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Celebrating Carla Joi Farmer's Creative Flair
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Now a member of the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch, Carla can bring everything from painstaking historical authenticity to wild creative flair depending on the project’s demands.

This article was originally published on July 16, 2021.

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One of Carla’s first Hollywood jobs was hairstyling on this Steven Spielberg fact-based drama about the slave ship that became the basis for a pivotal Supreme Court case. Capturing the appearances of Africans forced across the sea, and the American lawmakers who must decide their fate is a showcase for elaborate hairstyling demands, giving each character a distinctive and believable look.

The Hangover Part III
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The third and final installment in Todd Phillips’ outrageous comedy trilogy hurls the Wolf Pack into their most elaborate and darkest adventure. While retaining the visual feel of the characters from the previous film, Carla and her colleagues push the movie's overall look in a more stylized direction, one perfectly appropriate to the film’s wild and woolly attitude.

Get On Up
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The story of legendary singer James Brown is brought to vivid life in Tate Taylor’s music-filled biopic starring the late Chadwick Boseman. Bouncing back and forth through time from late ‘30s Georgia into the ‘90s, the film required attentive eyes from everyone behind the scenes to make the film both accurate and eye-catching right down to the hairstyles that transform over the decades.

Dolemite Is My Name
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The stranger-than-fiction story of Rudy Ray Moore has been covered on A.frame in the context of some of our other recent members, but Carla’s contributions as hair co-department head played a major part in the wild story of the very-outside-L.A. filmmakers who made their dreams come true and took the box office by storm in the 1970s.

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