DEAR WHITE PEOPLE: Race & Cinema

produced by MYAH WILLIAMS  Justin Simien wrote, directed and produced Dear White People, confronting audiences with an artistic voice that draws from his predecessors while simultaneously breathing new life into the canon of “black cinema”. In the dark dramedy, Simien makes us laugh, grimace, and squirm. Hear clips from the film along with a critical response from Ampersand’s…

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AMPERSAND EPISODE I: Open & Shut

Ampersand is a podcast that explores arts, culture, creativity, & everything in between. In our first episode, we examine the blur between art and public space, talk personal stories with New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow, and take a look behind the scenes of “Dreaming Sin Fronteras,” a touring performance that blossomed from the…

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NEAR FUTURES: Alexis Lloyd on the Future of Journalism

produced by CHRISTINA CAMPODONICO  As the Creative Director of The New York Times Research & Development Lab, Alexis Lloyd investigates and develops cutting-edge technologies within the field of journalism. In this interview with Ampersand’s Christina Campodonico, Lloyd speculates on the future of journalism and what the emergence of digital news will mean for producers and consumers,…

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INTO THE ABYSS: Werner Herzog

produced by ELIZABETH NONEMAKER  Filmmaker Werner Herzog was at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica where the American Cinematheque screened “Into the Abyss,” a documentary about two men convicted of a triple homicide. The film examines the morality of capital punishment – a sentence received by one of the convicted men – but is far…

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A JOURNEY HOME: The Trip to Bountiful

produced by MAUREEN LEE LENKER “The Trip to Bountiful,” a special presentation of the Center Theatre Group, opened in Los Angeles on Sept. 26th. Maureen Lee Lenker was there to witness the debut of this sparkling transfer from Broadway. The show, a revival of a 1953 Horton Foote play, first debuted on Broadway in 2013 and…

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AMBULANTE: Sparking dialogue through documentaries

photographed & produced by ANA LUISA GONZÁLEZ Ambulante California’s first annual film festival screened independent documentaries across 13 different venues and neighborhoods in Los Angeles over two-weeks. Ampersand’s Ana González talked with Christine Dávila, the director of Ambulante California, about bringing documentaries to the community.

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AxS FESTIVAL: Music in the Stars

produced by HEATHER HEISE The 2014 AxS Festival, presented by the Pasadena Arts Council from September 19 to October 5, explored the intersections of art, science, and curiosity. Its musical performances, science lectures, and architectural takeovers reflected a 21st-century sensibility for cross-disciplinary disruption. Heather Heise was there to hear how two scientists teamed up with composer and USC alum…

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