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”

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”

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”

GFF2022 Review: The Worst Person in the World

Year: 2021 Runtime: 128 minutes Director: Joachim Trier Writer: Joachim Trier Starring: Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie, Herbert Nordrum By Calum Cooper Existential crises were an oddly recurring theme in 2021’s filmography. That might not be surprising, given the current state of the world, but there were many thoughtful, gripping films (or comedy specials in Bo Burnham’s case) that explored the simultaneous beauty and anxiety … Continue reading GFF2022 Review: The Worst Person in the World

#BreaktheBias: Five Female Stereotypes In Film That Need To Go

The theme for this International Women’s Day is ‘Break the Bias’, according to the official International Women’s Day website “Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it difficult for women to move ahead. Knowing that bias exists isn’t enough, action is needed to level the playing field.” We are all being urged to actively call out any form of bias and/or discrimination that we may encounter. Continue reading #BreaktheBias: Five Female Stereotypes In Film That Need To Go

Why We Still Need International Women’s Day

The 8th March is International Women’s Day, a day devoted to celebrating the achievements of women all across the globe and throughout history. I wasn’t aware of the fact that International Women’s Day had been running for so long, apparently “It began life as National Women’s Day in the United States back in February 1909” which is astonishing to me as I had been under the impression that it was a recent thing. Continue reading Why We Still Need International Women’s Day

Sundance 2022 Review: “Aftershock”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 86 minutes Directors: Paula Eiselt and Tonya Lewis Lee By Morgan Roberts The United States has an alarming maternal mortality rate. But the maternal mortality rate is highest among Black women. “Aftershock” explores the systemic racism seeped in maternal care and those fighting for justice in memory of those lost to this negligence. Shamony Gibson and Amber Rose Isaac were expecting mothers, … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Aftershock”

Sundance Interview with “Sirens” Director Rita Baghdadi

By Morgan Roberts Premiering at this year’s Sundance, “Sirens” is a documentary feature film following the lives of the women in the Lebanese metal band Slave to Sirens. The film explores the complexities of being in an all-female band, being misunderstood by society, and finding one’s voice. The film is directed by Moroccan-American filmmaker Rita Baghdadi. Baghdadi’s first feature film, “My Country No More,” was … Continue reading Sundance Interview with “Sirens” Director Rita Baghdadi