For “Fake Sugar,” Ms. Ditto was inspired by her relationship with her wife of four years, Kristen Ogata; by her first-ever visit to Graceland (and by listening to Paul Simon’s “Graceland” on the way there); and by seminal punk artists like Alan Vega of Suicide, for whom she wrote a song, “Go Baby Go.” She spoke by phone from tour stops in Minneapolis and Dallas, where her family surprised her with a visit (and her 11-year-old niece joined her onstage for a song).
After our chief film critics named their top 25 movies of the 21st century (so far), we asked some notable filmmakers for their favorite movies since 2000. In phone interviews and emails, they spoke about what touched them as fans or taught them as directors. Here are edited excerpts from their answers.
Emboldened by the dismal statistics about women in the film industry — where the paltry number of crucial behind-the-scenes jobs has not increased since 1998, according to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University — some filmmakers are actively trying to fill their crews with women in positions like camera operator and key grip.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".