The clear takeaway from the Sundance study was that women fared much better in documentary, and particularly when examining their representation at a prestigious film festival like Sundance. And I think anecdotally that’s true, but we also need to focus on what it means to be better than horrible. Because the statistics about women in film are just that – horrible.
BuzzFeed News identified 28 mothers in 11 states sentenced to at least 10 years in prison for failing to prevent their partners from harming their children. In every one of these cases, there was evidence the mother herself had been battered by the man.
Jenny Lewis at Austin City Limits taping, 10/1/14. Photo by Scott Newton.
Last night was one of the best concerts I’ve seen, and definitely in my top 4 ACL tapings I’ve attended (the list so far is 1) Juanes, 2) Nick Lowe, 3) Neko Case, 4) Jenny Lewis, and then all the rest after that). She had such amazing showmanship, engaging the audience as she sang, working the crowd, and staying on pitch the whole time. The few songs I was less familiar with were still exciting to hear live. I was deeply moved as she sang my favorites from her new album (“She’s Not Me,” “Late Bloomer”) and got chills as she performed an almost-acoustic version of “Acid Tongue.”
It was a flat-out amazing concert (look out for it when it airs on PBS in the winter) and I can’t wait to see her again next week in Gruene.
“Their faith in him is at once touching and alarming — their trust that they are safe simply because he’s with them, as if an adult presence warded of all possible threat, emanated an unbreachable forcefield.” ― Paul Murray, Skippy Dies
Watch The New Pornographers’ new video for “Dancehall Domine” made by Leblanc + Cudmore!
Of the video, Scott Cudmore states, “Sometimes I like watching the b-roll or behind the scenes or outtakes on DVDs and blu-rays…‘Dancehall Domine’ is meant to feel like a whole bunch of those clips sort of strung together as if they’re taken from some fucked up Italian or French musical maybe. Or a bunch of fragments from films like that—thrillers, bad romances, in one case we’re clearly referencing Clouzot’s famous L’enfer tests. We even have the man himself in there!”