I loved the summer horror flick The Conjuring, a creative, visually arresting retelling of a supposedly true exorcism story. The haunted house represented in the film was (as legend has it) haunted by the ghost of a woman who killed her child decades prior. As the final credits rolled on screen, visions of Vera Farmiga as the brave and compassionate medium Lorraine Warren clouded my thoughts; she was nothing short of magical. Then I caught my ... Read More
We all know our girls Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are today’s queens of humor, satire, and hilarious social commentary that deals with women’s issues. But who did this kind of work before them? What female comedian was around for the Women’s Liberation and all that cool stuff? Why, Carol Burnett, of course!
And now Fey and Poehler have the chance to honor this iconic lady by presenting her with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, ... Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Jul 17, 2013
We've been closely following the work and status of admirable teenager Malala Yousafzai ever since we first heard reports of her attack back in October. The 15-year-old advocate for women's education rights was gunned down by the Taliban, shooting her in the neck and head. She amazingly survived this awful crime and has been continuing to speak her mind and raise awareness for these pressing issues ever since.
Now Davis Guggenheim, of Waiting for ... Read More
BY Tess Duncan
in Music Stuff
on Apr 30, 2013
Our favorite gender norm destroyer Peaches will be hosting a very special event this Thursday for the premiere of her new feature film Peaches Does Herself. The screening will take place at the San Francisco International Film Festival, followed by a Q & A with Peaches herself. The opera includes 23 original Peaches songs and includes a cast of crew of over 40. Peaches wrote, directed, and stars in the musical and reviewers are already singing its praises. The ... Read More
BY Katrina Pallop
on Jan 30, 2013
Sundance has come and gone this year, and the Tribeca and Telluride film festivals still seem eons away. But don’t despair, cinephiles, because there is another festival in town that's chockfull of films and events you're sure to love. The Athena Film Festival is kicking off its third year of programming next week. From February 7th to February 10th, makers and lovers of movies will assemble at Barnard in New York City to celebrate women and leadership in ... Read More
BY Maggie Carr
on Nov 20, 2012
In rural India, over 80 percent of women use rags, often ripped from old clothing, to manage their monthly visit from good ol’ Aunt Flo. Though we’re all about environmentally friendly period solutions here at BUST, the statistics tell a different story: the often unsanitary rag cloths that women use during their periods can cause infections and even infertility, cancer, and death.
When inventor Muruganantham found out that his wife used rag ... Read More
BY Maggie Carr
in Music Stuff
on Nov 13, 2012
Unofficial Icelandic national hero (and sometime Brooklynite) Björk is back, baby.
Her new MOCA-commissioned video for “Mutual Core,” from her 2011 album-cum-educational art installation Biophilia, is just as odd and visually stunning as you’d expect: the singer, decked out in an Ursula-esque blue wig, directs a cast of gravity-defying humanoid crustaceans in a cycle of colliding, kissing, and pushing each other away.
As the spare, ... Read More
BY BUST Magazine
on Oct 19, 2012
A story about a man paying someone to take his virginity sounds like your typical high school sex romp, but The Sessions is the furthest thing from that.
On the surface, the film is about Mark O’Brien (John Hawkes), a man who hires a sex surrogate, Cheryl Cohen Greene (Helen Hunt), to help him lose his virginity. He does so not because he’s just unlucky with women, but because he contracted polio when he was six and has to ... Read More
What self-respecting iPhone owner doesn’t have a borderline obsessive relationship with Instagram? Try as you may, the social media app is one that seems to inevitably permeate our lives, giving us real-time glimpses – in photo format! - into other people’s worlds.
This is one of the reasons that NYC based filmmaker Casey Neistat of YouTube fame and creator of the HBO series The Neistat Brothers, made a little how-to for those of us who ... Read More
BY Kaitlin Cole
on Sep 10, 2012
If you live in New York City and have been following the 'Free Pussy Riot!' movement as closely as we have, tonight’s the night to get involved!
Amnesty International, FreePussyRiot.org, The Voice Project, and Lombard Freid Projects have joined together for a one-night-only benefit exhibition featuring five original videos of the feminist punk collective as well as various speakers from the New York cultural community.
The ... Read More