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In 2009, only 7% of all directors, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films were women. The numbers don't reflect the amazing work made by women all over the world, so the Citizen Jane Film Festival -- which grew out of a collaboration with Stephens College (a 175-year-old women's college) -- was created in 2008 to spotlight and celebrate films made by women. BUST Magazine is proud to sponsor the fourth annual Citizen Jane Film Festival, taking place from...
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  Produced by husband-and-wife team Kate Clere McIntyre and Michael McIntyre, the new documentary Yogawoman is far more than the flexible poses it depicts. The most joyful documentary I’ve ever seen, Yogawoman harnesses the knowledge and activism of yoga rock stars and takes you on a trip to nine different countries, while providing insight into a variety of yoginis leading a quiet revolution. The filmmakers interviewed over 70 amazing women who have found their voice and power through yoga. The beautiful cinematography, which reveals women who...
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  A little indie film that was born in Ithaca, NY has been getting lots of attention lately.  It began as a senior thesis assignment for four college students, and has turned into what they hope will be a bridge into the film industry.  Several months ago, Ithaca College film students Christina Bryant, Allie Taylor, Ayshea Khan, and Kelly Paul made “Jemila’s Tale.”  They used local actors, funding from their IndieGoGo campaign, and help from friends as they hand-painted...
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Directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Alice In Wonderland’s Mia Wasikowska, Restless has all the bells and whistles to make the love-obsessed 14-year-old in me sing. I walked into the theater with high hopes.  And as the end credits rolled up, I still wanted to like it.Restless is the tale of two youths who are brought together by a shared fascination with mortality. Enoch Brae is a young man struggling to deal with the death of his parents. In his grief and confusion, he...
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  Anyone who has practiced yoga knows how powerful it can be. Now there's a new documentary film coming out which explores the yoga phenomenon. The documentary, Yogawoman, is narrated by Annette Bening and it tells the story of women finding power and strength through yoga. It deals with women’s personal experiences of empowerment through yoga, but also with the history of yoga itself. It discusses how yoga was brought to the west from India, and how yoga has evolved into the mainstream. The film shows how yoga...
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  Maryam Keshavarz is an unwaveringly determined and passionate Iranian-American filmmaker. She has to be, because she’s created a film that defies expectations of her culture and has instantly created controversy. Every step of the film’s development has been fraught with complications, but Keshavarz and her team have persevered. Keshavarz’s film, Circumstance, takes place in modern-day Tehran, Iran, where a puritanical Islamic theocracy remains in power. The film boldly tackles this system by depicting a story of two young women discovering themselves and an underground rebellion...
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    Do you know why vibrators were originally invented?  Surprisingly, they weren’t supposed to be sex toys but rather a medical treatment to cure the ladies' various ailments!  A new trailer has dropped for “Hysteria,” a movie just buzzing about this history.  The film will star Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy, as well as Jonathan Pryce, Rupert Everett, and Felicity Jones.  The story takes place in 1880s Victorian England.  It tells the origin story of the vibrator, and how it was invented to relieve women of...
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Review by Michelle Kehm With a budget of zilch, the twin-powered team behind The Polish Brothers (Northfork, Twin Falls Idaho) wrote, directed, shot and starred in this exquisitely intimate and beautifully scored film that pays homage to the French New Wave and Claude Lelouch’s A Man and a Woman. Piratic Mark Polish plays Yves, an American photographer who runs into his ex, Sofia, a model-turned-journalist played by the achingly beautiful Stana Katic, while in Paris. The scene where the two bump into each other sets the premise for...
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The massive network of the Indian railways are called home by many of the eleven million child runaways of the country. Up to 200 children can be found arriving at a large train station each day looking for a way to survive. They live off of the public resources, like toilets and running water, and eat leftover food left or donated by travelers. The children become a part of an underground economy by begging, selling, pick-pocketing, cleaning, shoe shining, performing for travelers, and collecting empty...
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  Calling all New Englanders: From the Back of the Room, a documentary chronicling female involvement in the diy punk community, is going on tour through your home state! ABOUT THE FLIM: “Many people have the impression that the Riot Grrrl movement in the mid-90s was the end-all, be-all of female involvement in DIY punk. This is definitely not the case! Plenty of amazing ladies prior to this era paved the way for it, and plenty of amazing ladies continue to help keep DIY together today. This documentary...
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