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Actress Kamala Lopez Shatters the Silence for Women in America

  • TVovermind.com
They were active, loud and yet silent. Known to the world as the Silent Sentinels, these were the suffragists back in 1917 who stood outside the White House for over two years in what was the most effective action in the women’s movement ever! The ridicule, arrests, and beatings were worth it as the ladies won the fight. They were offered up the only right guaranteed to women in the constitution – the right to vote. Actress, Director and political activist Kamala Lopez asks the question– one hundred years what has changed for women? Lopez is known for her on-screen

Actress Kamala Lopez Shatters the Silence for Women in America
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Patricia Arquette to Make Feature Directorial Debut with “Love Canal”

Arquette in “Boyhood

Patricia Arquette is stepping behind the camera. Deadline reports that the Oscar-winning actress is set to make her feature debut with “Love Canal,” a drama based on “The Canal,” an upcoming documentary. She’s also among the project’s producers.

“Love Canal” will follow an “extraordinary group of working class housewives from Love Canal, New York who took on the government and the chemical industry in the ‘70s,” the source writes. “With no training or support, they got the President himself to move their families from homes built on lots where massive amounts of toxic chemicals had been dumped.” Brad Desch (“Fathers & Daughters”) penned the script.

Arquette has previously directed for the small screen. She helmed two episodes of “Medium,” a series she starred in from 2005–2011.

After winning an Oscar in 2015 for “Boyhood,” Arquette said, “To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” The feminist also sounded off on gender inequality in Kamala Lopez’s 2016 doc “Equal Means Equal,” an exploration of how women are treated in the U.S. today.

True Romance,” “Lost Highway,” and “CSI: Cyber” are among Arquette’s best-known credits. Her upcoming films include “Permanent,” a coming-of-age comedy written and directed by “Hung” creator Colette Burson, and “The Bell Jar,” Kirsten Dunst’s feature debut.

For more information about the doc “Love Canal” is inspired by, check out “The Canal’s” crowdfunding page. The project is currently in post-production, according to IMDb.

Patricia Arquette to Make Feature Directorial Debut with “Love Canal” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Women in Cannes

Women in Cannes
Anna Serner, Filminstitutet. Foto: Fredrik Sandberg/ScanpixAnna Serner, CEO of the Swedish Film Institute (Sfi) has been leading the way for gender equality on a global scale for at least the past five years and has become a sort of godmother to all the woman striving and thriving in Cannes.

She not only encouraged the collection of statistics of women filmmakers in Sweden and abroad which could then be used to calculate public funding to create parity but as been the preeminent global lobbyist. In 2016, 64% of the Sfi’s production funding when to female directors which means that from 2013–2016, Sfi funding was 50% female and 50% male. In 2017 the Sfi funding is expecte to be 40% for female directors.

50/50 by 2020 — Global Reach was held in Cannes for the second year, hosted by Sfi, Wift Nordic and the Marche and included talk with such filmmakers a Agnieszka Holland and Jessica Hausner, a presentation by
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Margo Martindale Is Very Happy To Be Your Favorite Esteemed Character Actress

  • Indiewire
Margo Martindale Is Very Happy To Be Your Favorite Esteemed Character Actress
Margo Martindale still remembers the moment she decided she wanted to be a screen actress.

“When I left University of Michigan, I went to Harvard to act in a play at Threepenny Opera with Christopher Reeve,” the actress recently told IndieWire. “I remember sitting on the campus of Harvard, sitting under a tree and a light hit me in such a way. I was just thinking and I thought, ‘That’s what I’d like to do.'”

Read More: ‘The Hollars’ Trailer: John Krasinski Deals With Dysfunctional Family Drama

It may sound a bit like divine intervention, but Martindale had long been thinking about making the jump from stage acting, something she had done since she was just a kid, to the big screen. The Texas native knows the story sounds a little funny, but she delivers it with such conviction that it’s hard to deny. And she
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Ellen Page Talks Filming ‘Gaycation’ Orlando Special and How Coming Out Freed Her Creatively

Ellen Page Talks Filming ‘Gaycation’ Orlando Special and How Coming Out Freed Her Creatively
It may sound odd that a show called “Gaycation” would visit the site of the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, but Ellen Page and Ian Daniel seem unfazed.

“We’re here because we just want to see how the community is feeling and dealing with this,” Page says, next to a pensive Daniel. “And just be here for those who feel like they want to share their story.” The two friends and co-producers are standing next to some yellow police tape outside Pulse night club, the site of the deadly shooting that took place on June 12, 2016. The opening credits roll on “Gaycation Presents: Orlando,” and Page’s voiceover begins.

Read More: Lgbtq Filmmakers Grapple With The Responsibility Of Eulogizing Orlando Nightclub Shooting

Gaycation” is a flagship series for Viceland, Vice Media’s television channel, which launched last year and is overseen by Spike Jonze. The four-episode first season
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Ellen Page Talks Filming ‘Gaycation’ Orlando Special and How Coming Out Freed Her Creatively

  • Indiewire
Ellen Page Talks Filming ‘Gaycation’ Orlando Special and How Coming Out Freed Her Creatively
It may sound odd that a show called “Gaycation” would visit the site of the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, but Ellen Page and Ian Daniel seem unfazed.

“We’re here because we just want to see how the community is feeling and dealing with this,” Page says, next to a pensive Daniel. “And just be here for those who feel like they want to share their story.” The two friends and co-producers are standing next to some yellow police tape outside Pulse night club, the site of the deadly shooting that took place on June 12, 2016. The opening credits roll on “Gaycation Presents: Orlando,” and Page’s voiceover begins.

Read More: Lgbtq Filmmakers Grapple With The Responsibility Of Eulogizing Orlando Nightclub Shooting

Gaycation” is a flagship series for Viceland, Vice Media’s television channel, which launched last year and is overseen by Spike Jonze. The four-episode first season
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‘Equal Means Equal’ Director Kamala Lopez On The Hard Truths Of Her Gender Equality Documentary – Springboard

  • Indiewire
‘Equal Means Equal’ Director Kamala Lopez On The Hard Truths Of Her Gender Equality Documentary – Springboard
IndieWire’s Springboard column profiles up-and-comers in the film industry worthy of your attention.

A working actress since the early ’70s, Kamala Lopez has appeared in films like “Born in East L.A.,” “I Heart Huckabees” and “Any Day Now,” as well as a lengthy list of televisions shows, from “Miami Vice” to “Walker, Texas Ranger” and “Resurrection Blvd.” Not content with the roles offered to actresses in Hollywood, Lopez began making her own films, and thereby her own opportunities.

With her latest, “Equal Means Equal,” this ambitious filmmaker aims to make new opportunities for women across America, changing the trajectory of her career in the process. Diving into ten topics of gender inequality — from rape culture to the Pay Gap to pregnancy discrimination — the daring documentary connects the dots to reveal a shocking source to all of the above: the failure to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Lopez’s doc
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Patricia Arquette Blasts Hollywood for Continued Gender Pay Gap

  • The Wrap
Patricia Arquette Blasts Hollywood for Continued Gender Pay Gap
Patricia Arquette hasn’t lost her passion for women’s rights and wage equality since she famously ended her Oscar acceptance speech last year for “Boyhood” with a call for “wage equality and equal rights for women.” The actress recently executive produced Kamala Lopez’s new documentary, “Equal Means Equal,” which will screen across the country on Friday to coincide with Women’s Equality Day. “I’ve seen a lot more heightened awareness and talk about the issues,” Arquette told TheWrap, explaining her involvement in a film that outlines a host of women’s issues, including equal pay, rape, child prostitution and pregnancy rights.
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‘Game of Aces’ Exclusive Clip: Wwi Thriller Follows The Recovery of a Downed German Double Agent In The Arabian Desert

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‘Game of Aces’ Exclusive Clip: Wwi Thriller Follows The Recovery of a Downed German Double Agent In The Arabian Desert
The Arabian desert is one of the most desolate places on Earth, a barren wasteland that stretches out like a body. The new World War I thriller “Game of Aces” finds itself in the desolate heart of that body and follows the story of a German double agent awaiting rescue. Captain Jackson Cove (Chris Klein), an American pilot flying for the British allied forces, has been tasked to recover Captain Josef von Zimmerman (Werner Daehn) and the information he’s carrying for the Allies. Joined by a young English nurse and German translator Eleanor Morgan (Victoria Summer), the two struggle to find Zimmerman, but when they do, he’s severely injured and suffering from amnesia. Soon, the mission disintegrates into a sandstorm of deceit, confusion and danger, and Cove and Morgan must find a way out. Watch an exclusive clip below.

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‘Equal Means Equal’ Trailer Tries to Crash Through the ‘Brick Wall’ of American Gender Discrimination – Watch

  • Indiewire
‘Equal Means Equal’ Trailer Tries to Crash Through the ‘Brick Wall’ of American Gender Discrimination – Watch
“The laws that I thought were going to protect me, didn’t.”

Kamala Lopez’s searing documentary “Equal Means Equal” aims to examine how women are treated in the United States today, zeroing in on all manner of issues related to gender discrimination, from workplace harassment to the wage gap, domestic violence to sexual assault.

The film uses both real-life stories and precedent-setting legal cases to “uncover how outdated and discriminatory attitudes inform and influence seemingly disparate issues and…reveals the inadequacy of present laws that claim to protect women, ultimately presenting a compelling and persuasive argument for the urgency of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.”

Read More: David Oyelowo’s Big Cause: How the Actor Hopes to Bring Gender Equality to Hollywood

Equal Means Equal” features a number of luminaries talking on the subject, including Patricia Arquette and Gloria Steinem. The film had its debut at the Traverse City Film Festival last month.
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Film Festival Roundup: Sundance Next Fest Adds to Slate, Sidewalk Announces Lineup and More

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Film Festival Roundup: Sundance Next Fest Adds to Slate, Sidewalk Announces Lineup and More
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

– Sundance Next Fest, a weekend-long summer festival celebrating film and music, has added music videos by Mark Pritchard (“Beautiful People”), Neon Indian (“Annie”), Blood Orange (“Best to You”) plus a full slate of Vr experiences and a youth talent show hosted by Craig Robinson to its lineup.

Sundance Next Fest takes place August 12-14 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. To find out more information and buy tickets, head to their official website.

– Birmingham, Alabama’s 18th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival has announced its full slate, complete with a total of 250 films. The festival will open with “In a Valley of Violence” and close with “Little Sister.” This year’s lineup includes more than 67 feature films and 130 short films from 10 different countries.

“We are
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'We Need Equal Rights and We Need It Now': Patricia Arquette Explains Why She Started a New Equal Rights Amendment Petition

  • PEOPLE.com
'We Need Equal Rights and We Need It Now': Patricia Arquette Explains Why She Started a New Equal Rights Amendment Petition
Want to help make equal rights a reality? Sign Patricia Arquette's recently launched petition to make it so. Why the need for this petition and advocacy? The Equal Rights Amendment was first introduced to Congress in 1923 by Alice Paul. Although the Senate and House of Representatives eventually passed the amendment in 1972, it was never ratified - a shocking fact for many, and a key component to filmmaker Kamala Lopez's new film, Equal Means Equal, which examines the startling effects of gender inequality in the United States, the inadequacy of current laws in place and the dedicated advocates who've
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'We Need Equal Rights and We Need It Now': Patricia Arquette Explains Why She Started a New Equal Rights Amendment Petition

  • PEOPLE.com
'We Need Equal Rights and We Need It Now': Patricia Arquette Explains Why She Started a New Equal Rights Amendment Petition
Want to help make equal rights a reality? Sign Patricia Arquette's recently launched petition to make it so. Why the need for this petition and advocacy? The Equal Rights Amendment was first introduced to Congress in 1923 by Alice Paul. Although the Senate and House of Representatives eventually passed the amendment in 1972, it was never ratified - a shocking fact for many, and a key component to filmmaker Kamala Lopez's new film, Equal Means Equal, which examines the startling effects of gender inequality in the United States, the inadequacy of current laws in place and the dedicated advocates who've
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Gender Equality: Patricia Arquette’s Speech Cost Her Jobs, Jennifer Lawrence’s Family Thought Essay Would End Career

Gender Equality: Patricia Arquette’s Speech Cost Her Jobs, Jennifer Lawrence’s Family Thought Essay Would End Career
Patricia Arquette is a dedicated activist, with years of struggle behind her, but her most effective effort may have been her shortest.

In accepting the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2015, she spoke out from the podium demanding equal pay and equal rights for women. Political speeches at the Oscars are nothing new, but Arquette’s 20-second cri de coeur may have done more to change the world than all the paeans and pleas at all the Academy Awards before her.

The impact of Arquette’s speech, along with the challenges still ahead before her cause of true sexual equality is achieved, were the focus of an intimate “Dinner for Equality,” co-hosted by Arquette and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff at a private home in the Hancock Park section of Los Angeles Thursday night.

As guests gathered for cocktails, Arquette told Variety she believes she has paid a price for throwing down the gauntlet at the Oscars,
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‘Dollman’ & ‘Demonic Toys’ Blu-ray Review(s)

Two of my favourite Full Moon flicks, Dollman and Demonic Toys, have been given the Blu-ray treatment by the folks at 88 Films. Already owning the pair on DVD we take a look at these new releases to see how they compare and if the new Blus are worthy of an upgrade…

Dollman

Stars: Tim Thomerson, Jackie Earle Haley, Kamala Lopez, Humberto Ortiz, Nicholas Guest, Judd Omen, Frank Collison | Written by Chris Roghair | Directed by Albert Pyun

Former funnyman, turned TV stalwart, turned action star, Tim Thomerson had already made a name for himself in the Empire Pictures/Full Moon franchise Trancers before spoofing the very same character and his take no crap persona in Dollman for one of my favourite directors, Albert Pyun.

Brick Bardo (Thomerson) is a traveller from outer space who is forced to land on Earth. Though regular sized on his home planet, he is doll-sized here on Earth,
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‘I Killed my Lesbian Wife, Hung Her on a Meat Hook, and now I have a three-picture deal at Disney’, directed by Ben Affleck

  • SoundOnSight
Today’s film is the 1993 short I Killed my Lesbian Wife, Hung Her on a Meat Hook, and now I have a three-picture deal at Disney. The film is directed by Ben Affleck, and is co-written by Kamala Lopez and Jay Lacopo, the latter of whom also stars in the short. Following years as an actor in various leading and supporting roles, Affleck has recently begun to step behind the camera once again, and his latest directorial feature, Argo, won Best Picture at the 85th Annual Academy Awards.

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An Intervention for the possessed

  • Fangoria
Matt Garret has a serious problem. Demons have taken hold of his life and before he can get any better, he’s going to take his whole family down with him!

The Intervention is an ambitious low-budget horror film from first-time director/producer/screenwriter Shannon Hile, who sent along the poster and the exclusive pics seen at the bottom of this page. An actress with credits including The X Files and Monk, she was inspired to do the film in a unique way. “I had been involved in a family member’s intervention, and it was a completely horrific experience,” she tells Fango. “Just awful; I could not imagine what was going on in that person’s head. I felt it would be perfect for a horror film, exploring demons—an addict’s inner demons.”

Hile collaborated on the screenplay with her actor husband Richard Eden, TV’s RoboCop. “We
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The Intervention Movie Poster

  • ShockYa
Think Pictures in association with Bulldog Pictures recently released the latest movie poster from the upcoming horror film “The Intervention” by director Shannon Hile and starring Cody McMains (Trailer Park of Terror), Scott Paulin (Boston Legal), Kamala Lopez (Alias), Richard Eden, Patricia Place (House of the Dead 2) and Dwier Brown as Matthew Garret. Synopsis: Matt Garret has a drinking problem. Friends and Family have gathered for his intervention. But what if his problem is not an addiction? But instead… an evil manifestation. Stay tuned to Toxic Shock TV for the latest movie news and movie posters from “The Intervention”.
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