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Nicole Holofcener scores one for women directors




Writer-director Nicole Holofcener with actor Ben Mendelsohn on the set of
Writer-director Nicole Holofcener with actor Ben Mendelsohn on the set of "The Land of Steady Habits."
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The lineup for today's show:

Nicole Holofcener is a one-woman band

(Starts at 8:48)

The filmmaker is the writer and director of the new Netflix film, "The Land of Steady Habits," and a co-writer on "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" Both films are premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival. She and John Horn share their memories of being at the Toronto fest on 9/11.

The plight of Middle Eastern actors and characters on TV

(Starts at 1:05)

A new study finds that stereotypes continue to largely define actors and characters from Middle Eastern and North African countries. Actress Azita Ghanizada founded the MENA (Middle Eastern North African) Arts Advocacy Coalition and she discusses the study and the coalition's work with John Horn.

Tirzah stirs up a quiet storm

(Starts at 20:17)

The experimental R&B musician Tirzah Mastin is known for her collaborations with film composer Mica Levi. They met at Purcell School for Young Musicians in England and have worked together on two EPs — 2013’s I’m Not Dancing and 2014’s No Romance. Their first full-length album, “Devotion,” a collection of austere love songs, was released last month to critical acclaim. The South London artist spoke with The Frame recently about her latest.