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
BY Shannon Iggy in Movies on Jan 06, 2014 |
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
BY jodi sh doff in Movies on Dec 10, 2013 |
“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
BY Katie Fustich in Music Stuff on Dec 06, 2013 |
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
BY Katie Fustich in Movies on Oct 07, 2013 |
“In the United States of America, all men are created equal. Women? Eh... not so much.” This is the rallying cry behind filmmaker Kamala Lopez’s newest documentary: Equal Means Equal. Following social justice visionaries like Michael Moore (Sicko) and Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me), Lopez and company are “journeying across the country to learn what women think about their lives, how/if they want them to change and what difference a ... Read More