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Suicide is historically burdened with the tenacious stigma of being “taboo”—a label that once meant the conversation was not suitable for mixed company (or any company) and should be quarantined to the likes of medical professionals. As talking openly has become inextricable from progress, this dated label has gone the way of matrimonial twin beds. No conversation is out-of-bounds anymore. Now when we say “taboo,” we mean to point out that our persistent reluctance has become a detrimental hindrance to growth. To be fair, suicide is complicated and heavy and sad. Read More
Meet The Patels is the ultimate documentary highlighting the modern Indian American experience, replete with precious quips from Mom and Dad Patel, witty replies from their Americanized adult(ish) children, and boatloads of emotional blackmail. Filmed over two years, Meet The Patels follows Ravi Patel, a successful Indian American Hollywood actor, on his quest to find the perfect bride with excessive assistance from his parents, Champa and Vasant. Read More
On October 14th, Sundance Selects' documentary, A Ballerina's Tale, will hit theaters and VODs nationwide. The film follows Misty Copeland's journey as the first African-American woman to join the American Ballet Theater, and it promises to be "more than just a ballet success story." Take a look:  Copeland made headlines on June 30, 2015 after the prestigious ABT promoted her to the principal dancer spot. In its 75 years of operation, never once had a black woman headlined a performance. Read More
Trailblazing broadcast journalist, news writer, producer, professor, and documentarian Marlene Sanders passed away in hospice at the age of 84 on Tuesday. Even as a journalism major, I was shocked to find I didn't know how groundbreaking her work was. Sanders was one of the first women in TV journalism, working her way up from an assistant to an exec, to an assistant producer, then a writer and producer, then a correspondent, eventually becoming an executive in addition to an anchor. Read More
  Legendary Ari Up started making a documentary about the influential herstory of her band The Slits. She teamed up with former band manager Jennifer Shagawat to deliver this epic story of social rebellion, riot, and really awesome music. It’s crazy we don’t know that much about The Slits yet, considering they laid the foundation for so many feminist and punk movements that happened after them. They were pre riot grrrl, post punk, and transformed the music scene into an irreversibly different culture.   Five years ago Ari Up passed away from cancer at the age of 48. Read More