New film ‘Bottega Veneta: Men’ examines identity and clothes.

“You can be whatever you want, can’t you?” asks English artist Dick Jewell at the open of Bottega Veneta: Men, the short film from Daniel Lee, creative director of the Italian fashion house, and filmmaker Tyrone Lebon. That question, along with others, centers the project’s exploration of what exact qualities make a man.

Men is Lee’s first film since joining Bottega Veneta in 2018, and features Jewell alongside London musician Obongjayar, English producer and MC Tricky, Swedish singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry, Irish actor Barry Keoghan, Scottish dancer Michael Clark, the mysterious young Roman, English painter George Rouy, and Italian-born Richard Bolle, who is the principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre.

Throughout the film, its subjects confront traditional notions of masculinity, which they present as limiting and even damaging. “In my youth, I’d never seen men make physical contact apart from punching each other,” Clark says wearing an all-black Bottega

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Lakeland director’s film encourages girls and women to pursue aviation careers

Lakeland filmmaker Katie McEntire Wiatt made her directorial debut with her documentary “Fly Like a Girl” in 2019 when the film hit the festival circuit, including the Sarasota Film Festival. Now, it has been acquired by Gravitas Ventures and will be available for wide release on-demand and in select theaters starting Oct. 9.

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The documentary is about females in aviation, from pilots to an airport operations manager, professionals in the aerospace industry and young women aspiring to be astronauts, like Taylor Richardson.

A few of the women featured include retired NASA astronaut Nicole Stott; Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, recognized by the Department of Defense as the United State’s first African-American female combat pilot; and Shaesta Waiz, who made history by becoming the youngest woman to fly solo around the world in a single-engine aircraft and as the first female certified civilian pilot from Afghanistan.

The interview subjects tell their

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Lenovo and Ava DuVernay unveil VR film series on empowering women

“Storytelling is an exchange of information; it’s also an exchange of emotions,” Ava Duvernay said. She was speaking at the virtual launch event for New Realities, a project in collaboration with Lenovo and the UN’s Girl Up leadership development initiative. The project features the stories of 10 young women around the world using technology to make a difference or pursue their dreams, and are all told in 360-degree videos that you can watch for free on Lenovo’s site today. You won’t need a VR headset to experience the 6- to 10-minute shorts — the YouTube player supports desktop and mobile viewing too.

“It’s an exchange that allows for understanding,” DuVernay added. “I think that in order to create global change, in order to move our societies to more positive places, we have to understand that we’re more alike than we’ve been told.”

The series looks at the stories of

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The Social Dilemma: A Horror Film in Documentary Clothing

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Watching Netflix’s The Social Dilemma was interesting and disturbing.  It was interesting to see how it was constructed and disturbing to see that many of the psychological techniques vilified by the documentary were used to tell their story.   As a persuasive piece of media, it is very successful.  Part documentary, part drama, it hits all the anxiety triggers of the last few years.  The content is compelling and frightening and also one-sided.  The issues raised are serious and important, but not new.  The call to action is to put down your smartphone and back away, not slowly but post-haste.  Not only is that totally unrealistic, it leaves people less equipped and more afraid, especially during a pandemic when technology can be a lifeline.

There are a lot of smart people interviewed in The Social Dilemma.  Many of them were part of the tech crowd that developed

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Discover a Fashion Film Series Celebrating Black Excellence From In the Blk

Last week, designer Victor Glemaud revealed what he’s been working on over the last few months. It was not a look book for a new spring 2021 collection, but instead, a look forward into a new and more inclusive future for the industry. Glemaud launched a new organization called In the Blk, which is a networking concept for Black designers and creatives around the world. Founding members include stylist Jason Rembert, designers Virgil Abloh, Carly Cushnie, Thebe Magugu, and many more, all of whom will work to provide connections and resources to Black fashion and creative businesses large and small. The idea is to break down the traditional entry barriers to the industry, those that have historically shut out BIPOC individuals as well as unknown names. The founding members meet virtually every Friday via Zoom or phone to discuss new initiatives and provide mentorship to those like designers Abrima Erwiah

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Sterling Ruby Weighs In on His Fashion Week Film, Building a Brand, and His ‘More Fears Than Hopes’ for the U.S.A.

What do you see as the benefits of participating in an organized Fashion Week and speaking to the fashion world?

I see the fashion world as somewhat parallel to the art world. This isn’t a complete or definitive statement, of course. Both art and fashion have hollow, empty aspects, but they also share brilliant, thoughtful moments. Some of my best friends operate within fashion, and more often than not, our interests and projects run through both worlds—conceptually, formally, politically, etc. As I continue to make work between genres, increasingly it’s about deciding what medium best serves the current iteration of an idea and how to maintain a sense of fluidity through these areas. Participating in an organized Fashion Week is an opportunity to commit to a specific context, one that is tied to wearability and the body. I appreciate the sense of occasion—it’s a moment for many different designers to

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