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RACISTS TEACH HERE by Kristal Sotomayor, WHYY
“I’m not sure you’re capable of taking that class,” said my high school English teacher. She was a middle-aged white woman. I had approached her after class to sign a form allowing me to take the more advanced AP English class the following year. My first year of high school, I was placed in the advanced courses in science and math but not in English. MORE→

 

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FROM FASHION TO FOOD AND BEYOND: BILLY LUTHER BRINGS NATIVE STORIES TO THE FOREFRONT by Kristal Sotomayor, ITVS
Filmmaker and producer Billy Luther’s first feature documentary Miss Navajo, which follows a young woman competing in the Miss Navajo beauty pageant, aired nationally on Independent Lens after premiering in the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Since then, Luther has collaborated with Independent Lens on the alter-NATIVE series highlighting the experiences of contemporary indigenous artists and their culture. MORE→

 

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4 WAYS TO CONTINUE SUPPORTING YOUR PASSION FOR FILM by Kristal Sotomayor, Submittable
Let’s say you’re a few years out of film school like I am. While in college, we dreamed of being free of the institution, spending our lives making films. But how can anyone balance paying rent with continuing to support a passion for filmmaking? MORE→

 

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VISUALIZING THE MODERN DIGITAL AGE by Kristal Sotomayor, ITVS
In People’s Republic of Desire, director Hao Wu documents China’s live-streaming community, one akin to YouTube’s cult-like culture. The film investigates how online video chat platforms affect the lived experiences of internet personalities, such as icons Shen Man and Big Li, as well as both wealthy and low-income fans. MORE→

 

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FILMMAKING AFTER FILM SCHOOL by Kristal Sotomayor, Submittable
Congratulations on that nice, shiny film school diploma. Now what? Like many of my film school peers, I’ve directed a few shorts that received recognition on the undergrad film festival circuit. I’ve got festival laurels to my name. So, where’s the dream job? Where are the grants to make my own films? MORE→