How We Misrepresent Sexual Violence On Screen

Trigger warning: This article discusses sexual assault. Spoiler alert: This articles contains spoilers for Jessica Jones, House of Cards, Kimmy Schmidt, Downton Abbey, Gone Girland Game of Thrones. Over the past few years I’ve noticed an increase in the number of television shows and films that center around characters who are survivors of sexual assault, and initially I hailed this as…

Who Actually Led the Sexual Revolution? (Hint: It’s Not Hugh Hefner)

Who actually led the sexual revolution? I’ll give you a hint, it wasn’t Hugh Hefner. When Hefner, the creator of Playboy Magazine, died on September 28th, an Associated Press writer splashed across the headline, “Hugh Hefner, leader of the sexual revolution, dies at 91.” The sexual revolution was a movement during the 1960s and 70s…

Even After Wonder Woman, Studios Aren’t Choosing Female Directors

Fanboys and feminists cheered in unison as Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins officially signed on to direct the film’s sequel. Much of the summer, fans have been cheering on the success of Wonder Woman, the highest grossing film directed by a female director to date. Variety and other news outlets ran headlines like “Success of…

Toronto Film Fest Review: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart

Making its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, the documentary Sighted Eyes, Feeling Heart chronicles the life of Lorraine Hansberry, best known as the playwright of A Raisin in the Sun. Despite Hansberry’s profound influence and accomplishments, she has yet to receive a definitive document about her life..A Raisin in the Sun made Hansberry the first…

Toronto Film Fest Review: Boom For Real

Jean-Michel Basquiat was one of the most influential artists of the 1980s, having catapulted to a meteoric level of fame. His abstract paintings comment on the disparities between people of different racial and social classes, and the individual’s role within society. But just a few short years before his first major exhibition, Basquiat was a…