FILMS GONE WILD: The Harvey Weinstein Revelations Need To Be the Tipping Point – It’s Up to Men Everywhere (Not Just in Film) to Finally Raise the Bar
And that’s the balance I think men need to strike, even when it (as it so often does) go against every instinct to “fix things” and “problem solve.” We need to be ready to stand up and speak out when a loved one, or a friend like Rose or my other film fest friend, or in fact, a complete stranger needs us to do so. But we also, need to never assume we’ve got all of this gamed out, that we’ve got it down, we know the score.
FILMS GONE WILD: If you are a guy debating the Tim League Alamo Drafthouse problem, try starting by listening to what the women are saying first
I was wrong and I was wrong because it is so very easy to be wrong as a male in this arena. It is so incredibly easy to think of me first. It is beyond easy to not consider everything that vitally needs to be considered simply because I have a penis. It is a painful admission to make even as I seek to correct it and do better.
FILMS GONE WILD: The first person account of a bright young film journalist and DREAMer scared to death that Trump will kick him out of this country
Please help me fight for this chance. Help me fight to protect DACA by speaking out and calling your representatives. I promise you that DACA recipients don’t want a free ride. We’ve never asked for that, all we want is a chance to keep contributing to this country in every field, even film.
The whole world is now aware, in large part due to Rose’s efforts, about the rampant sexual harassment within the entertainment industry, and so in her honor, we have pulled together a panel of guests who are attending the festival with their films, for a frank conversation, because the message doesn’t stop here.
FILM FESTIVAL NEWS: The Louisiana Film Prize announces this year’s winners with Travis Bible’s EXIT STRATEGY pocketing the $50,000 Grand Prize
The Film Prize’s top award of $50,000 cash – judged by a mixture of audience and celebrity judges – went to EXIT STRATEGY, directed by Travis Bible. The sci-fi short focused on a young genius’s attempts to manipulate time in order to save his brother’s life.
FILM FESTIVAL NEWS: Filmmaker and industry veteran Johnathan Brownlee takes over as CEO for Dallas Film Society and the Dallas International Film Festival
Dallas Film Society and The Dallas International Film Festival announced today that Johnathan Brownlee was appointed CEO & President of the Dallas Film Society and Executive Director of the Dallas International Film Festival.
NYFF 2017 REVIEWS: Barbet Schroeder’s THE VENERABLE W. is a portrait of the racist Buddhist monk instrumental in Myanmar’s ethnic cleansing as well as a reflection of what’s currently in play in the USA
For anyone following the story of what’s happening in Myanmar, The Venerable W. provides insights which don’t make the news. But what’s most frightening of all is how all of this awfulness is reflected in the current age of American politics. Xenophobic pandering to whip up hysteria and outrage are used effectively by Wirathu, and very much echo the playbook of a particular tweeting president you may have heard of.
THEATRICAL REVIEWS: Jennifer Reeder’s SIGNATURE MOVE is a gorgeously-shot story about two women that wear lucha masks loving each other and finding their family’s acceptance
More than one woman is a dynamic character in this film. Three of them are, and they lead compelling lives. They aren’t completely focused on sex with each other or asserting their queerness to the world either, as is the case with some of the campier or tropier films of the LGBTQ variety. Zaynab and Alma live and love each other in a way that compels an audience to appreciate their pairing.
THEATRICAL REVIEWS: Matthew Vaughn’s KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE delivers all the things you expect from the genre: good guys, bad guys, car chases, fancy electronics, an evil plot to overcome, a hero trying to save a Princess, and a feisty Elton John.
The most fun part is actually an ongoing cameo by Sir Elton John that is delightfully sassy and several times made the guy sitting next to me cheer quietly (thanks, buddy, for being a good movie neighbor!).
10 MOST RECENT FILMS WATCHED: aGLIFF films give way to big theatrical releases and a couple late 70s/early 80s gems
The Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film festival dominates this list, along with a couple cool, debate-inspiring films in the theater, and then a couple classics from the late 70s/early 80s.
Years ago, many of us who were assaulted stayed quiet because we thought we all stayed quiet. We didn’t know there was another way. I’m sure you cringed when Weinstein said it was a different time and sex was different. I do more than cringe at that. Not because it’s a lie. Because it’s true.
VOD REVIEWS: Dorie Barton’s GIRL FLU. is a gem of a young girl’s coming-of-age story centered around the crisis of her first period and a mom that needs more adult guidance than she does
Given the subject matter this could have been trite and tacky fodder for an afternoon special but Barton keeps it low key and very real. The solid friends who help us navigate our world, the humor among friends and sarcastic families, people who get so wrapped up in what could-have-been that they don’t see what’s right in front of them; she never takes the easy way out nor the over the top reaction.
If this was 1985, this movie would be playing the midnight feature in the artsy part of town. If it came out in the 60’s, the filmmakers would be in jail. But it’s coming to VOD very soon, and so long as you like to laugh and are very resilient against squeamishness – do yourself a favor and watch this.
VOD REVIEWS: Ritesh Batra’s OUR SOULS AT NIGHT pairs Redford and Fonda together again as nostalgic and comforting bedfellows
She has a proposal that is not as indecent as it first sounds: “Would you be interested in coming over and sleeping with me?” Addie nervously tells the shocked Louis that she isn’t interested in sex, but talk and companionship, and hopes having him share her bed will make it easier for her to sleep.
TEN BURNING QUESTIONS: Our interview with first-time director Cati Gonzalez opens a window in to the madness and method behind the jazz-improvisation of EKAJ
When I picked Mecca, I had already written about a guy with AIDS. It was rough for me because [actor Badd Idea] has AIDS. Every scene, I would pass it by him before [filming]. I’d ask, “Are you OK saying that?” Even though he was outspoken about [his disease]. So, it was rough. Jake grew up while we were making the movie. If I could do it again, I know [now] how I would do it [differently]. But I like challenges. I’m very extreme [when it comes to] challenges.
Perhaps the best breakout comedy movie from the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival is a Capra-esque gem called Nobody’s Watching. It’s a smartly-executed work which captures powerful and authentic emotions, whose laughs are not throwaway and cheap, but based in real sadness and approached with great reverence.
TEN (OKAY, EIGHT) BURNING QUESTIONS: Elina Psykou’s Tribeca Film Festival Award-winner, SON OF SOFIA
It was almost shocking to discover this gentle, cheery person with a disarmingly childlike smile was the same person who made such a dark and challenging movie. The contrast between who I encountered in a hotel lobby and what audiences will encounter with Son of Sofia only augments the sense of humanity both the film and filmmaker so strongly convey.
SHORTS AND TO THE POINT: Maja Aro’s HOODS hits the bullseye as the complete package in a cleverly conceived and created short film…that could be expanded into something more
It actually started as a very different script inspired by a video game. I wanted to write something with a badass female lead, then she evolved into this motorbike riding little red riding hood. I love the esthetic of dieselpunk, so the world was heavily influenced by that. It all kind of evolved from there. The world is big, and even though the short is just a little slice of an introduction to it, I didn’t want to feel half assed just because it was a short.
SHORTS AND TO THE POINT: Sarah Adams and Maggie Rieth Austin are a comedy duo to watch and laugh at as they take us for a bumpy ride in THE SERVICE ELEVATOR
But this particular version of that stuck in the elevator scenario gets an additional boost because it was written, developed, and stars two women who might as we’ll bring back vaudeville, they’ve got their “act” together so honed – Sarah Adams and Maggie Rieth Austin.
SHORTS AND TO THE POINT: Siena Pinney’s POSSIBILITY is a wonderfully crafted and delicate telling of a young couple facing the decision to have an abortion
Personally, I don’t think women should ever have to feel ashamed to talk about their abortion stories–it is an experience that so many of us share. But it’s also an experience that can be confusing, sad, heartbreaking, hopeful… I wanted to show that spectrum of emotions.