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http://news.walmart.com/2019/05/06/walmart-and-bentonville-film-festival-are-bffs-q-a-with-brittney-duke

May 6, 2019 <br/>By Matt Smith, Walmart Corporate Affairs <br/><br/><i>It’s <a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/" target="_blank">Bentonville Film Festival</a> Week, and there is a buzz all over town about celebrity sightings and film events. But, this is not just a festival for movie fans – BFF has a mission to influence mainstream media to increase diversity in content. I had a chance to catch up with Brittney Duke, Walmart VP of Marketing, to talk about what separates this film fest from the rest.</i><br/><br/><b>Matt: Ok, we’re rolling. (See what I did there?) This is the fifth year for the Bentonville Film Festival. How long has Walmart been involved?</b><br/><b>Brittney:</b> Since the very beginning! We believed so strongly in what <a href="https://variety.com/2019/film/news/geena-davis-bentonville-film-festival-gender-diversity-1203202772/" target="_blank">Geena (Davis) wanted to do</a> that we jumped in year one.<br/><br/><b>MS: What’s different about BFF in comparison to other film fests?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> Inclusion and equality are top of mind – BFF is focused on increasing diversity in film, media and content. All the films, panels, discussions and key events are focused on increasing the number of women and people of diversity in the industry. We also bring together some of the top brands and networks to help in this important cause. It’s the trifecta of content, media dollars and platforms that can drive real change in inclusion.<br/><br/>The festival is also committed to distribution for its top winners through key partnerships with <a href="https://www.amctheatres.com/" target="_blank">AMC Theatres</a>, <a href="https://www.mylifetime.com/" target="_blank">Lifetime TV</a> and <a href="https://www.vudu.com/content/landing/watch-movies-tv?cid=SEMGoogle5787349473&amp;scid=207983839&amp;kwid=13645845799&amp;gclid=EAIaIQobChMI89HKpvT_4QIVXbnACh19EwhXEAAYASAAEgJy8fD_BwE" target="_blank">Vudu</a> – last year, 87% of the films received some form of release.<br/><br/><b>MS: Let’s talk about some movies. There are a couple of films that look fascinating to me, like the <a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/artists/be-natural-the-untold-story-of-alice-guy-blache/" target="_blank">documentary about Alice Guy-Blaché</a> – a pioneering early 20<sup>th</sup> century director lost to history. Is there one film that you are looking forward to seeing this week?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> So many – where to start? <i><a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/artists/carol-of-the-bells/" target="_blank">Carol of the Bells</a></i> will pull on your heartstrings big time as we follow a man searching to learn more about the family he didn’t know! Geena is also premiering <i><a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/artists/this-changes-everything/" target="_blank">This Changes Everything</a></i>, a documentary she executive-produced and is featured in, which looks at the systemic issues around inclusion in film. I could go on and on…<br/><br/><b>MS: The festival has a great mix of family events and serious, thought-provoking films. Can you tell us how you’ve worked to make BFF a family event and a world-class film festival at the same time?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> It is important that we have content that is thought-provoking and entertaining, world-class and moving. And, of course, inclusivity also means people of all ages are welcome! Diversity and inclusion is being talked about at family dinner tables, so BFF is just a direct extension of that conversation with our associates and customers.<br/><br/>I also think younger generations see the world differently – and we can learn from them! One of the panels I’m most excited about is <a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/shows/dreams-unsung-heroes-of-african-american-history/" target="_blank"><i>Dreams: Unsung Heroes of African American History</i></a> on Friday at 2 p.m. Sheldon Candis, a filmmaker, created a series of short films telling the history of African Americans – through conversation with five high school students. I had the opportunity to watch the shorts, and wow, the students are so insightful! Our CEO Doug McMillon will be hosting this one – all associates are welcome!<br/><br/><b>MS: This festival has turned into a real celebration of diversity. Why is an event like this important?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> To bring awareness to the progress that’s still needed, including its challenges, and to create a platform for amazing talent. You will be blown away by the caliber of talent, ideas and creativity – and unfortunately because of the systemic issues, these individuals don’t always get recognized. Creating a platform to experience and learn is essential.<br/><br/><b>MS: The themes in BFF fit right into the conversations we have been having internally about films like<i> <a href="https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/the-hate-u-give" target="_blank">The Hate U Give</a></i></b>. <b>Do you feel events like BFF can expand these conversations to a larger audience?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> I sure hope so – conversation, empathy and awareness can help us all make greater progress together.<br/><br/><b>MS: Ok, knowing what you know about events and (*ahem*) celebrities, what is the one “can’t miss” event to attend?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> One of the unique aspects of BFF is the proximity to our VIPs, so you never know who you might see and where, whether they’re at any of the events or just having coffee on the square or at the Walmart Museum.<br/><br/><b>MS: What other inside tips can you give us about going to BFF?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> Bring your friends. Come to as many events as you can to learn and be entertained. And, most importantly, dress comfortably! Don’t forget to check out BFF’s website (<a href="http://www.bentonvillefilmfestival.com" target="_blank">www.bentonvillefilmfestival.com</a>), so you can plan ahead.<br/><br/><div class="knotch_378d6701-b039-4f81-bfce-4ed520cde27b"></div>

http://news.walmart.com/2019/05/06/walmart-and-bentonville-film-festival-are-bffs-q-a-with-brittney-duke

May 6, 2019 <br/>By Matt Smith, Walmart Corporate Affairs <br/><br/><i>It’s <a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/" target="_blank">Bentonville Film Festival</a> Week, and there is a buzz all over town about celebrity sightings and film events. But, this is not just a festival for movie fans – BFF has a mission to influence mainstream media to increase diversity in content. I had a chance to catch up with Brittney Duke, Walmart VP of Marketing, to talk about what separates this film fest from the rest.</i><br/><br/><b>Matt: Ok, we’re rolling. (See what I did there?) This is the fifth year for the Bentonville Film Festival. How long has Walmart been involved?</b><br/><b>Brittney:</b> Since the very beginning! We believed so strongly in what <a href="https://variety.com/2019/film/news/geena-davis-bentonville-film-festival-gender-diversity-1203202772/" target="_blank">Geena (Davis) wanted to do</a> that we jumped in year one.<br/><br/><b>MS: What’s different about BFF in comparison to other film fests?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> Inclusion and equality are top of mind – BFF is focused on increasing diversity in film, media and content. All the films, panels, discussions and key events are focused on increasing the number of women and people of diversity in the industry. We also bring together some of the top brands and networks to help in this important cause. It’s the trifecta of content, media dollars and platforms that can drive real change in inclusion.<br/><br/>The festival is also committed to distribution for its top winners through key partnerships with <a href="https://www.amctheatres.com/" target="_blank">AMC Theatres</a>, <a href="https://www.mylifetime.com/" target="_blank">Lifetime TV</a> and <a href="https://www.vudu.com/content/landing/watch-movies-tv?cid=SEMGoogle5787349473&amp;scid=207983839&amp;kwid=13645845799&amp;gclid=EAIaIQobChMI89HKpvT_4QIVXbnACh19EwhXEAAYASAAEgJy8fD_BwE" target="_blank">Vudu</a> – last year, 87% of the films received some form of release.<br/><br/><b>MS: Let’s talk about some movies. There are a couple of films that look fascinating to me, like the <a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/artists/be-natural-the-untold-story-of-alice-guy-blache/" target="_blank">documentary about Alice Guy-Blaché</a> – a pioneering early 20<sup>th</sup> century director lost to history. Is there one film that you are looking forward to seeing this week?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> So many – where to start? <i><a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/artists/carol-of-the-bells/" target="_blank">Carol of the Bells</a></i> will pull on your heartstrings big time as we follow a man searching to learn more about the family he didn’t know! Geena is also premiering <i><a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/artists/this-changes-everything/" target="_blank">This Changes Everything</a></i>, a documentary she executive-produced and is featured in, which looks at the systemic issues around inclusion in film. I could go on and on…<br/><br/><b>MS: The festival has a great mix of family events and serious, thought-provoking films. Can you tell us how you’ve worked to make BFF a family event and a world-class film festival at the same time?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> It is important that we have content that is thought-provoking and entertaining, world-class and moving. And, of course, inclusivity also means people of all ages are welcome! Diversity and inclusion is being talked about at family dinner tables, so BFF is just a direct extension of that conversation with our associates and customers.<br/><br/>I also think younger generations see the world differently – and we can learn from them! One of the panels I’m most excited about is <a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/shows/dreams-unsung-heroes-of-african-american-history/" target="_blank"><i>Dreams: Unsung Heroes of African American History</i></a> on Friday at 2 p.m. Sheldon Candis, a filmmaker, created a series of short films telling the history of African Americans – through conversation with five high school students. I had the opportunity to watch the shorts, and wow, the students are so insightful! Our CEO Doug McMillon will be hosting this one – all associates are welcome!<br/><br/><b>MS: This festival has turned into a real celebration of diversity. Why is an event like this important?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> To bring awareness to the progress that’s still needed, including its challenges, and to create a platform for amazing talent. You will be blown away by the caliber of talent, ideas and creativity – and unfortunately because of the systemic issues, these individuals don’t always get recognized. Creating a platform to experience and learn is essential.<br/><br/><b>MS: The themes in BFF fit right into the conversations we have been having internally about films like<i> <a href="https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/the-hate-u-give" target="_blank">The Hate U Give</a></i></b>. <b>Do you feel events like BFF can expand these conversations to a larger audience?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> I sure hope so – conversation, empathy and awareness can help us all make greater progress together.<br/><br/><b>MS: Ok, knowing what you know about events and (*ahem*) celebrities, what is the one “can’t miss” event to attend?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> One of the unique aspects of BFF is the proximity to our VIPs, so you never know who you might see and where, whether they’re at any of the events or just having coffee on the square or at the Walmart Museum.<br/><br/><b>MS: What other inside tips can you give us about going to BFF?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> Bring your friends. Come to as many events as you can to learn and be entertained. And, most importantly, dress comfortably! Don’t forget to check out BFF’s website (<a href="http://www.bentonvillefilmfestival.com" target="_blank">www.bentonvillefilmfestival.com</a>), so you can plan ahead.<br/><br/><div class="knotch_378d6701-b039-4f81-bfce-4ed520cde27b"></div>

https://babyology.com.au/news/peppa-pig-fans-are-petitioning-for-an-important-addition-to-the-show/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=peppa-pig-fans-are-petitioning-for-an-important-addition-to-the-show

Stories with a diverse range of characters are great for teaching kids tolerance and acceptance, and for normalising families that may look different from their own. But should a long-running kids’ program like Peppa Pig be targeted as the show to achieve this? Many people think so. 17,553 people to be precise. A petition has been started […]

The post Peppa Pig fans are petitioning for an important addition to the show appeared first on Babyology.

https://www.mother.ly/news/coparenting-goals-drew-barrymore

Anyone who has ever co-parented with an ex knows how hard it can be. But the ability to come together and celebrate your children’s’ special moments as a nontraditional family is worth the effort.

Just ask Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman. The formerly married couple—who share daughters Olive and Frankie—recently reunited to celebrate little Frankie’s school “graduation” ceremony.

Will shared a photo from the event on his Instagram feed: In the photo, he and Drew are kissing their daughter on either cheek as he proudly displays Frankie’s graduation certificate. He went for a simple caption, writing “Graduate” below the photo.

It probably meant the world for Frankie to have both parents there on her big day. For her part, Drew has always been outspoken about her approach to parenting alongside her ex. Shortly after she and Will split in 2016, the actress told Entertainment Tonight that the secret to co-parenting is making “constant plans.”

Experts agree, planning is key to making co-parenting work. As Edward Kruk, an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of British Columbia, wrote for Psychology Today, the “key to successful co-parenting is to focus on the needs of the children, particularly their need to maintain routine relationships with each parent and to be shielded from ongoing parental conflict. There is no one ‘best’ co-parenting plan that families should adopt and follow, as much depends on the unique circumstances and specific needs of family members.”

Drew’s situation is unique because she’s in the public eye, but on another level her new family dynamic is very relatable for many millennial mamas, because this is what modern parenting looks like for a lot of us.

During a 2017 appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Drew summed it up:It’s interesting, I saw this article the other day written about me—and I never see articles written about me—and it was like, ‘My Modern Family.’ And I was like, ‘I like that; that has a nice ring to it,” she said. “I so wanted to raise kids in this ultra-traditional way and do everything so the polar opposite of my experience.”

It sounds like this mama gets that parenting doesn’t always go according to plan, and that sometimes all you can do is roll with the punches. And isn’t that something we can all understand?

Kudos to this couple for making their modern family work so beautifully.

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http://news.walmart.com/2019/05/06/walmart-and-bentonville-film-festival-are-bffs-q-a-with-brittney-duke

May 6, 2019 <br/>By Matt Smith, Walmart Corporate Affairs <br/><br/><i>It’s <a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/" target="_blank">Bentonville Film Festival</a> Week, and there is a buzz all over town about celebrity sightings and film events. But, this is not just a festival for movie fans – BFF has a mission to influence mainstream media to increase diversity in content. I had a chance to catch up with Brittney Duke, Walmart VP of Marketing, to talk about what separates this film fest from the rest.</i><br/><br/><b>Matt: Ok, we’re rolling. (See what I did there?) This is the fifth year for the Bentonville Film Festival. How long has Walmart been involved?</b><br/><b>Brittney:</b> Since the very beginning! We believed so strongly in what <a href="https://variety.com/2019/film/news/geena-davis-bentonville-film-festival-gender-diversity-1203202772/" target="_blank">Geena (Davis) wanted to do</a> that we jumped in year one.<br/><br/><b>MS: What’s different about BFF in comparison to other film fests?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> Inclusion and equality are top of mind – BFF is focused on increasing diversity in film, media and content. All the films, panels, discussions and key events are focused on increasing the number of women and people of diversity in the industry. We also bring together some of the top brands and networks to help in this important cause. It’s the trifecta of content, media dollars and platforms that can drive real change in inclusion.<br/><br/>The festival is also committed to distribution for its top winners through key partnerships with <a href="https://www.amctheatres.com/" target="_blank">AMC Theatres</a>, <a href="https://www.mylifetime.com/" target="_blank">Lifetime TV</a> and <a href="https://www.vudu.com/content/landing/watch-movies-tv?cid=SEMGoogle5787349473&amp;scid=207983839&amp;kwid=13645845799&amp;gclid=EAIaIQobChMI89HKpvT_4QIVXbnACh19EwhXEAAYASAAEgJy8fD_BwE" target="_blank">Vudu</a> – last year, 87% of the films received some form of release.<br/><br/><b>MS: Let’s talk about some movies. There are a couple of films that look fascinating to me, like the <a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/artists/be-natural-the-untold-story-of-alice-guy-blache/" target="_blank">documentary about Alice Guy-Blaché</a> – a pioneering early 20<sup>th</sup> century director lost to history. Is there one film that you are looking forward to seeing this week?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> So many – where to start? <i><a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/artists/carol-of-the-bells/" target="_blank">Carol of the Bells</a></i> will pull on your heartstrings big time as we follow a man searching to learn more about the family he didn’t know! Geena is also premiering <i><a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/artists/this-changes-everything/" target="_blank">This Changes Everything</a></i>, a documentary she executive-produced and is featured in, which looks at the systemic issues around inclusion in film. I could go on and on…<br/><br/><b>MS: The festival has a great mix of family events and serious, thought-provoking films. Can you tell us how you’ve worked to make BFF a family event and a world-class film festival at the same time?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> It is important that we have content that is thought-provoking and entertaining, world-class and moving. And, of course, inclusivity also means people of all ages are welcome! Diversity and inclusion is being talked about at family dinner tables, so BFF is just a direct extension of that conversation with our associates and customers.<br/><br/>I also think younger generations see the world differently – and we can learn from them! One of the panels I’m most excited about is <a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/shows/dreams-unsung-heroes-of-african-american-history/" target="_blank"><i>Dreams: Unsung Heroes of African American History</i></a> on Friday at 2 p.m. Sheldon Candis, a filmmaker, created a series of short films telling the history of African Americans – through conversation with five high school students. I had the opportunity to watch the shorts, and wow, the students are so insightful! Our CEO Doug McMillon will be hosting this one – all associates are welcome!<br/><br/><b>MS: This festival has turned into a real celebration of diversity. Why is an event like this important?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> To bring awareness to the progress that’s still needed, including its challenges, and to create a platform for amazing talent. You will be blown away by the caliber of talent, ideas and creativity – and unfortunately because of the systemic issues, these individuals don’t always get recognized. Creating a platform to experience and learn is essential.<br/><br/><b>MS: The themes in BFF fit right into the conversations we have been having internally about films like<i> <a href="https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/the-hate-u-give" target="_blank">The Hate U Give</a></i></b>. <b>Do you feel events like BFF can expand these conversations to a larger audience?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> I sure hope so – conversation, empathy and awareness can help us all make greater progress together.<br/><br/><b>MS: Ok, knowing what you know about events and (*ahem*) celebrities, what is the one “can’t miss” event to attend?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> One of the unique aspects of BFF is the proximity to our VIPs, so you never know who you might see and where, whether they’re at any of the events or just having coffee on the square or at the Walmart Museum.<br/><br/><b>MS: What other inside tips can you give us about going to BFF?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> Bring your friends. Come to as many events as you can to learn and be entertained. And, most importantly, dress comfortably! Don’t forget to check out BFF’s website (<a href="http://www.bentonvillefilmfestival.com" target="_blank">www.bentonvillefilmfestival.com</a>), so you can plan ahead.<br/><br/><div class="knotch_378d6701-b039-4f81-bfce-4ed520cde27b"></div>

http://news.walmart.com/2019/05/06/walmart-and-bentonville-film-festival-are-bffs-q-a-with-brittney-duke

May 6, 2019 <br/>By Matt Smith, Walmart Corporate Affairs <br/><br/><i>It’s <a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/" target="_blank">Bentonville Film Festival</a> Week, and there is a buzz all over town about celebrity sightings and film events. But, this is not just a festival for movie fans – BFF has a mission to influence mainstream media to increase diversity in content. I had a chance to catch up with Brittney Duke, Walmart VP of Marketing, to talk about what separates this film fest from the rest.</i><br/><br/><b>Matt: Ok, we’re rolling. (See what I did there?) This is the fifth year for the Bentonville Film Festival. How long has Walmart been involved?</b><br/><b>Brittney:</b> Since the very beginning! We believed so strongly in what <a href="https://variety.com/2019/film/news/geena-davis-bentonville-film-festival-gender-diversity-1203202772/" target="_blank">Geena (Davis) wanted to do</a> that we jumped in year one.<br/><br/><b>MS: What’s different about BFF in comparison to other film fests?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> Inclusion and equality are top of mind – BFF is focused on increasing diversity in film, media and content. All the films, panels, discussions and key events are focused on increasing the number of women and people of diversity in the industry. We also bring together some of the top brands and networks to help in this important cause. It’s the trifecta of content, media dollars and platforms that can drive real change in inclusion.<br/><br/>The festival is also committed to distribution for its top winners through key partnerships with <a href="https://www.amctheatres.com/" target="_blank">AMC Theatres</a>, <a href="https://www.mylifetime.com/" target="_blank">Lifetime TV</a> and <a href="https://www.vudu.com/content/landing/watch-movies-tv?cid=SEMGoogle5787349473&amp;scid=207983839&amp;kwid=13645845799&amp;gclid=EAIaIQobChMI89HKpvT_4QIVXbnACh19EwhXEAAYASAAEgJy8fD_BwE" target="_blank">Vudu</a> – last year, 87% of the films received some form of release.<br/><br/><b>MS: Let’s talk about some movies. There are a couple of films that look fascinating to me, like the <a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/artists/be-natural-the-untold-story-of-alice-guy-blache/" target="_blank">documentary about Alice Guy-Blaché</a> – a pioneering early 20<sup>th</sup> century director lost to history. Is there one film that you are looking forward to seeing this week?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> So many – where to start? <i><a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/artists/carol-of-the-bells/" target="_blank">Carol of the Bells</a></i> will pull on your heartstrings big time as we follow a man searching to learn more about the family he didn’t know! Geena is also premiering <i><a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/artists/this-changes-everything/" target="_blank">This Changes Everything</a></i>, a documentary she executive-produced and is featured in, which looks at the systemic issues around inclusion in film. I could go on and on…<br/><br/><b>MS: The festival has a great mix of family events and serious, thought-provoking films. Can you tell us how you’ve worked to make BFF a family event and a world-class film festival at the same time?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> It is important that we have content that is thought-provoking and entertaining, world-class and moving. And, of course, inclusivity also means people of all ages are welcome! Diversity and inclusion is being talked about at family dinner tables, so BFF is just a direct extension of that conversation with our associates and customers.<br/><br/>I also think younger generations see the world differently – and we can learn from them! One of the panels I’m most excited about is <a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/shows/dreams-unsung-heroes-of-african-american-history/" target="_blank"><i>Dreams: Unsung Heroes of African American History</i></a> on Friday at 2 p.m. Sheldon Candis, a filmmaker, created a series of short films telling the history of African Americans – through conversation with five high school students. I had the opportunity to watch the shorts, and wow, the students are so insightful! Our CEO Doug McMillon will be hosting this one – all associates are welcome!<br/><br/><b>MS: This festival has turned into a real celebration of diversity. Why is an event like this important?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> To bring awareness to the progress that’s still needed, including its challenges, and to create a platform for amazing talent. You will be blown away by the caliber of talent, ideas and creativity – and unfortunately because of the systemic issues, these individuals don’t always get recognized. Creating a platform to experience and learn is essential.<br/><br/><b>MS: The themes in BFF fit right into the conversations we have been having internally about films like<i> <a href="https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/the-hate-u-give" target="_blank">The Hate U Give</a></i></b>. <b>Do you feel events like BFF can expand these conversations to a larger audience?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> I sure hope so – conversation, empathy and awareness can help us all make greater progress together.<br/><br/><b>MS: Ok, knowing what you know about events and (*ahem*) celebrities, what is the one “can’t miss” event to attend?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> One of the unique aspects of BFF is the proximity to our VIPs, so you never know who you might see and where, whether they’re at any of the events or just having coffee on the square or at the Walmart Museum.<br/><br/><b>MS: What other inside tips can you give us about going to BFF?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> Bring your friends. Come to as many events as you can to learn and be entertained. And, most importantly, dress comfortably! Don’t forget to check out BFF’s website (<a href="http://www.bentonvillefilmfestival.com" target="_blank">www.bentonvillefilmfestival.com</a>), so you can plan ahead.<br/><br/><div class="knotch_378d6701-b039-4f81-bfce-4ed520cde27b"></div>

https://www.mother.ly/shop/17-awesome-fathers-day-gifts-hell-adore

Father’s Day is approaching, gang, which has me feeling all the feels for the dads in my life right about now. While everyone’s relationship with their father is different, my is steadfastly that of daughter and knight in shining armor. Sure, my dad is flawed—he curses in front of his grandkids on the regular and rarely washes his hands after touching raw meat—but he is always, always there for me and my sisters and he spent our childhood chasing us around a backyard, trying to teach us all of the sports he played with his five brothers (he had three sisters, too… yes, really!).

And watching my husband recreate a similar childhood for our four kids—running basketball drills in our driveway, playing catch in the front yard, helping my daughter practice for her dance recital, reading books to everyone at night—is one of my favorite parts of parenting. Which is exactly why we need to celebrate these dudes this Father’s Day!

Whether the dad your shopping for is a master griller, a sports fanatic or just someone sorely in need of a new pair of flip flops for summertime, we’ve got him (and you) covered in the below list of gifts. Happy Father’s Day do all of the dads in your life!

 The cooler

YETI Tundra Haul

Before becoming dads, did dads like coolers? We’ll never really know. But this we do know: Dads don’t just like coolers, they love them. And the Tundra Haul is the best you can buy him (and yes, it’s worth the steep price tag!). Yeti is the granddaddy of luxe coolers and this newest version has two ultra-tough, puncture-proof wheels that can take on sand, rocky terrains, rugged trails and more—all while keeping up to 45 cans of beer or 55 pounds of ice at freezer-esque temps.

Yeti Tundra Haul, $399.99

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The shades

This just in: We don’t need to spend a fortune on sunglasses anymore! Especially when brands like American Eagle are churning out super-cool styles like these Knockaround bad boys. We love that the FDA-approved lenses are impact-resistant—because, let’s face it, at any moment a toy could come hurtling at dad’s face, and it’s good to know that his sunglasses will protect him, lol.

American Eagle Knockaround Fast Lanes Sunglasses, $25

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The can-go-anywhere wagon

Veer Wagon

There’s nowhere dad won’t be able to go with this stroller wagon hybrid that combines the ease and maneuverability of a stroller with the classic fun of a wagon. We tested this one on myriad surfaces and especially love the smooth ride (thanks to those big ol’ wheels) and the cup holders.

Veer All Terrain Cruiser Wagon, $599

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The custom story book

Hooray Heroesu2019 When Emma Grows Up personalized book

The Daddy Edition of the best-selling “When Emma Grows Up” personalized children’s book is perfect for celebrating the everlasting bonds that dads have with their little ones… and we’re betting it will have your husband tearing up before the waffles are even ready. Personalize the name and appearance of both Dad and child and choose 10 professions your little one might grow up to be. All inspired by Dad himself, of course.

Hooray Heroes’ When Emma Grows Up personalized book, $39.00+

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The Knives

Wu00fcsthof Stainless-Steel 10-Piece Steak & Carving Knife Set

Not all dads like meat… but a lot of them do. And if they’re anything like my husband, they’re very finnicky about their steak knives. We love this 10-piece stainless steel set from Wüsthoffor multiples reasons—one, the price. Considering that it includes eight serrated steak knives, a carving knife, a carving fork and a flashy wooden holding box for under 80 bucks, well fam, that’s a smokin’ deal. Two: Founded in Germany more than 200 years ago, the Wüsthof brand is legit. Three: They’re pretty! Which isn’t the case for all steak knives!

Wüsthof Stainless-Steel 10-Piece Steak & Carving Knife Set, Sale $79.95 (Regularly $180)

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The gussied-up flip flops

Outfit him with “fancy” flip flops this summer that are slick enough to wear to date night but so comfortable he might actually feel a little guilty about his footwear. Made by hand in Hawaii, OluKai sandals have superior arch support, contoured footbeds and lots of toe room—all of which is too say your man is about to declare that these are the only flip flops he’s wearing from now to eternity.

OluKai Mea Ola Sandal, $119.99

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The t-shirt

Papa Bird Amazon T-Shirt

Have you ever met an adult male who doesn’t love a good t-shirt? Nope. This one is soft and cozy and comes in sizes small to 3XL. We’re betting this is going to be his new favorite.

Men’s Papa Bird T-shirt, $19.99

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The razor re-supply

Dollar Shave Club

If buying razors is something that always ends up on your to-do list, this subscription service is going to be music to your ears. The Dollar Shave Club delivers razors (and other shaving/bathroom products) to dad’s doorstep as often as he needs. Test it out with the travel-size Starter Set, which includes shave butter, four razor cartridges and a

The Dollar Shave Club Starter Shave Set, $5

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The framed photo

Framebridge Father's Day Duo

Have a favorite family photo that’s been sitting on your phone (or your Instagram) for months? Bring it into the real world and onto walls! Framebridge makes the process of custom framing incredibly easy—simply choose your frame, upload or mail in your imagery, pick your size and voila, you’ve got your gift! You can even do the entire process from your phone… in under 5 minutes. And for Father’s Day, Framebridge is offering a duo of 5 x 7 frames with mattes for $100.

Framebridge Framing, $39.00+

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The bottle opener

Etsy bottle opener

Whether you hang in it your garage, on your deck railing or near his grill, this wall-mounted, personalized bottle opener is the perfect customized gift for dad. We love that it catches caps… and that it has more than 18,000 reviews on Etsy!

Etsy MyPersonalMemories Bottle Opener, $24.99

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The blazer

The blazer is the ultimate dad jacket—he can wear it to your son’s hockey awards banquet, a client meeting or his cousin’s wedding, all while looking crisp, cool and ever on-trend. After all, he’s a hip dad! Get him there with Bonobos’ Jetsetter options, which combine old-school Italian wool with a slight stretch. The best part? He can pair the jacket with anything from jeans to slacks—far more practical that a suit coat!

Bonobos Jetsetter Stretch Italian Wool Blazer, $450

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The cool coffee gadget

Full Circle Brumi Pour Over Hot + Cold Brew Bottle

Whether dad likes his coffee hot or cold, this reusable, double-walled glass bottles makes the perfect pour-over or cold brew—ready in minutes and easy to take on the go.

Full Circle Home Brumi Pour Over & Cold Brew To-Go Bottle, $39.00

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The phone

Google Pixel

For the tech lover, the Google Pixel 3a is a dream. With an amazing camera (including Night Sight) dad will have no excuse to not take *all* of the photos. Plus, the battery lasts up to 30 hours in case he forgets to charge it. We love the Google Lens that allows you to point the camera at an object or visual and get answers—the kids will love playing with it!

Google Pixel 3a, $299+

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The manly oven mitt

Dad won’t be able to keep his mitts off of these! (It’s Father’s Day, so we’re allowed to make bad jokes.) Made from 100-perce t leather, these heat-resistant oven mitts can withstand temperatures as high as 460°F 🔥.

Dutch Deluxes Dutch Leather Oven Mitts, $89.00+

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The perfect button-down

UNTUCKIT

Am I the only wife who’s lived this scenario: Husband puts on button-down and laments its too long. Then he tucks in and adds a belt and laments that he looks like his dad. Untuckit to the rescue! Created by a regular dude who was also totally dissatisfied with the odd length of men’s button-down shirts, the brand has somehow created the perfect shirt for dads—in dozens of patterns and materials (we really love the wrinkle-free, sweat-wicking performance material!), the shirts aren’t too short, aren’t too long, nope, they’re just right in length. Read: They don’t need to be tucked in but they’re also long enough that they’re not showing off dad’s ripped abs (!) every time he raises his arms.

Untuckit St. Romain Performance Shirt, $98.00

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The jeans

Paige Federal Men's Jeans

Finding the ideal dad jean is no easy feat. If they’re too wide, dads look like they’re headed to a rave in 1999. Too skinny and they’ll barely be able to bend over to pick up baby off the floor. Luckily, we discovered Paige’s Federal jeans in the Blakely wash and let’s just say that the fit and color is just right for all dads out there—they can be worn from daycare drop-off to work to date night and everywhere in between. With the perfect amount of tapering, these are about his new 24/7 jeans.

Paige Federal Slim Fit Jeans in Blakely, $189

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The diaper backpack

Elkin Diaper Backpack

Um, moms? We need a diaper backpack! Dads will be psyched to strap this one on, whether they’re headed to the play space with the baby, to a ball game with the big kids or to meet clients for coffee. Why? It’s streamlined aesthetic doesn’t scream, “diaper bag!” But luckily it does function like one, with pockets galore, a removable changing pad and room for a laptop.

Elkin Backpack, $84.99

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The grooming essentials

Murdock London

Does his skincare routine involve water and a bar of soap? Or maybe the facewash his mom introduced him to when he was 13? Let’s upgrade dad’s rotation with British grooming brand Murdock London’s assortment of goodies—from the skin-calming Post Shave Balm or the deliciously-smelling Black Tea Body Wash to the perfect-level-of-hold Texture Paste for his hair. Does he struggle with a too-course beard? Then the Beard Conditioner will fix all that. More to love: The sleek navy-blue packaging.

Murdock London grooming products, $8+

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The Sneaker

Not all gym shoes need a marquis logo on them—and while this might be a hard concept for dad to swallow, Everlane’s new Trainer sneaker will change his mind pretty quickly. Available in seven leather-and-suede combo colorways, these sneakers are comfortable right out of the box and since they come from the eco-concious brand, they’re also feel-good for your soul. Facts: The sole is a blend of natural and recycled rubber (94 percent virgin-plastic-free!) and the brand is on determined path to be completely carbon neutral.

Everlane The Trainer, $98.00

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The elevated water experience

SodaStream Fizzi

A must-have for anyone who loves them some fizzy water, the SodaStream turns plain water into seltzer in seconds. The best part? It’s cord-free and has a small enough footprint that you won’t even mind giving it some real estate on your countertops. Oh, and it’s saving the planet from a whole lot of plastic bottles, too.

SodaStream Fizzi Sparkling Water Maker, $89.99

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The mug

Etsy dad mug

This vintage-inspired personalized mug will make dad totally nostalgic (and proud!) during his daily coffee fix.

The Beez Kneez Designs Vintage Mug via Etsy, $13.75

The tech watch

Apple Watch Series 4

Is your man a tech-loving dad who wants to stay connected but needs his hands free to deal with the kiddos? Then look no further than the Apple Watch. Dad will be able to do everything from tracking his daily activities to checking his emails right from his wrist. Forewarning: You’re going to want a matching one.

Apple Watch Series 4, $429

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The family photo book

Mixbook family photo book

Surprise him with a compilation of your family’s best photos—or maybe it’s the silliest ones. Or the pics where no one is looking, or the ones where only 75 percent of you are smiling. Regardless, putting photo to paper is the thoughtful gift that will score you a touchdown on Father’s Day morning, and Mixbook’s options are super easy to create.

Mixbook Family Photo Books, $15.99+

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The water bottle

Yeti Rambler

Facts: It’s impossible to “dad” without being hydrated, and a rugged water bottle will be a welcomed gift by all. We recommend the 100-percent leak-proof, stainless steel Yeti Rambler 18-ounce bottle, which has an extra-wide opening for sipping and loading (dads loooove big ice cubes!) and double-wall vacuum walls for keeping drinks super cold and super hot. Oh, and it’s dishwasher safe, too.

Yeti Rambler 26-Ounce Bottle, $29.99

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The grilling tools

Wusthof Grilling Tools

Grilling and dads go hand-in-hand, so getting him a fancy set of tools for his favorite outdoor appliance for Father’s Day will likely be well-received. We love this heat-resistant Wusthof set from Williams-Sonoma because it’s solid without being heavy, and each of the four pieces have rings to hang on your grill hooks. Did we mention it’s 50-percent off right now? Done and done!

WSGC, Sale $79.95 (Regularly $160.00)

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The fast cooker

Instant Pot

If your husbands anything like mine, he’s not the handiest in the kitchen. Set him up for success on solo nights with an Instant Pot, which in addition to being able to make hard boiled eggs in minutes, can also prepare soups and stews, steam and sauté vegetables and much more in under 20 minutes. We like the Lux Mini because of its compact size and it’s palatable price.

Instant Pot Lux Mini, $52.99

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The pants

Public Rec Workday

Here’s a fact: If they’re not jeans or sweatpants, my husband completely struggles with pants. The word “chinos” makes him cringe. But here’s the thing: Pants are a vital wardrobe component for adult males—ya know, for those times when neither jeans nor sweats are appropriate. Enter: Public Rec’s new Workday Pants. Styled in the vein of jeans, the five-pocket pants have a tapered ankle and are made from a stretchy blend of polyester and spandex that is quick-drying and super lightweight. Pants that are modern but professional and breathable? We found ’em! An they come in four colors, too.

Public Rec, $108.00

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The coasters

Anatomy of Sports Coasters

Dads like sports… but what they really, really love are coasters. Seriously. My husband will dive across a room to prevent a cold glass of ice water from sweating onto our coffee table and leaving a dreaded-ring. So get him what he really wants this year and combine his two favorite things! These sandstone coasters have cork bottoms and come in nine categories (skiing, baseball, golf and more!), covering interesting factoids that the whole fam will enjoy discussing.

Uncommon Goods Anatomy of Sports Coasters, $45.00

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http://news.walmart.com/2019/05/06/walmart-and-bentonville-film-festival-are-bffs-q-a-with-brittney-duke

May 6, 2019 <br/>By Matt Smith, Walmart Corporate Affairs <br/><br/><i>It’s <a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/" target="_blank">Bentonville Film Festival</a> Week, and there is a buzz all over town about celebrity sightings and film events. But, this is not just a festival for movie fans – BFF has a mission to influence mainstream media to increase diversity in content. I had a chance to catch up with Brittney Duke, Walmart VP of Marketing, to talk about what separates this film fest from the rest.</i><br/><br/><b>Matt: Ok, we’re rolling. (See what I did there?) This is the fifth year for the Bentonville Film Festival. How long has Walmart been involved?</b><br/><b>Brittney:</b> Since the very beginning! We believed so strongly in what <a href="https://variety.com/2019/film/news/geena-davis-bentonville-film-festival-gender-diversity-1203202772/" target="_blank">Geena (Davis) wanted to do</a> that we jumped in year one.<br/><br/><b>MS: What’s different about BFF in comparison to other film fests?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> Inclusion and equality are top of mind – BFF is focused on increasing diversity in film, media and content. All the films, panels, discussions and key events are focused on increasing the number of women and people of diversity in the industry. We also bring together some of the top brands and networks to help in this important cause. It’s the trifecta of content, media dollars and platforms that can drive real change in inclusion.<br/><br/>The festival is also committed to distribution for its top winners through key partnerships with <a href="https://www.amctheatres.com/" target="_blank">AMC Theatres</a>, <a href="https://www.mylifetime.com/" target="_blank">Lifetime TV</a> and <a href="https://www.vudu.com/content/landing/watch-movies-tv?cid=SEMGoogle5787349473&amp;scid=207983839&amp;kwid=13645845799&amp;gclid=EAIaIQobChMI89HKpvT_4QIVXbnACh19EwhXEAAYASAAEgJy8fD_BwE" target="_blank">Vudu</a> – last year, 87% of the films received some form of release.<br/><br/><b>MS: Let’s talk about some movies. There are a couple of films that look fascinating to me, like the <a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/artists/be-natural-the-untold-story-of-alice-guy-blache/" target="_blank">documentary about Alice Guy-Blaché</a> – a pioneering early 20<sup>th</sup> century director lost to history. Is there one film that you are looking forward to seeing this week?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> So many – where to start? <i><a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/artists/carol-of-the-bells/" target="_blank">Carol of the Bells</a></i> will pull on your heartstrings big time as we follow a man searching to learn more about the family he didn’t know! Geena is also premiering <i><a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/artists/this-changes-everything/" target="_blank">This Changes Everything</a></i>, a documentary she executive-produced and is featured in, which looks at the systemic issues around inclusion in film. I could go on and on…<br/><br/><b>MS: The festival has a great mix of family events and serious, thought-provoking films. Can you tell us how you’ve worked to make BFF a family event and a world-class film festival at the same time?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> It is important that we have content that is thought-provoking and entertaining, world-class and moving. And, of course, inclusivity also means people of all ages are welcome! Diversity and inclusion is being talked about at family dinner tables, so BFF is just a direct extension of that conversation with our associates and customers.<br/><br/>I also think younger generations see the world differently – and we can learn from them! One of the panels I’m most excited about is <a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/shows/dreams-unsung-heroes-of-african-american-history/" target="_blank"><i>Dreams: Unsung Heroes of African American History</i></a> on Friday at 2 p.m. Sheldon Candis, a filmmaker, created a series of short films telling the history of African Americans – through conversation with five high school students. I had the opportunity to watch the shorts, and wow, the students are so insightful! Our CEO Doug McMillon will be hosting this one – all associates are welcome!<br/><br/><b>MS: This festival has turned into a real celebration of diversity. Why is an event like this important?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> To bring awareness to the progress that’s still needed, including its challenges, and to create a platform for amazing talent. You will be blown away by the caliber of talent, ideas and creativity – and unfortunately because of the systemic issues, these individuals don’t always get recognized. Creating a platform to experience and learn is essential.<br/><br/><b>MS: The themes in BFF fit right into the conversations we have been having internally about films like<i> <a href="https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/the-hate-u-give" target="_blank">The Hate U Give</a></i></b>. <b>Do you feel events like BFF can expand these conversations to a larger audience?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> I sure hope so – conversation, empathy and awareness can help us all make greater progress together.<br/><br/><b>MS: Ok, knowing what you know about events and (*ahem*) celebrities, what is the one “can’t miss” event to attend?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> One of the unique aspects of BFF is the proximity to our VIPs, so you never know who you might see and where, whether they’re at any of the events or just having coffee on the square or at the Walmart Museum.<br/><br/><b>MS: What other inside tips can you give us about going to BFF?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> Bring your friends. Come to as many events as you can to learn and be entertained. And, most importantly, dress comfortably! Don’t forget to check out BFF’s website (<a href="http://www.bentonvillefilmfestival.com" target="_blank">www.bentonvillefilmfestival.com</a>), so you can plan ahead.<br/><br/><div class="knotch_378d6701-b039-4f81-bfce-4ed520cde27b"></div>

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May 6, 2019 <br/>By Matt Smith, Walmart Corporate Affairs <br/><br/><i>It’s <a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/" target="_blank">Bentonville Film Festival</a> Week, and there is a buzz all over town about celebrity sightings and film events. But, this is not just a festival for movie fans – BFF has a mission to influence mainstream media to increase diversity in content. I had a chance to catch up with Brittney Duke, Walmart VP of Marketing, to talk about what separates this film fest from the rest.</i><br/><br/><b>Matt: Ok, we’re rolling. (See what I did there?) This is the fifth year for the Bentonville Film Festival. How long has Walmart been involved?</b><br/><b>Brittney:</b> Since the very beginning! We believed so strongly in what <a href="https://variety.com/2019/film/news/geena-davis-bentonville-film-festival-gender-diversity-1203202772/" target="_blank">Geena (Davis) wanted to do</a> that we jumped in year one.<br/><br/><b>MS: What’s different about BFF in comparison to other film fests?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> Inclusion and equality are top of mind – BFF is focused on increasing diversity in film, media and content. All the films, panels, discussions and key events are focused on increasing the number of women and people of diversity in the industry. We also bring together some of the top brands and networks to help in this important cause. It’s the trifecta of content, media dollars and platforms that can drive real change in inclusion.<br/><br/>The festival is also committed to distribution for its top winners through key partnerships with <a href="https://www.amctheatres.com/" target="_blank">AMC Theatres</a>, <a href="https://www.mylifetime.com/" target="_blank">Lifetime TV</a> and <a href="https://www.vudu.com/content/landing/watch-movies-tv?cid=SEMGoogle5787349473&amp;scid=207983839&amp;kwid=13645845799&amp;gclid=EAIaIQobChMI89HKpvT_4QIVXbnACh19EwhXEAAYASAAEgJy8fD_BwE" target="_blank">Vudu</a> – last year, 87% of the films received some form of release.<br/><br/><b>MS: Let’s talk about some movies. There are a couple of films that look fascinating to me, like the <a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/artists/be-natural-the-untold-story-of-alice-guy-blache/" target="_blank">documentary about Alice Guy-Blaché</a> – a pioneering early 20<sup>th</sup> century director lost to history. Is there one film that you are looking forward to seeing this week?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> So many – where to start? <i><a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/artists/carol-of-the-bells/" target="_blank">Carol of the Bells</a></i> will pull on your heartstrings big time as we follow a man searching to learn more about the family he didn’t know! Geena is also premiering <i><a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/artists/this-changes-everything/" target="_blank">This Changes Everything</a></i>, a documentary she executive-produced and is featured in, which looks at the systemic issues around inclusion in film. I could go on and on…<br/><br/><b>MS: The festival has a great mix of family events and serious, thought-provoking films. Can you tell us how you’ve worked to make BFF a family event and a world-class film festival at the same time?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> It is important that we have content that is thought-provoking and entertaining, world-class and moving. And, of course, inclusivity also means people of all ages are welcome! Diversity and inclusion is being talked about at family dinner tables, so BFF is just a direct extension of that conversation with our associates and customers.<br/><br/>I also think younger generations see the world differently – and we can learn from them! One of the panels I’m most excited about is <a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/shows/dreams-unsung-heroes-of-african-american-history/" target="_blank"><i>Dreams: Unsung Heroes of African American History</i></a> on Friday at 2 p.m. Sheldon Candis, a filmmaker, created a series of short films telling the history of African Americans – through conversation with five high school students. I had the opportunity to watch the shorts, and wow, the students are so insightful! Our CEO Doug McMillon will be hosting this one – all associates are welcome!<br/><br/><b>MS: This festival has turned into a real celebration of diversity. Why is an event like this important?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> To bring awareness to the progress that’s still needed, including its challenges, and to create a platform for amazing talent. You will be blown away by the caliber of talent, ideas and creativity – and unfortunately because of the systemic issues, these individuals don’t always get recognized. Creating a platform to experience and learn is essential.<br/><br/><b>MS: The themes in BFF fit right into the conversations we have been having internally about films like<i> <a href="https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/the-hate-u-give" target="_blank">The Hate U Give</a></i></b>. <b>Do you feel events like BFF can expand these conversations to a larger audience?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> I sure hope so – conversation, empathy and awareness can help us all make greater progress together.<br/><br/><b>MS: Ok, knowing what you know about events and (*ahem*) celebrities, what is the one “can’t miss” event to attend?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> One of the unique aspects of BFF is the proximity to our VIPs, so you never know who you might see and where, whether they’re at any of the events or just having coffee on the square or at the Walmart Museum.<br/><br/><b>MS: What other inside tips can you give us about going to BFF?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> Bring your friends. Come to as many events as you can to learn and be entertained. And, most importantly, dress comfortably! Don’t forget to check out BFF’s website (<a href="http://www.bentonvillefilmfestival.com" target="_blank">www.bentonvillefilmfestival.com</a>), so you can plan ahead.<br/><br/><div class="knotch_378d6701-b039-4f81-bfce-4ed520cde27b"></div>

http://news.walmart.com/2019/05/06/walmart-and-bentonville-film-festival-are-bffs-q-a-with-brittney-duke

May 6, 2019 <br/>By Matt Smith, Walmart Corporate Affairs <br/><br/><i>It’s <a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/" target="_blank">Bentonville Film Festival</a> Week, and there is a buzz all over town about celebrity sightings and film events. But, this is not just a festival for movie fans – BFF has a mission to influence mainstream media to increase diversity in content. I had a chance to catch up with Brittney Duke, Walmart VP of Marketing, to talk about what separates this film fest from the rest.</i><br/><br/><b>Matt: Ok, we’re rolling. (See what I did there?) This is the fifth year for the Bentonville Film Festival. How long has Walmart been involved?</b><br/><b>Brittney:</b> Since the very beginning! We believed so strongly in what <a href="https://variety.com/2019/film/news/geena-davis-bentonville-film-festival-gender-diversity-1203202772/" target="_blank">Geena (Davis) wanted to do</a> that we jumped in year one.<br/><br/><b>MS: What’s different about BFF in comparison to other film fests?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> Inclusion and equality are top of mind – BFF is focused on increasing diversity in film, media and content. All the films, panels, discussions and key events are focused on increasing the number of women and people of diversity in the industry. We also bring together some of the top brands and networks to help in this important cause. It’s the trifecta of content, media dollars and platforms that can drive real change in inclusion.<br/><br/>The festival is also committed to distribution for its top winners through key partnerships with <a href="https://www.amctheatres.com/" target="_blank">AMC Theatres</a>, <a href="https://www.mylifetime.com/" target="_blank">Lifetime TV</a> and <a href="https://www.vudu.com/content/landing/watch-movies-tv?cid=SEMGoogle5787349473&amp;scid=207983839&amp;kwid=13645845799&amp;gclid=EAIaIQobChMI89HKpvT_4QIVXbnACh19EwhXEAAYASAAEgJy8fD_BwE" target="_blank">Vudu</a> – last year, 87% of the films received some form of release.<br/><br/><b>MS: Let’s talk about some movies. There are a couple of films that look fascinating to me, like the <a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/artists/be-natural-the-untold-story-of-alice-guy-blache/" target="_blank">documentary about Alice Guy-Blaché</a> – a pioneering early 20<sup>th</sup> century director lost to history. Is there one film that you are looking forward to seeing this week?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> So many – where to start? <i><a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/artists/carol-of-the-bells/" target="_blank">Carol of the Bells</a></i> will pull on your heartstrings big time as we follow a man searching to learn more about the family he didn’t know! Geena is also premiering <i><a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/artists/this-changes-everything/" target="_blank">This Changes Everything</a></i>, a documentary she executive-produced and is featured in, which looks at the systemic issues around inclusion in film. I could go on and on…<br/><br/><b>MS: The festival has a great mix of family events and serious, thought-provoking films. Can you tell us how you’ve worked to make BFF a family event and a world-class film festival at the same time?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> It is important that we have content that is thought-provoking and entertaining, world-class and moving. And, of course, inclusivity also means people of all ages are welcome! Diversity and inclusion is being talked about at family dinner tables, so BFF is just a direct extension of that conversation with our associates and customers.<br/><br/>I also think younger generations see the world differently – and we can learn from them! One of the panels I’m most excited about is <a href="https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/shows/dreams-unsung-heroes-of-african-american-history/" target="_blank"><i>Dreams: Unsung Heroes of African American History</i></a> on Friday at 2 p.m. Sheldon Candis, a filmmaker, created a series of short films telling the history of African Americans – through conversation with five high school students. I had the opportunity to watch the shorts, and wow, the students are so insightful! Our CEO Doug McMillon will be hosting this one – all associates are welcome!<br/><br/><b>MS: This festival has turned into a real celebration of diversity. Why is an event like this important?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> To bring awareness to the progress that’s still needed, including its challenges, and to create a platform for amazing talent. You will be blown away by the caliber of talent, ideas and creativity – and unfortunately because of the systemic issues, these individuals don’t always get recognized. Creating a platform to experience and learn is essential.<br/><br/><b>MS: The themes in BFF fit right into the conversations we have been having internally about films like<i> <a href="https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/the-hate-u-give" target="_blank">The Hate U Give</a></i></b>. <b>Do you feel events like BFF can expand these conversations to a larger audience?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> I sure hope so – conversation, empathy and awareness can help us all make greater progress together.<br/><br/><b>MS: Ok, knowing what you know about events and (*ahem*) celebrities, what is the one “can’t miss” event to attend?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> One of the unique aspects of BFF is the proximity to our VIPs, so you never know who you might see and where, whether they’re at any of the events or just having coffee on the square or at the Walmart Museum.<br/><br/><b>MS: What other inside tips can you give us about going to BFF?</b><br/><b>BD:</b> Bring your friends. Come to as many events as you can to learn and be entertained. And, most importantly, dress comfortably! Don’t forget to check out BFF’s website (<a href="http://www.bentonvillefilmfestival.com" target="_blank">www.bentonvillefilmfestival.com</a>), so you can plan ahead.<br/><br/><div class="knotch_378d6701-b039-4f81-bfce-4ed520cde27b"></div>