Heather Stewart, the long-time British Film Institute executive, will step down from her role as Creative Director at the organization in September 2021 and will take up a new position as BFI Director Emeritus. In her new advisory role, she will continue to be an ambassador for the BFI, which awards public money to support UK film across the gamut of production, distribution, and exhibition. Going forward, she will focus on strategic archive development, worldwide fundraising and philanthropic engagement, and will also continue to contribute to the BFI’s cultural program as a guest curator, speaker and writer. The org will be recruiting a replacement Creative Director in due course. Stewart graduated from NYU Film School and started out at the BFI by handling the org’s first ever home entertainment release, paving the way for the BFI’s own DVD label. She has been in the role of Creative Director for a decade, overseeing the strategic leadership of the BFI’s cultural … [Read more...] about BFI Creative Director Heather Stewart To Step Down After 10 Years; Scorsese, McQueen, Nolan Pay Tribute
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“I feel like there are more reasons to be excited about improvised music today than at any time during my 41 years on the planet,” the jazz critic Nate Chinen tells Rolling Stone . He has a point, and you don’t need to be a diehard fan of the genre to appreciate it. Crossover stars such as Kamasi Washington and Esperanza Spalding are receiving generous mainstream attention, alongside innovators like pianist Vijay Iyer and guitarist Mary Halvorson. Meanwhile, Thundercat, Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and others are seamlessly fusing hip-hop, R&B and electronica with their jazz mastery, introducing elements of a century-old art form to new audiences. And five nights a week on national television, Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste showcases his ebullient New Orleans spirit alongside Stephen Colbert. In short, the contemporary jazz scene is bursting with promise — but how did we get here? See Also Review: Kamasi Washington's New … [Read more...] about What’s Behind the New Jazz Resurgence?
The year 2018 might as well have been a decade ago. Pandemic languishing notwithstanding, things move quickly these days. The musician formerly known as D.R.A.M., or Big Baby D.R.A.M. depending on who you asked, knows this better than anyone. Born Shelley Massenburg-Smith, he was at the forefront of a generation that rose to quick stardom thanks to platforms like Soundcloud. His singles “Cha Cha,” and the Lil Yachty assisted “Broccoli” were, for a time, inescapable. But the fame that accompanied his early rise didn’t come without its drawbacks. Over Zoom, Shelly tells me about the lifestyle that almost sent his career in a completely different direction. “My lifestyle didn’t match the music that I was elevating and creating,” he says. “I was in a crazy headspace, just getting fucked up.” Related Stories Dawn Richard's Long Journey Culminates in the Bountiful Grooves of 'Second Line' Spoken Dialogue: Daphne A. Brooks and Hanif Abdurraqib Related Stories … [Read more...] about How Shelley, Formerly Known as D.R.A.M., Found His True Voice
We all know that Telugu superstar Allu Arjun is an amazing dancer and has many chartbuster songs to his credit. One of his popular songs titled 'Seeti Maar' from his 2017 film DJ has been recreated for Salman Khan's upcoming action thriller Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai . While the original song was picturized by Allu Arjun and his leading lady Pooja Hegde, the revamped version has Salman Khan shaking a leg with Disha Patani. The new song too, has been receiving a lot of love, but one simply cannot ignore the comparisons between the tracks that has been doing the rounds on social media. Recently, in a tete-a-tete with Bollywoodlife, ace music composer Devi Sri Prasad who worked on both the versions of 'Seeti Maar' opened up on these comparisons. Speaking about it, he told the news portal that while Allu Arjun is more of a dancing star, Salman Khan has his own style which dwells more on simple dance steps which go viral in no time. ALSO READ: … [Read more...] about Salman Khan’s Seeti Maar Song Vs Allu Arjun’s Version: Devi Sri Prasad Opens Up On The Comparisons
As India continues to battle the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (ZEE), a leading Global Content Company, along with Salman Khan Films (SKF), have pledged to provide support towards COVID relief work across the Nation, including donation of essential medical equipment ranging from oxygen cylinders, concentrators and ventilators. This support will stem from the revenues garnered from the multi-platform release of the much-awaited film Radhe on 13th May 2021. ZEE and SKF have partnered with India’s largest and most trusted donation platform – GiveIndia, to activate the much-required relief efforts. The recent surge of cases across the country has led to a severe strain on medical facilities due to a shortage of critical life-saving equipment. The contribution from the revenue generated by the film’s multi-format release across theatres, ZEE’s pay per view service - ZEEPlex and India’s leading OTT platform - ZEE5, will … [Read more...] about Zee Entertainment And Salman Khan Films’ Radhe To Support The Nation’s Fight Against COVID-19