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Last month, Selma director Ava DuVernay made headlines when she said that being a black woman in Hollywood meant facing “a whole bunch of closed doors.” “When you just imagine that there’s one type of voice that’s really being pushed to the forefront is the white male voice. In terms of cinema, it’s really clear that the rest of us are locked out,” she said. Film and media incubator Big Vision Empty Wallet is opening those doors with their new incentive program, Kickstart Diversity. Read More
Agnès Varda and Jane Birkin in Jane B. par Agnès V. “The mystery of distribution is incredible,” 87-year-old French director and film legend Agnès Varda says on the phone from her hotel room in Chicago. She’s speaking of her two films created in close collaboration with Jane Birkin, Jane B. par Agnes V. and Kung-Fu Master. The films, now restored, are being shown in the United States at New York’s Lincoln Plaza Cinema for one week only, October 16-22. Read More
  The 1968 horror film Rosemary’s Baby is very much a classic — and for good reason. Its psychological take on the genre touches on real-life fears like claustrophobia, pregnancy-related body horror and gaslighting.   Whether you’re a Rosemary’s Baby fan or you’ve had trouble enjoying the film before (does Mia Farrow’s involvement cancel out noted rapist Roman Polanski’s?), we have a new movie for you: Lyle, described as a “lesbian ode to Rosemary’s Baby. Read More
Grandma Written and directed by Paul Weltz Out August 21 Grandma is one of those rare films that’s entirely about women. There are a handful of men, but none appear in more than one scene. Instead, the story focuses on a family of strong, complicated women. Lily Tomlin drives the film with her performance as Elle, the grandma from which the film takes its title. Elle is mourning both the death of her longtime partner and her recent breakup with her much-younger girlfriend (Judy Greer) when her teenage granddaughter, Sage (Julia Garner), asks for help. Read More
  The new movie Stonewall, out tomorrow, is supposed to be about the 1969 Stonewall riots, a landmark event in the fight for LGBT rights. The problem is….it’s not. At least, not recognizably. The 2015 “Stonewall” movie is centered around fictional cis, white, gay character Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine), putting the real, historic, iconic Stonewall activists — including people of color, transgender women, drag queens, lesbians and sex workers — firmly in the background in favor of a whitewashed love story. Read More