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Back in January we interviewed Stanley Nelson during the Sundance Film Festival about his documentary Freedom Summer, and just this week he received the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities from president Barack Obama. Congratulations to Stanley Nelson!
Talking to Stanley Nelson during Sundance Film Festival.
From freshly shredded hearts to wild and whimsical evening bar adventures, Appropriate Behavior has it all. With the same amount of hormones as a typical teenager, this movie captivates the views on an interesting journey through heartbreak, heartache, and the complications that come with the sentence, “taking a break.”
Mala Mala is a film full of so many stories. We hear the voices and stories of a diverse group of trans people and drag queens across Puerto Rico; many of whom offer a beautiful perspective on what gender means to them regardless of their own identity. One of the performers stated “I don’t just have a gender or a sex I have ideas…I can be whatever I want to be”; this abstract expression of gender as an art form is extremely compelling and prompts the audience to begin to understand how gender is simply a concept.
My Prairie home is one of the most endearing films I have seen in a long time. It follows the story of Rae Spoon, and everything that they have to say hits the nail on the head. Rae explains their exploration of their own queerness and realization of their own gender as trans and non binary succinctly. They state simply that “gender is stupid” and this laughably brazen statement can make us all reflect about how silly society’s desire to shove people into a box of either male or female really is.
Tumblr Tuesday: Women’s History Month
Who Needs Feminism?
All of us.
Cool Chicks from History
Chicks have been cool since forever.
Stop Telling Women to Smile
An art series letting you know that it’s not okay to tell women to smile.
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By Sam Samore
Despite what the appearance of the first few minutes might lead you to believe, I Believe in Unicorns, directed by Leah Meyerhoff, is not an Urban Outfitters commercial. It’s a young love story about the allure and futility of material things: of Polaroid filters and leather jackets and old muscle cars and vintage sneakers. The heroine, Davina, is a teenager of ambiguous age. We are told only that she is younger than seventeen, the length of time, she mentions, for which cicadas will live underground. This fact is representative of the kinds of things Davina loves and surrounds herself with: small, impractical, and impossibly charming. She collects tiny toys, she hums little tunes, she loses herself in fantasy worlds of unicorns and dragons. By miniaturizing the world around her, making it sickly-sweet, she places it within her control, perhaps because the reality of her life is so much in control of her. Davina’s mother is disabled, and without a father present, Davina has been forced to care for her. She forgets these responsibilities, however, when she meets Sterling.
The universe is puzzle for all. It is important, “Where we come from.” The precocious 11 year-old daughter of a quantum physicist helps open her father’s eyes to the beautiful simplicity of the universe that he studies, but often overlooks. It is the coming of age of a girl who finds connection within the universe through experimentation as well as her youth. Her imagination is powerful and had affinity for putting things together. As she reads Franck Grints quote, “Our understanding of this infinite universe is only limited by our imaginations”, she realizes her work with her father is more than just a scientific advancement, but rather a new connection.
by Cierra Maple
My First Spell Book starts out with a little girl who wants to be a witch, and because she acts differently she gets picked on. During recess she goes to the library instead of outside. She gets the book called My First Spell Book and when she tries a rain spell from the book it works. She then uses the magic to get back at the people who were mean to her, but as time goes on she realizes there are negative consequences to her actions that she needs to make right.
My First Spell Book is a story of a young girl finding out for herself that there are consequences to her actions. She discovers maybe she should think about how these actions may impact not only herself, but those around her. And she learns to listen to the advice of those around her who may be just trying to help. In the end she finds out that maybe she doesn’t want to be a witch, but she just wants to be herself.
We have all believed in unicorns at one point in our lives. Whether we stopped believing as children, or still believe today, simply the word unicorns makes us think of magic and a world of promise.
I Believe in Unicorns is a narrative story written and directed by Leah Meyerhoff. The story explores the life of a teenage girl who has run away from home with an older boy, where the two learn of the unforeseen difficulties of their relationship. I Believe in Unicorns is a coming of age story, with a strong female character as the lead. She has a mind of her own and is able to articulate Davina. This film struck me as unique from many reasons, primarily; that today, there are not nearly as many coming of age stories for girls as there are for boys.
The film also has fantastical elements: unicorns, fire breathing dragons, and underwater acrobatics.
To make the story more realistic Meyerhoff had her own mother cast as the role of Davina’s mother, as well as using footage from her childhood, and filming inside of her childhood home.
The film shows the reality of growing up, trusting ones feelings, and learning from the choices that they make, and what it is really like to be a teenage girl.
This narrative film had it’s world premiere this week at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
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A Different Tree is a brief charming film about embracing one’s background and appreciating the differences people have. In the beginning of the film the central character, a young girl, is faced with the conflict of creating a family tree when she has never met her father.
Distraught by the naked branches making up half of her tree the girl seeks out her father in an attempt to align herself with the full trees presented by her classmates. But reaching out to her father proves to be more troubling than she thought; displaying that sometimes being reunited with your parents isn’t always the hallmark fairytale it is portrayed to be. Although this experience is frustrating it is extremely rewarding to see this young girl gain a new respect and love for her single mother and an appreciation for the fact that there’s no set formula for a perfect family.