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“I always liked hitting things,” director Jill Morley says, in her documentary. Fight Like A Girl . "There was a little boy... I punched him, and smiled when he fell to the ground.”  Morley's film explores the motivations of three hard-core female boxers for taking up such a violent and physically challenging sport.  And while their circumstances varied, it turns out that all three were looking for control of their own lives. Maureen Shea entered the gym in an effort to lose weight and please an abusive boyfriend. Read More
The music industry is a wacky place that just seems to get wackier every day. Being a DIY-driven artist in a corporate world sounds more like a path to grey hair than to success. But in 2011, a few brave souls organized a completely DIY national tour, titled "Check Yo Ponytail." The 20 dates featured the talents of Spank Rock, Big Freedia, Pictureplane, The Death Set, and the mastermind behind it all: Franki Chan. Read More
“In the United States of America, all men are created equal. Women? Eh... not so much.”  This is the rallying cry behind filmmaker Kamala Lopez’s newest documentary: Equal Means Equal. Following social justice visionaries like Michael Moore (Sicko) and Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me), Lopez and company are “journeying across the country to learn what women think about their lives, how/if they want them to change and what difference a constitutional Equal Rights Amendment would have on them. Read More
Traditionally, it’s been scripted for you: first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in the baby carriage… Yadda, yadda, yadda. Sounds easy enough. Until you decide that the script isn’t for you. In this new HBO documentary, First Comes Love, filmmaker Nina Davenport throws the script out and documents how it goes doing things her way. She's unmarried, over 40 and she wants to have a baby.  The plan is, there is no plan. Read More
  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 Superman and An Inconvenient Truth fame, has announced he's putting together a documentary about the Pakistani lady's life. Read More
They say that behind every great man, there's a great woman. And while that quote doesn't exactly sit well with me, it's definitely true in the case of the women profiled in the new documentary Twenty Feet From Stardom. The film chronicles some of the most frequently heard women in the music industry, though there's a solid chance you don't know their names or have ever seen their faces. Director Morgan Neville profiles the backup singers who've enhanced the work of countless major artists in the biz: the Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, and Bruce Springsteen. Read More
  We may think we know, but we have no idea. She was the most famous woman in the world and yet the world knew so little about her. Marilyn Monroe was so much more than the air-headed characters she portrayed; she was highly intelligent, passionate and driven, as well as an innovative leader for women in Hollywood. She bucked the system and made her career her own. Love Marilyn  takes her recently discovered writings and turns them into poignant glimpses into the complicated life of the star. Read More
HBO has really stepped up their game. Their documentaries are no exception to this. They seem to be resurrecting an art-from that had been pushed to the side in favor of instant internet journalism. We can safely say that, with the premier of Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, HBO has revived the documentary. The film, directed by Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin, shows some never-before-seen footage of the trial and events leading up to that performance in 2012. Read More
We've been fans of duo songstresses Smoke Fairies since their debut release Through Low Light and Trees back in 2011. The British gals, Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies, have fine-tuned their haunting harmonized vocals and powerful dual guitarwork over the past six years. Smoke Fairies put an eerily brilliant spin on blues rock by incorporating classic folk elements into their sound, especially on tracks like "Let Me Know" and "Awake." The psych-folk ladies are now releasing an EP in honor of Record Store Day this Saturday, April 20th. Read More
Can’t wait until Sunday for the next Mad Men? Well, hurry on over to the Cinema Village Theatre tonight or tomorrow to catch the documentary Bert Stern: Original Mad Man. This thrilling biography covers the life and work of one of American photography's all-time greats, known for capturing the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Twiggy, and the infamous Lolita image from Stanley Kubrick's film. Stern's work on Madison Avenue helped shape the state of modern advertising, which earned him the credit of original "Mad Man. Read More