October Chills with “Welcome to the Blumhouse” on Amazon Prime

This Halloween season, Blumhouse released four films under the banner "Welcome to the Blumhouse." The production company known for Get Out and  Happy Death Day presents tales of suspense, betrayal, and thrills with a large helping of representation.   Black Box: Directed by Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr. and written by Stephen Herman, Black Box is a sci-fi... Continue Reading →

In Plain Sight: Brown Girl Begins

Afrofuturism is a term coined by cultural critic Mark Dery, but I tend to lean towards writer and filmmaker Ytasha Womack’s definition which states: “Whether through literature, visual arts, music, or grassroots organizing, Afrofuturists redefine culture and notions of blackness for today and the future. Both an artistic aesthetic and a framework for critical theory,... Continue Reading →

In Plain Sight: Hot Docs 2020-Coded Bias

What happens if you want to create a fun project for your MIT class only to find that you don’t exist to your own project? This happened to then graduate student Joy Buolamwini when she wanted to create a facial recognition mirror, the “Aspire Mirror”, that would project fun filters to start your day. Because... Continue Reading →

In Plain Sight: She Never Died

As a programmer for The Blood in the Snow Film Festival, I have the privilege of seeing some fantastic films created here in Canada, and I feel even luckier when we acquire them. One such film, She Never Died, screened in 2019 to great acclaim. Directed by Audrey Cummings, it’s not exactly a sequel to... Continue Reading →

In Plain Sight: Fast Color

Filmmaker Julia Hart was inspired to write a film about motherhood and finding your strength in the face of adversity. What she was able to accomplish is her 2018 sci-fi drama Fast Color, a universal story about a woman with extraordinary powers who must protect her daughter while also including a deeper theme of diversity... Continue Reading →

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