New Series: Bette, Marilyn, and #MeToo


Kerry McElroy announces a timely and compelling series that will run bi-monthly this fall at The Independent. The series titled, “Bette, Marilyn, and #MeToo: What Studio-Era Actresses Can Teach Us About Economics and Resistance Post-Weinstein,” highlights Hollywood legends (including Olivia de Havilland, Louise Brooks, Marilyn Monroe, and Elizabeth Taylor) who all carved out spaces of autonomy in a decidedly male-controlled film industry at the height of its exploitative powers. McElroy will reveal, through analysis that spans seven decades, what these actresses have to teach us in this contemporary moment of feminist reckoning.

Demetri Martin in Dean.

Demetri Martin Discusses His Directorial Debut Dean


Demetri Martin brings his unique brand of visual humor to the big screen in the new dramedy Dean.  The Independent’s Evan Crean spoke with Martin about his move to directing, his many lessons learned, and where the ideas for his artwork and comedy originate.