In Bed with Susan Sontag

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In Regarding Susan Sontag, a deliciously dark and brooding documentary about the fiercely private but publicly fierce writer and activist, filmmaker Nancy D. Kates shares lesser-known details of Sontag’s personal life. She uses interviews with past lovers and close friends, archival footage and excerpts from Sontag’s most culturally resonant and prescient works, including On Photography […]

Opening Soon in L.A. and N.Y.: Inspiring Doc About Late-60s Women’s Movement

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This month, filmmaker and activist Mary Dore shares her feminist film masterpiece with the world: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry. Featuring rarely seen archival footage, photographs, uniquely feminist texts and music (The Chicago Women’s Liberation Rock Band? Yes, please!), the film offers an inspiring account of the women’s liberation movement of the late 1960s. The Ms. […]

Vampires, Skateboards and Autonomy: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

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Director/writer Ana Lily Amirpour’s mixture of pulp fiction, Iranian New Wave Cinema and horror has created a beautiful dark fairy tale of a dangerous yet heroic she-vampire who swiftly kicks ass when needed. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is shot in black and white and set in an eerie ghost town called Bad […]

Top 10 Feminist Documentaries Streaming on Netflix

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Here at Ms., we’re always on the hunt for feminist documentaries and love showcasing them on the blog and in Ms. magazine. Feminist filmmakers telling the stories of women in new and interesting ways help to push women’s issues into the cultural mainstream and highlight societal problems that otherwise may have been overlooked. And these […]

Sometimes the Master’s Tools Can Light a Fire

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Dystopian and utopian texts are incredibly important for envisioning our world otherwise, a point emphasized by Ursula K. Le Guin at the 2014 National Book Awards. In her speech, Le Guin noted that we need writers who “can see through our fear-stricken society … to other ways of being,” and she named the profit motive […]

“Twilight” Screenplay Contest to Boost Women Writers and Directors

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Just when you thought Twilight had receded into the zeitgeists-of-popular-culture-past, a new short film contest called “The Storytellers— New Voices of The Twilight Saga” promises to bring the series, and its vibrant fan base, back to life. Before you grit your teeth and shake your feminist fist, bemoaning that one of the most regressive, non-feminist-friendly blockbuster sagas is […]

Forgotten Women of Film History: Lois Weber

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The third installment of Forgotten Women of Film History focuses the lens on socially conscious actress, writer, director and producer Lois Weber. Weber was the first American woman to direct a feature film, the first and only woman member of the Motion Pictures Directors Association and the first mayor of Universal City, Calif. Born June 13, […]

Marvel and DC Get a Diversity Facelift

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You could say that Marvel and DC Comics have been duking it out in a superhero film arms-race since, well, forever. Who has the greatest fan-favorite superheroes? Who has better film ratings? Who’s making the most money? And while many say Marvel’s in the lead, given the success of the recent Avengers reboot and Guardians […]

Will Disney Get Race and Culture Right With Moana?

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Earlier this week, Disney Animation Studios announced a late-2016 release date for its 56th animated feature, Moana, a musical comedy-adventure that will transport viewers to the South Seas to a world of sea creatures, underworlds and Polynesian folklore. Moana will be Disney’s first-ever Pacific Islander princess and second protagonist from the region (second only to […]

“A Thousand Times Goodnight” — The Work/Family Conflict Goes to War

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A Thousand Times Goodnight goes way beyond the usual conversation about how a woman can balance the competing demands of work and family. It illuminates the profound moral quandary at the heart of the conflict, heightened because this mother’s work not only takes her away from her family: It can also kill her. Rebecca (Juliette […]