Author: Lou Balikos

Lou Balikos is an editor and writer for The Independent. In addition to finishing up their graduate studies at Emerson College, they find meaning in working with their local community and advocating for equitable futures in publishing.

Articles Written by Lou Balikos:

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Lesley University Film Festival (LUIFF)

Lesley University is hosting its annual film festival (LUIFF) virtually this year, beginning Saturday, April 24 through Monday, April 26. The film students of Lesley University, under the guidance of professional festival programmer Kathleen Mullen, will be showcasing three nights of compelling and captivating films on the Vimeo streaming platform. Tickets are sold at Eventbrite… Read more »

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Still I Rise: Fellowship for Female Filmmakers

Documentary film distribution platform “Still I Rise” with an aim of uplifting and amplifying female voices in film, is opening their submissions for the fellowship program by offering a $50,000 grant that awards $1,000 to $5,000 to aspiring directors. Their mission is to provide a platform for artists to hone their craft by pushing the… Read more »

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The Female Gaze: Framing Trauma in Fairchild

Fairchild (2020) opens with a scene of camp kids crowded around their male counselor as he demonstrates the proper way to gut and clean a fish. “Now what you’re going to do is place your hand firmly on the belly area-” his instructions overlap as teenagers dare each other to force two dead fish to kiss…. Read more »

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Announcing the 2021 Berlin Film Festival Winners

The 71st Berlinale Film Festival just announced its 2021 winners. The event, which has been around since the Cold War, has developed a brand new online format for its public and global audiences to tune into since COVID-19 has forced industry coordinators to reimagine their usual event presentation. The decision to split the festival into… Read more »