Filmmakers and film partners Lee Bader and Liri Navon (left to right)— A still from their series, 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘸𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘯.

When the COVID-19 pandemic shook the world and sent millions of workers fumbling into the folds of remote work for the first time, Liri Navon and Lee Bader didn’t skip a beat. The two friends and colleagues had been remotely collaborating for over 7 years before meeting in person for the first time, just a few months ago.

They’d met through a Facebook creatives group, forging a friendship and professional relationship that has since birthed multiple projects, including Interwoven, a dramedy about two women on opposite ends of a suicide prevention hotline call, and Sketches from the Quarantine, a parody…


Writer and Director Lilian Mehrel (right)

The descendant of Holocaust survivors and Kurdish refugees, Lilian T. Mehrel channels her hybrid heritage into her work as a writer and director who tells heartfelt stories with a dark sense of humor. She received her BA at Dartmouth and an MFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with the support of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.

Since then, she has crafted a number of films, including Water Melts, a live-action/animation romantic comedy miniseries, co-created by Mary Evangelista and supported by the Tribeca Film Institute and Google’s Immersive Lab, eventually landing a distribution deal with…


Photo by Aurich Lawson

Changing the current unequal state of Hollywood starts with educating ourselves. On America’s historic oppression. On systemic racism. On what it’s like to be black in America. We have put together a list of films and television shows that address racial inequality, as well as content created by black filmmakers that everyone should watch. This is by no means a comprehensive list, so if you have any suggestions, feel free to leave a comment.

Films:

13th (2016): Scholars, activists, and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom in this documentary. (Available on Netflix)

Beats, Rhymes…


(composite by Kirsten Acuna at Insider)

Five of the top ten most-anticipated movies of 2020Wonder Woman 1984, Black Widow, The Eternals, Mulan, and Birds of Prey — featured female leads and directors. Those five movies were estimated to garner more than $4 billion worldwide. 2020 was supposed to be a groundbreaking year for women in Hollywood. With the outbreak of COVID-19, release dates are being rescheduled, many well into the fall and even 2021 — it’s clear that this isn’t going to be a year for anyone in Hollywood.

A record 10.6% of last year’s top 100-grossing films were directed by women, according to…


This is a list of the names of black people who died as a result of police brutality in the U.S. since July 2014. Photo taken from LA Johnson/NPR

Let’s get one thing straight: film is and always has been political. Just take a look at one of the nation’s first big blockbuster films, The Birth of a Nation (1915). The Birth of a Nation was a three-hour film full of racist propaganda that is acknowledged to have contributed to the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan.

Over one hundred years later, we’re still living in the same broken world. The way that film, to this day, portrays black people and other people of color directly impacts how our society treats and thinks about these communities.

Black Americans account…

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