Exclusive Interview with “Stagiaire” Writer/Director Marina Michelson

By Morgan Roberts Writer/director Marina Michelson is back with her latest short film, “Stagiaire”(2021). “Stagiaire” follows an eager young cook, Leila, as she starts her first day in elite kitchen. As the day unfolds, Leila experiences relentless forms of hazing from the predominantly male kitchen staff, while finding some allies in the face of adversity. That all comes to a head after she is cornered … Continue reading Exclusive Interview with “Stagiaire” Writer/Director Marina Michelson

Review: “Stagiaire”

Year: 2021 Runtime: 10 minutes Director/Writer: Marina Michelson Cast: Marina Michelson, Spenser Granese, Chloe Wepper, Briana Venkus, Ramiz Monsef, Aaron Smith, Angel Halford, Michael Ashley, Patricio Cabrera-Sanchez By Morgan Roberts If reality television has taught us anything, the professional kitchen is a very male-dominated arena. So, what does it look like to walk into that environment as a woman? Writer/director Marina Michelson explores just that … Continue reading Review: “Stagiaire”

Review: “Cow”

Year: 2022Runtime: 97 minutesDirector: Andrea Arnold By Morgan Roberts When I was about five years old, I was taken to a dairy farm. As a kid growing in the city, my only knowledge of the outdoors existed within the confines of Griffith Park. At the farm, they had each kid take turns milking a cow. When it was my turn, I remember being hit immediately … Continue reading Review: “Cow”

TV Review: “Roar”

By Morgan Roberts In the new AppleTV+ series, universal womanhood issues are tackled in varying metaphorical ways. “Roar” (2022), the new anthology series from Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, has everything from a woman becoming invisible to others to a woman falling in love with an abusive duck to a woman sitting on a shelf like a trophy. Flahive and Mensch previously wrote and produced … Continue reading TV Review: “Roar”

Exclusive Interview with “Someone to Carry You” Writer/Director Cyrina Fiallo

In her latest short film, “Someone to Carry You”(2022), writer/director Cyrina Fiallo explores the nuances and beauty of female friendship. The film is an ode to her own friendship with her real-life friend Laura. It is a piece of art that blurs the lines between fiction and archival, art and artist. It is a lovely film that highlights the power of friendship and an ode to the people who see you for your unique self. Continue reading Exclusive Interview with “Someone to Carry You” Writer/Director Cyrina Fiallo

Review: “Someone to Carry You”

Year: 2021 Runtime: 9 minutes Writer/Director: Cyrina Fiallo Stars: Cyrina Fiallo, Renée Felice Smith, Chris Mollica, Emma Weisbach, Ava Lambrakis, Nora Harriet, Louise Morgan Weir, Dylan Beam By Morgan Roberts Short films are some of the most incredible feats of filmmaking. In the tightest of time constraints, the filmmaker must sell you on their vision and send you on a journey before parting ways with … Continue reading Review: “Someone to Carry You”

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Lynn Shelton

By Morgan Roberts There are a number of women who are trailblazers behind the camera, but none as remarkable as Lynn Shelton. Raised in Seattle, Shelton’s earlier career was in editing for work in the area as well as creating experimental short films. In 2003, Shelton saw Claire Denis at Seattle’s Northwest Forum. At the talk, Denis discussed her start in directing and how she … Continue reading Women’s History Month Spotlight: Lynn Shelton

Finding Faith in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”

By Morgan Roberts When you watch “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” (2021), the surface of the film is a biopic that aims to correct some of the wrongs society cast upon Tammy Faye Bakker. However the film, anchored by its core performance, does more than provide a Wikipedia interpretation of the truth; what it does is confront the very things Tammy Faye and many others … Continue reading Finding Faith in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”

Editorial: The Intent of It All

By Morgan Roberts With the Oscars inching closer, the conversation around the films nominated is intensifying.  And one conversation is sparking debate on representation in film and intent behind that representation. In Paul Thomas Anderson’s film “Licorice Pizza”(2022), you will find more than a killer 1970’s soundtrack and a strong performance by Alana Haim.  You will also get to watch a character make a racist … Continue reading Editorial: The Intent of It All

Not So True Love Retrospective: Mistress America

By Morgan Roberts Brooke Cardinas (Greta Gerwig) is the most intriguing person in the world.  As one of the central characters of 2015’s “Mistress America,” Brooke is alluring with her joie de vivre and exciting life.  Yet, this film is more than just two women at different stages trying to figure it out, but it is Brooke’s love story with life and people. In 2015, … Continue reading Not So True Love Retrospective: Mistress America