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Katrina Gilbert is one in a million – one in 42 million, to be exact. The subject of the new HBO documentary Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert--part of the series The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From The Brink--Gilbert is a single mother of three struggling to get ahead in a system that seems designed to see her fail.  With such mind-boggling statistics – 42 million American women and 28 million ... Read More
Now while I am still way too young to be reminiscing on my teenage years, this film almost made me long for the frivolous days of my youth (can I still say that if I am only 21?). Well, almost. Apart from my left over teen angst that has seeped into early twenties angst, TEENAGE is a fascinating look at the creation and evolution of the 'teenager'. Don't be fooled by the black and white film stills, this documentary is a vibrant and heartfelt love letter to ... Read More
Decades ago, three brave women broke into the male-dominated and hyper exclusive field of war journalism in order to establish their names and place within history. These heroines overcame dangerous front lines, misogyny and their own fear to establish more then just a “woman’s angle.”The documentary NO JOB FOR A WOMAN: THE WOMEN WHO FOUGHT TO REPORT WWII follows the paths of wire service reporter Ruth Cowan, magazine reporter Martha Gellhorn, ... Read More
Depending on your perspective, this is either a joyous occasion or a sign of the apocalypse: Oprah's OWN network has announced plans to release an eight-part docuseries on Lindsay Lohan. The series, simply called “Lindsay,” is set to premiere on Sunday, March 9 at 10PM, and it's directed by filmmaker Amy Rice, who also created the doc “By the People: The Election of Barack Obama." So far, OWN has released a photo depicting a dazzling LiLo, which ... Read More
Okay, so I'm guessing that if you have a TV or any access to the Internet, then you've probably heard about Elaine Stritch. Recently, the 89-year-old actress/genius visited the Today Show and uttered the word "fuck" on live television. As you can imagine, the clip went viral.Whoddathunk that when you bring one of the funniest women in the entertainment business onto a live TV program, she's going to speak her mind? (Or in this case, just do ... Read More
  As a child, Souvid Datta visited his grandparents in Kolkata for Christmas. In the midst of a tantrum, he stormed out of the house and wandered into Sonagachi, a red-light district. He saw girls around his age, men with handfuls of money; he made eye contact with a girl wearing pink, green and gold, and then he watched her led away by a much older man. The experience marked Datta, and as an adult, now a documentary photographer, he returned to Kolkata to ... Read More
Jennifer Siebel Newsom made a name for herself with the mind-blowing 2011 documentary Miss Representation (which highlighted the mainstream media’s under-representations of powerful women), and now she and the team behind The Representation Project are back with a new gender-focused doc: The Mask You Live In. The film explores the ways in which society’s construction of masculinity is damaging to young men, and asks the question, “As a ... Read More
Take a glance back in time, just for a second, and think about what you were doing when you were 14. Maybe checking out TRL after school? Eating junk food and talking about young love at sleepovers with your best buds? Cutting your own bangs? Well before she was old enough to drive a car, Laura Dekker sailed around the world.  Maidentrip chronicles the journey of 14-year-old Laura Dekker’s record-breaking sail in an inspiring film, screening on January ... Read More
“I always liked hitting things,” director Jill Morley says, in her documentary. Fight Like A Girl . "There was a little boy... I punched him, and smiled when he fell to the ground.”  Morley's film explores the motivations of three hard-core female boxers for taking up such a violent and physically challenging sport.  And while their circumstances varied, it turns out that all three were looking for control of their own ... Read More
The music industry is a wacky place that just seems to get wackier every day. Being a DIY-driven artist in a corporate world sounds more like a path to grey hair than to success. But in 2011, a few brave souls organized a completely DIY national tour, titled "Check Yo Ponytail." The 20 dates featured the talents of Spank Rock, Big Freedia, Pictureplane, The Death Set, and the mastermind behind it all: Franki Chan. Franki Chan and his partner Danny Johnson ... Read More
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