The Cinematic Universe of Sufjan Stevens’ Soundtracks

“Stevens’ songs are the soundtrack to falling in and out of love.” With his melodramatic tones and heartfelt lyrics, Sufjan Stevens is a master of emotional projection. With lyrics and melodies that tug at heartstrings, Stevens’ haunting sound conjures the heavenliest of songs. Perhaps in the most Sufjan Stevens move that Sufjan Stevens could have…

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INTERVIEW: A Talk With Neelu Bhuman, Directer and Writer of OUTFEST’S ‘Transfinite’

Once in a while, a film comes along that completely flips your view on the art form. Transfinite is one of those films, presenting a brand new view, execution and experience when it comes to creating and consuming films. For one, in each story Transfinite tells, trans* people of color are at the center of…

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Flipping The Script Upside Down: Women And Girls With Agency In Stranger Things Season Three

“Forget “strong female character.” Aim for: “Woman or girl with agency.” One who makes decisions, affects the story, pushes the plot.” – Chuck Wendig I came across this excellent quote from Chuck Wendig the other day, and it gave me pause due to the truth it holds when it comes to challenging our perspective on…

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Five Underappreciated LGBT Films to Watch This Summer

It’s common to scroll through the LGBT section of popular streaming sites and feel defeated about what you see. If it’s not films you’ve already seen, it’s often the same five generic-looking gay and lesbian films with sad, skinny white people standing in front of a sunset on their posters. Maybe you can just watch Carol for the twentieth time on Netflix, but wouldn’t it also be great to change it up a bit? To see a gay protagonist in a horror film or an animated movie with a queer child character at its center? For that post Pride Month itch for on-screen representation, here is a list of five of some lesser known LGBT films in a variety of genres – all conveniently under 95 minutes!

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San Junipero: On Seeing Yourself, Loving Someone Else, and Letting Go

An exhale. That is what the inexplicable fourth episode of Black Mirror’s third season starts with, released dreamily as the heady rush of an ocean at night cascades into view. In its waves, there are reflections of a coastal town, drenched in neon and darkness. The concentration of lights almost looks like colored stars from…

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REVIEW: “Lying Bare, Exposing All” – ‘Sauvage’ (2019)

★ ★ ★ ★  “An aching appreciation for this young man.” Sauvage is a searing raw portrait of 22-year-old Leo (Félix Maritaud). Set in the streets of Strasbourg, his story of longing unravels itself explicitly in director Camille Vidal-Naquet’s debut feature. Sauvage frames this narrative of Leo as a male sex worker respectfully, as the character…

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INTERVIEW: A Talk With Brad Michael Elmore, Director of OUTFEST’s ‘Bit’

This past weekend, I was lucky enough to attend Outfest in Los Angeles. As a trans man in film, this festival feels a bit like the world cup to me. I feel seen, heard, and represented. I get to watch things that make me laugh, cry and lose my mind. But this year, I saw…

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The Online World of Shipping, and How Gay Teens Are Curating Their Own Media

There are communities on Twitter for almost any interest or hobby, and ‘Stan Twitter’ is a part of the site’s foundation. For every person tweeting pictures of their cat, there’s another logging on and stepping into a timeline where they comfortably scream into the virtual void about niches. This is nothing new for the internet,…

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Through David and Patrick, ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Imagines a Kinder Reality for LGBTQ+ Individuals

When the term “comfort show” is brought up in conversations about TV, what do you think of first? For many people, it’s situational comedies that are easily binge-able – shows like The Office, Parks & Recreation, or Friends. One example that I have noticed popping up more and more on people’s lists is the Canadian…

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He’s Not Like Us: ‘Midnight Special’s Queer Otherness

Watching Alton Meyers (Jaeden Lieberher) be introduced in Midnight Special was like being thrown back in time. We first see him cocooned in an old motel sheet; his hunched frame silhouetted by the flashlight he’s using to read the comic book balanced on his knee. At that exact moment, Alton exists, figuratively, on his own…

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