Posts with Category: Film

Women in Film Stand Up for Gender Equality at Cannes

May 25, 2018  |  Film Festivals

Women in Hollywood are mad as hell and they’re not going to take this anymore, to paraphrase the classic film, Network. They’ve already taken a fierce stand against sexual assault, harassment and gender inequality as part of the #MeToo movement, which includes Hollywood’s Time’s Up campaign. In May, women brought their message to Cannes, France,…

Hollywood Empowerment: From Coco to Black Panther to Crazy Rich Asians

May 7, 2018

These past few months, Latinx family pride and Black excellence dominated Hollywood with the blockbuster releases of “Coco” and “Black Panther.” And now, Asian Americans are about to have our day with “Crazy Rich Asians.” When the trailer came out in late April, it took social media by storm. Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) like…

“Love, Simon” Sheds Light on LGBTQ Representation Onscreen

April 20, 2018

If you’re familiar with using pop culture to spark social change, it’s no surprise to see major awards ceremonies like the Oscars, hard-hitting documentaries or high-budget historical films with rock star casts spotlighting social justice. But the latest movie sparking a social justice phenomenon may surprise you: It’s a teenage romantic comedy. Love, Simon, was…

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January 20, 2017  |  Film Festivals

Last year’s Sundance was noteworthy for several reasons: streaming services Netflix and Amazon were the highest purchasers, cementing their place among traditional studios; Nate Parker’s Birth of a Nation became the biggest sale of Sundance history; and sleeper film Manchester by the Sea is now poised for Oscar success. This year, Sundance is going in…

The Revolution Is Not Yet Televised

January 18, 2017  |  Activism

On January 3, 2017, the 115th Congress was sworn in. While fourteen women won seats, 14 women also exited, leaving the total number of women in Congress at 104. This means that while women comprise more than 50 percent of the American population, they make up less than 20 percent of Congress’s 535 members. On…

Donald Trump and His Death Eaters

December 9, 2016  |  Monthly Media Roundup

After nearly every US presidential election, we watched as soon-to-be presidents announced their nominations for Cabinet positions with relatively little fanfare. The media dutifully covered the biographies of these typical career bureaucrats and broadcast the minority party’s polite dissent, if there even was any. Enter 2016, the year of the most expensive and dramatic Rose…

Keeping the Spotlight on Domestic Violence Awareness

October 27, 2016

October is a season of fall colors, football, pumpkin spice, and two major campaigns highlighting women’s health and safety. While breast cancer awareness swathes the country in pink, October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), which in recent years has been  super inconvenient for some major sports leagues and athletes. Much like former Baltimore…

What’s Age Got To Do With It? Less and Less.

October 7, 2016

One thing in life is certain: Everyone gets older until the day they die. We’ve talked about how Hollywood treats aging before, but since the entertainment industry continues to judge women as if they’re not allowed to get old, we decided to take another look. Ageism appears to be the last -ism to fall. Older…

Experiencing Is Believing

July 16, 2016  |  Film

  “I saw it with my own two eyes” — or its close cousin, the cliché “seeing is believing” — are two powerful statements that drive people’s beliefs. But what happens when an issue is hard for people to see with their own two eyes? This is a communication challenge faced by issues from nuclear…

Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin

It Matters What’s in the Movies!

June 9, 2016

Another movie, another great example of how film affects perception around an issue, and ultimately, sparks change. “Washington Post” pop culture reporter Stephanie Merry writes about disabled activists reacting against the new movie “Me Before You.” SPOILER ALERT. She talks about the end of the movie where the disabled character kills himself because he cannot…