Thoughts on the Emmy Awards as metaphor for broadcast TV

I didn’t watch the Emmys this year in part for the very reason stated in this reblogged post — it’s a bad broadcast! What did you think of this year’s Emmys — winners, losers, and the broadcast itself? Good TV?


How ironic is it that the very show that purports to give awards for achievements in television is itself horrible?

It started with canned “funny” clips projected above on such themes as asking comedians “what would your high school teachers say about you?” These clips lasted too long and, like the writing for host Jimmy Kimmel and the presenters, was awful. I’m not sure I saw a single line that genuinely made me laugh.

Following these pre-recorded interviews the presenter would immediately announce the winner of … what? “Wait, what category is this? is this best writing for a comedy? or is it best comedy?” I’d ask, completely confused about where we were in the program.

The only funny bits were those invented by the attendees on the fly. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Amy Poehler switching their acceptance speeches — clearly a bit they’d cooked up between themselves — and Ricky…

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Review: “Spork” (2010)

A Film by J.B. Ghuman Jr.

“Spork,” played by Savannah Stelin, is a 14 year old girl trying to fit in and survive junior high.  She has a lot of things stacked up against her.  And let’s be honest, junior high isn’t exactly a walk in the park.  She’s a hermaphrodite (the reason she is called Spork), has crazy ratty hair, is a social outcast, and to top it off the mean girls are out to get her.  She’s also being raised by her brother in a rundown trailer, and her mom is buried in the backyard because they couldn’t afford a proper burial.  Fortunately, Spork gets some help from her neighbor, “Tootsie Roll” (the hilarious Sydney Park), who tries to teach her some booty boppin’ dance moves.  They get a little creative with the help of the classic game twister.

First, and foremost, I was sucked into the movie by the awesome music.  I was transported back in time to a little dance club in our dinky Wisconsin town when I heard “Tootsie Roll.”  There are some fun dance scenes as well. The movie revolves around a dance competition that Tootsie Roll is sure to win until she injures her ankle.  She wants Spork to win so they devise a plan to get her to learn some dance moves.  Betsy Beyotch and her posse are her main competition and are after Spork for rearranging Betsy’s nose with a basketball.  I’m sure most of you have dealt with some Grade A Beyotches.  And luckily for us they usually get what is coming to them.

The core of the movie is about fitting in and being okay with being different.  Junior high can be a daunting time so I love that “outcasts” are shown as the truly cool people.  This is the first film I have seen from J.B. Ghuman Jr., and I am definitely hooked.  The film was fun and full of nostalgia that will have you dusting off your old CD’s to have a 90’s dance party.  Now if you’ll excuse me. . .I gotta go and bust a move.  “To the left, to the left, to the right, to the right, to the front, to the front, to the back, to the back, now dip baby dip, dip baby dip. . .”

Check out the Spork website here.

Follow the film on Twitter @SporkMovie and Facebook at /SporktheMovie.


Lotus Wollschlager is the official Her Film movie reviewer.  Find her bio on the HF.Reviews page.

Her.Stories: Sexism rife in drama world, Aida Begic’s film chosen for Oscars, Gaylene Preston to direct NZ drama, Shola Lynch’s new doc

Gainesville Latino Film Festival Kicks Off, Produced by the Latina Women’s League

Sharon Lawrence: “Listen to Your Own Heart and to Another Woman’s Story”
at the Huffington Post

Parade’s End director says sexism is still rife in drama world: Directors’ group to investigate after Cannes film festival snubs women for Palme d’Or prize
at The Guardian

Bosnia selects ‘Children’ for Oscar race: Aida Begic’s film premiered at Cannes
at the Chicago Tribune

‘The Headless Woman’ Director Lucrecia Martel To Return With ‘Zama’
at The Playlist

Patricia Riggen Directing Chilean Miners Film, The 33
at Women and Hollywood

Magnet Releasing Embraces Xan Cassavetes’ Erotic Vampire Film ‘Kiss of the Damned’
at Indiewire

Gaylene Preston to Direct New Zealand Earthquake Dramatic Series, Receives $5M from NZ on Air
at the New Zealand Herald

On Screen & On Scene: ‘Somewhere Between’ (documentary by Linda Goldstein Knowlton)
at Hyphen Magazine


S&A In Conversation: Shola Lynch Talks ‘Free Angela & All Political Prisoners’
at Shadow and Act

Toronto: ‘Inch’Allah’ Director Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette On Her Politically Charged Drama
at Indiewire

Audio: Behind the film Dreams Of A Life on Detour
at Triple R

New film: “The Light in Her Eyes” tells story of Muslim woman who teaches the Quran to women & girls

“A woman is a school. Teach her and you teach a generation.”

Muslim preacher Houda Al-Habash teaches women and girls the Quran at her mosque in Damascus, Syria, something she’s been doing for 30 years.  This is the story of “The Light in Her Eyes,” a new documentary film from Julia Meltzer and Laura Nix.  The film will be screening on September 19 in Austin, Texas, and will have several other screenings around the country this fall.  Take a look at the Screenings & Events page on the film’s website for dates, times and locations, or to host a screening yourself.

I missed the film’s premiere, unfortunately, as I was out of the country most of July.  Maybe some of you caught it on PBS on July 19?  If not, you can watch a trailer below, or just catch a screening in your town!

Check out an interview with Meltzer and Nix in The Austin Chronicle by clicking here.

Follow the film on twitter @lightinhereyes.
Read more about the film on the official website.

Seen & Heard: 2013 Festival Announced

Seen & Heard Film Festival

Seen & Heard will be returning again for its fourth year in 2013 at Sydney’s prestigious underground venue, The Red Rattler. Once again, we’ll be showcasing films by women in major production roles: directing, writing and producing.

7, 14 and 21 March 2013.

We can’t wait!

Have a film to submit?

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