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Screen Time: Week of April 9

April 9, 2018 Screen Time: Week of April 9

Screen Time is your curated weekly guide to excellent documentaries and nonfiction programs that you can watch at home.

Premiering today, Monday, April 9 on Topic is Darius Clark Monroe's Black 14, a documentary short telling the story of what happened when a group of University of Wyoming football players decided to protest racial injustice in 1969.

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Screen Time: Week of April 9

April 9, 2018 Screen Time: Week of April 9

Screen Time is your curated weekly guide to excellent documentaries and nonfiction programs that you can watch at home.

Premiering today, Monday, April 9 on Topic is Darius Clark Monroe's Black 14, a documentary short telling the story of what happened when a group of University of Wyoming football players decided to protest racial injustice in 1969.

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See full article at International Documentary Association »

The Best Short Films on Television in 2016

At the start of this year, I opened an account with Letterboxd, a social platform that allows you to keep track of the films you watch. I work as a critic and edit a criticism website, so readers and subscribers often write me asking about what I have seen, especially when I do not publish my sentiments about a major film on any outlet. As of mid-December, I have listed about 200 movies (and a few limited series, including Netflix’s Easy and the Espn sensation Oj: Made in America) as “watched” since I saw Darius Clark Monroe’s brilliant short film, […]
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Sundance Announces Full Lineup of 72 Short Films (Including New Work from Darius Clark Monroe & Terence Nance)

Sundance Institute announced today its full lineup of 72 short films that will screening at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, January 21-31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Sundance and Ogden, Utah.   In addition to screening short films at the Festival, the Institute packages the award-winning short films to tour arthouse theaters throughout the year as well as hosts regional short film Labs in cities across the United States to help filmmakers hone their craft. Of note, given this blog's specific interests, new shorts from Darius Clark Monroe and Terence Nance made the cut, as well as a short film titled "Verbatim: The Ferguson Case," from director Brett...
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Sundance Announces its 2016 Festival Short Film Selections

Sundance today announced the 72 short films that will play in its various short film sections at the 2016 festivals. Spanning narrative and documentary, animation and experimental, the films include plenty of 25 New Faces filmmakers (Darius Clark Monroe, Eva Vives, Calvin Lee Reeder, Terrence Nance, Eddie Alcazar, Kim Sherman, Sebastian Silva, Jack Dunphy, to name just a few) as well as the usual assortment of discoveries that will undoubtedly place on our list in the coming year. In a press release, Mike Plante, Senior Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “Our longstanding showcase of short films has become […]
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Sundance Announces its 2016 Festival Short Film Selections

Sundance today announced the 72 short films that will play in its various short film sections at the 2016 festivals. Spanning narrative and documentary, animation and experimental, the films include plenty of 25 New Faces filmmakers (Darius Clark Monroe, Eva Vives, Calvin Lee Reeder, Terrence Nance, Eddie Alcazar, Kim Sherman, Sebastian Silva, Jack Dunphy, to name just a few) as well as the usual assortment of discoveries that will undoubtedly place on our list in the coming year. In a press release, Mike Plante, Senior Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “Our longstanding showcase of short films has become […]
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Time To Release Digital Documentary About New Orleans On August 27

Time, Inc. is about to drop one of its first major online video projects. As part of its larger digital video strategy, the publishing giant is releasing its anthology-style documentary series New Orleans, Here & Now across multiple digital platforms on August 27, 2015, nearly ten years after the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

Produced alongside Killer Films, Field Office Films, and production and distribution company Rampante, New Orleans, Here & Now contains six different short films centered on the lives of individuals living in the post-Katrina Louisiana city. For example, one of the documentary’s episodes will cover the story of an oyster farmer and his decades-long quest to build a boat, while another segment will show four high school seniors, who were only eight when Katrina hit, preparing for graduation.

Time will release New Orleans, Here & Now on its own website; visitors to Time.com will be able to view one of the six segments of the documentary,
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Watch: Exclusive 'New Orleans, Here and Now' Trailer Proves the City's Resilience 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

Watch: Exclusive 'New Orleans, Here and Now' Trailer Proves the City's Resilience 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina
Read More: Rampante's Doc Series 'New Orleans, Here and Now' to Honor 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina New Orleans has always served as one of America's most culturally rich cities. After the tragedies of Hurricane Katrina, there was no real concerted effort to track and document the progress of rebuilding the infrastructure and political makeup of the Louisiana city, but "New Orleans, Here and Now" is about to change that.  The docu-series, directed by John Maringouin, Darius Clark Monroe, Angela Tucker, Lily Keber, Zach Godshall and Katie Dellamaggiore, is a collection of short films that inspire reflection of the city's resurgence through gripping personal stories spanning multiple generations. From Tiffany Junot's path to becoming the World Boxing Council Welterweight Champion of the World to the musical talents of the Tbc Brass Band to the family history of a beloved Vietnamese restaurant, "New Orleans, Here & Now" offers a unique...
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Time Inc. Marks Katrina Anniversary With New Orleans Short Film Series

Time Inc. is set to unveil “New Orleans, Here & Now” as its first major video initiative since partnering with Emiliano Calemzuk’s Rampante banner to ramp up production across its many print brands.

“New Orleans” is a series of six short films about the Crescent City, directed by filmmakers with ties to the region. The launch next month across Time Inc. digital properties and other platforms will coincide with the 10th anniversary of the devastation caused in the Gulf Coast region by Hurricane Katrina.

The shorts have been produced for Rampante and Time Inc. by Killer Films and New Orleans-based Film Office Films, an offshoot of Court 13, the banner behind 2012’s indie sensation “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Actress Patricia Clarkson, a native of New Orleans, and Scott Bakula, star of CBS’ “NCIS: New Orleans,” are exec producers with Killer’s Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler.

The six helmers on the project are John Maringouin,
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Rampante's Doc Series 'New Orleans, Here and Now' to Honor 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Rampante's Doc Series 'New Orleans, Here and Now' to Honor 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
Read More: New Orleans Film Festival Locks Down Narrative and Documentary Competitions; Female Filmmakers Dominate Lineup New Orleans has always served as one of America's most culturally and historically rich cities. After the tragedies of Hurricane Katrina, there was no real concerted effort to track and document the progress, rebuilding and politics of the Louisiana city. As we approach the 10th anniversary of the natural disaster, however, Rampante's documentary series "New Orleans, Here and Now" will serve as a major contributor to this narrative. The docu-series is directed by John Maringouin. Darius Clark Monroe, Angela Tucker, Lily Keber, Zach Godshall and Katie Dellamaggiore. Christine Vachon, Patricia Clarkson, Scott Bakula and Pamela Koffler all serve as executive producers. The series will launch in August, marking the first release from the partnership between Time Inc. and Rampante. "Rampante's first series is a reflection of our commitment to...
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Woman to Watch: Sarah Feinbloom of Good Docs

It was 1992, and the Rodney King riots were being felt across the country, especially amongst the high school students filing into Sarah Feinbloom’s Ancient History class at Boston Latin School in Massachusetts.

“My students were riled by the riots. They couldn’t concentrate. I felt like what I was teaching was irrelevant. What they really wanted to talk about were issues of police brutality, violence in their neighborhoods, the fact that they couldn’t sleep because they heard gunshots in the night, and they were scared.”

Feinbloom veered off the curriculum and started talking with her class about civil rights, and soon she and her students were collaborating on her first film, "Youth to Youth: A Video About Violence." With no film school experience, Sarah improvised as she went along.

“I wanted my students to cultivate a deeper understanding of how personal and systemic violence affects them and even in small ways do something themselves to prevent it. So we went out together and interviewed students, police officers, a Vietnam veteran, a rape survivor, and created segments about the ways people confront and experience violence. I was hooked on documentaries after that. I saw how important it was for young people to be able to tell their own stories and have safe spaces where they could discuss what was really going on in their lives.”

"Youth to Youth" ended up being shown in classrooms around the country, and this first foray launched a lifelong journey of framing social justice, diversity and human rights issues through documentary film.

Feinbloom, an award-winning filmmaker and educator, was one of the first directors to bring the voices of young people reflecting on religious diversity to the media spotlight. Her 2002 documentary "What Do You Believe?" highlighted the spiritual lives of American teenagers, leading Feinbloom along with Dp and co-producer Klara Grunning-Harris into the homes of Muslim, Pagan, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and Native American teenagers. "What Do You Believe?" premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival, has sold more than 2,000 copies, was voted "One of Ten Best Videos for Young Adults in 2003" by the American Library Association, and aired on PBS.

“When I started touring with the film, it was often those kids that were in the minority at their schools that approached me. Muslim and Pagan girls said it was the first time they had ever seen something about themselves on screen. Some conservative Christian students said it was the first time they had ever really considered someone else’s religious perspective.”

Using her film as a centerpiece, Sarah created and led workshops nationally on interfaith dialogue and violence prevention and has been featured at conferences including the American Academy of Religion, Ford Foundation Difficult Dialogues, and the National Association of Multicultural Educators. However, her main goal has always been to reach young audiences.

"Teens are often the subject of stories about alcohol and drugs, crime reports, and educational statistics, but rarely are they asked for their intellect and perspective. I want people from different backgrounds to watch my films, talk about them, discuss them – together. I want them to talk about being alive."

Sarah’s filmography is expansive, showcasing a number of pertinent social concerns. Her film "Earth, Water, Woman" spotlights the Fondes Amandes Community Re-Forestation Project in Trinidad and Tobago, and its charismatic Rastafarian leader Akilah Jaramogi, in their ongoing efforts to transform barren hillsides into a vibrant, healthy ecosystem. "Daughters and Sons: Preventing Child-trafficking in the Golden Triangle" took Feinbloom to Thailand, where she profiled a program that rescues children before they are trafficked into the sex-industry, and subsequently won the award for Best Short in Child Advocacy at the Artivist Film Festival and helped raise over $250,000 trafficking prevention.

“I am especially interested in stories that offer solutions to what might seem like intractable problems, stories that offer hope and don’t just leave us in despair.”

Although most well known for her activist documentaries, Feinbloom also dabbles in lighter subjects. "In Search of the Heart of Chocolate," a “chocumentary” featured at Palm Springs International Short Fest, follows Feinbloom as she searches for the origins of her chocolate obsession, interviewing chocolate enthusiasts along the way, delving into chocolate cake, art, fantasy, chocolate croissants, spirituality, sex, love and hot fudge, and journeying into the past to uncover chocolate’s special place in our hearts.

Sarah’s success in documentary filmmaking, her experience as an educator, and her long time involvement with New Day Films prompted filmmakers to reach out to her for assistance with educational sales and community impact campaigns. After working as a consultant with several great projects, such as Jarreth Merz’s Sundance Film An African Election, Sarah founded the boutique documentary distribution company, Good Docs, in order to share her expertise with fellow independent filmmakers and generate revenue from sales in the educational market.

Good Docs’ curated collection highlights labor and civil rights struggles, environmental activism, juvenile justice reform, multicultural visibility, the fight for gender equality and much more. Their titles include several award-winning documentaries, including Amir Bar-Lev's "Happy Valley," Richard Ray Perez's "Cesar's Last Fast," Darius Clark Monroe’s "Evolution of a Criminal," and Grace Lee’s Peabody Award-winning film "American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs."

“They have been an indispensable partner with us in the educational market,” Grace Lee praised. “Good Docs has personally reached out to dozens of institutions and individuals, with a keen eye to the different disciplines that might appreciate my film, and there are many more than I had even imagined.”

Sarah’s right-hand woman, Alana Hauser, is the Educational Research and Outreach Coordinator at Good Docs. While earning her bachelor of arts in Latin American Studies and Spanish at Washington University in St. Louis, Alana worked at Whole Kids Foundation, Meals on Wheels and More, and the Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project. After moving to Los Angeles, Alana looked to film to reflect the poignant micro-narratives she had collected over the years.

“Good Docs is a perfect synthesis of my knowledge and passions, as it uses film to shape social discourse and connect audiences with stories that are too often invisible from the public eye. “

Alana also interns at Sundance Institute Women’s Initiative and works for the La-based non-profit WriteGirl, constantly working to advocate for stronger representations of women in the media.

Feinbloom and Hauser make up a powerful Good Docs team, searching for films with the potential for positive social change, spreading the word about social activism, and supporting filmmakers both creatively and financially throughout the process. For further information about Sarah Feinbloom see http://sarafinaproductions.com or go to http://gooddocs.net to find out more about Good Docs and their work.
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"Birdman," "Boyhood" Top 2015 Independent Spirit Awards

And the Independent Spirit Awards have revealed the winners and it's looking a lot like the Academy Awards! "Birdman" beat "Boyhood" for the Best Feature trophy but Richard Linklater took away the Best Director award from Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu.

Is this a sign of what's going to happen at the Oscars tonight?

Stay tuned...

2015 Film Independent Spirit Award Winners (Highlighted) And Nominees

Best Feature

(Award given to the Producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)

Winner: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole

Boyhood

Producers: Richard Linklater, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, Cathleen Sutherland

Love is Strange

Producers: Lucas Joaquin, Lars Knudsen, Ira Sachs, Jayne Baron Sherman, Jay Van Hoy

Selma

Producers: Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey

Whiplash

Producers: Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster, Michael Litvak

Best Director

Winner: Richard Linklater

Boyhood

Damien Chazelle

Whiplash

Ava DuVernay
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Winners of the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards announced

Ahead of tonight’s Academy Awards, the 30th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards were announced last night in Santa Barbara, California.

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman claimed the most awards, taking home three gongs including Best Feature, although Iñárritu lost out in the Best Director category to Richard Linklater for Boyhood.

In the acting categories, Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Michael Keaton (Birdman) claimed Best Actress and Best Actor, while Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and J.K. Simmons (b) were honoured in the supporting categories.

Here’s a full list of the nominations, with the winners highlighted in red…

Best Feature

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Boyhood

Love Is Strange

Selma

Whiplash

Best Director

Damien Chazelle, Whiplash

Ava DuVernay, Selma

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Richard Linklater, Boyhood

David Zellner, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

Best Screenplay

Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski, Big Eyes

J.C. Chandor, A Most Violent Year

Dan Gilroy,
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2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards: The Show, The Winners

Just one night before the Oscars take over town, stars flocked to the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards on the Santa Monica Beach on Saturday (February 21).

Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell joined forces for co-hosting duties and put on a fabulous show as actors and actresses including Scarlett Johansson, Ethan Hawke, Jessica Chastain, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto and Emma Stone turned up to lend their star power to the IFC airing ceremony.

As for this year's cream of the crop, Michael Keaton (Birdman), Julianne Moore (Still Alice), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) and Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) took home top honors in the lead and supporting acting categories.

Meanwhile, in what very well may be an indicator for what's to come tomorrow at the Academy Awards, "Birdman" was recognized as Best Feature while Richard Linklater nabbed Best Director accolades for "Boyhood".

Check out the full list of winners from the 2015 Spirit Awards below!

Best
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2015 Independent Spirit Award Winners: 'Birdman' Tops the Field

The 2015 Spirit Awards were handed out today and it was Birdman taking Best Feature and Best Actor (Michael Keaton) while Boyhood went home a double winner taking Best Director (Richard Linklater) and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette). However, while that's the result for the two big guns that will be going head-to-head at tomorrow night's Oscars, Nightcrawler was also a double winner taking Best Screenplay and Best First Feature, both awarded to writer/director Dan Gilroy. Otherwise, no big surprises with Julianne Moore (Still Alice) taking Best Actress and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) taking Supporting Actor, Citizenfour took Best Documentary and Birdman scored a third win for Emmanuel Lubezki for Best Cinematography. Justin Simien (Dear White People) took home Best First Screenplay and, whoa!, Look!, Whiplash was also a double winner, with Tom Cross winning for Best Editing (well deserved!) and anticipated Oscar winner in the same category, Ida won Best Foreign Language Film.
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‘Birdman’ Wins Big at Independent Spirit Awards

‘Birdman’ Wins Big at Independent Spirit Awards
Birdman” won the Spirit Award for best feature, and Michael Keaton nabbed the statue for actor for Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s whimsical comedy-drama that dominated the 30th edition of the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

The film thus triumphed in two of the categories that have been most difficult to predict this awards season. The feature trophy went to producers Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan and James W. Skotchdopole.

Richard Linklater was named top director for “Boyhood.” The split between the helmer/pic prizes could be a foreshadowing of Sunday’s Oscars, since the top races are hard to call. And Oscar could throw a few other curve balls into the mix, since “American Sniper,” and “The Theory of Everything” are ineligible for Spirits (since, respectively, the budget exceeded $20 million and the production was British).

Otherwise, there were few surprises in the Spirits: Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”) for actress; J.K. Simmons
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2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards winners and nominees

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2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards winners and nominees
The 30th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards were presented Saturday from a tent on the beach in Santa Monica. Check out the full list of winners below. Best Feature "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" - Winner "Boyhood" "Love is Strange" "Selma" "Whiplash" Best Director Damien Chazelle, "Whiplash"    Ava DuVernay, "Selma" Alejandro G. Iñárritu, "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" - Winner David Zellner, "Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter" Best Screenplay Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski, "Big Eyes" J.C. Chandor, "A Most Violent Year" Dan Gilroy, "Nightcrawler" - Winner Jim Jarmusch, "Only Lovers Left Alive" Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias, "Love is Strange"  Best First Feature Ana Lily Amirpour, "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" Justin Simien, "Dear White People" Dan Gilroy, "Nightcrawler" - Winner Gillian Robespierre, "Obvious Child" Anja Marquardt, "She's Lost Control" Best First Screenplay Desiree Akhavan, "Appropriate Behavior" Sara Colangelo, "Little Accidents" Justin Lader,
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Spirit Award Winners 2015: Updated List

Spirit Award Winners 2015: Updated List
The 30th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards have officially begun. Stay tuned for updated winners throughout the show. Hosted by Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell, the ceremony will be broadcast live on IFC at 2:00 p.m. Pt.

Updated List of Winners:

Feature (Award given to the producer)

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole –Winner

Boyhood,” Producers: Richard Linklater, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, Cathleen Sutherland

Love Is Strange

Producers: Lucas Joaquin, Lars Knudsen, Ira Sachs, Jayne Baron Sherman, Jay Van Hoy

Selma

Producers: Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey

Whiplash

Producers: Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster, Michael Litvak

Male Lead

André Benjamin

Jimi: All Is by My Side

Jake Gyllenhaal

Nightcrawler

Michael Keaton, “Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” – Winner

John Lithgow

Love Is Strange

David Oyelowo

Selma

Female Lead

Marion Cotillard

The Immigrant

Rinko Kikuchi

“Kumiko,
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2015 Independent Spirit Awards: Complete Winners List

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The 30th Independent Spirit Awards was held in Santa Monica Saturday afternoon, and "Birdman" and "Boyhood" were the ceremony's big winners. Hosted by Kristen Bell and Fred Armisen, the more casual Oscar precursor honored the best in independent filmmaking from the past year. Only three films -- "12 Years a Slave," "Platoon," and "The Artist" -- have won best feature at the Spirits and gone on to nab the Best Picture Oscar. Time will tell if this year's Spirit winner will follow in their footsteps. Get a complete list of the nominees with the winners in bold, below:

Best Feature

"Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" - Winner

"Boyhood"

"Love is Strange"

"Selma"

"Whiplash"

Best Director

Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" - Winner

Damien Chazelle, "Whiplash"

Ava DuVernay, "Selma"

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)"

David Zellner, "Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter"

Best Screenplay

Dan Gilroy, "Nightcrawler" - Winner

Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski,
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Indiana U. Prof. Terri Francis Interviews Cinematographer Daniel Patterson About His Work & ‘Da Sweet Blood of Jesus'

It’s pretty well established that Bradford Young is the cinematographer of the moment. Even the current issue of American Cinematographer magazine has two articles about Young and his work on "Selma" and "A Most Violent Year." But he’s not the only one making waves. Daniel Patterson is also gaining a lot of attention for his camera work on quite an eclectic list of films, from many shorts such as "Blind Date," "Womack" and "Triangle," documentaries like Darius Clark Monroe’s "Evolution of Criminal" and Blair Doroshwalther's "Out in the Night," and several feature films, including Rashaad Ernesto Green’s...
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