Elena of Avalor and the Fantastical World of Latinx Identity

Elena of Avalor and the Fantastical World of Latinx Identity

For princesses of colour, heavy is the head that wears the first Disney crown. The entertainment monolith has famously fumbled in the past when it comes to issues of diversity. For one, the pressures of being the lone figure representing a heterogeneous group are...
Single Take/Infinite Views: La Casa Muda

Single Take/Infinite Views: La Casa Muda

Gustavo Hernández’s low-budget Uruguayan horror film La Casa Muda (2011) stands out for two novelties: it’s based on real life grisly events and was made to appear as if it was shot in one continuous take. While the first has a salacious appeal, it’s the latter formal...
Mad Love in the City: The Safdies’ Heaven Knows What

Mad Love in the City: The Safdies’ Heaven Knows What

During a location scout in New York’s Diamond District, filmmaker Josh Safdie noticed 19-year-old Arielle Holmes in the subway and was struck by her “gravitational pull.”[i] He would go on to cast Holmes, who at the time was homeless and addicted to heroin, as the...
Women to Watch: Sofia Bohdanowicz

Women to Watch: Sofia Bohdanowicz

Firsts are often thought to belong to the young: first steps, first word, first day of school, first kiss, first heartbreak. In this way, firsts are synonymous with novelty, momentous events that become less and less frequent—or at least less publicly lauded—as time...
Roundtable: First Place! Women in Sports Movies

Roundtable: First Place! Women in Sports Movies

Earlier this year, a presidential candidate (and now president-elect) attempted to explain away certain sexist remarks as “locker room talk.” As our own Kathleen Kampeas-Rittenhouse noted, this kind of euphemism is nothing but a way to mask a “gender-segregated rape...