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Sundance has come and gone this year, and the Tribeca and Telluride film festivals still seem eons away. But don’t despair, cinephiles, because there is another festival in town that's chockfull of films and events you're sure to love. The Athena Film Festival is kicking off its third year of programming next week. From February 7th to February 10th, makers and lovers of movies will assemble at Barnard in New York City to celebrate women and leadership in ... Read More
       Yep, you heard that right! BUST is partnering with the Athena Film Festival to give our readers a free pair of tickets to one of the following movie screenings:   WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines Directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan Saturday, February 9 at 6:00 PM, Held Auditorium, Barnard College Tracing the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman and superheroines in film from the birth ... Read More
Study leaders Stacy Smith and Marc Choueiti  Here’s a bit of good news for those among you who are continually frustrated with the boys club that is the American movie machine. A new study commissioned by the Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles shows that female filmmakers are far better represented in independent film than in Hollywood. The results of this research reveal that female filmmakers are finding success in independent film, but ... Read More
  Back in November we got stoked on the third annual Athena Film Festival coming to New York this February. Now we’re extra stoked because the lineup has finally been released! In case you missed our post about this year’s festival, the Athena Film Festival is an event dedicated to exploring female leadership. Leading ladies on and off screen come together to raise questions about what it means to be a leader, in reality and in the fictional ... Read More
It’s the perfect time for Jack Kerouac’s iconic autobio- graphical novel On the Road to come to the big screen, despite skepticism that this singular staple of beat liter- ature has finally been sold out. Today we find ourselves in an era of uncertain futures populated by emasculated, cigarette-smoking young men with thick-framed glasses and the women who love them—not unlike the late ’40s. Screenwriter Jose Rivera’s script is still ... Read More
Things are not good for Sweetness O’Hara. A shy, studious girl in a rough neighborhood, Sweetness (the captivating Zöe Kravitz) is bullied at school and alternately abused and ignored by her alcoholic father and mentally ill mother. When she finally hits her breaking point, things get even worse—if you can believe it. Director Victoria Mahoney has cast a talented ensemble, featuring Precious star Gabourey Sidibe, Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where ... Read More
In rural India, over 80 percent of women use rags, often ripped from old clothing, to manage their monthly visit from good ol’ Aunt Flo. Though we’re all about environmentally friendly period solutions here at BUST, the statistics tell a different story: the often unsanitary rag cloths that women use during their periods can cause infections and even infertility, cancer, and death.   When inventor Muruganantham found out that his wife used rag ... Read More
Unofficial Icelandic national hero (and sometime Brooklynite) Björk is back, baby. Her new MOCA-commissioned video for “Mutual Core,” from her 2011 album-cum-educational art installation Biophilia, is just as odd and visually stunning as you’d expect: the singer, decked out in an Ursula-esque blue wig, directs a cast of gravity-defying humanoid crustaceans in a cycle of colliding, kissing, and pushing each other away. As the spare, ... Read More

Movie Review: Starlet

BY Amy Bucknam in Movies

  Two women find unlikely friendship through a series of random events in Sean Baker’s film Starlet. Jane (Dree Hemingway) is a very thin, blond 21-year-old with a carefree attitude and a provocative lifestyle.  The story begins when Jane buys a thermos containing $10,000 at the yard sale of an older woman in her eighties, Sadie (Besedka Johnson).  Jane’s attempt to return the thermos and the money within it are met with Sadie slamming ... Read More
  A family unit is like a fragile ecosystem—the introduction of a foreign species can have dangerous ripple effects. In Ry Russo-Young’s Nobody Walks (co-written by Girls’ Lena Dunham), sexy gamine Martine (Olivia Thirlby) stays for a brief spell in the pool house of an L.A. clan, and changes everyone, for better and for worse. The film takes place over the course of a few hot, summery weeks during which Martine enlists sound engineer Peter ... Read More
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