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“I’m Into an Individual Gaze”: Director Nina Menkes and Colleagues at Sundance 2022 Talk Sexism and Being “Brainwashed”

Director Nina Menkes of the Sundance 2022 documentary “Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power,” and her colleagues discuss objectifying film techniques, the male gaze, and encouraging an “individual gaze” for creative filmmaking. Film site In Their Own League has more details. Continue reading “I’m Into an Individual Gaze”: Director Nina Menkes and Colleagues at Sundance 2022 Talk Sexism and Being “Brainwashed”

Sundance Review 2022: “Palm Trees and Power Lines”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 114 minutes Director: Jamie Dack Writers: Jamie Dack, Audrey Findlay Stars: Lily McInerny, Jonathan Tucker, Gretchen Mol By Morgan Roberts Lea (Lily McInerny) is a bored teenager existing over a banal summer, simply waiting for her life to start.  Her mom, Sandra (Gretchen Mol) isn’t always the most attentive.  So, one evening, Lea meets Tom (Jonathan Tucker), a man significantly older than … Continue reading Sundance Review 2022: “Palm Trees and Power Lines”

Sundance 2022 Review: “Cha Cha Real Smooth”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 107 minutes Director/Writer: Cooper Raiff Stars: Cooper Raiff, Dakota Johnson, Vanessa Burghardt, Evan Assante, Leslie Mann, Brad Garrett, Raul Castillo By Morgan Roberts “Cha Cha Real Smooth”(2022) is one of those films that gives you a light but warm hug when you need it most. With this film, Cooper Raiff does it all as writer, director, and star of the film.  In … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Cha Cha Real Smooth”

Sundance Interview: “The Mission” Director Tania Anderson

By Morgan Roberts “The Mission” is a documentary film which follows four missionaries from the Church of Latter-Day Saints as they serve their mission, spreading the word of God while also finding their paths in life. The film chronicles their time before their mission, through their years of service in Finland, and what happened when they returned home. Directed by Tania Anderson, “The Mission”(2022) shows … Continue reading Sundance Interview: “The Mission” Director Tania Anderson

Sundance 2022 Review: “The Mission”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 95 minutes Director: Tania Anderson By Morgan Roberts After high school, some young adults head straight to college, some take a gap year, and for some, their faith sends them to far reaches of the world to preach their gospel. In “The Mission” (2022), director Tania Anderson follows four young Mormon missionaries as they head to Finland for a two year Mission … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “The Mission”

Sundance 2022 Review: “We Need to Talk About Cosby”

Year: 2022 Director: W. Kamau Bell By Morgan Roberts In Showtime’s new docuseries, “We Need to Talk About Cosby”, director W. Kauma Bell explores the complexities surrounding the more than 50 years of predatory actions by the once-beloved comedian and actor Bill Cosby. The series lets you know immediately where they stand.  Each episode stands behind the survivors of Cosby.  There are survivors interviewed for … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “We Need to Talk About Cosby”

Sundance 2022 Review: “Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 102 minutes Director/Writer: Adamma Ebo Stars: Regina Hall, Sterling K. Brown, Nicole Beharie, Conphidance, Andrea Laing, Austin Crute By Morgan Roberts Megachurches can be an all-encompassing part of someone’s life.  So, when Pastor Curtis Childs (Sterling K. Brown) finds himself embroiled in scandal, he must rely on help from his wife Trinity (Regina Hall) and a documentary crew to save face and … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul”

Sundance 2022 Review: “Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power”

The documentary “Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power”(2022) is sad, infuriating, and revelatory. Objectifying women in film and media is nothing new; yet in analyzing how filmmakers shoot men and women differently, director Nina Menkes shows just how entrenched—and insidious—this way of seeing is. More in this film review from In Their Own League Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power”

Sundance Interview: “Call Jane” Director Phyllis Nagy

By Morgan Roberts The feature film, “Call Jane” (2022) had its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. The film details the life of Joy (Elizabeth Banks), a Chicagoan who finds herself in need of an abortion. Except, in 1968 America, there is no way to legally access an abortion. Joy then seeks help from the Jane Collective – or the Janes – to, … Continue reading Sundance Interview: “Call Jane” Director Phyllis Nagy

Sundance 2022 Review: “When You Finish Saving the World”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 88 minutes Director and Writer: Jesse Eisenberg Stars: Julianne Moore, Finn Wolfhard, Billy Bryk, Alisha Boe, Jack Justice, Jay O. Sanders, Eleonore Hendricks By Morgan Roberts There is no way to sugarcoat the drawn out self-indulgence of “When You Finish Saving the World” (2022).  In many ways, it centers on two caricatures of the worst people possible: an extremely privileged white kid … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “When You Finish Saving the World”