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Review of "The Owls"

29 December 2010 11:38 AM, PST | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

The Owls, (an acronym for older, wiser lesbians), is what you might call an experimental thriller, the product of an all-star group of lesbian film icons working as The Film Collaborative. Guinevere Turner, (Itty Bitty Titty Committee, The L Word) Skyler Cooper, V.S. Brodie, (Go Fish) star, alongside writer/producer Cheryl Dunye (famous for 1996 indie sensation The Watermelon Woman).

With several co-producers and producers, there are many cooks in the proverbial kitchen, and many of the main creatives share roles, making good on the "collaborative" title. As such, it's a multi-layered, unique and thoroughly original project – part queer film criticism and part tense, enjoyable fiction.

The main storyline concerns the lives of four friends (though "frenemy" might be a more apt description), all washouts from the 1990s riot grrl/queer activist era. They are, ostensibly older, wiser lesbians (hence the title), though none of them can seem to get over »

- Danielle Riendeau

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Cheryl Dunye's lesbian thriller 'The Owls'; Larysa Kondracki's 'The Whistleblower at Palm Springs

24 December 2010 2:48 PM, PST | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Dunye directed the murderous, lesbian thriller The Owls starring Guinevere Turner, playing at the 2011 Palm Springs Film Festival January 6 - 17 with Larysa Kondracki's thriller The Whistleblower (starring Rachel Weisz) and Benedek Fliegauf's female-centric sci-fi story Womb.

An owl is gay slang for “older, wiser lesbian,” apparently (who knew? The gays did, that's who) and the plot of Dunye's murderous thriller involves two forty-something lesbian couples that share a convoluted incident in their past. An unexpected predicament in their present lives sets in motion a seriously uncertain future. starring Cheryl Dunye, Lisa Gornick, Guinevere Turner, V.S. Brodie, Deak Evgenkios, and Skyler Cooper. Who doesn't like lesbians??

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Larysa Kondracki's thriller The Whistleblower is based on a true story of an American cop (Rachel Weisz) who goes to Bosnia, where her job as a peacekeeper leads her to uncover a ring of human traffickers that includes fellow U. »

- Superheidi

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2010 Year in Review: Movies

13 December 2010 1:38 AM, PST | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

Julianne Moore. Natalie Portman. Annette Bening. A few years ago, no one would have dreamed that such big, bankable names would be involved in pushing lesbian-inclusive cinema to the major studio mainstream, perhaps even to the promised land of the Oscars. But here we are at the end of 2010, and the future has never looked brighter.

With one truly breakout film, The Kids Are All Right, and high-profile projects including The Runaways, Black Swan, and the Millennium Trilogy, it seems that that queer female lead characters have finally made it into the cinematic forefront. Perhaps it's only a toehold, but it's a welcome trend, considering big-screen lesbians have most typically been portrayed as serial killers (Monster, Basic Instinct) or minor characters.

The lesbian movies are all right

For years, the lesbian movie-watching community has been waiting for "Dykeback Mountain" — that is, our own mainstream breakout in the vein of 2005's cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain. »

- Danielle Riendeau

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