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  The new documentary Love, Gilda, which premiered at Tribeca Film Fest this week, seems to do the impossible by having comedian Gilda Radner herself narrate the documentary, despite having died in 1989. Director Lisa D’Apolito gained access to dozens of hours of Radner's voice recordings (which Radner made in preparation for her posthumously published memoir), unpublished diaries, and letters to her mother. D'Apolito pairs Radner's own words with TV and movie footage, showing Radner's performances as an original cast member of Saturday Night Live (then...
In the dimly lit basement of Berkeley City College in 2001, surrounded by her classmates and the flickering glow of dimmed monitors, Tess Sweet was terrified. It was time for her Digital Animation class to showcase their final projects, short animated movies about a character of their choice. At the front of the room, another student unveiled his work: two animated cats crawled to the middle of the screen, paused, and licked each other tenderly on the cheek. The 31-year-old Sweet ran her fingers through...
From our April/May 2018 issue, BUST's music editor Emily Nokes chooses the best new EPs and 7-inches:    Bipolar Lovers in Love EP by CUSI COYLLUR (Self-Released) Pianist, singer, and mental-health advocate Cusi Coyllur, aka Shannen Roberts, weaves her (now more important than ever) activism together with music, exploring healing via a collection of eight avant/experimental tracks on Bipolar Lovers in Love. Bipolar Lovers in Love (& Poem Zines) by Cusi Coyllur   Time EP by GHOST & THE CITY (Self-Released) Oakland neo-soul group Ghost & the City sets us up for warmer days...
It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than five years since a rape case in Steubenville, Ohio made national—and international—news. The new documentary Roll Red Roll, directed by Nancy Schwartzman and premiering at Tribeca Film Festival, revisits the Steubenville rape case, tracing what we know about what happened that night; examining how and why the rape case made international news; and exploring the state of rape culture then and now. Schwartzman tells the story through interviews with people involved in the rape case, as well...
In a Q&A at the end of the Tribeca Film Festival premiere, Little Woods director Nia DaCosta joked that upon hearing the plot, some New Yorkers asked her if the movie took place in the past or in a dystopian future. Nope—the movie takes place in the present, in a the fictional Little Woods, North Dakota, a rural fracking town where most people live below the poverty line, opioid addiction is commonplace, and the nearest abortion provider is hundreds of miles away. Tessa Thompson stars as...

Earlier this month, I filmed one of the greatest rock bands of all time, L7. The evening marked an important life moment, too—it was my first time seeing the band in concert, a fact that has been a deep source of shame as a longtime fan turned historian. I’m sure I’ve lied about this glaring ommission in the past, probably to validate my rock pedigree to some record store dude, so consider this my "coming clean" and day of redemption. I have interviewed women-identified rock musicians,...
Ever since 2016, America hasn’t been able to get Russia off the brain. There’s the alleged election hack, the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, and now the Democratic lawsuit claiming conspiracy between Russia, Trump, and WikiLeaks. But what if we’ve been thinking, tweeting, and talking about it wrong the whole time? That’s what Lily Capozzalo and Smith Freeman say. Freeman and Capozzalo first met at Reed College, where they quickly became best friends. But since graduation, their paths have diverged: Freeman, 25, is a software developer in...
  The premise of Duck Butter will make you take notice: Two young women (played by Alia Shawkat and Laia Costa) meet at a bar and feel a spark, so they decide to spend the next 24 hours together. The catch? They have to have sex once an hour. Directed by Miguel Arteta, co-written by Arteta and Shawkat, and filmed in just 24 hours, Duck Butter—which premiered at Tribeca Film Fest on April 20—is sometimes sexy and sometimes funny, but also sometimes...a little boring. To be fair,...
Blowin’ Up, which premiered April 21st at Tribeca FIlm Festival, divulges the everyday realities of an experimental courtroom in New York City working to change the way that women who have been arrested for prostitution are prosecuted. The documentary, directed by Stephanie Wang-Breal, is a beautiful exploration of both the courtroom and the lives of the women who operate it. The courtroom, headed by Judge Toko Serita, is run almost entirely by women, and is clearly a space built by and for women. Many of the...
After one and a half excruciating years, the hit sci-fi/Western Westworld is returning to HBO this Sunday for a highly anticipated Season 2. The trailers, unsurprisingly, haven’t told us much: Will Maeve ever find her daughter? Will more hosts become conscious? How will Dolores' revolution unfold—and who will suffer the reckoning?  But amidst all the confusion, we do know one thing: Clifton Collins Jr. is back. We saw him in both of Season 1’s timelines—first as Lawrence, and later (but technically, earlier) as El Lazo. By the...