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

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

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.

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

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

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.

Special Features

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.


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