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Personal Expression of Beauty… through Cancer

By Flo Ankah

I met Suzanne Mernyk, writer of ‘Sympathy in C’ at the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive 2017, led by the masterful Gary Garrison, who is nurturing a supportive community of playwrights across the country. Unlike acting, where you can choose to create discernment between your character’s circumstances and your personal life, playwriting is incredibly revealing. As […]

Two Couples on the Verge in ‘Subprime’

By Jon Hill

Beck Lee’s compelling new play effectively documents and dissects the death throes of two couples in the subprime of their lives and in doing so provides us with a disturbing roadmap to marital dissolution. The setting is a mid-town Manhattan hotel in the summer of 2008 just as the financial crisis is taking shape. Two 30-something couples from […]

Communists and Space Aliens as Metaphor in Cinema

By Jon Hill

An Homage to Paranoid Sci Fi Films of the 1950s Nowhere in all of cinema is metaphor used more brilliantly than in the sub-genre I call “paranoid Sci Fi”, and at no time was it exploited more effectively than in the decade of the 1950s. Before 1950 Science Fiction films were mostly low budget cheesy […]

My France in the Theater, and Suzanne

By Flo Ankah

Charles Aznavour is one of my favorite French lyricist. He wrote “La Bohème,” and “Je m’Voyais Déjà” about being the condition of the struggling artist. A few years ago, he put out an new album of enthralling compositions that I couldn’t stop playing. Favorites include “Je Danse Avec l’Amour” and “Le Chasseur” that evoke so much […]

This Is My Brain On Jazz

By Jon Hill

Classically trained musicians can play from printed music note for note, but take away that sheet music and they tend to be clueless. Most are perpetually baffled by how jazz musicians are able to invent musical lines in real time with nothing more than a lead sheet as a guide. The most important lesson that […]

The Question of Integrity–Life and the Movies

By Flo Ankah

Attending the TCM Classics Film Festival is like renewing your vows with… your love of cinema. Unlike any other festival I have been to, the programming is not for the filmmakers, but for the cinephiles (some of them hardcore buffs) traveling nationally and internationally. Most return year after year to discover newly restored gems and […]

What Makes A Noir Character Noirish?

By Jon Hill

What has always fascinated me about film noir characters is that they are defined not by what they are, but by what they are not: what they don’t do, what they don’t have and what they never say. There is a reason for this: censorship. During the era of Nazi terror in Europe, many film […]

Jessica Sherr – self-produced actress

By Flo Ankah

Conversation with Jessica Sherr on her lifestyle in New York, the Bette Davis solo show she took to the Edinburgh Festival, taking everything one step at a time and things that renew her spirit, such as surfing and introspective practices like the book “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron. website . facebook . solo show […]

Kadia Saraf – yoga ninja mom

By Flo Ankah

Conversation with yoga teacher and actress Kadia Saraf on her life as a single mom of three, true love in an independence-driven era and how she changed her lifestyle after her divorce to heal herself by implementing a rigorous physical training and daily affirmations. website . facebook . action reel iTunes mp3 or Youtube 3D

Ilinca Tuvene – international student

By Flo Ankah

Conversation with Ilinca Tuvene on moving to New York City to study, the differences in the acting industry in Europe versus the US, the process of the O1 visa for artists and identifying with two different cultures at the same time. website . facebook . instagram iTunes mp3 or Youtube 3D

How About the Local Film Festivals?

By Flo Ankah

I started to go to film festivals showing short projects, always a wonderful opportunity for a “workation”. You are out-of-town, can focus on the films, and it’s easier to keep up with all the networking. Somehow it’s different for me with New York-based festivals: when there isn’t a specific project to push, it’s easier to […]

Cultural Intimacy in Film = Time + Love

By Flo Ankah

Indie films are a labor of love.  Yes, the initial goal is making the best possible picture, one that realizes the director’s vision with integrity and can objectively reach its target audience.  From the perspective of the film festival goer, you watch the movie in a huge theater, there is a buzz, packed audience and […]