Cinema Femme Short Film Fest among the 12 recipients of Filmocracy’s first-ever fellowship awards for female-centric film festivals

Los Angeles, CA (December 9, 2021)—Filmocracy, the world’s premiere digital screening, distribution, and experience platform, has announced today its non-profit, The Filmocracy Foundation, is funding the first round of fellowships in its worldwide film festival mentorship program for underrepresented film festivals, co-founder Paul Jun and […]

Marilyn Agrelo on Her Must-See Documentary “Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street”

Sixteen years after her debut feature, 2005’s crowd-pleasing documentary, “Mad Hot Ballroom,” showed us how the art of dance transformed the lives of elementary schoolers throughout New York City, filmmaker Marilyn Agrelo has returned with the definitive cinematic portrait of the most beloved children’s television […]

#TBT 2019 Sundance Ebert Fellows

Chaz Ebert introduced me to the 2019 Sundance Ebert Fellows Niani Scott, Whitney A. Spencer, and Tiffany Walden via Instagram as they were on their way to Park City, Utah, to cover Sundance Film Festival. I read up on these intelligent and extremely talented women, and I was so inspired by their drive and past experience. During our interview in March, we talked about their Sundance experiences, their favorite films from the festival, and the importance of having diverse voices in film criticism.

‘Clueless’ broke down barriers and paved the way for today’s comedies

At the end, “Clueless” is both reflective and ahead of its time. It implants the image of the modern woman of the nineties, rebelling against the clean-shaven stereotypical second-wave feminists and paving the way for women of the fourth-wave feminist, who unlike their predecessors were able to subvert the gaze completely by liberating from the gender and sexual spectrum. Despite resistance, the atmosphere right now is more welcoming than ever for a female-led comedy that does not fear the sexual power of its funny lead actress.

‘Girls Trip’: a dose of Black Girl Magic

“Girls Trip” is a film that highlights and celebrates Black womanhood in a variety of forms. This includes a honour roll call of Black excellence with people like Iyanla Vanzant, Mariah Carey, Mike Epps, Terry McMillan, Morris Chestnut, Estelle, Common, Ne-Yo, and Ava DuVernay who specifically talks about “Black Girl Magic”; DuVernay says, “It feels like a reminder, a rallying call, a term of endearment.” “Girls Trip” is all about the journey that is “Black Girl Magic.”