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BlacKkKlansmen

Dear Friends,

As you know, the Oscars are just three short weeks away. And today we want to urge you to go see BlacKkKlansman. Even if you have seen it, we think it is well worth watching again. It is, quite simply, a remarkable film.

It is based on the actual story of Ron Stallworth, an African-American cop who, along with his Jewish partner Flip Zimmerman, infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan. John David Washington and Adam Driver portray Stallworth and Zimmerman respectively in a film with an all-star cast and directed by the incomparable Spike Lee .

It has been nominated for 6 Oscars:
• Best Picture
• Actor in a Supporting Role, Adam Driver
• Directing, Spike Lee
• Film Editing
• Music (Original Score)
• Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Click on the link below to watch a clip of the movie:

https://watchabc.go.com/vp2/ext/player.html?videoId=VDKA7647738&brand=oscars&sharingVideoUrl=https://oscar.go.com/nominees/best-picture/blackkklansman&autoplay=true

WONDERFUL!

Best,
Philip & Marilyn Langner

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On Their Own

Dear Friends,

We show you today a picture we just received from The Academy of Motion Picture of Arts and Sciences of the great movie star and our friend, Gena Rowlands, and famed director, Spike Lee—both of whom were recognized on Saturday by The Academy with Governors Awards.

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Gena, together with her husband John Cassavetes pioneered a new in motion pictures: The Independent Film.

John and Gena decided one day not to simply act in other people’s films, but to make their own.  Together they ushered in such films as:

Shadows—which won a Critic’s Award at the Venice Film Festival

A Woman Under the Influence—for which Gena earned an Oscar for Best Actress and John earned an Oscar nomination for Best Director

Gloria—for which Gena earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress

Husbands—starring John with Peter Falk and Ben Gazzara

Faces—which was nominated for 3 Academy Awards

Minnie and Moskowitz—for which John was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy

Opening Night—for which Gena won Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival

Gena says—about the struggles they had producing these films—

There wasn’t anybody doing it.  Everything was done through the studios.  But we did it on our own. When we ran out of money, we paid for our own pictures by acting for others or mortgaging our home [you can read more about it in an article here.]

They really did pave the way for a lot of independent films, ourselves included when The Theatre Guild produced the 1969 movie, Slaves—but more about that next time!

Congratulations Gena on your Governors Award and for all that you have done in your career!

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