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Getting to Know Black Filmmakers in America

It seems a particularly important time to be celebrating Black History Month in America. I don’t have to tell you why (please, don’t make me tell you why). In doing that this year, I decided to shift the focus away from icons of the past (though you’ll see the mark of history in every work within this post) and shine a lens on the black filmmakers working right now.

Who are the black filmmakers currently working in our film industry?

Some are studio directors. Others independent writer/directors. Interestingly, many are working with and employing each other. All are doing not just good work, but great work. And despite the general notion that black stories do not attract audiences or the money that comes with them, many (if not most) of those on this list prove that myth absolutely false.

This list isn’t exhaustive, but it’s a start. Rather embarrassingly, I haven’t watched every film on this list (or even the majority). Like you, and almost everyone else, I watch what is most easily accessible. That’s usually whatever my local Regal is playing on cheap Tuesday, or whatever Netflix suggests I might like next. It’s also usually something by a well-known, white male director – because that’s what’s marketed to us. That’s a shame.

But it’s okay. Because we can change it. If there’s anything helpful I can do as a white American, it’s actually watch the work of black filmmakers working in this country. So, perhaps we can start together. Maybe we can forego our Netflix suggestions and search  for one of these titles; maybe the algorithm will eventually pick up on it; maybe it’ll actually change what we’re regularly watching.

10 Black Filmmakers Whose Work You Can Watch NOW

What follows is a list of directors, a short biography, and the project they’re currently working on. A list of films by each filmmaker that you should start with. Finally, a trailer to help you pick something to watch tonight.

Sound good? Let’s get to it.

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Choosing a Valentine’s Day Movie: A Comprehensive Guide from Romantic, Horrific, to Totally Narcissistic

Me choosing a Valentine’s Day movie for you is like picking a chocolate out of one of those heart-shaped Russell-Stover boxes that’s missing its map. You just don’t know what you’re gonna get – or if it’s gonna make you barf.

I’ve put together a comprehensive list of the Valentine’s Day movies that I’d choose for myself any day of the year. It’s uniquely categorized; My definitions of love and romance are questionable at best. Proceed with caution.

And Happiest of Valentine’s Days to you and yours.

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DIY Film Watcher's Bullet Journal | A tutorial for film nerds and casual movie goers alike | onecriticalbitch.com

DIY Film Watcher’s Bullet Journal

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So here’s a departure from the usual criticism and watch lists here on the blog. Today, I offer you my very own attempt at a DIY post -a tutorial on how to craft a film watcher’s bullet journal.

Don’t know about bullet journals? Well, first of all, you’re not very hip (SAD). And second of all, I can help with that. Here are the receipts:

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2016 Film and TV - The Best (and Worst) | onecriticalbitch.com

The Best (and Worst) of 2016 Film and TV

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First of all, I’m late. Everyone else did these 2016 film and tv lists in January. It’s February 2nd. So in the interest of not repeating three thousand other lists (and also in being, well, interesting), I’m going to attempt to focus on the 2016 film and tv that you might not be seeing.

Yes, you should all see MoonlightHidden Figures, The People vs. O.J. Simpson – basically everything but La La Land (disclaimer: I haven’t even seen it, I just know I’ll hate it). But let’s not forget these lesser gabbed about gems that also made their mark on 2016.

And when it comes to my worst of 2016 film and tv, feel free to take me to town. There’s bound to be some disagreement – is Hardcore Henry the best thing that’s happened to cinema since the long take in Touch of Evil? (it’s not) – but also, I hope, some mutual understanding.

And as always, I appreciate a reason to rethink my initial impressions. So if you’ve got good crit on any of my worst picks (or the best ones), send it over. You just might change my mind.

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What to Watch? Trump Inauguration Day Edition | A list of movies and television to get you through the day and beyond | onecriticalbitch.com

It’s Here, So Now What? The Trump Inauguration Day Watch List

Inauguration Day has arrived. Whether you’re into it (you’re on the wrong blog), over it, or looking for some way to cope with it, here’s a list of what to watch to get you through.

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Film School: 10 Documentaries to Watch Now | What to watch now that the election's over | onecriticalbitch.com

Documentaries to Watch NOW in Trump’s America

I generally stick to fiction – you won’t find a lot of posts about documentaries here. That’s about to change.

The last few weeks were challenging. I have looked at this blog on numerous occasions and thought, NO – I can’t. Going back to #31DaysofHorror feels wrong, in light of the real world horror I and so many others feel after the results of this election.

On the other hand, maybe you don’t feel bad about it at all. There are those of you who will call me a “special little snowflake” and tell me to “buck up, buttercup,” because this is reality. This is who won. Donald Trump is the next President of the United States.

You’re right. So what do I do now?

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Women to Watch: October New Releases | Television and Film Written, Directed, and Created by Women | See the whole list on onecriticalbitch.com

Women to Watch: October New Releases in Film + Television

Another month has passed, Fall is officially in full swing, and you know what time it is – time for October new releases!

Honestly.

It feels like just yesterday (it was only a couple of weeks ago) that I was hammering out TWO separate lists to cover September’s offerings in film and television. This month is a little less crazy, but no less full in terms of offerings from female creators.

October New Releases: Thin on Theatrical

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The Best Books on Film for Aspiring Filmmakers + Movie Lovers | My top 10 picks at onecriticalbitch.com

The 10 Best Books on Film

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Books on film, about films, for filmmakers, for film lovers…

Now that we’ve been doing my version of film school for a bit, I think it’s best we apprehend the right materials, don’t you?

There are Skillshare courses. We talked shot analysis. Today, let’s read a few books.

Whether you read on a kindle (I think you’re weird) or the slowly browning paper it was meant to be printed on, these are the Top 10 Books on Film I recommend for those looking to sink their teeth deeper into the world of movies.

Helpful Amazon links included – even for those of you who’d commit the ultimate sacrilege and download them to your iPad (David Lynch is judging you).

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Women to Watch: Fall TV 2016 Edition | September is the premiere of the Fall Television line-up. Here's everything created by women this month | See the whole list on onecriticalbitch.com

Women to Watch in September: Fall Television Special

The Fall Television Schedule is also STACKED.

Yes, you heard me right – there were TOO MANY female directed (written, directed, produced, you name it) projects to list in one post this month. Enter the Fall Television special – wherein we list every bit of tv programming created by women in September.

It’s a big task (YES!), but somebody’s gotta do it.

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Women to Watch: August New Releases | Television and Film Written, Directed, and Created by Women | See the whole list on onecriticalbitch.com

Women to Watch: August New Releases in Film + Television

When I think August, I think END OF SUMMER. That’s a frightening thought. So let’s think AUGUST NEW RELEASES instead, shall we?

What’s The Women to Watch List?

I started this project all the way back in May. Three months later and I’m both surprised and not surprised. Surprised, because there are SO MANY movies and television shows I would not have thought to watch (or even known were premiering), that are the product of women in the film industry. Not surprised, because (as you’ll see with these August new releases) there just aren’t enough.

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