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Hayley Hodson

Documentaries for good: Dale Bell and Harry Wiland discuss the Media and Policy Center

Based in Santa Monica, California, the Media and Policy Center (MPC) is a non-profit documentary film company that specializes in creating content addressing social justice issues for public television and educational distribution platforms. Co-CEOs Dale Bell and Harry Wiland, who both boast storied careers in film and television spanning decades, joined forces in the early…

‘The Grinch’ for the modern moment

It has been 18 years since Jim Carrey brought the Grinch to life in one of the most iconic Christmas movies of all time, and now, in 2018, everyone’s favorite green Christmas character is back in action and cuter than ever before. In addition to reminding you that you are old, this year’s Grinch movie…

Beware Orson Welles’ final film

“The Other Side of the Wind” is an echo chamber, a hall of mirrors and an irreverent saga jabbing at Hollywood, macho-ism, literary figures and European art cinema. A disorienting ordeal with cinematic Easter eggs scattered throughout, “The Other Side of the Wind” is Orson Welles’ final film 50 years in the making, posthumously released.…

‘First Man’ flies high

Damien Chazelle has made a name for himself directing ambitious films often focused on jazz. At 32, he became the youngest person ever to win the Oscar for Best Director for his Hollywood movie-musical “La La Land.” While at first an unlikely candidate to direct a space movie, there’s actually something quite poetic about Chazelle…

Chloe Zhao’s ‘The Rider’ is riveting

Chloe Zhao’s “The Rider” is a film deserving of at least two viewings. I first saw “The Rider” back in September at the Telluride Film Festival and was immediately struck by the clarity with which Zhao directed her film. While “The Rider” is a story about cowboys and deals with themes of masculinity and violence,…
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