Therese Shechter redefines womanhood in her subversive documentaries

Therese Shechter brings common female experiences that have been unjustly deemed taboo to the screen through her documentaries. Her latest “My So-Called Selfish Life” has started a movement for women … Continue reading Therese Shechter redefines womanhood in her subversive documentaries

Deborah Kampmeier’s ‘Tape’ explores the gray areas of #MeToo through sharing one woman’s powerful story

I was first introduced to Deborah Kampmeier’s “Tape” during my interview with the film’s cinematographer Valentina Caniglia. Since our conversation took place a year ago, she couldn’t go into depth … Continue reading Deborah Kampmeier’s ‘Tape’ explores the gray areas of #MeToo through sharing one woman’s powerful story

Kitty Green’s film ‘The Assistant’ reveals the faces of the #MeToo movement and the pains behind them

The tweets. The movement. The conversation. Kitty Green’s film “The Assistant” takes the #MeToo movement, and the conversation around it, to a place where it began. Julia Garner plays Jane, … Continue reading Kitty Green’s film ‘The Assistant’ reveals the faces of the #MeToo movement and the pains behind them

Oluwaseun Babalola explores modern day Africa through her web series ‘SOJU’

My conversation with Oluwaseun Babalola—”Seun” for short—was empowering. We are both women who have a passion for what we are doing, and we are both doing all that we can … Continue reading Oluwaseun Babalola explores modern day Africa through her web series ‘SOJU’

Renaissance woman Namakula inspires women to follow their dreams: an interview with Agent 99 founder and CEO

I met Namakula at the Girl Power Film & Media Summit in Brooklyn this past March. The Girl Power Film & Media Summit is a celebration of Women’s History Month. … Continue reading Renaissance woman Namakula inspires women to follow their dreams: an interview with Agent 99 founder and CEO

2019 Girl Power Film + Media Summit

The work I saw was crafted with time and effort and filled more than just quotas. They were filling us with inspiration for a future in which female-identifying filmmakers are … Continue reading 2019 Girl Power Film + Media Summit

I can’t understand

Both willingly and unwillingly, Yance and so many others have done so much emotional labor to tell us their stories and relive their trauma, all to reveal to us the racism, sexism, bigotry, homophobia, and overall hatred that still exists and causes unfathomable pain, and it’s our job and responsibility to pay attention.

‘Strong Island’: documentary filmmaking as a coming-of-age tale

It’s always the women, the queer, and the blacks. They are the ones who tell stories. They are the ones who dig deep into their families’ histories. They are the … Continue reading ‘Strong Island’: documentary filmmaking as a coming-of-age tale

The contours of fear: a documentary elegy

It is a pessimistic view of life in America, and for Yance Ford and millions of people who look like him, it is a daily reality: living with the fear of being treated as a second-class citizen in school, housing, employment, and the law.