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Almost 15 years after his award-winning breakthrough film, La Ciudad, writer/director David Riker once again examines the lives of undocumented immigrants, this time from an unusual point of view: that of a poor, white, single mother. Ashley (Abbie Cornish) is desperate to win back custody of her young son, who is in foster care. After losing her job at an Austin supermarket, she joins her truck-driving father (Will Patton) for a brief road trip and discovers why he suddenly has a wallet full of hundred-dollar...

It's safe to say that here in the good ol' U.S. of A, we're fortunate enough to be able to choose our own spouses (for the most part). The single woman has become not just a common and accepted archetype, but at times a symbol of power. There are various cultures around the world that still uphold the concept of arranged marriages, the Jewish Haredi community being one of them. Rama Brushtein directs Fill the Void, a telling Israeli drama of the eighteen-year-old Shira Mendelman...
Sundance 2013 brought the lady goods in a big way. Fifty percent of the festival's featured films were directed by female directors this year, a stunning leap to full parity for the first time ever at the festival, and a miraculous chasm jumper when compared with the reported disparity in Hollywood (only seven percent of directors registered with the director’s guild are female).  But we’ll come back to that some other day. One of the best female stories of this year's festival was artist Noriko Shinohara’s (aka “Cutie”) ,...
There’s been a lot of talk lately about how movies influence our daughters. The ever-heated Disney Princess debate rages on, with solid arguments on both sides, while new additions to the princess cannon like Brave and Tangled are nitpicked, attacked, and defended, depending on the day of the week. But why aren’t we talking about the movies that little boys are watching?  Colin Stokes posits in his TED talk, “How Movies Teach Manhood”, that the films we’re showing our sons may be contributing to a faulty...

       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 of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN! examines how popular...
It is unspeakably cold here in New York, which is why we’re excited to cozy up with The Best of Gilda Radner at tomorrow night’s installment of PAJAMARAMA! BUST contributor and ‘zine-stress Ayun Halliday will introduce this epically funny compilation of the late Ms. Radner’s most memorable characters and moments. Your $8 ticket (which you can buy in a snap right here) gets you a seat in Videology’s lovely private screening room and a free issue of BUST—and all ticket sales will benefit the Gilda’s Club cancer...
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 there are still a lot of challenges and barriers that need...

“What has James Franco been up to lately?” is something I often find myself wondering, probably more than is necessary or entirely healthy. The answer, unsurprisingly, is a whole lot. Franco jump-started 2013 with his own music video of Justin Bieber’s hit song “Boyfriend.” Is it a parody? An earnest piece of fan art? A post-modern commentary on the very nature of celebrity, as manifested through the artificial construct that is the Biebs? Who the fuck cares? It’s James Franco! With bangs! Next up is the...

Birth Story is a compelling documentary that tells the story of Ina May Gaskin and her husband Stephen, who began a flourishing farming commune in Tennessee in the 1970s. “The Farm” began when Stephen, a spiritual leader and orator, was asked to go on a speaking tour around the U.S. The couple’s friends and fans of Stephen’s speeches asked to join them on the tour. Ina began teaching herself how to deliver on the tour when the pregnant women riding with them went into labor....
  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 realm. That means unique workshops, inspiring speakers, and...