To Push Ahead

A few older videos from one of my favorites, Miranda July.

On pushing your ideas forward despite fear:

And how procrastination can lead to new discoveries:

Queery and The L Word

Early this year, Showtime announced the reboot of the L Word! The renewed series will reunite many of the favorite characters from the original as well as add more diversity and inclusion with new characters. The new series will be led by Marje-Lewis Ryan, director and writer of many things including the Four-Faced Liar.

With all that excitement comes Cameron Esposito’s “Queery“, a podcast dedicated to discussions with queer thought leaders that explores identity in contemporary culture.  What really makes this podcast work is Esposito’s genuine curiosity for other people, how they experience their own queerness, and the stories that make up their lives.

Below is a more recent episode of Esposito in conversation with Ilene Chaiken, the original showrunner and creator of the L Word.   They dive into unknown secrets and insights of the show back when it first aired as well as where it is heading in the future.  It’s a great conversation about how visibility has or hasn’t changed over more than a decade since the first episode of Chaiken’s groundbreaking show.  For many lady loving ladies, me included, The L Word was one of the first times I saw a woman openly expressing her desires for another woman.  Seeing this show, despite all of its problems, gave an example of the possibility of living an open and honest life when this felt impossible.

Check out the episode here:

Brit Marling and Female Characters

“How many moral compromises can you make before you chip away at the thing in you that is worth sharing?”

In this interview for the series “Off Camera”, Brit Marling talks about expectations verses reality in her auditioning experiences when she first moved to Los Angeles.  She discusses how the roles available for women were often far from the strong female characters she hoped to be playing, which is how she turned to writing for herself.

Because I don’t see myself represented that often in movies, TV, media, I too have taken that approach in my work.  I always wanted to audition for the male parts so instead of doing that, I started to write things on my own.  Why not make the world as you wish to see it?


Drunk History: Edie Windsor

Society’s views of what happened in the past change the more time goes on and depend on who is retelling the story.  “Drunk History”, a series produced by Comedy Central, celebrates that fact by narrating pivotal events in history through inebriated storytelling.  This makes for delightful, frank, and whimsical recollections of some of US history’s pivotal moments including the story of Edie Windsor and the fight for marriage equality.   While some of the details may be fabricated, the heart of the story remains.


Tell It To the Bees

Adding this to my list of movies to see: Tell It to the Bees is based on the book by the same name written by Fiona Shaw. Starring Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger and directed by Annabel Jankel.

The book is a compelling story of love’s endurance set to the backdrop of the 1950s. Two women unexpectedly fall in love with one another at a time when it was dangerous and considered a mental illness.  Adapted for screenplay by Henrietta and Jessica Ashworth.

From the official synopsis:

“A single mother Lydia (Holliday Grainger) who is abandoned by her husband, meets the small village’s Doctor Jean Markham (Anna Paquin) who has recently returned to her hometown when Lydia’s son Charlie is taken under the doctor after being bullied in school. When Lydia and Charlie are unhoused because of Lydia’s earnings from her work are not adequate to pay the rent, Jean invites them to stay in her home and she and Lydia soon develop a friendship and maybe something more.”

US Release May 3, 2019

This Changes Everything

This Changes Everything” is a documentary film that examines sexism in the entertainment industry, led by Geena Davis’ groundbreaking research on Hollywood’s portrayal of women.   Popular culture plays a critical role in shaping society’s views of gender roles and while strides have been made, the fact still remains that top decision makers are leaving out a diversity of voices that can change views of gender roles.

The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and has a wider release on July 28, 2019.

I’m hopeful that the film will not only point out the bias but also inspire and motivate the change that is necessary.   See the brief interview below of executive producer Geena Davis and director Tom Donahue.

dodie- She

The perfect song for unrequited love, thinking about love, remembering a love —”She” by dodie.  It’s a bit of an older one that singer-songwriter-youtuber Dodie Clark has recently updated for her new EP Human.

Her music has a warmth that embraces you as you listen.  Not to downplay how great of a listen is on its own, but I really feel the emotional depth amplified when paired with the imaginary movie playing in my head.

She is coming to Detroit’s Majestic Theatre later this year: Sept 14, 2019 .

No Film School

“You’ll never be ready to film, you’ll never be ready to edit, you’ll never be ready for success. At least not as much as you’d like to be ready. But if you can break away from the idea that you need to be something before you can be successful or truly creative, you’ll never free yourself to be yourself. And that’s true for life as much as it is for art.”—Jordan Aldredge 

No Film School is an online community of filmmakers, video producers, and independent creatives that come together to teach tips and tricks.  It’s great for getting up to speed on the language of filmmaking, analysis on favorite films, and easy tricks to make videos look great.  What I especially appreciate are the alternatives for films on a budget.