UNCLE FRANK
Rating: About Ratings
Opens: 11/25/2020
Running Time: 95
Rated: R
Cast: Paul Bettany, Sophia Lillis, Peter Macdissi, Judy Greer, Steve Zahn, Lois Smith, Margo Martindale and Stephen Root.
Crew: Director: Alan Ball. Producers: Alan Ball, Bill Block, Michael Costigan, Peter Macdissi, Stephanie Meurer and Jay Van Hoy. Executive Producers: Isaac Ericson, Andrew Golov, Bob Osher, Josh Peters, Christopher Tricarico. Screenwriter: Alan Ball. Cinematographer: Khalid Mohtaseb.
REVIEW: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

Director/screenwriter Alan Ball whose work includes TV’s critically acclaimed dramas, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” “Six Feet Under,” “True Blood” and the Oscar-winning “American Beauty,” latest offering is “Uncle Frank,” a deeply moving saga about tolerance, love and loss.

Set during the 1970s, in South Carolina, “Uncle Frank” stars Paul Bettany (“Avengers: Infinity War” and “Solo: A Star Wars Story”) as a renowned literary professor at New York University. He’s also gay which aside from his closest friends he’s kept secret.

Frank especially wants to make sure his bible-thumping mother Mammaw (the amazing Margo Martindale, TV’s “American Crime Story”) and father, Daddy Mac (Stephen Root, TV’s “Perry Mason”) don’t know about his sexuality.
Over the years, he’s managed to convince his family that he just hasn’t connected with the right woman.
Although the cold and dismissive way that Daddy Mac reacts to Frank, you sense early on that maybe he’s seen something and knows more about Frank than the rest of the family does including Frank’s brother, Mike (Steve Zahn, TV’s “The Healing Powers of Dude”) and his sister-in-law Kitty (Judy Greer, TV’s “Archer”).

Frank has always been close to his 18-year-old niece, Beth (a terrific Sophia Lillis, “It Chapter Two” and TV’s “I Am Not Okay with This”). She’s non-judgmental anyway, and they have always been able to talk to each other.

When Beth decides to attend college in New York and visits Uncle Frank, she’s surprised to discover that he’s been living with Walid “Wally” Nadeem (Peter Macdissi, TV’s “Here and Now” and “True Blood”). However, she’s accepting of his kindness and love for Frank. When a tragedy strikes Frank and Beth’s family, they decide to drive from New York to South Carolina and along the way learn more about each other than they ever imagined. It brings them even closer.

“Uncle Frank” never overplays its hand. It is a heart-warming, funny and bittersweet story that feels sincere and authentic from beginning to end thanks to Alan Ball’s incisive screenwriting and the strong performances from Bettany, Lillis, Martindale, and Root.

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Check Out This Trailer For "UNCLE FRANK"

Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), The Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC) and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.
 

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OLD SCHOOL VIDEO PICK OF THE MONTH

<b> JD'S REVENGE</B> Title: JD'S REVENGE
Year Released: 1976
Running Time: 96
Production Company: AIP/MGM
Director: Arthur Marks
Director of Photography: Harry J. May
Screenwriter: Jaison Starkes
Author: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

REVIEW: "JD'S REVENGE"

"Don’t You Like Your Daddy’s Conk?”Glynn Turman, “JD’s Revenge” (1976).

I am a huge fan of blaxploitation movies and “JD’s Revenge” is one of my favorites and especially that crazy line from the movie. I remember seeing “JD’s “Revenge”--now a Black, cult classic--at the State Theater in Los...
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The More You Ignore Me <b>(Oct. 13)</b> Title: The More You Ignore Me (Oct. 13)
Year Released: 2020
Running Time: 98
Production Company: Vega Baby Releasing
Director: Keith English
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“THE MORE YOU IGNORE ME"

Mental Illness is finally getting a lot of attention, particularly on the big screen. The latest movie to showcase the illness is the dark British dramedy, “The More You Ignore Me” which has been adapted from comedian Jo Brand’s 2009 best-selling novel of the same name.

Directed by Keith English (Disney Channel, “Bus Life”), “The More You Ignore Me” is a coming-of-age drama set in 1980s England and finds pre-teen Alice (Ella Hunt, TV’s “Dickinson”) preoccupied with her favorite music group, The Smiths.

It’s about the only thing that keeps her going in dead end small town she lives in with her schizophrenic mother Gina (Sheridan Smith, TV’s “Isolation Stories”) and her bumbling father Keith Mark Addy (TV’s “Downton Abby” and “The Salisbury Poisonings”).

Her mother’s outbursts are scary, and Alice doesn’t know how long her father will be able to deal with each violent and strange episode which often includes an infatuation over the local weatherman. They ultimately decide mum is better off at a psychiatric hospital.

Although “The More You Ignore Me” is rather scattershot, the film’s eclectic characters along with Hunt and Smith’s impassioned performances keep it lively and on track.
(Recommended).

Editor's Note: "The More You Ignore Me" is available now on VOD.
Due to the number of Indie movies being released, N2Entertainment.net will begin to feature reviews of some of them in this section as well as the movie review section as necessary.

One Story Up/Cherish: A Visual Poem  <b>(Oct. 15)</b> Title: One Story Up/Cherish: A Visual Poem (Oct. 15)
Year Released: 2020
Running Time: 22
Production Company: First Look Media
Director: Terrance Daye
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

EPISODE ONE: "CHERISH: A VISUAL POEM"

Oscar winning director Roger Ross Williams (Documentary/“Music By Prudence”) is hosting a new, monthly series for upstart filmmakers called “One Story Up” which premiered Oct. 15 and is available on the new streaming service Topic from First Look Media.

Topic features some of the most talented emerging directors and underrepresented voices in film. The series will feature one short film per month that’s chosen by Williams, who introduces each episode and then returns for a discussion with the filmmaker.

The films in the series cover a wide range of important topics, from coming-of-age stories on race and class, to chronicles of growing up Black in the South, all from exciting up-and-coming filmmakers.

The first short on Episode 1 is “Cherish: A Visual Poem” from filmmaker Terrance Daye who is a 2018 Spike Lee Film Production grant recipient and a Sundance Ignite Fellow.

“Cherish: A Visual Poem” follows a young boy watching a spirited display of church worshippers at his home. His imagination takes flight and as he breaks away from his reality, he begins to experience a sense of renewed freedom and wonder.
(Recommended).

“Editor’s Note: Launched last year, Topic features North American premieres and exclusive programming from around the world, complemented by a diverse slate of originals. Recent programming includes: the weekly comedic variety series: “Second City Presents: The Last Show Left on Earth;” “Down from London” from executive producer Sharon Horgan; horror anthology series “Soul City” from filmmakers Coodie and Chike; BAFTA TV Award nominee “The Virtues” from filmmaker Shane Meadows starring Stephen Graham; Maria Bamford’s discussion show on mental health, “What’s Your Ailment?!; and critically acclaimed documentary and narrative films such as “Behemoth” and “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”

Topic is available to US and Canadian audiences on Topic.com, Apple iOS, and AppleTV, Android, Amazon Fire TV and Roku, in addition to Amazon Prime Video Channels. Check it out.

Sno Babies <b>(Sept. 29)</b> Title: Sno Babies (Sept. 29)
Year Released: 2020
Running Time: 109
Production Company: Better Noise Entertainment
Director: Bridget Smith
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

"SNO BABIES"

“Sno Babies,” from director Bridget Smith (“The Retaliators”) and screenwriter Michael Walsh (“Right Before Your Eyes”) is a dark and gritty cautionary tale about teen drug abuse. The film is available On Demand Sept. 29.

The film stars newcomer Katie Kelly (TV’s “Game of Silence”) as Kristen McKusker. At first blush it seems as if Kristen has the world on a string. Her parents are extremely wealthy, and Kristen is the apple of their eye. She’s a good, Catholic girl headed to Princeton.

However, looks are deceiving and it’s a shame that her father Bill (Ken Arnold, “The Night Watchmen”) and her real-estate mother Clare (Shannon Wilson, “Halston”) are so caught up in with their busy lives they don’t notice how much Kristen is slipping away from them.

It all starts when Kristen is hanging out with her boyfriend and he wants her to pop a couple of OxyContin so she can experience the high of “having all her worries and problems disappear.”

It’s not long before Kristen wants a new drug and her heroin addicted best friend Hannah (Paola Andino, TV’s “Queen of the South”) knows what she should try. Hannah is a bubbly teen too and would rather spend her days shooting up than attending school.
Hannah soon convinces Kristen to upgrade to heroin. She even shows Kristen where to inject the needle on her tongue, between her toes and a few other scenic spots.

While much of “Sno Babies” centers around Kristen and Hannah, there is also a subplot involving a couple played by Jane Stiles, (TV’s “F.B.I.”) and Michael Lombardi (“Central Park”). They want to get married, but a family inherited nature preserve is causing them all sorts of financial problems and forcing them to put their plans on hold.

“Sno Babies” may be a jumbled film, but it still packs a powerful and important message for teens or anyone struggling with drug addiction.
(Recommended).

Editor’s Note: The official “Sno Babies” soundtrack features some of the biggest names in rock music today. The soundtrack will include two tracks from SIXX:A.M. and will include the Top 10 hits from Country/Rock star Cory Marks (“Outlaws & Outsiders”) and from chart toppers Bad Wolves (“Sober” - the #1 hit) as well as new music from Eva Under Fire, From Ashes to New and Escape The Fate.

Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story <b>(Sept. 22)</b> Title: Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story (Sept. 22)
Year Released: 2020
Running Time: 84
Production Company: Shout! Studios
Director: April Wright
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

"STUNTWOMEN: THE UNTOLD HOLLYWOOD STORY"

”Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story” is an exciting, up-close and personal look at some of the most amazing Hollywood stuntwomen who drive the action and thrills of today’s biggest blockbuster movies. It also acknowledges the unsung heroines of the silent age of cinema.

Narrated by Michelle Rodriguez (“Widows,” “The Fast and the Furious”) “Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story”-- from Shout! Studios-- debuts Sept. 22 on the digital platforms AppleTV, Amazon, VUDU, GooglePlay, hoopla, Fandango Now, Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum, Cox, and Charter.

Directed by April Wright (“Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace”) and produced by Stephanie Austin, Michael Gruskoff, and Marion Rosenberg, “Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story” spotlights pioneering women such as Jadie David who served as the stunt double for the legendary Pam Grier in the classic, blaxploitation 1970’s movies “Coffy” (1973), “Friday Foster” (1975) and “Sheba, Baby” (1975), Julie Ann Johnson (“Women in Chains”) who was the first woman to work as a stunt coordinator on a major TV show (“Charlie Angels”) and Jeannie Epper who doubled for Lyndia Carter in the hit TV series, “Wonder Woman.”

These women reveal their passion for the profession and share some of their humorous stunt work moments. They also discuss how they overcame many obstacles; notably their struggle to be treated equally and how they help pave the way for today’s Hollywood stuntwomen like Cheryl Lewis (“Wonder Woman 1984,” “Luke Cage” and “I Am Legend”), Alyma Dorsey (“Joker,” “Captain Marvel” and Jumanji: The Next Level”) and Amy Johnston (“Captain America: Winter Soldier” and “Suicide Squad”).

"Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story" is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Mollie Gregory.

The film features the original song, “Without A Net” written by Academy Award nominee Diane Warren performed by Mickey Guyton.

Directors Paul Verhoeven, Paul Feig and Anne Fletcher and producer Al Ruddy also talk about the importance of stunt performers in their films and reveal some tricks of the trade.
(Highly Recommended).

Editor’s Note: Some information used in this review obtained from Shout! Studios/Publicity.
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GRINCH'S GROTTO By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

THE GRINCH'S GROTTO 2020 STYLE

“You’re a mean one, 2020.” It’s been a year to say the least and even as the holidays approach, some may be feeling more grouchy than usual.

If taking those traditional cheerful holiday photos with the family is exactly what you don’t feel like doing, there’s now an alternative! Kilburn Live, a market leader in the Live Entertainment industry, has announced a new partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, a global leader in educational entertainment, to create “The Grinch’s Grotto,” an imaginative take on holiday photo shoots that will give guests a fun way to show off a bit of their grumpiness during what is still the most wonderful time of the year.

Presented in partnership with retail leaders such as Westfield Group, Brookfield Properties, Macerich, Turnberry and Oxford, “The Grinch’s Grotto” will launch on Black Friday across a limited number of flagship malls throughout North America including ones in Los Angeles, Chicago, DC, Dallas, Houston, San Diego, Miami, Toronto, Northern California and the New York Tri-State area. Guests will enter these free-standing locations for a one-of-a-kind visit with The Grinch in his special cave for a photo-shoot and other special surprises that are both intimate and in true Grinch fashion - socially-distant.

“If there was ever a year where The Grinch really would take over the holiday season, it’s 2020,” said Kilburn CEO Mark Manuel. “It’s been said even the meanest soul is moved by Christmas and at its core this Dr. Seuss story is about finding your own way to redemption which is what inspired us here. It is great to be once again collaborating with our partners at Dr. Seuss Enterprises on this project. Through these challenging times, we still wanted to find a way to give families some joy this holiday season in a lighthearted and fun way. After all, 2020 has been a tough year, but it can’t take away our ability to smile and laugh which are oftentimes the first steps of continued hope”.

Complete with a burlap sack full of presents, a Grinch stylized holiday tree and a backlit fireplace with hanging stockings just as depicted in the book, this true-to-form experience will place guests inside the classic tale in one of the most authentic ways possible. Guests will also be given the opportunity to pick a sign with their choice of a favorite 2020 slogan to be placed in their photo with the Grinch. Sample slogans include, “You’re a mean one, 2020” “2020: "Stink, Stank, Stunk,” “2020 - How The Grinch Stole, Well, The Whole Year” and some positive ones including “The Grinch still can’t steal Christmas!”

“Dr. Seuss famously wrote ‘Christmas Day will always be, just as long as we have we,’” said Susan Brandt, president of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. “This unique experience was created with that mindset and will give fans the opportunity to wallow a little bit in their grumpiness, but also remember how the holiday spirit can bring out the best in anyone—even a Grinch. The Kilburn team is excellent at capturing these types of moments and bringing them to life and we’re sure that this will be something special this holiday season.”

“The Grinch’s Grotto” comes on the heels of the company’s recent joint collaboration of “The Dr. Seuss Experience,” a first-of-its-kind immersive journey through the iconic author’s most famous books, that opened in Toronto last fall and produced record-breaking sales, which will return in 2021 marking its U.S. debut.

“The Grinch’s Grotto” will kick off Nov. 27 across North America. Tickets for each engagement will go on sale on Nov. 12. Tickets will be limited and it is recommended guests pre-book their visits online prior to visiting. To see a list of locations and to pre-register for tickets please visit https://www.grinchgrotto.com/.

ABOUT KILBURN LIVE:

Kilburn Live, a division of Kilburn Media, is one of the fastest growing live events companies in North America. As a global leader in experiential, touring, and static live event offerings, Kilburn Live brings the world’s biggest brands to life through groundbreaking and highly entertaining attractions, activations, and immersive entertainment.

ABOUT DR. SEUSS:

Theodor Seuss Geisel is quite simply the most beloved children’s book author of all time. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott Honors, Geisel wrote and illustrated 45 books for children. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. While Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading. For more information about Dr. Seuss and his works, visit seussville.com and follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

ABOUT DR. SEUSS ENTERPRISES:

Dr. Seuss Enterprises is a leading children’s entertainment company focused on protecting Theodor Seuss Geisel’s (Dr. Seuss) legacy and thereby ensuring that each generation can experience the genius of Dr. Seuss. The company was established in 1993 and is based in San Diego, CA. Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ global endeavors complement Dr. Seuss’s iconic books and include films, TV shows, stage productions, exhibitions, digital media, licensed merchandise, and other strategic partnerships. Ted Geisel once said he never wanted to license his characters to anyone who would “round out the edges”--a guiding principle at Dr. Seuss Enterprises. For more information about Dr. Seuss and his works, visit seussville.com and follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

Limited Availability; For More Details and to Make Advanced Reservations, Visit https://www.grinchgrotto.com/.


CRITICS CHOICE DOC WINNERS By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

THE FIFTH ANNUAL CRITICS' CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARD WINNERS REVEALED

The Critics’ Choice Association (CCA) unveiled the winners of the fifth annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards, which recognize the year’s finest achievements in documentaries released in theaters, on TV and on major digital platforms, as determined by the voting of qualified CCA members which included yours truly.

“Dick Johnson is Dead” takes home the most prestigious award for “Best Documentary Feature” as well as “Best Director” for Kirsten Johnson.

“My Octopus Teacher” won the awards for “Best Cinematography” and “Best Science/Nature Documentary.”

“We couldn’t be more excited about being able to celebrate such a diverse group of films and filmmakers and subjects this year of all years, on the fifth occasion of the CCDAs, and with 2020 being what it is,” said Christopher Campbell, President of the Critics’ Choice Association Documentary Branch. “The world needs this variety of storytelling now more than ever, and all of these documentaries moved us in unique ways, added Campbell. “We are proud that we could still support these films and share the best of the best with nonfiction fans. Our only regret is that we couldn’t do so while also honoring the talented artists and their incredible work in person.”

Though this year’s gala event was not held in person due to the ongoing pandemic, special acceptance videos from each of the winners can be found at "DOCS"

To learn more about the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, see the full list of nominees, and all of the winner acceptance speeches, visit their Website at "CCAD" http://criticschoice.com/2020docwinners/.

Here Are The Winners Of The Fifth Annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards:

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Dick Johnson is Dead (Netflix)

BEST DIRECTOR: Kirsten Johnson, Dick Johnson is Dead (Netflix)

BEST FIRST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Melissa Haizlip, Mr. SOUL! (Shoes in the Bed Productions)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Roger Horrocks, My Octopus Teacher (Netflix)

BEST EDITING: Lindy Jankura, Alexis Johnson and Alex Keipper, Totally Under Control (Neon)

BEST SCORE: Marco Beltrami, Brandon Roberts and Buck Sanders, The Way I See It (Focus Features)

BEST NARRATION: David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (Netflix) David Attenborough, Narrator David Attenborough, Writer

BEST ARCHIVAL DOCUMENTARY: MLK/FBI (Field of Vision/IFC Films)

BEST HISTORICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL DOCUMENTARY: John Lewis: Good Trouble (Magnolia Pictures/Participant)

BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY (TIE): Beastie Boys Story (Apple) The Go-Go’s (Showtime)

BEST POLITICAL DOCUMENTARY: Boys State (Apple) BEST SCIENCE/NATURE DOCUMENTARY: My Octopus Teacher (Netflix)

BEST SPORTS DOCUMENTARY (TIE): Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes (HBO) Athlete A (Netflix)

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY: St. Louis Superman (MTV Documentary Films) (Directors and Producers: Sami Khan and Smriti Mundhra. Producer: Poh Si Teng)

MOST COMPELLING LIVING SUBJECTS OF A DOCUMENTARY (HONOR): Dr. Rick Bright - Totally Under Control (Neon) Steven Garza - Boys State (Apple) The Go-Go’s - The Go-Go’s (Showtime) Judith Heumann - Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (Netflix) Dick Johnson - Dick Johnson is Dead (Netflix) Maggie Nichols, Rachael Denhollander, Jamie Dantzscher - Athlete A (Netflix) Fox Rich - Time (Amazon) Pete Souza - The Way I See It (Focus Features) Taylor Swift - Miss Americana (Netflix) Greta Thunberg - I Am Greta (Hulu)

ABOUT THE CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS:

The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards are an off-shoot of The Critics’ Choice Awards, which are bestowed annually by the CCA to honor the finest in cinematic and televised/streaming achievement. Historically, the Critics’ Choice Awards are the most-accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.

The 26th annual Critics Choice Awards will air LIVE on The CW Network on March 7, 2021 with acclaimed film, television, and stage star Taye Diggs returning to host for his third consecutive time. The show will continue its combined Film and Television awards format, honoring the finest in both cinematic and televised/streaming achievement.

ABOUT THE CRITICS’ CHOICE ASSOCIATION (CCA):

The Critics’ Choice Association is the largest critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 400 television, radio and online critics and entertainment reporters. It was organized last year with the formal merger of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, recognizing the blurring of the distinctions between film, television, and streaming content. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com.


JACQUELINE APPOINTED By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

JACQUELINE STEWART APPOINTED CHIEF ARTISTIC/PROGRAMMING OFFICER OF THE ACADEMY MUSEUM OF MOTION PICTURES

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures announced on Oct. 19 that scholar, programmer, and educator Jacqueline Stewart has been named Chief Artistic and Programming Officer.

In this new executive position, Stewart will lead strategy and planning for the Academy Museum’s curatorial, educational, and public programming initiatives, including exhibitions, screenings, symposia, publications, workshops, and K-12 programs. Stewart will join the museum in January 2021 and will report to the Director and President of the Academy Museum, Bill Kramer.

Bill Kramer said, “Jacqueline Stewart is a powerful leader in the film world. Her inspiring history of scholarship, teaching, programming, building community partnerships, and archival work combined with her dedication to inclusivity and accessibility make her an ideal leader for the museum. With her remarkable ability to engage the public and her commitment to showcasing the diverse and fascinating history of the movies, she will be a vital part of our mission to advance the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema.”

“As a scholar who researches, teaches, presents, and archives films, I see how cinema shapes our understandings of history and culture, of other people and ourselves, in profound and enduring ways. In my work to create welcoming spaces for people to experience films, I have seen that movies have a unique ability to galvanize dialogue and cultivate empathy,” said Jacqueline Stewart. “I am excited to join the Academy Museum team at this critical moment for the institution, and for our world, to engage visitors and partners in accessible, multifaceted conversations about the history of filmmaking and the impact that cinema has on our lives.”

Stewart joins the Academy Museum from the University of Chicago Department of Cinema and Media Studies, where she teaches American film history, specializing in African American cinema from the silent era to the present. Stewart also is the Director of the university’s Arts + Public Life initiative, which provides platforms for artists and access to arts programming through artist residencies, arts education, creative entrepreneurship, and artist-led programs and exhibitions. She currently serves on the curatorial advisory committee for the Academy Museum’s upcoming exhibition “Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971,” which explores the visual culture of Black cinema from its early days to just after the civil rights movement.

An award-winning writer, Stewart is the author of “Migrating to the Movies: Cinema and Black Urban Modernity,” a study of African Americans and silent cinema, and was the co-editor of “L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema”—a landmark study of the first generation of film-school-trained Black filmmakers out of UCLA, including: Charles Burnett, Julie Dash, and Haile Gerima. Stewart's writings have appeared in Critical Inquiry, Film Quarterly, Film History, and The Moving Image. She has two forthcoming books on directors William Greaves and Spencer Williams.

Stewart’s research has been supported by numerous grants and fellowships, including the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library, the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University, the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2019, Stewart was a senior fellow at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C.

A thoughtful and engaging programmer, Stewart is the host of “Silent Sunday Nights” on Turner Classic Movies, which showcases silent films from all over the world, and she co-curated “Pioneers of African American Cinema” for Kino Lorber—a collection of works of early African American filmmakers. A native of Chicago's South Side, Stewart founded the South Side Home Movie Project in 2005 to preserve, digitize, and screen amateur footage documenting everyday life from the perspectives of South Side residents.

A passionate film archivist and advocate for film preservation, Stewart studied moving image archiving at UCLA and the Cineteca di Bologna in Italy. She is a three-term appointee to the National Film Preservation Board (NFPB), which advises the Librarian of Congress on film preservation policy. As Chair of the NFPB Diversity Task Force, Stewart led the drafting of reports on diversity, equity, and inclusion on the National Film Registry and in the film archive profession. Stewart has served on the Boards of Chicago Film Archives, the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, and the Association of Moving Image Archivists.

Stewart has held faculty positions at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. She earned her PhD in English from the University of Chicago and her BA in English from Stanford University.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY MUSEUM OF MOTION PICTURES:

The Academy Museum will be the world’s premier institution dedicated to the art and science of movies. Opening April 30, 2021, the museum will be simultaneously immersive, experimental, educational, and entertaining. More than a museum, this dynamic film center will offer unparalleled experiences and insights into movies and moviemaking. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum is restoring and revitalizing the historic Saban Building, formerly known as the May Company building (1939), at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. The Saban Building will feature six floors, including exhibition spaces, the 288-seat Ted Mann Theater, the Shirley Temple Education Studio, special event spaces, conservation areas, a café, and store. The new spherical addition will connect to the Saban Building via glass bridges and will feature the state-of-the-art 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater and the rooftop Dolby Family Terrace, which will offer sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills.

Editor’s Note: Information used in this feature obtained from The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.