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Rick Najera: A Latino In Hollywood Is 'Almost White'

Rick Najera's name may not sound familiar, but his work is famous in Hollywood. Host Michel Martin talks with the funnyman about his career and his book Almost White: Forced Confessions of A Latino in Hollywood.

British Filmmakers Shift American 'Conversation On Race'

Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave was one of several films featuring black British actors to premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Black British filmmaking is on the rise on the global stage, and the worldwide focus leaves filmmakers and actors to navigate conversations on race and identity.

'Valentine Road': A Path To Teen Tragedy

Five years ago, 14-year-old Larry King was killed by a classmate for exploring his sexual identity. In her new documentary, Marta Cunningham delves into King's life and death. She joins guest host Celeste Headlee to discuss the film and how her research transformed the way she viewed the crime.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, On Life And The Lenses We Look Through

The actor chatted with NPR's Rachel Martin about his writing and directing debut Don Jon. The film, which also stars Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore and Tony Danza, is about porn addict trying to make it in a relationship.
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Film Industry Gives Virginia Economic Boost

Virginia's film industry is making millions of dollars for the state while employing residents.


'Don Jon': Smooth Move There, Mr. Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's writing and directing debut is a modern look at a Don Juan who's got a bit of a porn problem. NPR's Bob Mondello says it's an assured first film from an actor who's clearly been paying attention to what makes a movie work.

A Brutal Movie From China, Ripped From The Headlines

A Touch of Sin, from director Jia Zhangke, is a tangle of four violent vignettes — all based on true stories — that made it past China's famously strict censors with hardly any cuts. It gets its U.S. premiere this weekend at the New York Film Festival.

Gordon-Levitt's 'Don Jon' Is An Openhearted Directorial Debut

Joseph Gordon-Levitt also wrote and stars in the film, about a prolific seducer and porn addict who changes his ways when Scarlett Johansson's character enters the picture. Critic David Edelstein says Don Jon is smart, with a subversive touch.

'Trials' Relives Painful Past Of Muhammad Ali

Three-time heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali has been the subject of many documentaries. But a new one has arrived in theaters: The Trials of Muhammad Ali looks at the former champion's religious and political beliefs.
Friday, October 25, 2013

Arabian Sights Film Festival

Arabian Sights will feature films from several countries including Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, and Palestine.