Interview: Hulu Miniseries First Day’s Julie Kalceff and Kirsty Stark

Two filmmakers on their deft and emotional narrative exploration of the life of a trans youth in Australia

Recently, in an atypical project, CH editors teamed up to guest host a virtual writing class at SUNY New Paltz, where I am an adjunct professor. The focus of this particular class was conducting successful interviews (and all the preparation that goes into one). The resulting project proved quite unique: Every student was given the opportunity to interview Julie Kalceff and Kirsty Stark—the creator/director and …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Farewell to a pioneering filmmaker, a survey of museums under the 'Beyoncé Effect,' and more in our roundup of the web this week

Farewell to Pioneering Filmmaker, Agnès Varda Boundary-breaking French filmmaker Agnès Varda passed away. Radical, feminist, experimental and spirited, her films explored taboo subjects and while they weren’t commercially successful, they remain powerfully influential and rich with wisdom. One of her earlier films, Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962) explores existentialism, narcissism and pain through a decidedly feminine lens—Peter Bradshaw writes, the film “is news that …

Most Americans Want Laws to Protect Transgender People

Despite the current political atmosphere in the United States, some very good news has been discovered. A poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute has suggested that the majority of Americans want special federal laws to protect transgender people. Some “72% of Americans now favor passing laws to protect lesbian, gay and transgender people from discrimination” and that isn’t just left-wing individuals, rather “three-quarters …