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Film and Media Arts

From moving pictures to an established industry, film and media have the power to capture our most powerful stories. Learn more about how it has evolved and helped tell diverse stories.
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Natasha, who is wearing a red dress with white flowers, and Shant, who is wearing a white, cable-knit sweater, clink wine glasses over a dinner table topped with a white tablecloth and various dishes. Natasha and Shant look at each other as they toast.
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Artbound

This Armenian Dating Show Doubles as a Lesson in Geopolitics and Culture

Lighthearted, fun and a sneaky lesson in world politics. "The Armenian Dating Show" explores the spiderweb of history and culture that connects Armenians in America.
Fredrika Newton and Dana King stand on either side of a bronze bust of Black Panther Party leader Huey P. Newton. Fredrika Newton, who was long gray braids, places her hand on Huey's cheek as she looks up at the bust with reverence. Dana King, who has gray, curly, shoulder-length hair topped with a purple knit hat, looks over at Fredrika with a respectful gaze. Surrounding the women are a crowd of people holding umbrellas. They sky above is gray and overcast.
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Artbound

Black Panther Party Leader's 'Love and Legacy' Captured in Sculpture and Documentary

Short documentary "For Love and Legacy," a film by A.K. Sandhu, explores the nexus of art, race, and legacy as it follows sculptor Dana King and activist Fredrika Newton as they build a monument — a bust of Black Panther Party (BPP) leader Huey P. Newton, Oakland's first public monument honoring a member of the BPP.
A black and white photo taken from below of composer Arnold Schoenberg conducting. He's holding a baton and gestures one of his hands as he faces an orchestra, which is out of frame. Sylvain Noack, the concertmaster, can be seen to the left, playing a violin.
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Lost LA

The Exiles and Émigrés That Shaped the Sound of Early Hollywood

Talented composers fleeing Nazism made a new home for themselves in the United States and, in the process, helped create the vibrant sounds and the emotional pull of such Hollywood movies as "Casablanca," "Sabrina" and many more.
An image of two Vietnamese American artists with their works
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Artbound

The Women of the Vietnamese American Arts Scene in Orange County

Artists Kiều Chinh and Ann Phong would have never thought they would be part of the art scene in Orange County when Saigon fell in 1975. Despite decades of work, both continue to fly under the radar.
A man working in the field holds out his hand to the camera.
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Artbound

Photo Essay: Farmworkers Advocate for Their Right to Thrive

Photojournalist Julie Leopo takes us into the lives of farmworkers in Oxnard, as they navigate the complexities of working in the field, poverty and unstable futures.
An old black and white photo of Sidney Poitier directing behind a large film camera. He's wearing a brimmed hat that partially shades his face and a plaid collared shirt. Poitier looks directly in front of him and points two fingers at something out of frame.
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Artbound

How Sidney Poitier Paved the Way for Black Leading Men in Hollywood

Black filmmaking wouldn't be what it is today if it weren't for the countless pioneers that came before. Sidney Poitier revolutionized the film business with countless roles that veered away from demeaning stereotypes of Black life in Hollywood, but he also hungered to portray more complex characters that represent the Black experience.
A man holding a large video camera.
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Artbound

In Every Era, Black Filmmakers of L.A. Struggle to Tell Their Stories

Filmmaking is not only a way to tell a story, but to preserve memory. In every era, Black filmmakers like Gregory Everett, Zeinabu irene Davis, Ava Duvernay and Issa Rae continue to use film as a medium to keep their stories alive.
A collage image of the same African American man in different stages of his life.
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Artbound

No Longer Overlooked: Gregory Everett's Impact on Black Los Angeles

From his west side party series to his community work in the Crenshaw District, Gregory Everett has always been motivated by the larger perspective, but his impact stayed relatively underground. Learn more about this pivotal person in the Black L.A. community.
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