His 40-year career turned dancers into parishioners, and partygoers into family

When the clock struck midnight, DJ Sam “the Man” Burns always began his sermons on the decks the same way: “Good morning, Washington, D.C.!” And at some point that night, he would inevitably remind wallflowers of his number one rule. “No texting on the dance floor,” he’d shout.

“He’d just…

After months of controversy, ‘On the Record’ delivers a haunting #MeToo story that puts Black women first — but Black men were few and far between at its Sundance premiere

“This emotional force keeps informing my mind, keeping me blind from the reality of what’s being done,” sings Lauryn Hill. “I keep playing the fool to help everyone.” …

‘Just Mercy’ and ‘Clemency,’ both out this week, right some serious wrongs in the prison-drama genre

When civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) walks into an Alabama prison in the new film Just Mercy, his law degree matters less to the guards than his Blackness; first comes an unnecessary strip search, then the demand that the civil rights lawyer “bend over and cough.” Many…

Margarita Cadenas served as a co-writer and producer for French Television, and has produced numerous commercials around the world. Her filmmaking credits include “Cenizas Eternas,”(“Eternal Ashes”), the “Máscaras” (“Masks”) short film series, and shorts “Macondo” and “Beyond Appearances.”

“Women of the Venezuelan Chaos” will premiere at the 2018 Hot Docs…

Cynthia Wade’s 2008 documentary “Freeheld” won an Academy Award, Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and 13 other awards. Her other credits include “Grist for the Mill,” “Shelter Dogs,” and “Generation Startup.”

Sasha Friedlander’s feature-length documentary “Where Heaven Meets Hell” won Best Feature Documentary Film at the LA…

Dyana Winkler is a director, producer, and film festival programmer whose narrative screenplay “Bell” was a participant in the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab and awarded a Sundance Sloan Commissioning grant and a SFFILM Science in Film Grant.

Tina Brown co-produced the award-winning feature-length documentary “Dear Mandela,” which was supported by the…

Sarah Menzies’ documentary films have screened at Telluride Mountainfilm, Banff Mountain Film Festival, Port Townsend Film Festival, and many other festivals. She directed the documentary shorts “The Mirnavator,” “A Steelhead Quest,” and “Catch It.”

“Afghan Cycles” will premiere at the 2018 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival on April…

Beandrea July

Culture writer & audio producer for hire. Work in New York Times, Time, Hollywood Reporter & more: JulyWrites.contently.com @beandreadotcom

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