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 …

Jeron Braxton’s “Octane” Animated Short at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival

Competition and consumerism amidst the sensation of psilocybin-saturated chaos

Animator Jeron Braxton‘s work acts as a necessary reminder of the value in short filmmaking. The 24-year-old artist returned to the Sundance Film Festival this year with Octane, a psychedelic aesthetic ride coursing on an undercurrent of societal brutality. The selection follows up his Sundance 2018 Best Animated Short win for Glucose. Braxton owns the short film category, but his visual voice is noted in the music world as well—by way …

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 …