Ossana, of Italian/Irish descent, was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, majoring in English/Political Science, and is the author of several short stories and numerous essays.
Now when Hollywood is reeling from a much-deserved diversity scandal, it's a good time to remember the historical role of Hollywood in civil rights. Hollywood was ahead of the country as a whole during the civil rights era of the 1950s.
I'd like to think that it's something in the water that leads to all of these unique desert manifestations. Then again, maybe it has to do with the lack thereof. Next time you're looking for some inspiration, hit the dusty road and see what oasis awaits inside of you.
Young Ones is one of my favorite movies of 2014, combining aspects of science fiction and Westerns with Greek and Shakespearean tragedy in a beautifully realized, utterly realistic, lived-in world with age-old themes that continue to echo throughout the human experience.
This film will spark debate. Is it hideously demeaning? Does it trivialize slavery? Should Hollywood introduce one of America's most heinous, genocidal institutions to this generation as a 180-minute joke?
It's the year 1821 in the gulf waters off the coast of Texas. A four-masted schooner smuggling slaves and mysterious, invaluable contraband, is boarded by a group of pirates led by none other than the infamous Jean Lafitte and the legendary Jim Bowie.
When I first came across Charley's story 20 years ago, my interest turned from curiosity into an obsession. The enigmatic 'Charley' Parkhurst lived 30 years of her life disguised as a man and became one of the great California stagecoach drivers.