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At Cannes Film Festival 2017, Jessica Chastain, who served on the main jury, made an impassioned speech about the disturbing portrayal of women in film. This clip opens Amy Adrion’s documentary, Half the Picture, setting the scene for the director to investigate the last few decades in the film industry. “I thought it was a strong way to open the film because she states the problem and she states why it matters within a minute,” Adrion tells BUST. “She’s a big movie star, and Cannes...
The new documentary Three Identical Strangers begins by recalling a heartwarming media story that was “viral before there was viral”: In 1980, 19-year-old Bobby went to his first day at Sullivan County Community College and encountered countless people greeting him as “Eddy”—girls even kissed him on the lips. And then someone filled him in: Bobby looked EXACTLY ALIKE this Eddy. Bobby called Eddy and found out that they shared the same birthday and were both adopted from the same adoption agency: Louise Wise. They were...
Leave No Trace paints a heartbreaking portrait of a father-daughter duo who live off the grid in an urban Portland forest. The father, Will (Ben Foster), suffers from PTSD and a fundamental lack of trust in civil society; he has raised his daughter, Thom (Thomasin McKenzie) to feel the same. Their woodland routine is idyllic: they forage for mushrooms, gather water in a tarp, and play chess under the eaves of canvas. But when a moment’s mistake brings them into contact with the real world—a...
The Slits were the first all-female rock band originating from the mid-1970s punk scene in London. They combined punk thrash with reggae rhythms, forming a new post-punk sound. Their debut album, Cut, had cover art featuring band members Ari Up, Tessa Pollitt, and Viv Albertine topless and covered in mud. They were provocative, outrageous, and having fun—they were not manufactured by some male record executive. A new documentary directed by Wiliam E. Bagley, Here To Be Heard: The Story Of The Slits, tells their story. In the documentary,...
On a balmy Saturday evening in Columbus, Ohio, the ninth edition of animation screening series Malt Adult is being exhibited at Corrugate Studio Collective & Gallery. The location is a far cry from the indoor humidity of local galleries during the summer. In fact, this event is being held outside, with viewers seated in the parking lot, cushioned with large blankets and the aroma of smoked hot dogs cascading in the air. Animations are set to be projected on the studio’s wall facing the audience,...
  There’s often a conundrum at play when a text is about creating something original—and that something original turns out great. Much like the idea of telling and not showing, it can be quite risky to stake a story on its protagonists writing a genuinely good hit song or hit television show, because if the story revolves around the quality of the characters’ creation, said creation needs to be good. Otherwise, you have a situation like Aaron Sorkin’s ill-fated Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, in...
The opening scene of Boundaries (out June 22), written and directed by Shana Feste, shows lead character Laura (Vera Farmiga) discussing, appropriately, her difficulty setting boundaries with her father during a therapy session. In the midst of their discussion, a kitten peeks its head out of Laura’s purse, leading Laura’s therapist to scold her about breaking her promise to stop adopting animals for one month. The scene sets the tone for the movie: serious mental health problems are played as adorable quirks, whether that’s Laura’s compulsive...
 To celebrate BUST's 25th anniversary, we're bringing some of our favorite cover stories online. Here's our interview with Rosario Dawson from our August/September 2007 Fashion & Music issue. Screen siren Rosario Dawson has spent the last 13 years transforming a chance encounter into a career chock-full of roles that keep women riveted. Here, she opens up about movies, her mom, and standing by the choices she makes.  Rosario Dawson is so naturally dynamic that she landed her first feature role in the movie Kids at the age of 15, just...
  For her directorial debut, actor Lea Thompson made The Year of Spectacular Men a family affair. The film follows Izzy, played by Thompson’s oldest daughter Madelyn Deutch, as she awkwardly navigates her first year out of college. Alongside Izzy is her seemingly more mature younger sister Sabrina, who also happens to be Madelyn’s real-life sister, Zoey Deutch. As Izzy jumps from month to month, romance to romance, and rides the waves of emotional and physical uncertainty that often overwhelm 20-somethings, she’s forced to recognize some...
  From the BUST archives, check out our August/September 2009 cover story, featuring Diablo Cody interviewed by Jill Soloway. The powerhouse screenwriter behind Juno and The United States of Tara is back this fall with a vengeance. Here, she talks with fellow Tara writer, producer, and friend Jill Soloway about her new film, Jennifer’s Body; calls out feminists for being too hard on other women; and explains why the world needs to see more size-ten ladies naked. A few years ago, a fellow writer was telling me about...