Forbidden to See Us Scream in Tehran: Review

Year: 2021 Runtime: 18 minutes Director/Writer: Farbod Ardebili Actors: Mahadeseh Kharaman, Sarina Amiri, Babak Kamangir, Hoorsun Ashkan, Erfan Akbari, Reza Karimi By Joan Amenn Since 1979, Western style music, particularly rock and roll, has been banned in Iran. Iranian women are forbidden to sing or perform publicly. This view of Western music and a women’s role in Muslim society has recently been the subject of … Continue reading Forbidden to See Us Scream in Tehran: Review

Bentonville Film Festival Review: Youth v Gov

Year: 2020 Runtime:  110 minutes Director: Christi Cooper Writer: Christi Cooper, Steven Hoggard (story consultant), Lyman Smith (additional writing by) Climate change continues to become one of the most impactful and daunting issues facing us and the longer we continue to ignore, the harder things will get. We’re past the point of summers and winters being a little harsher, and we’re now seeing much more … Continue reading Bentonville Film Festival Review: Youth v Gov

Women’s History Month- 10 Inspiring Women Who Deserve Their Own Biopic

For this Women’s History Month, I have decided to focus on creating some top ten lists which discuss films, biopics and documentaries about women in history that will hopefully inspire and inform readers about the accomplishments of women throughout history. For this piece I am focusing on ten women who deserve their own biopics and will be discussing who I think should star in the film, who could possibly direct the film and why their stories deserve to be seen on the big screen. Continue reading Women’s History Month- 10 Inspiring Women Who Deserve Their Own Biopic

Women’s History Month: 10 Women Who Have Inspired Me

First off, it’s damn near impossible to pick just ten women who have inspired me over the years. I have heard and read so many stories of hell blazing women who have stood up against discrimination in the film industry throughout the years, whether it’s the brave women who spoke up against Harvey Weinstein and shared their #MeToo stories, or women like Frances McDormand, who have actively campaigned for the Inclusion Rider in filmmakers’ and actors’ contracts in order provide a certain level of diversity in the casting and production process. Continue reading Women’s History Month: 10 Women Who Have Inspired Me

GFF2021 Review: My Favorite War

Year: 2021Duration: 1h 22mWriter/Director: Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen By Caz Armstrong This animated documentary memoir by Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen tells the story of her own childhood growing up in Soviet-era Latvia in the 1970s to 1990s. She explores the relationship between choice and happiness in the context of growing up under an authoritarian regime. Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen’s early childhood seemed idyllic even though it was tinged … Continue reading GFF2021 Review: My Favorite War

Review: Time

Documentaries are my favorite genre of film, believe it or not. I find that documentaries are so incredibly unique, even though one could argue they are all the same. Maybe you think if you’ve seen one true-crime documentary, you’ve seen them all–but no! The way the story is told and unfolds is what makes each documentary so attractive to me. How will the filmmakers uncover their story and grab the audience’s attention? I want to learn about something or experience something I have never seen or heard, to gain a new perspective or knowledge on the subject. That is where I feel incredibly torn about “Time”, because it fulfils this in so many ways, yet falls short. Continue reading Review: Time

SQIFF Review: Pride & Protest

Year: 2020 Runtime: 90 Minutes Director: Blaise Singh By Tom Moore Creating a film that lets multiple voices and stories be heard loud and clear within the LGBTQ+ community, director Blaise Singh guides viewers through a search for pride and understanding with his first feature documentary, “Pride & Protest,” now screening at the Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF). In the wake of Birmingham protests … Continue reading SQIFF Review: Pride & Protest