Jan 21

Filmmaker 5 with Will Battersby

Diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at age three, Mallory Smith realized at an early age that her life would be cut short. Nevertheless, she decided to live life fully, documenting her thoughts and feelings in a private diary. She went to school, developed friendships, played sports, took lovers, worked as an environmentalist. Malloy lived with illness […]

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Dec 28

Filmmaker 5 Thank You

In 2021 we had the great joy to view a number of exceptional documentary and original films and the even greater privilege to interview the talented filmmakers behind them. Through their work, our view on the past and the present has been expanded. We have been made more curious, and we have become more empathetic. […]

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Nov 08

Filmmaker Five with Neasa Ní Chianáín

Young Plato, a feature documentary directed by Neasa Ní Chianáín and Declan McGrath will have its World Premiere November 14 at DOC NYC in the International Competition. Young Plato follows Elvis-loving school headmaster Kevin McArevey—a maverick who is determined to change the fortunes of an inner-city community plagued by urban decay, sectarian aggression, poverty and drugs—and the […]

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Nov 01

Academy Lecture: The Uncensored Betty Boop

We’re thrilled to offer an online guest lecture titled The Uncensored Betty Boop on Monday, November 8 at 10 am, hosted by our friends at Sal St. George Living History Productions. Interested attendees can register for the event here. We’ll be showcasing Betty Boop, the Queen of the Animated Screen, as a major Paramount Pictures […]

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Oct 27

Filmmaker 5 with Jacob Morrison

On November 2, River’s End, the feature directorial debut from filmmaker Jacob Morrison, will be available on video on demand (VOD) on all major platforms in the U.S., Canada, and U.K. River’s End explores the global water crisis, using the state of California as a microcosm. It reveals how water politics that led to the […]

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Oct 10

Pre-Code Betty Boop: Sexpot

In the Pre-Code era, Betty Boop as cartoon character mirrored how many female stars of the Big Screen were portrayed. Like the feature films of the time, Betty Boop cartoons featured racy themes, provocative behavior, and lively musical numbers. Adult audiences expected spicy entertainment, and Betty Boop cartoons delivered. Betty Boop’s best appearances are considered […]

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Aug 02

Boop-Oop-A-Doop!

We’ve been teasing it for months, but at last it’s here: the newest Classic Couple Academy course offering. Drum roll, please…Betty Boop: Sexpot, Spinster, Icon! One of the biggest stars of the 1930s, ninety years later Betty Boop is a mainstay pop culture icon. Here at the Academy, we love Betty Boop, and we wanted […]

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Jun 26

Must-Listen Podcast from TCM – The Plot Thickens, Season 2: The Devil’s Candy

At Classic Couple Academy we’re all about learning about classic film. The release of the second installment of TCM’s award-winning podcast, The Plot Thickens, Season 2: The Devil’s Candy, offers unprecedented behind the scenes access into the making of The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990). This is must-listen podcasting for film lovers! The making of […]

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Jun 19

Course Development Behind-the-Scenes

Here at Classic Couple Academy, we’re smack dab in the middle of production of our next Classic Couple Academy course offering. Creating a course is quite the journey. And while no one needs to see how the course “sausage gets made,” we can say our process requires a lot of creativity, laughter and hard work. […]

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May 26

Filmmaker 5 with Christo Brock

BREWMANCE, the latest documentary from filmmaker Christo Brock, is now available on video on demand (VOD) on all major platforms in the U.S., Canada, and U.K. A feature-length documentary of 102 minutes, BREWMANCE follows two sets of accomplished home brewers looking to open their own craft breweries: a father-son team who repaired their strained relationship […]

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