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Fractured fairy tales have dominated this year’s box office, but most of the stories are pretty far removed from the real world. Enter The Brass Teapot, a topical spin on this formula that follows neither witch hunters nor giant slayers, but a couple of broke kids. Married protagonists Alice (Juno Temple) and John (Michael Angarano) find a shady solution to their debt in a teapot that responds to pain by filling itself with cash. It’s not long ... Read More
Amy Heckerling is the greatest. Not only is she responsible for national treasures like Clueless (1995) and Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), but she is one of the few female directors working in Hollywood, period. As an aspiring movie-maker, her awesomely quirky comedies give me a reason to get up in the morning. So when I saw that the trailer for her new movie Vamps (2012) had been released, I flipped out.Starring BUST cover girl Krysten Ritter as well ... Read More
Alison Klayman is 27 years old. She's graduated from Brown University, written for NPR, moved to China and made a feature length documentary. Oh, and she won the Sundance Special Jury Prize this past January. I, for one, feel like a slacker compared to the multi-hyphenated journalist.  Klayman's award winning film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry hit theaters last week on July 27 via IFC Films. The 27-year-old spent years with her subject  Weiwei, 54, trying to ... Read More
Barnard College’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies is celebrating women in film, both behind and in front of the camera. Paying tribute to female directors, writers, and producers (as well as the female characters they help create), the second annual Athena Film Festival is “A Celebration of Women and Leadership.” The festival, running from February 9-12 at Barnard’s campus, focuses on diversity in both the real world and the film ... Read More
                                          Television has always been a place for creative women. This fall alone there is a slew of new female-centric shows from the adorkable comedy The New Girl starring Zooey Deschanel to the Maria Bello ass-kicking cop drama based on the original BBC series Prime Suspect to the controversial The Playboy Club, which ... Read More
The massive network of the Indian railways are called home by many of the eleven million child runaways of the country. Up to 200 children can be found arriving at a large train station each day looking for a way to survive. They live off of the public resources, like toilets and running water, and eat leftover food left or donated by travelers. The children become a part of an underground economy by begging, selling, pick-pocketing, cleaning, shoe shining, ... Read More
The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will take place June 16-30 at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center in New York. This year the festival features 19 films from 12 countries, and nine female directors. As we all know, the film industry (like many others) is overwhelmingly male-dominated, so this gender equality is highly commendable.   Though perhaps we should expect no less from Human Rights Watch, which is a truly wonderful organization devoted to ... Read More
In the trailer for the upcoming indie film Tiny Furniture, Leah Dunham, as 22-year old Aura, slouches home to her mother’s lux NYC loft apartment, dazed from four years of undergrad in Ohio (probably Oberlin.) Like a girl version of The Graduate, the newly adult Aura can’t quite figure out what to do with herself, though she does find time to fight with her mother and sister, take a hostess job, and put up fellow upper-upper-middle-class-liberal-arts ... Read More
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