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Two years ago, producer Amy Ziering and director Kirby Dick released an unflinching documentary that exposed a culture of sexual violence and rape in the US military and the institutional bureaucracy that was either designed or manipulated to ignore, mishandle, and ostracize those who challenged that culture.   Now, the filmmakers have turned to another “invisible war" — sexual violence and rape on the college campus and the institutional ... Read More
Real-life best friends Tara Karsian and Andrea Grano, who acted in, wrote and produced the hilarious and poignant BFFs, are truly genuine and hugely talented women. The movie’s portrayal of their onscreen relationship mirrors their connection in real life, characterized by witty banters, snide remarks and unconditional love for one another. The only aspect of the film that isn’t based in reality is their romantic interest in one another, as portrayed ... Read More
A couple of days ago, Nathan Rabin, the creator of the ever-so-catchy term 'manic pixie dream girl' wrote an apology on Salon, expressing how deeply sorry he was for coining the term. As someone who l-o-v-e-s to analyze harmful tropes of women in film and TV (given that we have so many options to choose from) I was a little hesitant to take his apology seriously. While, sure, he may feel sorry that what started out as a funny phrase to call a screenwriting ... Read More
  For last week’s feature in Elle magazine, Amy Poehler described her ravenous appetite for her craft, revealing her excitement about her new directing and producing gig on Broad City and her upcoming book, which she lovingly refers to as a self-help/memoir hybrid.    For Poehler and women everywhere, this is an exciting time. Her passion for women’s rights and female empowerment shines through her her every move, from her website Amy ... Read More
  I am so sick of the lame old stereotype “women are more emotional than men.” Aside from being blatantly false, it does damage. Often, women are disrespected in the workplace if we get heated over something important, or we’re told to “stop PMS-ing” if we have a personal drama. I will always remember the Sex and the City episode in which Samantha Jones is berated for being a working woman and cries only when she gets in the ... Read More
  We’ve all noticed the increase in “strong female characters” gracing our silver screens, and while that’s a huge step, it can’t always be called “feminist.” In interviews, Natalie Portman has expressed that although female characters are now more able to be as fast and strong as male action heroes, they often end up being “just a fantasy of a male writer.” I have to admit I see her point; I was super ... Read More
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
    Amanda Seyfried rose to prominence as the girl who was blessed with ESPN boobs in Tina Fey’s brilliant Mean Girls.      She was just shy of 20 when the movie blew up, and now, almost a decade later, her career has all but followed the same progression.  Between her turn as flaxen-haired, honey-voiced Cosette in the critically acclaimed Les Miserables, and her upcoming role as porn star Linda Lovelace – Ms. Deep Throat ... Read More
I love Ellen Page. Anyone in their right mind loves Ellen Page. I mean, just take a gander at this woman’s film resume: Hard Candy, Juno, Inception—Page kicks patriarchy’s butt in every one of her films, and she does it so effortlessly. The vengeful pedophile hunter out for the kill in Hard Candy? Easy. The relentless superhero wannabe in Super? Hell yeah. Kitty Pryde in X-Men: The Last Stand AND the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past? Need I ... Read More
Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (Or QWOCMAP, which is a really fun acronym to pronounce) is hosting their 7th annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival this weekend, June 10, 11, and 12, at the Brava Theater in San Francisco. The Arts Project provides free 16-week workshops to make filmmaking more accessible to be used “as an art form and activist tool.” By supporting civic engagement and promoting visibility of the community QWOCMAP works to ... Read More
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