IFC is on a roll. They just keep announcing exciting movie premieres and fun Q&A sessions with independent film’s greatest minds. This time, it’s director Jonathan Demme’s film festival veteran documentary: I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, The Mad, and the Beautiful. The film will debut on September 13 at the NYC IFC Center followed by a Q&A with Demme.I’m Carolyn Parker follows one New Orleans native in her journey to ... Read More
Most people can recognize Shirley Temple’s iconic bouncy curls and probably even sing a few lines of some of her most famous tunes (“Animal Crackers in My Soup,” anyone?) But before Shirley Temple took the movie industry by storm as a dimple-faced kid in the 1930s, there was another child star who tugged on America's heartstrings. Baby Peggy was a mere 19 months old in 1920 when she appeared in her first short film. Over the next few years, the ... Read More
If you follow world news at all, you probably know that things look pretty bleak in Syria these days. The violence there is bloody and ongoing, and the international community seems unsure of the best way to restore a sense of stability. But a new documentary shows that there is another, more positive, revolution taking place in Syria, at least in regards to one woman’s efforts to educate young girls and to change attitudes about women’s relationship ... Read More
I often hear artists and musicians respond in interviews that they do what they do because of an intense and mysterious compulsion. This strong drive is difficult to understand unless personally experienced, but to Iceland’s Sigríður Níelsdóttirit, the feeling was all too familiar. So much, in fact, that she recorded a catalog of over 700 songs within seven years at the tender age of 70. Lovingly known as ‘Grandma Lo-Fi,’ ... Read More
Everywhere I turn there are amazing women. Entrepreneurs, filmmakers, fashion designers, activists: women do it all. And lucky for us, it’s now easier than ever to discover these women and their projects and to help a sister out.Kickstarter and IndieGoGo have revolutionized the way ideas become realities, pulling support from all around the world to help creative projects get accomplished. To celebrate the incredible things women are doing (a daily basis ... Read More
Award-winning news magazine "In The Life" recently aired an ep entitled “Becoming Me," which featured eight families with transgender and "gender non-conforming" children ranging in age from 5 to 25.  The show approaches the subject with sensitivity and honesty, documenting the day-to-day lives of these families. As you can imagine, it's not a cake walk: they confront transphobia and misconceptions at every turn, making difficult choices while trying ... Read More

Hit So Hard

BY Intern Tessa in Movies |

Patty Schemel, former drummer for Hole (among others), is a survivor. She found success in one of the biggest acts of the 90s, but along with her rock-star lifestyle came some dark moments, and while Patty played the shit out of the drums, life equally played the shit out of Patty. The story of her life and career is told in Hit So Hard, a documentary that opens in theaters on April 13th. A drummer holds every song together, and with her focused expression, steady ... Read More
The title of this HBO documentary would have you believe that Dolores Hart’s toughest choice was leaving Hollywood (and Elvis) for life on a Benedictine Abbey. However, this short film actually highlights the many personal sacrifices she, and every woman on the Abbey, have made to become nuns.God is the Bigger Elvis charts Dolores’ life from Hollywood starlet to Mother Prioress, the second-highest ranking nun at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in ... Read More

Movie Review: Bully

BY Lisa in Movies |

Outrage, devastation, an overwhelming sense of injustice—these are just a few of the feelings you’re likely to experience while watching Bully, the new documentary from filmmaker Lee Hirsch (read our interview with the director here). And you might want to bring a tissue or two. The poignant movie highlights one of the single-most terrible aspects of adolescence—bullying—and the lives and families of five kids who are heartbreakingly ... Read More
Growing up girl in America is tough. We are simultaneously told to be vigilant keepers of our sacred virginity and also to be ready to whip off our tops if the Girls Gone Wild camera crew shows up on spring break. We are deemed to possess a priceless, powerful, can't-get-it-back-after-you-lose-it gift from the big guy upstairs, but we're expected to cheat the system a little, too.The virgin/whore dichotomy is such old news that won't die. Therese Shechter's new ... Read More
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