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Lupitas Dress Lights Up The Red Carpet

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Lupito Nyong’o Steps Out in a LED dress—designed by Zac Posen and coded by young girls around the country. The dress was born out of Google’s ‘Made With Code’ initiative.

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Actress Lupita Nyong’o made an appearance on the red carpet for Star Wars: Force 4 Charity auction in a Zac Posen dress that was coded by teen girls nationwide.

According to Fast Company, the dress featured 500 LED lights sewn into the fabric, and programmed to twinkle in sequence.

The magazine reveals, Posen joined with Google’s Made with Code, a nonprofit that inspires girls to pursue careers in coding. Young women from organizations like Black Girls Code, the Flatiron School, Girls Who Code, and the Lower East Side Girls Club coded the changing patterns for an LED dress using an introductory coding project online. The circuit was designed and physically built into Posen’s dress fabric by fashion engineer and Made with Code mentor, Maddy Maxey, who worked alongside Zac as he designed the silhouette.

“[Maxey] handled the technology and then we needed to aesthetically place it,” says Posen, who worked with his team to build a grid system into the dress that would hold the LED lights and a small battery pack. Fast Company shared, Posen first sent the dress down the runway during his Spring ’16 show, where it was worn by model Coco Rocha, as 50 girls who helped program it watched from the front row. “It’s an entire circuit on a textile, so if one connection had come loose, the dress wouldn’t have worked,” Maxey told People during the event.

That futuristic nature of the dress made it a perfect choice for Nyong’o’s outfit to the Star Wars charity event. Posen, a friend of Nyong’o, suggested the actress wear it to further promote Google’s Made With Code.

Posen stated,”This wasn’t about the celeb ego, or the design ego, this was about women getting on their computers and flexing their coding muscles.” He ended by saying,”And you know what? May the force be with them.”

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2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grant Nominees Announced

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The filmmaker grant nominees have been named for the 2016 Film Independent Awards. The annual event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27 in Santa Monica and winners will be highlighted at the Santa Monica annual event.

See the 2016 Filmmaker Grant Nominees Below:

 

PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD

The Producers Award, now in its 19th year, honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.

The finalists are:

DARREN DEAN

MEL ESLYN

REBECCA GREEN AND LAURA D. SMITH

 

TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD The Truer Than Fiction Award, now in its 21th year, is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

The finalists are:

MOHAMMED ALI NAQVI AND HEMAL TRIVEDI directors of AMONG THE BELIEVERS

ELIZABETH CHAI VASARHELYI director of INCORRUPTIBLE

ELIZABETH GIAMATTI AND ALEX SICHEL directors of A WOMAN LIKE ME

 

 

KIEHL’S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD The Someone to Watch Award, now in its 22st year, recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition.

The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Kiehl’s Since 1851.

The finalists are:

ROBERT MACHOIAN & RODRIGO OJEDA-BECK directors of GOD BLESS THE CHILD

FELIX THOMPSON director of KING JACK

CHLOÉ ZHAO director of SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME

 

All the winners of the filmmaker grants will be highlighted at the Spirit Awards ceremony and announced at the Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grant & Nominee Brunch on Saturday, January 9, 2016.

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Uzo Aduba, Queen Latifah Among Nominees for 22nd ANNUAL SAG AWARDS

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Nominations were announced today for the 22nd Annual Screen Actor’s Guild Awards for outstanding individual, cast and ensemble performances in film and television of 2015, as well as the nominees for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles. The nominations were held this morning at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood.

SAG-AFTRA Executive Vice President Gabrielle Carteris introduced Anna Faris (Mom, The House Bunny) and Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Hurt Locker), who announced the nominees for this year’s Actors® live on TNT, TBS, truTV,sagawards.tntdrama.com and truTV.com. Prior to that, SAG Awards Committee Chair JoBeth Williams and Committee Member Jason George announced the stunt ensemble nominees during a live webcast on sagawards.tntdrama.com.

A replay of both announcements is available for viewing on sagawards.tntdrama.com.

Uzo Aduba was nominated for Best Female Actor in a Comedy for her role as “Crazy Eyes” in Netflix’s ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK and Edie Falco for her lead role in Showtime’s NURSE JACKIE. Aduba also got a nod in the category of Best Ensemble cast for ‘ORANGE’, alongside THE COLOR PURPLE’s Danielle Brooks.

Female nominees for the same category included Cate Blanchett for CAROL and Helen Mirren for WOMAN IN GOLD. Mark Rylance received a nod for BRIDGE OF SPIES for the category of Male Supporting Actor.

THE WIZ LIVE’s Queen Latifah received a nod for her starring role in HBO’s BESSIE in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor for a TV Movie or Miniseries. She will compete against Susan Sarandon (Lifetime’s THE SECRET LIFE OF MARILY MONROE) among others.

Uzo Aduba posted a message to today’s SAG nom on Twitter:

Thank you @SAGawards for recognizing the cast of @OITNB & myself with this nomination. Means so much to us to tell this story. #TeamOrange

– Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) December 9, 2015

Queen Latifah posted a message regarding the SAG nom on Twitter:

5 NAACP Image Award Nominations, 1 SAG Nomination, And The Wiz Live all in the last 6  Days!!! Wow! To God Be The Glory [inserted emoji]!!!

– Queen Latifah (@IAMQUEENLATIFAH) December 9, 2015