Black Women Filmmakers In South Africa Face A Long, Obstacle-Filled Road To Success

Filmmaker Zamo Makhwanazi: “We’re all stuck in the same writer’s rooms, where we’re worked to death. … How is it that we’re carrying the industry on our backs, we are the creators, we are the hardest-working people in the industry, but we have the least power?”

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People Are ‘Hacking’ Museum Tours To Make It All More Fun

More fun, or more efficient, or more in line with what specific visitors want to see, that is. “Third-party tour companies, especially those working in fine art museums, bring more external filters, from the comedic to the academic. Their tours range from special themes, like feminism or gay culture, to museum highlights designed for time-pressed or attention-deficit travelers.”

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Stage Workers Picket Toronto Exhibition Space After They’re Locked Out By Management

The site’s board of governors locked out the union, IATSE Local 158, and then asked the stagehands and technical workers not to picket until after the Canadian National Exhibition. The union responded, “That’s not going to happen. … We are not going to surrender our rights under the law and jeopardize the safety of Torontonians and other visitors to Exhibition Place as a favour to Tory’s friends. Nor will we put visitors at risk.”

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It’s Really Weird, Evolutionarily Speaking, That Humans Make Mental Representations Of The World

Instead of responding by reflex, we often respond to our mental representation of a thing. That’s an extra step. But it might, in the end, be more efficient. “The organism can just think: there is a large object ahead that is moving relatively fast, and the best thing to do when faced with oncoming fast-moving large objects is to get out of their way. In this way, the organism does not have to store a large number of behavioural dispositions (‘red bicycle ahead → move to the side’; ‘blue motorcycle ahead → move to the side’ etc), but it can just reason about what the right answer is.”

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The Los Angeles Times Has Moved Out Of Its Building, But The Building Could – And Should – Become A Historic Monument

Actually, it’s a building complex, one that includes a building voted second-ugliest in LA. Should that one be preserved? Even architecture critics have worries about dismissing the buildings out of hand. “Within the context of Southern California history, however, there is no question that this is a site that carries Los Angeles history in its bones.”

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Why Are There So Few Movies About Middle School?

Films and filmmakers mythologize coming-of-age stories in all kinds of ways, ways that focus on the magic of whatever change or reference point young adults make their way into the adult world. But middle school isn’t like that. “It’s incredibly difficult to mythologize, or at least to do so with any kind of light. It’s far too awkward and irredeemable a time.”

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