary screening of the film at The One Club headquarters in New York City. Typeface director Justine Nagan will introduce the film and invite the audience to participate in a lively discussion about the changing world of type and design afterwards. Get tickets here. Continued

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