vol. 4, issue 1: risk

vol. 4, issue 1: risk

For the tenth issue of cléo, we’re marking this milestone by thinking about leaps of faith, great failures and huge gains. We’re talking about what motivates us to take a chance on potentially losing it all in order to reap future rewards, or perhaps just a fleeting...
Editor’s Note: Risk

Editor’s Note: Risk

Three years ago, a group of women decided that starting a feminist film journal was a risk they wanted to take. They were willing to put their names behind something that would call out sexism, critique the industry they worked in, and do it all on the internet, a...
Permission, Power, and Privilege: An Interview with Kirsten Johnson

Permission, Power, and Privilege: An Interview with Kirsten Johnson

“You’re making me cry even though I don’t understand the language.” Wanderlust. It’s a bug that bites us all, and yet very few have the privilege of their passport resembling a makeshift United Nations souvenir. Legendary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson (Citizenfour,...
Sicario: Blunt Force Trauma

Sicario: Blunt Force Trauma

“A friend and I were just saying about Villeneuve the other day that he really doesn’t care what he’s directing as long as it shows off his abs.” – Wesley Morris, Grantland In the rollout of reviews for Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario (2015), understandable attention...
The Advantageous, Neoliberal Dream of The Self-Sacrificing Mother

The Advantageous, Neoliberal Dream of The Self-Sacrificing Mother

“We do what is best for our children.” Maternal sacrifice is typically portrayed as an individual act, somewhere in between triumphant (The Blind Side) and tragic (Sophie’s Choice), and nearly always painful. These sacrifices, however, are rarely considered in...