The Trevor Project’s “Draw With Me” Documentary

Director Constantine Venetopoulos explores the role art played in Brendon Scholl's coming out process

“So many people aren’t familiar with terms. They don’t even know what question to ask if they want to ask you a question,” Brendon Scholl‘s aunt Lynda Lopez says. It’s an important sentiment and merely the tip of an iceberg. Scholl and Lopez sit together, going through the teen’s art as well as the trials and tribulations of coming out as trans. It’s one of many …

Women in Film Initiatives at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival

Stella Artois empowers with a film-finishing fund, a platform for the ReFrame gender parity stamp and more

Everyone with a hint of cultural awareness understands that the Sundance Film Festival has been an industry leader for talent introduction and incubation for decades. Across the narrative, documentary and shorts categories, emerging writers, producers and directors get catapulted toward their dreams in one of the most competitive and collaborative art/entertainment forms. Sundance also responds to society: the selection committee listens,  programmers understand, and the whole cinematic …

Kickstarter’s Invaluable Presence at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival

From nine films in the official roster to a lodge that welcomes queer filmmakers and more

When considering the various ways Kickstarter has changed people’s lives, one doesn’t necessarily think of the Sundance Film Festival first. And yet, not only are there nine Kickstarter-funded films in the 2019 Sundance roster (selected from a record-breaking 14,259 submissions), altogether there have been 123 films propelled from the crowdfunding platform to the prestigious festival (itself one of the most notable launchpads in cinema) since 2011. Moreover, the film division of …