Purse Power: Colavita

In her new doc Half the Road: The Passion, Pitfalls & Power of Women’s Professional Cycling, athlete, journalist & filmmaker Kathryn Bertine creates a great chart (“Pentagram of Blame”) which helps explain the complex set of interactions that continue to hold women back in almost every field of endeavor. Since Bertine’s focus is on Professional Cycling, sponsorship is…

DOCUMENTED

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as undocumented in 2011 to prove that many “Dreamers” like him are in fact “Model Americans.” This superb documentary film (co-directed by Vargas and Ann Raffaela Lupo) proves the thesis that “the personal IS political,” and shallow arguments about “Slippery Slopes” are for cowards. Rarely have I spent a more…

FRIENDED TO DEATH

Cute little Indie about an orphan (Ryan Hansen) who finds it easier to “bond” with people in cyberspace than risk losing anyone real. Unfortunately the cast is filled with TV actors (including writer/director Sarah Smick herself) who are not quite able to modulate themselves for the big screen. But Smick (collaborating with screenwriter/cast member Ian Michaels)…

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IDA

Lodz 1962: “Anna” (Agata Trzebuchowska), a teenage novice in a Polish Convent, is about to take her vows when the Mother Superior (Halina Skoczynska) insists that she visit her long-lost “Aunt Wanda” (Agata Kulesza), someone whose existence had been hidden from her until that moment. As soon as they do meet, Wanda immediately informs Anna that her real name is…