Morgan Dews' Must Read After My Death is a startling, deeply intimate look into the domestic life of the filmmaker's grandmother, Allis. Made up entirely of home movies and recordings that Allis documented (privately, in therapy sessions, or trans-Atlantic with her husband Charley), the film is at times heartwarming, but more so horrifying, as Allis struggles against the stifling systemic and familial abuse as a 1960s housewife. The personal documentation and voiceovers make the experience of watching a family unravel all the more affecting.
The film is already receiving film festival prizes and rave reviews (the Village Voice said it "makes Revolutionary Road look like a tea party") from around the world. Morgan took the time to answer some of my questions about the movie and filmmaking process. Read on for the interview as well as your chance to watch the movie online for free!
Aw, snap - it's the second installment of smart! This has been quite an exciting, yet challenging task for me in compiling and summarizing the 65+ year career of an artist I have very much admired since my nascent, not-quite-sure-if-this-thing-I-drew-is-a-dog-or-a-rock-with-a-tail-creative days.
Read on, MacDuff, for there is much to say about Yayoi Kusama, The Polka Dot Princess.
Heads-up that the dates for the sixth annual Sexy Spring conference have been announced. Mark your calendars for June 5th to June 7th and make your way to Minneapolis for this radical, sex/body positive, sex education skill-share and conference.
I know this week's Douchebag Decree
doesn't come out until tomorrow, but I thought we could take a minute
to prepare for it by discussing an O.G. Douchebag who has made some new
gender waves over the past few days: Rush Limbaugh.
Limbaugh (a.k.a. Sir Douche-yness) has noticed a (gasp!) gender gap in
his approval ratings as of late, and is planning to host a women's summit
in order to figure out what he can do to get some ladies in his corner
(you know, where he can better explain our shortcomings to us). An
actual quote from rushlimbaugh.com:
want some of these women to start telling me what it is I must do to
close the gender gap -- or, if not what it is I must do to close the
gender gap, what it is I've done that has caused the gender gap... What
could I do to attract a higher favorability rating among more women in
America? I own the men, and what must I do now to own women? And who
better to ask than women? Including some of those who may agree that
that I'm unfavorable. So stand by for that.
know you are standing by right this minute with suggestions for good
ol' Rush on how he might go about "owning" more women, so read on for
more info and to pitch in your two cents!
Now you can quit camping out for the USPS and start reading Jonanna Widner's piece on Rachel Maddow, exploring the the pundit's prime time rise and unprecedented fan club around the country, and offering a social critique to the madness around Maddow!
The first box-o-Buzz (our spring issue!) arrived in our Portland office yesterday! It was so exciting we felt bad holding out on our readers, and have posted a sneak peek of our 43rd issue! But read on...we want your feedback!
So Variety has reported that Diablo Cody (Juno, The United States of Tara) is joining forces with Fox Searchlight to develop a film adapation of the upcoming zombie romance novel Breathers: A Zombie's Lament, about a recently undead man who finds love at a zombie support group. Cody won't be writing or directing the film, but she will be producing.
This is the second horror project that Diablo Cody has recently taken on and it makes me wonder: will she make more room for women in the genre?
The Japanese video game Rapelay (which encourages players to rape women and then force abortions upon) that Amazon.com recently pulled from its online shelves has not only hit high on the barf-o-meter and broke the WTF Scale, but has elicited reactions from a variety of sources.
Although I first read about the game on Feministing, the Curvature had a great in-depth feminist response, and girl-gamer Leigh Alexander from SexyVideoGameland had an intriguing two cents as well. (Google result/bad political-metaphor-maker Kevin McCullough not so much). Most interesting was the very much non-blogsphere event of the New York City Assault Alliance Against Sexual Violence calling a news conference yesterday morning specifically denouncing any US video distributors from carrying the game. Any New Yorkers hear about it or attend it? Anyone else want to weigh in on the various responses to the story?
I'm a little late with my Lux Interior tribute post, but better late than never. For
those of you who aren't familiar with him, Lux was the lead singer of
the Cramps- a super rad, super trashy, super gay punk band that was
active from the early 70s up until Lux's death earlier this month.
Given the current economic crisis (and the fact that Slumdog Millionaire cleaned up at last night's Oscars), it seemed high time we dedicated the Adventures in Feministory segment of the blog to a woman who was all about the Benjamins. We could all use a little financial inspiration these days, right?
So stop clipping those coupons, put off your dumpster diving until the weather gets a little warmer, and read on to learn more about Madam CJ Walker, the first African American woman to become a self-made millionaire. Let's hope that her entrepeneurial spirit and skill at crafting hair care products for black women (her specialty) will inspire some of us to follow in her feministory footsteps.