Posts Tagged Film

Mother daughter love in Dia de los Muertos short film

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is fast upon us, and this short film from KQED has me teary-eyed over what a beautiful time of the year this is. I love having this moment to reflect on those who paved the way for me in this life, a chance to eat great food, surround myself with colors, and cherish my loved ones just a little more. I also appreciate it as an opportunity to be very thoughtful about the difference between cultural appropriation and appreciation, and to foster learning and exchange among diverse communities.

Juliana only just learned that Dia de los Muertos may have originally evolved from a celebration of the ...

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is fast upon us, and this short film from KQED has me teary-eyed over what a beautiful time of the year this is. I love having ...

The Feministing Five: Darius Clark Monroe

Darius Clark Monroe is transforming the ways media portrays incarcerated young black men, starting with his own story. At the age of 16, Darius committed armed robbery, which dramatically impacted his life as well as those around him. After serving five years in a maximum security prison, Darius has since earned a MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and launched his career in documentary film.

Later this month, Darius’s film The Evolution of a Criminal will be released, and viewers across the country will be able to understand how Darius’s crime was intimately connected to his environment. While Darius is the first to take responsibility for his crime, his documentary contextualizes how his deep love for his family ...

Darius Clark Monroe is transforming the ways media portrays incarcerated young black men, starting with his own story. At the age of 16, Darius committed armed robbery, which dramatically impacted his life as well as those around ...

Summer box office numbers down as Hollywood continues to ignore female moviegoers

Oops, it seems Hollywood’s stubborn refusal to cater to female movie-goers may be hurting the bottom line. Summer box office numbers are way down–resulting in a 20 percent decline in revenue in North America–this year, and it could be because Hollywood is still making crap targeted at the long-coveted young dude demographic when they’re going to the theater less and women have become a more reliable audience.

According to data from the Motion Picture Association of America, the young male demographic that most big Hollywood movies are aimed at is making fewer trips to the theater and hurting box-office totals. Who is spending money at the movies? Women, and movies aimed at women are reaping the benefits. ...

Oops, it seems Hollywood’s stubborn refusal to cater to female movie-goers may be hurting the bottom line. Summer box office numbers are way down–resulting in a 20 percent decline in revenue in North ...

Infographic: Only 5 percent of recent major films were directed by women

Women and Hollywood has a depressing new infographic on what has got to be the biggest gender gap in Hollywood–an industry not exactly known for being a paragon of gender equality. Despite the fact that women make up their fair share of film school grads, and there are plenty of great female directors, less than five percent of films produced by the major studios in the last five years were directed by women.

Women and Hollywood has a depressing new infographic on what has got to be the biggest gender gap in Hollywood–an industry not exactly known for being a paragon of gender equality. Despite the ...

Black women run Hollywood

Turns out its not a combination of sexism and racism that keeps Black women relegated to minor roles in Hollywood. As this star-studded video reveals, it’s because they’re in a secret cabal that runs the whole damn industry.

Black Women Run Hollywood from Funny Or Die

Mystery solved. 

Turns out its not a combination of sexism and racism that keeps Black women relegated to minor roles in Hollywood. As this star-studded video reveals, it’s because they’re in a secret cabal ...

Stories begetting stories: How pop culture reinforces abortion stigma—and can help end it

Ed. note: This story is part of a joint reporting project on reproductive rights in pop culture that includes Feministing, Bitch Media, and Making Contact. This work is part of a Media Consortium collaboration made possible in part by a grant from the Voqal FundRead the other stories in the series here and here

One in three women in the US have an abortion in their lifetimes, while nearly 40 percent of Americans claim they do not know anyone who has had an abortion.

I left the latter group, not coincidentally, around the same time I joined the former. When I got pregnant as a 20-something in Brooklyn five years ago and started telling ...

Ed. note: This story is part of a joint reporting project on reproductive rights in pop culture that includes Feministing, Bitch Media, and Making Contact. This work is part of a Media Consortium collaboration ...

The Feministing Five: ManSee Kong

 Just last week, family members joined community advocates to rename Elizabeth Street in New York’s Chinatown “Private Danny Chen Way.” As you’ll remember Danny Chen was so horribly hazed through racial epithets from his fellow soldiers that he took his own life in the fall of 2011. His hometown of NYC Chinatown continues to search for justice through traditional organizing as well through the arts.

Filmmaker, community advocate, and activist ManSee Kong uses her craft to document the stories and lives in Chinatown, New York and beyond. From documentaries exposing the rampant gentrification in Chinatown to fictionalized accounts of everyday mother-daughter life, ManSee’s work aspires to “document and tell stories that inspire social change.” Her project ...

 Just last week, family members joined community advocates to rename Elizabeth Street in New York’s Chinatown “Private Danny Chen Way.” As you’ll remember Danny Chen was so horribly hazed through racial epithets from his ...

Get free tickets to an advance screening of the abortion-themed indie rom-com Obvious Child!

I’ve been excited about Obvious Child since way back when it was just a short. And I couldn’t be more thrilled that it’s been turned into a full-length feature and is receiving critical acclaim.

As we’ve mentioned on the blog previously, Obvious Child is a huge breath of fresh air. Cultural depictions of abortion are not generally the greatest, often feeding into stigma or myths. Obvious Child provides an honest look of the choices available to women when facing an unplanned pregnancy. That’s why I’m so pumped to hang out with you all IRL and watch it together!

While the movie doesn’t open in select theaters until June 6, you can attend an advance screening of the film ...

I’ve been excited about Obvious Child since way back when it was just a short. And I couldn’t be more thrilled that it’s been turned into a full-length feature and is receiving critical ...

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