Author: Courtney Gardner

Courtney Gardner

Courtney Gardner is a film fanatic, photographer, and care supervisor. Outside of her day job, Courtney dreams of becoming a director. In her downtime, she interviews her way through film festivals in order to highlight the incredible talent and diversity among directors, actors, film crews, and production companies. Her mission for the film industry is to not only find representation but to maintain it at all costs.


Articles Written by Courtney Gardner:

All You Need is Love…

Harvey Milk understood that visibility was one, if not the most, critical component to acceptance; he didn’t think anyone should have to live in shame or hide who they are. Instead, he encouraged people to come out (with their gender or sexual orientation) to help show people that they did in fact know LGBTQ+ people,… Read more »

Bill Tipton and his parents.

An Extraordinary Trancestor

The Bay Area recently allowed their movie theaters to reopen, which meant that one of my first cinematic experiences in public would be attending the opening night of No Ordinary Man, the latest from directors Chase Joynt and Aisling Chin-Yee featuring invaluable insight from Marquise Vilsón, Thomas Page McBee, Stephan Pennington, Scott Turner Schofield, Kate… Read more »

Painted face with the text, "Venus as a Boy"

Venus Personified

Among the lunar-like scenery, a fearless mountain range rises from a delicate veil of dust. A man runs through the parched oasis with ominous clouds building above him. Simultaneously, a gentle yet disembodied voice declares, “Welcome to the Venus Experience…The universe is trying to tell you something.” Back on Earth, Venus as a Boy, written,… Read more »

Two women sitting at a restaurant.

The Evolutionary Turning Point

The Golden Days of Hollywood are far behind us. We have successfully moved away from booming voices, formal dialogue between characters, exaggerated movement, and embellished facial expressions. Currently, we are living in the age of method acting, a true milestone for the film industry. Method acting encourages actors to embody their character in every sense… Read more »

A young woman smiles and holds her younger brother.

Let the Armor Fall Away: “Lupe”

Lupe is the directorial debut of Andrè Phillips and Charles Vuolo. Lupe tells the story of the film’s namesake, a young transgender Latinx woman who has recently immigrated to New York City from Cuba. During Lupe’s childhood, her sister Isabel went missing and was believed to have been taken to New York City, where she… Read more »

A man leans against a wall as a second man lays his head on the other's lap.

The Vulnerability of ‘Monsters’ in “Unforgivable”

Last April, the Human Rights Watch stated that the conditions in which El Salvador inmates live are inhumane. El Salvador’s prisons have a maximum capacity of just over 18,000 prisoners, but they are currently holding more than 38,000 individuals. Upon entering the penitentiary, you will notice thousands of individuals trickling out of cramped cells. Gang… Read more »

two women walking down a cobble stone street a cobble

Ma Belle, My Beauty

An Ode to a Nuanced Existence The Sundance “Next” selection is always something to look forward to. As the name implies, these are the films that have been chosen due to their forward-thinking, boundary pushing, and are always refreshingly innovative. This selection often represents what I can look forward to as the blueprint for the… Read more »

Photo of woman with glow-in-the-dark paint.

Inside of the World of Pure Imagination

Before the viewing of We’re All Going to the World’s Fair starts, director Jane Schoenbrun instructs the audience attending the 2021 Sundance showing to get rid of our phones. Put them into the next room or throw them out the window; do anything to ensure that we aren’t tempted to pick them up during the… Read more »

Liz Carmichael and the Dale auto.

The Woman in Charge of it All

I need to come clean. I don’t drive. The last time I was behind the steering wheel was in 2016, the day of my driving test. Needless to say, I don’t know anything about cars. I don’t care to know anything about cars and yet I just spent four straight hours glued to my screen… Read more »