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‘FOOD, INC. 2’ : Exclusive Interview with Directors Melissa Robeledo & Robert Kenner 

©Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures FOOD, INC. 2 is a timely and urgent follow-up to the Oscar®-nominated documentary from directors Robert Kenner and Melissa Robledo. In the sequel, Kenner and Robledo reunite with investigative authors Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) and Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) to take a fresh look at our vulnerable food system….

‘Brandy Hellville: The Cult of Fast Fashion,’ A Fine Consumer Guide

©Courtesy of Max Saving the planet begins from our wardrobes. This is mission of the Fashion Revolution, a movement born in 2013 following the collapse of a clothing factory in Bangladesh, which awakened spirits globally. This initiative of activism encourages consumers to ask themselves: “Who Made My Clothes?” The same question and social themes are…

SXSW Review – ‘Black Box Diaries’ is a Story of Perseverance

Speaking out about sexual assault is a difficult process, in part because people don’t always believe accusations. Having to stand up to someone in a position of power with considerably more resources makes it even harder. Yet there are those who know that they must act to prevent others from suffering similar fates, and that…

SXSW Review – ‘Fly’ is a Window into the Wondrous World of Flight

It’s hard to imagine the feeling of jumping off a cliff and just letting the wind carry you. Fly, from National Geographic Documentary Films, brings audiences as close as possible to no longer needing to imagine and just getting to experience it. In its opening moments, two people leap off a ledge and are indeed…

SXSW Review – The Scary Truth of ‘How to Build a Truth Engine’

It’s hard to know what’s true anymore. Universal access to information has not always been the gift it should have been, since it’s possible for an image or video that’s either entirely false or simply miscaptioned to reach millions of eyes and ears in a matter of seconds before any correction can be made. Perhaps…

SXSW Review – ‘The Hobby’ Celebrates Board Games

Games are fun to play, but not everyone approaches them with the same mindset. What can be a mandatory family activity or a great way to relax for some can be the most serious of activities for those who devote extraordinary amounts of time to learning rules and honing their skills in board game play….

SXSW Review – ‘My Sextortion Diary’: One Woman’s Fight Back

The threat of public embarrassment is a tremendous motivator, one that can be exploited by nefarious actors to exert control over others. Evolving technology has made the potential for obtaining and distributing personal and potentially damaging information much easier and more dangerous. The playfully-titled My Sextortion Diary takes audiences through the saga of one woman’s…

Sundance Review / Union: The Uphill Battle for Workers at Amazon

In the nearly three decades since its founding as a bookseller, Amazon has become a giant in the world. So many rely on two-day Amazon Prime free shipping for anything they could possibly need, and it’s become nearly impossible for brick-and-mortar establishments, not just bookstores, to compete with their prices and ability to deliver products…

Sundance Review / As We Speak: The Criminalization of Rap

Rap is a music genre like so many others, and yet it’s not regarded that way by some. An experimental survey that utilized a folk song from the 1960s got predictably skewed results when respondents thought its lyrics came from a rap song and assigned malicious real-life intent to many of its words. That rappers…

Sundance Review / Never Look Away: The Story of Margaret Moth

Journalism can be a dangerous profession, and the risks are amplified by the stability of the place news is being covered. Many hostile regions freely target members of the press, who typically travel in vehicles and clothing marked with their designations to hopefully shield them from harm. Covering war is never easy, but some still…

Sundance Review / Desire Lines: A Transformational Journey

There are many components to gender and sexuality that much of the world’s population likely assumed didn’t exist until they heard others talking about them. This isn’t exclusive to those who identify as cisgender and heterosexual who have had their expressions of self broadly accepted by society. Desire Lines spotlights a particular population – transgender…