A project five years in the making, “Fathers” is a rejoinder to decades of moral panic about sex, drug use and disco. Narrated by a female voice with an affectless British accent, it has the air of a bizarro-America documentary. “Stonewall Nation” and “the Queer Colonies” are the film’s more or less interchangeable terms for Herrera’s LGBTQ country-within-a-country, a loose constellation of communes rooted in 20th century gay Mardi Gras krewes. They are joyous, uninhibited places, the vital center of American cultural life, marshaling hedonism to bring about social change, reinvigorating decayed cities and becoming home to the highest life expectancies in the nation. … [Read more...] about Leo Herrera’s film ‘Fathers’ asks: What if AIDS never touched San Francisco?
No Small Matter is a documentary built from stories of real children, families, and teachers, illustrating the impact of high-quality early childhood experiences. In the film, we meet parents who are struggling to do their best for their kids, incredible teachers who model what early childhood classrooms should and could be like, and children learning and developing in real time. Together, we learn the science behind what's happening in children's brains as well as the economics of investments in early learning and care. No Small Matter is unique in the way it dives deep into the complicated science, history, and sociology that has brought our early care and education system to where it is today. … [Read more...] about No Small Matter Documentary Film & Panel Discussion
He composed portions of “The Cruel Sea” (1953) for his composition teacher Alan Rawsthorne, followed by a solo credit on the 1956 Ealing Studios noir “The Long Arm.” He also scored actor Laurence Harvey’s directorial debut, “The Ceremony,” in 1963. As England’s Gramophone magazine put it: “Schurmann’s music was always superbly crafted and imaginatively orchestrated.” … [Read more...] about Gerard Schurmann, Film and TV Composer, Dies at 96
“Any opportunity to add a little character driven detail,” says Lee Diemer while describing her signature costume design style, “The best costumes have little details that reveal the personality or lifestyle of a character. Even better if they’re a little dark or unusual, I definitely enjoy designing edgier films!” … [Read more...] about Spotlight On: Lee Diemer Costume Designer
Al Sharpton claims he is not backing Hillary Clinton for president, despite a rumor that he and Bill smoked cigars in Harlem two weeks ago. Rupert Murdoch would back Michael Bloomberg for president, if Bloomberg were to run. A $1.5 million lawsuit against Beyoncé, regarding her House of Dereon clothing line, was thrown out. Michael Jackson was reported to have been hospitalized for pneumonia, but his flack says he’s just fine. Bravo is shooting a reality show about photog Patrick McMullan. Jenna Jameson hasn’t been attending meetings with mainstream producers regarding the film adaptation of her book How to Make Love Like a Porn Star because she’s allegedly unhappy with her vaginoplasty. … [Read more...] about Al for Hill?