Dylan Marron’s project Every Single Word is a simple premise with a powerful message: He edits mainstream movies and leaves only the speaking parts of people of color. The results? Usually, 30 or 40 seconds of screen time. Big hits (Her, American Hustle) and indie films (like Frances Ha) alike illustrate the shameful lack of representation for people of color in the mainstream film industry.
(500) Days of Summer contains less than 30 seconds of content with a nonwhite speaker.
Moonrise Kingdom contains about 10 seconds.
Black Swan? 24 seconds. Read More
BY Olivia Harrison
on Jun 18, 2015
It’s happening. It’s happening. It’s happening! A female lead in a major film will finally be making more money than her male counterpart. And it’s a lot more.
People were PISSED when the Sony hack revealed that Jennifer Lawrence was paid less for American Hustle than her male co-stars, and understandably so. Now, J.Law is finally getting hers. Her next film, the romantic sci-fi drama Passengers, has just been green-lit, and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, she's due to make much more than the movie's male lead. Read More
BY Elizabeth Kiefer
on Mar 17, 2015
While capturing the true beauty of brown skin eluded photographers for nearly a century—it wasn't until the 1970s and '80s that film was reformulated so that its emulsions were sensitive to the nuances of non-white complexions—whoever snapped the photos of these women of color during the 1800s were doing something right. Read More
BY Holly Trantham
on Mar 05, 2015
Emily Lindin, like too many young girls, was bullied and shamed after being labeled the school “slut” during her preteen years. As an adult, she’d hear of the tragic stories of girls who’d committed suicide—Rehtaeh Parsons, Amanda Todd, Audrie Pott—after experiencing the same kind of suffering. So, in 2013, Lindin decided to do something to help: She wanted to show girls that though they may feel isolated or trapped, they are not alone. She started publishing entries from the diary she kept in middle school online, calling it The UnSlut Project. Read More
BY Jamie Bogert
on Feb 16, 2015
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
BY Holly Trantham
on Feb 11, 2015
Yesterday, we got to see a preview screening of Fifty Shades of Grey in a room full of screaming fans. We heartily recommend this experience.
The storyline is undoubtedly problematic in many of the ways the book is. But just as when the book became a bestselling women’s erotic novel, we can't help but find it overall positive that a blockbuster movie was made specifically for women’s pleasure. Read More
BY Holly Trantham
on Jan 15, 2015
Every so often, a filmmaker comes along who shows us the world from an entirely new angle. We're currently obsessed Desiree Akhavan, co-creator and star of the web series The Slope, and we're certain she's on the cusp of something seriously big.
Akhavan’s first feature, Appropriate Behavior, premiered last year at Sundance Film Festival, and has since been to a total of 90 festivals. In it, Akhavan plays a young Brooklynite named Shirin who finds herself emotionally lost after a big breakup. Read More
BY Audrey Cerchiara
on Dec 17, 2014
To begin, she forgets the word “lexicon.” Renowned linguistics professor, wife, and mother of three grown children, Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) grapples with losing her words to the cruel chaos of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s. Still Alice, poised to be a brutal exposition, and an Oscar vehicle for Moore, is polished but forgettable.
The Howland family dynamics remain superficial whether fault lies in the acting, script, or characters themselves. Read More
BY Holly Trantham
on Dec 10, 2014
The Sundance Institute has collaborated with Todd Oldham on a line of limited-edition merchandise available for pre-order. The products range from t-shirts to dinner plates to stickers and buttons and patches, all designed by well-known, Sundance-friendly artists.
Seriously, there is so much good stuff here that narrowing it down to only six products was difficult. Who knew that, on top of being a hilarious and amazingly talented actress, Jenny Slate is also a gifted painter?! And Joan Jett’s rock-and-roll take on the tuxedo shirt is something I think we can all get behind. Read More
BY Julia Zdrojewski
on Dec 03, 2014
The film version of “Miss Julie” directed by Liv Ullman, and based on the play by August Strindberg, opens up with a young Julie running around an empty house. The child is both lonely and motherless, perhaps giving some context for actions and decisions of an adult Julie, played brilliantly by Jessica Chastain, who is both desperate for and revolted by the affection of others.
The story takes place in Ireland, during Midsummer’s Eve in the year 1890. Read More