July 14, 2016 | POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

The Best Bastille Day Movies: The 13 Frenchest Films of All Time
Today is Le quatorze juillet, Bastille Day to us anglophones, when France celebrates the beginning of its revolution and the birth of the modern nation. To commemorate the occasion in suitable fashion, here’s a baker’s dozen movies positively bursting with liberté, égalité, francité—liberty, equality, Frenchness.
Read more | Vogue »

British Film Institute Launches Season Devoted to Black Actors
The British Film Institute has launched Black Star, a series of events and screenings that the organization claims is “the U.K.’s biggest-ever celebration of black screen actors.” The program, which runs Oct. 17-Dec. 31, will be “the U.K.’s biggest ever season of film and television dedicated to celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors.”
Read more | Variety »

‘23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black in America’: Watch Beyoncé, Alicia Keys & More Celebs In Stark Short Film
Alicia Keys and the We Are Here Movement have teamed up with Mic to release a powerful video titled “23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black in America.” The clip features some of Hollywood and music’s biggest names including Beyoncé, Taraji P. Henson, Rihanna, Pharrell, Bono, Janelle Monáe, Queen Latifah and many more.
Read more | IndieWire »

2016 Locarno Film Festival Announces Full Lineup
The Locarno Film Festival is known for an eclectic lineup that combines newcomers and veterans of international cinema alongside mainstream fare that screens in its massive outdoor space. The newly announced 2016 edition, which runs August 3 – 13, looks to be no exception. In addition to featuring 16 titles in the Piazza Grande section, 15 in the international competition and another 15 in the Filmmakers of the Present section, the Swiss event will also honor a range of talent.
Read more | IndieWire »

How Chipotle’s New Short Film Is Using Emotional Intelligence to Woo Back Customers
Everyone loves a great story. For the past year, Chipotle Mexican Grill has been in desperate need of rewriting its narrative. The chain has suffered mightily following multiple incidents in which customers got sick after eating Chipotle products contaminated with E. coli bacteria or norovirus. (Not to mention that the company’s chief creative and development executive, Mark Crumpacker, was recently charged with drug possession and linked to a high-profile drug ring in New York.) In an effort to find its way back, Chipotle released a new short film last week.
Read more | Inc. »

What to See at the Asian Film Festival of Dallas
The Asian Film Festival of Dallas is the only chance many North Texas moviegoers will have to see some of the best new films to come out of Japan, China, Indonesia, Korea, Hong Kong, and other countries on the world’s biggest continent. (In its 15th year, the festival will screen its first Iranian film.) Most of the movies at the Asian Film Festival of Dallas are not otherwise coming to a theater near you, and that alone should make it a treat.
Read more | D Magazine »

Apply Now For The 5th Annual New York Film Festival Critics Academy
IndieWire’s ongoing efforts to support the next general of critics and entertainment journalists continues this fall with the fifth edition of the New York Film Festival Critics Academy, produced in collaboration with the Film Society of Lincoln Center and its publication, Film Comment, in addition to support from IndieWire’s parent company, Penske Media. The workshop, which also takes place with an international group of participants at the Locarno Film Festival in August, runs in New York from September 30 – October 16.
Read more | IndieWire »

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