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Jeffrey Wright Interview: American Fiction Review

“This is important. This is cool. This is funny. And I want to be there.”

39th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival - Montecito Award - Honoree Jeffrey Wright

Courtesy of SBIFF / Photographer: Becky Sapp

It feels like Jeffrey Wright is in everything these days. His versatility has taken him from character acting in the likes of rThe French Dispatch and Westworld to his recent Oscar-nominated turn in the dark comedy American Fiction.

What’s American Fiction about? Summary of this Best Picture-nominated feature:

In American Fiction, Jeffrey Wright plays a jaded writer who finally finds success by jokingly writing a “Black” book — aka a book that caters to the white liberal imagintion. Wright’s character, Thelonious Ellison — or “Monk” — wrestles with the professional consequences of his newfound success while grappling with grief and shifting personal dynamics.

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A Conversation With Chelsea Cutler

Her new album, Stellaria, mental health, and more!

Chelsea Cutler got her start releasing covers and tracks on SoundCloud, where fans caught wind of her airy, ethereal tone that evoked immediate emotion and intrigue within the listener. Her voice was unlike any other, adding the perfect duet to tracks that needed an extra edge like on Louis the Child's "Slow Down Love" and Ayokay's "Shine."

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Daya has a chart-dominating voice...and that's not just my opinion, but fact. Her voice is collaboration gold, and she has hits under her belt like "Sit Still, Look Pretty", "Hide Away", "Feel Good", and "Don't Let Me Down" with the legendary duo: The Chainsmokers. You've heard her countless times on soundtracks and floating through your radio, with her unique lilts and ability to hit big notes, Daya has always been a force to be reckoned with.

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Introducing Chloe Stroll

Chloe Stroll has always played the piano. She could belt out a tune from a young age, something that her mother noticed and encouraged her to keep pursuing. Coming from a sports-oriented family, her brother being Formula 1's Lance Stroll and her father, Lawrence Stroll, owning Aston Martin's F1 team, and her husband being Olympic snowboarder Scotty James, Chloe has had her share of sporting events...but something always pulled her back to music.

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There’s pandemic isolation, and then there’s ‘trapped in a crater in the middle of the desert’ isolation. One of the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival midnight premieres, The Seeding is a slow-burn horror about the human relationships and pack mentalities that smolder outside the prying eyes of civilization.
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