No Box for Me Movie Review ( @hrwfilmfestival )from @kleffnotes

For my second feature focused on the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, which concludes today, I will be reviewing No Box for Me: An Intersex Story. This film examines the limits of binary visions in connection to sex and gender. Floriane Devigne reflects on the way that intersex people re-appropriate their bodies and construct their identities outside of the societal idea that being intersex is something that must be treated or repaired. By doing this she questions social norms and the idea of male and female identities. Continue reading “No Box for Me Movie Review ( @hrwfilmfestival )from @kleffnotes”

Bellingcat Movie Review ( @hrwfilmfestival )from @kleffnotes

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival is back this year and screening films that focus on a variety of important social topics that span the globe. Running from June 13th to June 20th participants will be able to expand their knowledge and learn more about the world around them. One of the featured films this year is Bellingcat: Truth in a Post Truth World. It follows the rise of the controversial “citizen investigative journalist” collective, which is committed to redefining breaking news through the use of open source investigation. Continue reading “Bellingcat Movie Review ( @hrwfilmfestival )from @kleffnotes”

Southern Pride Movie Review from @kleffnotes

Malcom Ingram created Southern Pride as a companion work to his 2006 award winning documentary Small Town Gay Bar. This first piece explored gay bars in rural Mississippi and in this new work he returns to document what it is like running a gay bar in Mississippi following the election of Trump. This new piece also includes a profile of lesbian bar owners in both Biloxi and Hattiesburg. Ingram loves to tell stories of everyday heroes who are creating communities in unlikely places and his choice to make Southern Pride evolved from an opinion piece he drafted for CNN after the PULSE shooting in Orlando. This work led him to think about the work he had done in his original documentary and 24 hours after the election results were announced he had a plan to return to the South and document what was happening there in the wake of this new tide of politics. In his own word, “Southern Pride is the story of strong, queer women and their allies who answered the call to make their community better, in a time when the world is being torn apart.” Continue reading “Southern Pride Movie Review from @kleffnotes”

The Lavender Scare Movie Review from @kleffnotes

Josh Howard’s The Lavender Scare is a timely work that delves into the past of American history with an eye toward the LGBTQ community. While many people know about the cultural shift in America where the fear of Russian influence in the United States known as the Red Scare, but other communities were also at risk. Narrated by Glenn Close, with additional voice work by Cynthia Nixon, Zachary Quinto, T.R. Knight, and David Hyde Pierce, The Lavender  Scare uses the past to create a narrative that relates to our present day political and social climate. Continue reading “The Lavender Scare Movie Review from @kleffnotes”

Sorry Not Sorry Movie Review from @kleffnotes

Monique Sorgen’s Sorry Not Sorry is a short feature inspired by the poem, This Is Just to Say, by William Carlos Williams and is a humorous examination of relationships and marriage. After a husband eats his wife’s plums, the two fall into a competitive game of oneupsmanship. The short recently screened at the Cleveland International Film Festival as well as the Florida Film Festival. Continue reading “Sorry Not Sorry Movie Review from @kleffnotes”

Hearth Movie Review from @kleffnotes

Hearth is a Canadian thriller from director and writer Sophie B Jacques that recently won two Audience Awards, one at the Regard International Film Festival and the other at Saguenay International Short Film Festival. Hearth was also selected for the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival. The description of Hearth focuses on Emilie, who returns home after renting it out to complete strangers for a weekend, and the fact that she will never know what happened while she was away. Keeping with the themes of suspense, discomfort, and dark humor, which are elemental to Jacques’ work, this short feature is bound to send shivers up your spine. Continue reading “Hearth Movie Review from @kleffnotes”

Good Kisser Movie Review ( @goodkissermovie )from @kleffnotes

Good Kisser had a sneak peek screening event at ClexaCon this year, but while I couldn’t attend in person I was lucky enough to be able to watch the movie after the convention. Release this month, Good Kisser focuses on Jenna who is struggling with anxiety and a desire to please her partner, Kate. Due to her feelings of insecurity she finds herself agreeing to take part in a three way with Kate and a woman named Mia. Over the course of one night secrets and lies are revealed, passions rise, and Jenna will have to decide what matters most to her. Continue reading “Good Kisser Movie Review ( @goodkissermovie )from @kleffnotes”

Tyrel Movie Review from @kleffnotes

In the vein of race focused features like Get Out, Tyrel focuses on a young man named Tyler who agrees to go to the mountains on a weekend birthday trip with one of his friends. The only downside of the trip is that Tyler is the only black man there. With heavy drinking and a secluded environment he begins to feel uneasy and slowly starts to feel like he is trapped in a nightmare situation. Continue reading “Tyrel Movie Review from @kleffnotes”

Alice Movie Review from @kleffnotes

Alice had the perfect life. A loving husband, wonderful friends, and an adorable son, but one day she has her card rejected and when she meets with someone she suddenly learns devastating information. Her husband has been keeping secrets and these secrets have left their family in immediate financial danger. The film Alice screened at the South By Southwest Film Festival in March and I share my thoughts on this emotional work. Continue reading “Alice Movie Review from @kleffnotes”

The Price for Silence Movie Review from @kleffnotes

The Price for Silence examines a number of deep topics through the lens of a troubled young woman and her upper class family. Lynn Mancinelli stars as Kira Flynn, who is struggling to confront her past in order to keep it from continuing to drag her down. She is surrounded by talented actors including Richard Thomas, Emrhys Cooper, and  Kristin Carey. This emotional work is just at the start of its festival tour, but it is sure to impress viewers. Continue reading “The Price for Silence Movie Review from @kleffnotes”