Author: Clara Mae

Backlight: The Celluloid Ceiling is Still Very Real

HOLLYWOOD, DO BETTER In this week’s edition of “How Has Hollywood Disappointed,” men in Hollywood don’t seem to understand that consent is sexy. Post-Weinstein, studios are shying away from depicting sex in films entirely. In a piece by The Hollywood Reporter, entertainment attorney Marc Simon says, “There may be a concern in this zero tolerance climate that creativity and creative opportunity could be restrained because individuals may become unwilling to put themselves in situations that could be misinterpreted or misconstrued in the creative process.” Listen, if male directors and studio heads are saying the only way to avoid on-set...

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Pitch Perfect 3 is Perfectly In Key with Trump’s America

The Pitch Perfect franchise is only six years old and yet the films feel dated, in more ways than one. Pitch Perfect 3 begins where many sequels and third installments find themselves: years later, after the glory has faded, with the protagonists struggling to adjust to a less-than-spectacular life. We find out Beca (Anna Kendrick) and the crew are all equally unhappy with their unglamorous post-college jobs, and long for the golden days of being the Barden Bellas. (Shown clearly by an opening number where they watch the younger Bellas perform and make bitter and undercutting comments throughout, bemoaning...

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More Hollywood Trashfires and Please, Let That Be Monica Rambeau

Happy new year, everyone! We’ve got quite a few interesting films and TV shows to look forward to this year—Black Panther, Crazy Rich Asians, and A Wrinkle in Time to name a few. Here’s hoping that this year we will see more diversity in our media, more gender parity, more empathy, and more justice for the victims who spoke out in 2017 about harassment in Hollywood. More Accusations and a Step in the Right Direction I know we’re all getting tired of hearing about this, but the outings of harassers continue into the new year. Actresses Kristin Booth, Diana Bentley,...

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Film as a Transformative Tool: American Indian Film Festival

In honor of Indigenous Heritage Month in November, I was fortunate enough to attend the 42nd Annual American Indian film festival, hosted by the American Indian Film Institute (AIFI) in San Francisco. Since it’s inception, AIFI has screened over 3,100 films from First Nation communities in the U.S. and Canada. Using film as a transformative tool, the festival features works by and/or starring Indigenous people that help to dispel popular and damaging myths about their communities. AIFI’s ultimate goal is to “foster understanding of the culture, traditions and contemporary issues of Native Americans.” I attended two “programs,” where each...

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Backlight: Bryan Singer, eXposed

It’s undoubtedly been a difficult few weeks. The list of men accused of misconduct and sexual abuse in Hollywood continues to grow as more victims find the courage to tell their stories. We can only hope that this wave will lead to an overall positive change of culture, creating a safer place for all and paving the way for a more diverse and welcoming creative field. Bryan Singer, eXposed The latest man facing accusations is director Bryan Singer. Singer, best known for helming the entire X-Men film franchise (as well as serving as executive producer on X-Men shows like Legion and The...

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