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It’s true! Little and Big Edie Beale will grace the big screen once again when this cult classic documentary opens in select theaters (starting at Film Forum in New York) this March, thanks to Janus Films. The East Hampton socialites-turned-recluses created a most unusual following when this doc, directed by Albert and David Maysles, first came out in 1976. The film takes place in the once lavish and stunning 28-room mansion lovingly named Grey Gardens after the color of its dunes, cement garden, and grey sea mist. Read More
“What Happened, Miss Simone?” has been named as the opening film for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The documentary follows the life of artist and activist Nina Simone, and is directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus (The Farm: Angola, USA and Bobby Fischer Against the World). It will air as part of Netflix’s original programming and be available for streaming in 2015. Read More
In Norah Shapiro’s documentary, Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile, a Tibetan-American teenageer leaves home in Minnesota, 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 certain reaction to beauty pageants that is totally cliched feminist. 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. Read More
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 Vimeo) highlights, the attitudes surrounding menstruation are very different and much less positive in India. Read More