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Hit So Hard

BY Intern Tessa in Movies

Patty Schemel, former drummer for Hole (among others), is a survivor. She found success in one of the biggest acts of the 90s, but along with her rock-star lifestyle came some dark moments, and while Patty played the shit out of the drums, life equally played the shit out of Patty. The story of her life and career is told in Hit So Hard, a documentary that opens in theaters on April 13th. A drummer holds every song together, and with her focused expression, steady arms, and bare feet, Patty established herself as a powerful presence. Read More
The title of this HBO documentary would have you believe that Dolores Hart’s toughest choice was leaving Hollywood (and Elvis) for life on a Benedictine Abbey. However, this short film actually highlights the many personal sacrifices she, and every woman on the Abbey, have made to become nuns. God is the Bigger Elvis charts Dolores’ life from Hollywood starlet to Mother Prioress, the second-highest ranking nun at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Connecticut. In 1959, at the height of her stardom, Dolores took a trip to the Abbey to relax from a role on Broadway. Read More

Movie Review: Bully

BY Lisa in Movies

Outrage, devastation, an overwhelming sense of injustice—these are just a few of the feelings you’re likely to experience while watching Bully, the new documentary from filmmaker Lee Hirsch (read our interview with the director here). And you might want to bring a tissue or two. The poignant movie highlights one of the single-most terrible aspects of adolescence—bullying—and the lives and families of five kids who are heartbreakingly enduring it (or its aftermath). Read More
Growing up girl in America is tough. We are simultaneously told to be vigilant keepers of our sacred virginity and also to be ready to whip off our tops if the Girls Gone Wild camera crew shows up on spring break. We are deemed to possess a priceless, powerful, can't-get-it-back-after-you-lose-it gift from the big guy upstairs, but we're expected to cheat the system a little, too. The virgin/whore dichotomy is such old news that won't die. Therese Shechter's new documentary How to Lose Your Virginity attempts to deconstruct the systems that foist these expectations on us. Read More
  Seventh grade isn't a great time for anyone, but it was my worst year in school. Why? Because I was constantly bullied and sexually harassed by some boys in school. I never talked to anyone about it (because it seemed to be par for the course), but those experiences affected how I felt about myself for years to come.  I overcame these experiences over time, but not everyone does. That's clear if you take a look at how many kids have committed suicide due to bullying over the past few years. Read More
Last October, Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs co-created a not-quite-musical, not-quite-opera, performance-art spectacle called "Stop The Virgens." (It was billed as a "psycho-opera.") While it only ran for 10 days at St. Ann's Warehouse in DUMBO, Brooklyn, a making-of documentary about the project has just been released.Yes, a "performance-art spectacle" in a warehouse in Brooklyn sounds like a Portlandia sketch just waiting to happen, but after watching this documentary, I'm really disappointed that I missed seeing the show live. Read More
At the end of a controversial week for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a documentary premieres across Canada today that shines a critical light on the Big Pink. Pink Ribbons, directed by Léa Poole, investigates the charity-corporation machines that have risen out of the fight against breast cancer. Despite the billions of dollars that have been raised over the years, cancer rates have also risen to a staggering 1 in 8 women.  The film, based on Samantha King's 2008 book by the same name, focuses on activists as well as women battling the disease. Read More
You’re probably familiar with Kickstarter, a website that helps people with plans get the funding they need to make their dreams come true. Kickstarter is a testament to the Internet’s capacity for good—complete strangers can donate money to the projects they believe in, and many of the artists, filmmakers, musicians, startup charities, roller derby teams, and various other visionaries can contribute to culture. It’s kind of like Ebay meets Pay It Forward, minus the part where the precocious kid from The Sixth Sense gets stabbed (spoiler alert) and with a lot more urban farming. Read More
Documentary filmmaker Amy Oden is seeking support for her new project, Exotic, which she's hoping to start shooting next year. The film will follow women traveling from the mainland US to Guam to work as exotic dancers. Oden hopes to present a look at a kind of sex work not covered by other media outlets. The money she raises on Kickstarter will help fund her trip to Guam, as well as basics like tape stock and hard drives. Her goal is to raise $5000 by December 6th, and she can't do it without the public's help. Read More
What do you get when you take a man who sings about rebelling against authority and following your own rules and add a child to the mix? How does fatherhood change the ultimate bad ass lifestyle? What does it mean to be on tour and be a father? Those are just a few of the topics that the rock documentary, The Other F Word explores. In director, Andrea Blaugrund Nevins newest work she follows some of the most well known puck rock band members in their newest and most important lead role, fatherhood. Read More