SXSW Review: The Return of Tanya Tucker: featuring Brandi Carlile

Year: 2022 Runtime: 108 minutes Director: Kathlyn Horan By Joan Amenn Tanya Tucker has had a remarkable life and this new documentary shows that her voice remains remarkable, too. While “The Return of Tanya Tucker: Featuring Brandi Carlile” (2022) does not delve too deeply into her past, it is a joyful celebration of her present as she continues her prolific career. The film focuses on … Continue reading SXSW Review: The Return of Tanya Tucker: featuring Brandi Carlile

Exclusive Interview: “Lady Buds” Director Chris J. Russo

By Joan Amenn Last year at the Hot Docs International Film Festival, I was blown away by a debut film called “Lady Buds” (2021) (My review can be found here: https://intheirownleague.com/?s=Lady+Buds.) I am so honored that I got to speak to director Chris J. Russo just before the big premiere of “Lady Buds” on STARZ streaming service this week. We talked about the film, the … Continue reading Exclusive Interview: “Lady Buds” Director Chris J. Russo

Black History Month Review: Oscar Peterson: Black + White

Year: 2020 Runtime: 81 Minutes Director: Barry Avrich By Joan Amenn As a jazz lover, I had an Oscar Peterson shaped hole in my heart I never knew of. Thankfully, director Barry Avrich has contributed to my complete recovery with this beautiful “docu-concert” about the legendary pianist. Along with the commentary of friends, family and fellow musicians, we get to hear the astonishingly complex sound … Continue reading Black History Month Review: Oscar Peterson: Black + White

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 2022 Review: “The Janes”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 101 minutes Directors: Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes By Morgan Roberts The Jane Collective was an underground clinic for Chicagoan women in the 1960s and 1970s.  Before Roe v. Wade provided legal protection for women and uterine people seeking to terminate pregnancies, women did not have very many options.  Many times, women would find themselves working with mob doctors or having to … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “The Janes”

Sundance 2022 Review: “La Guerra Civil”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 102 minutes Director: Eva Longoria Bastón By Morgan Roberts A quarter of a century ago, we witnessed a historic boxing match: Oscar De La Hoya vs. Julio César Chávez. Now, 25 years later, the sociopolitical and cultural struggles are examined in Eva Longoria Bastón’s feature directorial debut “La Guerra Civil” (2022). You do not have to be familiar with this fight before … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “La Guerra Civil”

Sundance 2022 Review: “Framing Agnes”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 75 Minutes Director: Chase Joynt Writers: Chase Joynt & Morgan M. Page Stars: Angelica Ross, Jen Richards, Silas Howard, Zackary Drucker, Max Wolf Valerio, Stephen Ira, with Jules Gill-Peterson  By Morgan Roberts There are many stories omitted from history books.  So, when filmmaker Chase Joynt and sociologist Kristen Schilt began archiving the work of UCLA’s Harold Garfinkel, they uncovered a trove of … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Framing Agnes”