In Norah Shapiro’s documentary, Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile, a Tibetan-American teenageer leaves home in Wisconsin, dons a bikini and high heels, and heads to Dharamsala, India to vie for the crown of Miss Tibet. The film follows Tenzin Khecheo on an unusual search for her “Tibetan-ness” by way of a western-style beauty pageant staged by an eccentric impresario in the Indian region home to the exiled Tibetan government.
Personally, I have a ... Read More
The latest and last installment of the MAKERS documentary series, “Women in Politics,” airs tonight at 9/8c on PBS. Narrated by Alfre Woodard, the continuing struggle for female representation in politics is personified in the stories of Shirley Chisholm, Olympia Snowe, and Hillary Clinton, among others.
Just in time to make us feel really satisfied about voting today, right? (Go vote.)
MAKERS rewrites women into history -- ... Read More
BY Susan Avett
on Oct 30, 2014
In sex ed I was taught about menstruation. I was sent home with sanitary napkin samples and tampon samples wrapped in cheery, bubbly packaging that was excitedly embellished with glitter and hot pink. I was given the same information every single year, so that I honestly had no excuse if I didn’t know what to do by the time my period rolled around. This is common in the United States. But as the documentary film, Menstrual Man (2014, available on ... Read More
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
The trailer for “Happy Valley,” the documentary focusing on Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno and the sexual molestation cover-up that occurred at Penn State, came out earlier this week.
Amir Bar Lev, the director best known for “The Tillman Story,” hopes that the film “provokes people to ask themselves questions about their own pantheon of saints and heroes and villains.”
The film, set for release on Nov. 19, premiered at the ... Read More
At the end of our first decade without her piercing and original insight, Susan Sontag is being profiled in a new documentary that debuts on HBO December 8. In Regarding Susan Sontag director Nancy Kates, who reintroduced activist Bayard Rustin to US history in her previous doc, Brother Outsider, tracks the evolution of an outspoken and provocative political, literary, and social critic.
The film includes interviews with Fran Lebowitz, Noël Burch, Terry ... Read More
If you missed it last night, you missed out big time. Okay, well, I think ... I missed it, too! Luckily for us, MAKERS: Women in Comedy has a special online airing tonight at 8PM EST hosted by Kathy Griffin on makers.com.
This is the first episode in the fall documentary series that focuses on different fields and institutions where women have been building and innovating and making things happen. Kathy Griffin, Joan Rivers, and Sarah Silverman invite you ... Read More
Lifetime premiers a new docu-series on November 25 at 10pm about women deciding if they will devote the rest of their lives to God! The Sisterhood will span over six episodes that follow five young ladies as they consider taking the habit. This is a big deal considering it will reveal the hardships of devoting yourself to God and the Catholic church permanently (including what is involved in that decision).
This is also the first time ever that cameras ... Read More
BY Jackie Leahy
in Music Stuff
on Sep 04, 2014
Punk fans get psyched! Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! will be the star of an AOL documentary series premiering Friday October 10th!
“True Trans with Laura Jane Grace” will be a ten-episode mini-series that follows the journey of the transgender musician. The series will explore moments from Laura's transitioning experience, including her decision to publicly come out as trans at the height of her fame. While the series promises to bring fans up close ... Read More
BY Jackie Leahy
on Aug 18, 2014
Biophilia Live, a new documentary from Jacqui Edenbrow and Gloria Films, is bringing Björk's eighth studio album (and its accompanying multimedia suite of apps and art) to the big screen.
Biophilia, which integrated music and science to produce an artistic and educational simulation of reality, involved collaborations between artists, designers, and techies. Through mobile apps, users could enter the digital world of Biophilia and alter ... Read More