Sep 11

Filmmaker 5 with Carolina Markowicz: Charcoal (CARVÃO)

In a remote area in São Paulo’s countryside, a rural family struggling to make it accepts a proposal to host a mysterious stranger. Soon, the family home, situated beside a charcoal factory, becomes a hideout for highly-wanted drug lord. Mother, husband and son clash as they try to keep up appearances with the neighbors, maintain […]

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Sep 11

TIFF 2022 Picks: The Umbrella Men / Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues / The Woman King

Classic Couple Academy Recommends The Umbrella MenContemporary World CinemaDirector: John Barker Musician Jerome Adams returns home to Cape Town for his father’s funeral. There he learns his dad left him the Bo-Kaap community’s beloved Goema Club, as well as leadership of The Umbrella Men minstrel troupe. His father also left a substantial debt with a bank […]

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Sep 10

Exclusive TIFF Interview: Cast and Director of The Umbrella Men

When musician Jerome Adams flies into Cape Town for his father’s funeral, he finds his dad has bequeathed him the Bo-Kaap community’s beloved Goema Club. Along with the Club comes the care of The Umbrella Men, the legendary minstrel troupe led by his father. Soon Jerome discovers the Club comes with a huge bank overdraft, […]

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Sep 10

TIFF 2022 Picks: Patrick and the Whale / I Like Movies / My Sailor, My Love

Classic Couple Academy Recommends Patrick and The WhaleTIFF DocsDirector: Mark Fletcher Patrick Dykstra spends his life to traveling the globe, following and diving with whales as an award-winning cameraman. During a dive in Dominica, he forged a bond with a female sperm whale that changed his life. The whale he named Dolores engaged with him […]

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Sep 09

Filmmaker 5 with Chandler Levack: I Like Movies

In I Like Movies socially inept 17-year-old cinephile, Lawrence Kweller is self-absorbed and movie-obsessed. Driven by his desire to attend film school at NYU, he gets a part-time job at Sequels video store, fully convinced he can earn $90,000 to meet his tuition needs. There Lawrence forms a friendship with the older store manager, Alana. […]

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Sep 09

Filmmaker 5 with Mark Fletcher: Patrick and the Whale

Award-winning cameraman Patrick Dykstra spends his life to traveling the globe, following and diving with whales. On one dive in Dominica, his close encounter with a female sperm whale changed his life. He named her Dolores and the two engaged in mutual study—her studying him as he studied her. Patrick and the Whale follows Patrick’s […]

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Sep 09

TIFF: Day 1 Photo Journal

All photos by Chris Chase for Classic Couple Academy.

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Sep 09

TIFF 2022 Picks: El Agua / Godland

Classic Couple Academy Recommends El AguaTIFF Contemporary World CinemaDirector: Elena López Riera It’s the languid days of Spanish summer in a town near the Segura river. Seventeen-year-old Ana, played by Luna Pamies in a breakout film debut, experiences her first love under the disapproving eyes of the townspeople. Local legend claims that every few decades, […]

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Sep 02

Filmmaker 5 with Hallee Adelman and Sean King O’Grady: Our American Family

Addiction is an all-encompassing force impacting the lives of the afflicted and everyone around them. Documentary film Our American Family provides an honest, unfiltered look at a close-knit Philadelphia family impacted by generational substance abuse. Captured at a pivotal “nothing to lose/everything at stake” year-long period, five family members tired of life with addiction on […]

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Aug 26

Academy Update: Film Festivals, Radio Shows, Guest Appearances and More

It’s been a minute since we offered a straight-up Classic Couple Academy update. We’ve been up to some things, mostly interviewing an amazing roster of filmmakers whose work was shown at the the 2022 Tribeca Festival and the 2022 HollyShorts Film Festival. We’re thrilled to have covered these two film festivals as credentialed media. Speaking of […]

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