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‘Strong Island’ tackles crime, justice and racism with a personal — and cinematic — touch

After years of filming and editing, Yance Ford thought he had finished making “Strong Island” in 2014. And then it hit him.

“I didn’t have the film that I wanted to have,” said Ford, whose Netflix documentary meditates on his brother William’s 1992 slaying, systemic racism and the implosion of their middle-class African American family in a Long Island suburb.

“I realized what I had done by accident was to make a great film about grief,” said Ford, who was 19 when his older brother died after a tense encounter at a notorious neighborhood chop shop. He was unarmed. The white teenage mechanic who shot and killed him was never prosecuted. The grand jury considered it a case of self-defense.

The more Yance Ford dug, and the more he was willing to expose in family artifacts and first-person interviews, the closer “Strong Island” got to the complex and achingly personal memoir that premiered

Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/la-en-mn-strong-island-doc-20171109-story.html

Book Beat: Personal stories inspire authors

Great stories aren’t always born from imagination. Real life experiences have inspired some truly compelling tales.

Writers are providing readers with a variety of personal stories this month. These authors are meeting fans of their work at local book stores and libraries to sign copies and share experiences. 

Journalist Megyn Kelly will appear at Barnes Noble in Princeton with a published memoir that focuses on her childhood and other moments that helped shape her successful career. The title, “Settle for More,” reflects her drive to never settle for less than what she wants in life.

Also appearing is writer Brandon Novak, author of “Dreamseller: An Addiction Memoir.” He will meet readers, while accompanied by a panel of special guests that include legal experts and addiction specialists. Novak’s appearance also includes access to local resources for anyone who is experiencing an addiction.

At other Barnes Noble stores in the region, Philadelphia native Josephine

Read more at: http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/life-style/local-feature/book-beat-personal-stories-inspire-authors/article_64aec550-883d-11e7-a570-e34f619b30e9.html

Personal Shopper’s Olivier Assayas interview: ‘I don’t think I would’ve written this screenplay if I had not known …

The French film director Olivier Assayas is sitting in London’s Mayfair hotel, reflecting on the Cannes Film Festival. Last year, his latest film Personal Shopper split the critics – gaining as many five-star raves as one-star trashings. Then he won Best Director. “Cannes is a strange place,” he muses. “It’s a place where the press feel guilty, because they spend two weeks partying, drinking, going from cocktail [party] to cocktail [party]. And they feel as bad about it [so] they want to have social movies about how people suffer in the world…and I don’t make social movies.“

A former critic for Cahiers du cinema, Assayas, 62, arguably knows what he’s talking about when it comes to film journalists. Same goes for the industry. He may be married to fellow French director Mia Hansen-Løve (with whom he has one daughter), but Assayas believes he’s on the fringes of his nation’s independent cinema

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/personal-shopper-olivier-assayas-kristen-stewart-cannes-film-festival-fashion-a7629621.html

For This Louisiana Homicide Detective, Murder Is Personal

In the series premiere of Investigation Discovery’s Murder Chose Me, detective Rod Demery steels himself to interview a young boy who has just witnessed his mother’s homicide.

The Shreveport, Louisiana, officer sympathizes instantly: When Demery was 3 years old, two somber officers showed up at his grandmother’s door and told him his mother had been killed.

“As I looked at this little boy, I recognize him,” Demery narrates in an exclusive clip from the premiere on Wednesday, Feb. 15. “And I realize that the little boy is me.”

Indeed, beginning with his mother’s death, murder has defined Demery.

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When he was in his 20s, his brother was convicted of murdering someone and sentenced to life

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/murder-chose-me-premiere-clip-rod-demery/