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Taking a Seat at Emelyn Stuart’s Table

At the Independent, we not only champion the creators sharing their stories through film but those working behind the scenes to help usher those stories into the world. In this spirit, and in honor of Women’s History Month, we profiled Emelyn Stuart—the first Afro-Latina woman to own an independent movie theater in NYC—who’s using her… Read more »

2023 Boston Underground Film Festival Begins Wednesday, March 22

The Boston Underground Film Festival (BUFF) is back again this year, bringing the strange, experimental, and all-around fun films it is known for, starting this Wednesday, March 22. What started as a truly underground film festival that faced a rocky development as it constantly moved venues has become a force to be reckoned with, having… Read more »

Twenty Years Later, “The Station Agent” Eases our Post-Pandemic Blues

What would a person do when they encounter ignorance and discrimination in today’s post-pandemic world? For Finbar “Fin” McBridge, Peter Dinklage’s character in “The Station Agent,” the answer is isolating yourself in the comfortable world of trains. Fin is a quiet bachelor with dwarfism living in Hoboken, New Jersey. He works away from the public… Read more »

“Sur l’Adamant” Wins Golden Bear for Best Film Award in 2023 Berlinale

French-language film “Sur l’Adamant,” directed by Nicolas Philibert, won the Golden Bear for Best Film award at the 2023 Berlin International Film Festival. Judged by an international jury (which included Kristen Stewart) with close knowledge of the film industry and the art of filmmaking, the film made its world premiere at the film festival on… Read more »

Neon Spring Review

“Neon Spring” is a coming-of-age film that follows Laine, played by Marija Luize Melk, a 20-year-old college student who is exploring the world of sex, drugs, and parties. These exuberant, excitement-filled nights are coupled with her “day” life. Her family is facing interpersonal problems, and she is searching to find her footing within the world…. Read more »

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The Life, the Light, and the Shadows: The Stroll

The world premiere of “The Stroll,” a documentary from directors Kristen Lovell and Zackary Drucker (“Transparent,” “The Lady and the Dale,” “Framing Agnes”) at the Sundance 2023 Film Festival offered festival goers an unforgettable experience of walking through New York City as way to acknowledge the trans experience over the last three decades of the… Read more »

Magic Mike’s Last Dance Review

Disclaimer: I have not seen the first or second installment of “Magic Mike,” but it was a Thursday night, the boy who flew across the country to visit me was with his friend in Maine, and I had nothing else to do, therefore I had nothing left to lose.  “To bridge people together from different… Read more »