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Cat Power’s Third Cover Album is a Personal Journey

Today is the birthday of Charlyn Marie “Chan” Marshall – best-known by her stage name “Cat Power.” And, to celebrate, I’m excited to write about her latest album.

The first Cat Power song I ever listened to was Chan’s cover of The Velvet Underground’s song “I Found a Reason.”… read more.

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Janis Joplin: Ode to Your Star in Our Feminist Firmament

Janis Joplin is a musical and feminist queen the likes of which are unmatched, and about whom much has been discussed, including in biography and film by women (see links below). A writer like me might wonder what else can be said about her, so I’ll praise instead.

Happy Birthday, Janis. You would have been 79, surely singing your way through a confusing world, lovingly looking back on the feminists and musicians you helped to birth.read more.

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‘Zero Dark Thirty’: A Powerful Look at the Only Woman in the Room

Eight years ago today, Kathryn Bigelow released Zero Dark Thirty!
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Gurinder Chadha: Directing Multicultural Feminist Dramedies

Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley in Gurinder Chadha's Bend it Like Beckham.
From 1990 to the present day, Gurinder Chadha has built a prolific career as a director and screenwriter.
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Jean Seberg: Influencing French New Wave & History

Jean Seberg, an American actress who became the face of French New Wave cinema, was a groundbreaking star as well as an activist who was targeted by the FBI for her support of the Black Panthers. On her birthday, we celebrate her impact on film history and the 1960s as a whole. 

Seberg was born in Iowa and made her film debut as the titular Joan of Arc in Otto Preminger’s Saint Joan, although she has been public about not having a good experience on set.read more.

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Visual & Poetic Beauty in ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’

Portrait of a Lady on Fire took the international film circuit — and our hearts — by storm when it premiered in 2019. On Céline Sciamma’s birthday, FF2 Media revisits how the poignant director’s magnum opus has moved audiences over the years.

Starring Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel, Portrait of a Lady on Fire chronicles the romance between an artist, Marianne (Haenel), and an aristocrat, Héloïse, for whom Marianne has been commissioned to paint a portrait.read more.

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