Chavela Captures the Essence of a Ranchera Icon

On January 25, 2018, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

Filmmakers Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi are making sure rancheragreat Chavela Vargas is never forgotten. Their documentary, Chavela, explores the life of the singer through interviews, images and, of course, music.

The 25-year project illustrates the life of a woman who used music as an instrument to release her pain, which she gifted to her audience. The film, which was screened in early January at the Art Theatre in Long Beach, will have an encore presentation in February.

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Only Sissies Like Yellow

On January 11, 2018, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

Tom of Finland Explores the Influence of the Man Behind the Leather

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

Among many gay men, Tom of Finland is a well-known name. When I learned there was a movie about his life, I wasn’t interested in seeing it. I prejudged the film because of my opinions against fostering unattainable fantasies that produce negative self-image issues in men.

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