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The Lens is the FotoFocus editorial platform, highlighting our programming and featuring in-depth conversations on photography and the moving image drawn from perspectives and insights in our community, throughout our region, and around the globe.


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Get “Spirited Away” with Hand-Formed Onigiri for SECOND SCREENS: Foodie Edition

Posted on March 30, 2021

In the bracket of what really wins March, we're for team classic movies and carb-laden comfort foods all the way. Namely: Miyazaki's animated masterpiece Spirited Away accompanied by DIY Japanese rice balls from Chef Hideki Harada.

A do-it-mostly-yourself take on a film festival for the stay-at-home era, SECOND SCREENS: Foodie Edition pairs a classic, widely available film with interactive—and edible!—elements for a dinner-and-a-movie experience done on your time.

Hope you're hungry: The next... Continue


SECOND SCREENS: Foodie Edition Serves Up “Big Night” and Handmade Pasta

Posted on February 25, 2021

Hand-rolled cavatelli from Chef Chrissy Antenucci of The Wheel and Stanley Tucci's beloved 1996 film Big Night, coming soon—or whenever you choose—to a living room near you.

A do-it-mostly-yourself take on a film festival for the stay-at-home era, SECOND SCREENS: Foodie Edition pairs a classic, widely available film with interactive—and edible!—elements for a dinner-and-a-movie experience done on your time.

February may feel like it lasts forever, but alas, it does not. And with... Continue


Dinner and a Movie

Posted on January 29, 2021

SECOND SCREENS: Foodie Edition is an in-home film series with a side of local restaurant love.

As we approach nearly a full year of social distancing and limited communal gathering, we are all looking for creative ways to stay together while keeping apart. Two sectors that have felt this challenge keenly: arts organizations and restaurants. The arts make us think and feel, and our culinary community quite literally adds flavor to our lives. But a global shutdown has left them without the human connections that keep them running. Everyone... Continue


Behind the Lens with a Few Local Pros

Posted on November 20, 2020

Three local videographers detail their takes on interviewing, collaborating, and how best to tell a story through that dynamic medium.

All the average viewer sees of a video project is the final cut. And yet any pro knows that video, whether creative or commercial, requires extensive thought, planning, and coordination—and that’s before the editing even begins. We found three local videographers who take that approach further still, bringing a serious ethical and academic mindset to their work.

This month, FotoFocus sat down (remotely, of course) with... Continue


OPEN CALL: Animation Work

Posted on February 3, 2020

NSFW (Animation For Adults) is a short animation screening that considers the various ways that sex and the human form are represented in both historical and contemporary styles of animation. The program, curated by C. Jacqueline Wood, ranges in tone and style, presenting work by iconic artists such as Suzan Pitt, while also highlighting local makers and artists.

FotoFocus is now accepting submissions to be included in the screening, taking place in June at The Lodge in Dayton, KY. All forms of animation—from hand-drawn, to stop-motion and computer are welcome. The work must explore... Continue