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In a year obsessed with skating, this film is a true peek into the always-evolving subculture
Skaters are having a moment in 2018. From Jonah Hill’s upcoming directorial debut Mid90s to Bing Liu’s award-winning documentary Minding the Gap, skating has re-captured the cinematic zeitgeist. And at its center stands Crystal Moselle’s sophomore feature, Skate Kitchen.
Coming off the critical success of her 2015 Sundance hit documentary The Wolfpack, writer-director Crystal Moselle uses New York City as a backdrop for idiosyncratic teendom in her first narrative feature, loosely based on a ...
Examining Personal Problems
On Friday and Saturday, August 17-18, the Wex presents a rare opportunity to see Personal Problems on the big screen. The experimental drama, made in 1980, was originally intended for public television and is only now receiving a theatrical run. SVLLY(wood) publisher Rooney Elmi shares more about the work below.
Working with a minuscule budget of $40,000 in Harlem, New York, two underground titans in African American storytelling banded together to make a landmark epic that would go unseen fo...
Grace Jones & Jean-Michel Basquiat: Iconoclasts in motion
Over the next two weekends, the Wex presents new documentaries about artists who've held the public's attention and respect for decades: Sophie Fiennes' Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami and Sara Driver's Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Below, Rooney Elmi, publisher of SVLLYWOOD, which just released its third issue, and a contributor to a number of national film sites and publications, shares her thoughts on how each filmmaker approaches her iconoclastic subject.
TOP 5! Prison Abolition 101 with Critical Resistance
Q&A with Anna Swanson, a member of Angela Davis’s co-founded organization, Critical Resistance. Answering reader submitted questions on how to join the fight towards prison abolishment.
The 411 on Pens to Pictures
A short profile on the Ohio based filmmaking collective founded by Chinonye Chukwu that teaches and empowers incarcerated women to make their own short films, from script to screen.
BAD BITCHES LINK UP! ft. Jackie Wang
Q&A with Jackie Wang, the multi-hyphenate author behind one of the years hotly anticipated books, ‘Carceral Capitalism’.
TOP 5! Bail Bloc with The New Inquiry
Q&A with Maya Binyam, senior editor at renown online magazine The New Inquiry, explaining the publications new subversive cyber-activist initiative, Bail Bloc.
Behind the Scenes of CALLING HOME: The Film the British Government Doesn't Want You to See with Jade Jackman
Via WhatsApp Jade Jackman discusses the pre-production process of her BFI award winning short film, Calling Home, centered on the notorious Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre in England.
Centering the Margins: a interview with Brett Story on her debut documentary, THE PRISON IN 12 LANDSCAPES
SVLLY(wood)’s founding editor talks to documentary filmmaker, Brett Story about the conceptualization and execution of her lyrical debut essay film, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes.
Interview: Khalik Allah
Black Mother, the new documentary feature from Khalik Allah, is a portrait of a country’s dichotomies. Traveling back to his mother’s Caribbean homeland of Jamaica, the New York–based filmmaker/photographer hones the alluring, hypnotic hypersensory aesthetic brought to light with his 2015 documentary Field Niggas. As Allah grapples with the immense self-inflicted task of mapping out national experience, the polyphonic matrix of visuals and soundscapes shifts between pristine black-and-white t...
The 2000s lesbian strip club party that helped define club culture today
‘Shakedown’ is the debut feature length documentary from Hood By Air cofounder Leilah Weinraub
A History of Protest and Activism at the Oscars
While we wait for what the Academy Awards might hold on Sunday, it’s worth revisiting the ceremony’s history of protest, beginning with Marlon Brando’s rejection of his award in 1973.
These black women are working to take down R. Kelly. And that’s only step one.
Despite a quarter century worth of sexual predatory claims against him, the R&B crooner seems to constantly evade career oblivion, unlike the growing list of predatory men in the post-Harvey Weinstein landscape.
Soleil Ô and the expansion of the African image
The fourth annual Cinema Revival: A Festival of Film Restoration opens with a discussion of the work of West African filmmaker Med Hondo and a screening of his 1967 feature debut, Soleil Ô.
Five Fabulous Movies to Celebrate Valentine's Day
In the mood for love this Valentine’s Day?