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The Business of Recovery: A Documentary Film

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 08.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

The message of this documentary is clear: It's time that the addiction/substance use disorder treatment system enter the 21st century and put patients, not profit, first.

Iraq Documentary Filmmaker Turns His Lens on the US Prison Pipeline

Ming Holden | Posted 08.21.2015 | Entertainment
Ming Holden

Manning's current work on The Odyssey Project film grows out of the belief that relying on that "sophisticated machine" of mainstream media to tell the truth about incarcerated young men of color would be an exercise in futility.

Remembering Vito, 25 Years Later: Vito Russo, the Visual Arts and AIDS

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 08.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Vito Russo, the legendary gay and AIDS activist whose achievements have already earned him a biography and several film documentaries, is best known as the author of The Celluloid Closet and as a co-founder of GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)

Finding Your Calling in an Epiphany: Aviva Kempner and Her Documentary, 'Rosenwald'

Adele Scheele | Posted 08.20.2015 | Arts
Adele Scheele

Reading Images Before My Eyes sparked the epiphany that led her to her own purpose: discovering and filming documentaries of unknown American Jewish heroes.

The Unbearable Lightness of Non-Profit Propaganda

Daniela Kon | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact
Daniela Kon

I became brutally mindful of the BS that clogs up the social change industry, specifically about the lies that we, as content creators, producers, and filmmakers are communicating to the public about the "glorious impacts" that foundations and non-profits have on impoverished communities.

The Difference Between 'Fair' and 'Balanced'

Marshall Curry | Posted 08.21.2015 | Media
Marshall Curry

Balanced sounds like lazy "he-said/she-said" journalism where, if one person says the earth is round, someone else is invited to say the earth is flat. Every opinion, no matter how outlandish, is treated as equally valid, and questions of fact are offered up for debate.

The True Cost of Fast Fashion: Continuing the Conversation

Shannon Whitehead | Posted 08.15.2015 | Style
Shannon Whitehead

When you're the mom with four mouths to feed and the cheapest store is a Wal-Mart, how do you say 'no' to the five dollar t-shirts that your kids will grow out of in a few months? When you're the student drowning in debt, how do you make ethical fashion a part of your lifestyle?

A Heartbreaking Story From One of the World's Most Transphobic Places

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 08.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

When President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, he changed the lives of all LGBTI people in Uganda, one of the most dangerous countries for gay and transgender people. For my friend Cleopatra Kambugu, it was one of the worst days of her life.

How to Make Waves in Your Field

Elaine McMillion Sheldon | Posted 08.10.2015 | Media
Elaine McMillion Sheldon

We're in the middle of a podcast explosion, but last year I realized something was missing: stories about women in media, told by women themselves and presented in an artful way.

Queens of Syria Extinguishes the Stereotypes Created by War

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 08.10.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

At the last Abu Dhabi Film Festival -- and I mean last in every way since the eighth edition of this beloved cinematic bridge across cultures turned out to be its swan song -- one film quietly grabbed my imagination.

Running To Overcome A Disease: One Family's Battle With Rett Syndrome

HuffPost Spain | HÉCTOR LLANOS | Posted 08.07.2015 | Impact

Until she was 18 months old, Maria Ferre was a healthy baby. Suddenly, she was struck with Rett syndrome, a physically debilitating condition tha...

Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango

Anthony Otero | Posted 08.12.2015 | Latino Voices
Anthony Otero

The new documentary, Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango, not only explores the African roots of this dance but also delves into the history of black people around La Plata River, which separates Argentina and Uruguay.

Buckley vs. Vidal in Best of Enemies

Brad Schreiber | Posted 08.04.2015 | Entertainment
Brad Schreiber

I've been saying its like a forest fire of redwoods. If the redwoods were burning, that's them (Buckley and Vidal). And what networks took away was the flame. And that it's devolved into flash paper. Not even any ash. No content, just the explosion.

A Harem of Translators: Isaac Bashevis Singer at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 07.31.2015 | Books
Pamela Feinsilber

Singer wanted a translator who wouldn't share the spotlight, and thus began his employment over the years of some 40 unknown women, a few of whom didn't even speak Yiddish.

You Have Something to Say That We Need to Know

Macky Alston | Posted 07.31.2015 | Religion
Macky Alston

You were not born for nothing. In you, in the terrific, singular way life has shaped you, there is a truth that is yours to tell. You may say: Not me. You may think: What I have done in this lifetime is to follow orders well. Not true. There is an undercurrent. You dream. You have something to say that we need to hear.

Toddler And Woman, Both Without Arms, Share Heartfelt Hug

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 07.31.2015 | Good News

This hug spoke volumes.  Ruth Evelyn "RE" Pranke, a 3-year-old from St. Paul, Minnesota, who was born without arms, attended a premiere last week...

Dragstrip 66 Documentary Unearths Otherworldly Nightlife Drag Paradise

Matt Baume | Posted 07.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

The door policy of "Dress a Mess, Get in for Less" ensured that anyone in outlandish costumes or drag would be guaranteed cheap admission. And a regular "Promenade" event allowed anyone in any fancy mode of dress to climb up on stage and strut their stuff.

What Exactly Is 'Gay Voice'?

Richard William Allen | Posted 07.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard William Allen

Throughout my adult life, I've found myself thinking, If only I sounded straighter, the world would be my oyster. Or, less ambitiously, I would be knee-deep in men wanting to have sex with me, if only I didn't sound so gay.

The Best Is Yet to Come: Maite Alberdi's Tea Time Screens on PBS's POV

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.28.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

It made me realize that death is something one can also laugh at, approach it with wonder and not only dread. It gave me the courage to think that perhaps our best years are ahead, instead of always behind.

Popcorn Preview: Capital C

Leslie Sisman | Posted 07.24.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Because of the public nature of the funding, the development becomes public, too. It can be do or die, and the film shows us some of the pitfalls. In addition to potential business loses, indie-developers need to develop really thick skin.

Greg Louganis - Back on Board, Big Time!

Donnie Demers | Posted 07.24.2015 | Sports
Donnie Demers

Inspiration, when it happens, can be life-altering. A song. A movie. A poem. A dance. A painting. A hug. A smile. An act of kindness witnessed from afar. No matter where the inspiration comes from, its power can shift our perception and alter the way we see ourselves, forever.

5 Facts About Amy Winehouse's Jewish Roots

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.23.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Amy Winehouse’s dramatic eye makeup and iconic beehive weren’t the singer’s only fashion statements. Winehouse, who died four...

White People, I Hate Talking About Race As Much As You Do

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 07.23.2015 | Black Voices

What's it like to be white? It's one of several questions that MTV's new documentary "White People," seeks to answer -- What does it fees li...

A Widower's Various & Sundry Lament & Also Amy Winehouse

Ry Black | Posted 07.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Ry Black

I knew what I was getting into when I went to see Amy the new documentary about Amy Winehouse. I had trepidations knowing what I had gone through with my own husband's battle with alcoholism. We all know her fate. I knew her ending before it happened exactly the same way I knew my husband's ending with this horrible disease.

Why We've Been Duped by Presidential Fundraising Numbers

Linsey Pecikonis | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics
Linsey Pecikonis

Just last week, the political establishment was a flurry with news over which 2016 presidential candidate raked in the most money. Ever since the Ci...