Oct 20

Filmmaker 5 with Jason Phillips: Voodoo Macbeth

Before Hollywood director Orson Welles ascended to fame as producer, director and star of Citizen Kane (1941), he struggled as an actor and writer for radio. In 1936 at the age of 20, untested and battling addiction, Welles was enlisted by John Houseman, director of the Negro Theatre Unit in New York, to direct the first all-Black […]

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Aug 14

Filmmaker 5 with Cameron S. Mitchell and Julia Muniz: ELSA

Elsa Sjunneson is many things: professor and media critic, skilled fencer and hiker, published author and writer for Marvel Comics’ first Women of Marvel, Assassin’s Creed, and the Magic the Gathering universe. She’s also the first Deafblind winner of the Hugo Award and the Aurora Award. Through her disability and queer rights activist work, Elsa […]

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Jun 11

Filmmaker 5 with Michael Shevloff — Nicholas Brothers: Stormy Weather

In the1943 film Stormy Weather, brothers Fayard and Harold Nicholas performed a dance routine—shot in one take with no rehearsal—regarded as the greatest dance routine ever put to film. Almost 80 years onward, that performance continues to amaze and inspire not just dancers, but dance as an art form. The short film Nicholas Brothers: Stormy […]

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Jun 10

Filmmaker 5 with Tessa Louise-Salomé: The Wild One

Legendary filmmaker Orson Welles once said, “If there had not been a Jack Garfein, Hollywood would have invented him!” And what an invention that would have been! Yet, it certainly would have been no match for the real Jack Garfein—Holocaust survivor, celebrated Broadway director, Actors Studio West co-founder, and controversial filmmaker. Illuminating the life of […]

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Apr 21

Classic Couple Academy Attending TCM Classic Film Festival 2022

The Classic Couple Academy team of Kami, Chris and Kim are attending the TCM Classic Film Festival April 21-24, 2022. Kami’s attending on a media pass for our sister site, ClassicCouple.com. Check out our TCMFF coverage there for some exclusive interviews with TCM hosts and guest presenters and to keep up with our antics. And […]

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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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May 06

TCMFF Picks & Plans with Chris

The Classic Couple Academy team is ready for the TCM Classic Film Festival 2021. We’ve reviewed the scheduled programming on TCM and HBO Max and made our selections of must-see content. Here native New Yorker and Classic Couple Academy technical lead Chris Chase shares his TCMFF picks and plans. The TCM Classic Film Festival 2021 […]

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May 06

Filmmaker 5 with Bruce Goldstein

Bruce Goldstein’s film Pelham One Two Three: NYC Underground makes its broadcast premiere during the TCM Classic Film Festival 2021. Classic Couple Academy recently had the opportunity to ask filmmaker Bruce Goldstein about it and his complete New York Trilogy airing on HBO Max. Our Filmmaker 5 with Bruce Goldstein follows. Filmmaker 5.1: The three […]

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May 06

TCMFF Picks & Plans with Kami

The Classic Couple Academy team is ready for TCM Classic Film Festival 2021. We’ve reviewed the scheduled programming on TCM and HBO Max and made our selections of must-see content. Here writer and Classic Couple Academy lead curriculum designer Kami Spangenberg shares her TCMFF picks and plans. I’m thrilled to be a credentialed member of […]

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