SXSW 2022: Why I Don’t Plan To Return To Texas

SXSW 2022 might still be six months away in time but the actions of the Texas state government have made my decision not to attend. Listen, I love SXSW and the city of Austin. Of all the major film festivals I’ve attended, it’s my favorite film festival. I’ve had no shortage of interview opportunities, parties, and networking during my two years on the ground. It’s the only film festival that I submitted Pandemic Therapy even…

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Trans Rights Are Human Rights

Trans rights are human rights and there is no reason on earth for the Republican Party to keep taking out their hate on transgender people. The Republican Party is at it again. It’s worse now than during the four years of Donald Trump. You know, the four years where trans people were treated like a third-class citizen in our own country. And for what? No reason whatsoever other than their fragile egos. They lost their…

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Hollywood Blacklist? Cancel Culture? Accountability!

Journalists and politicians started discussing a Hollywood blacklist in light of Lucasfilm firing Gina Carano from the Star Wars franchise. They are wrong to compare conservatives being held accountable for their actions to what took place during the Red Scare.  The Red Scare is the result of the United States government cracking down on communist infiltration regardless of proof.  The House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) was started to investigate Nazis.  Instead, the government decided that…

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Gina Carano Must Be Fired From The Mandalorian

The Walt Disney Company has an obligation to fire actress Gina Carano from The Mandalorian following her Twitter activity. I don’t take this lightly.  This is not only something I say as a Star Wars fan but I also feel an obligation to speak out as a Disney shareholder.  If Cara Dune is part of The Mandalorian‘s third season, it will make for some rather uncomfortable viewing.  Should Dune be brought back for season 3,…

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DOC NYC 2020: Kings of Capitol Hill

Kings of Capitol Hill is an eye-opening look at the history of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and its role in American politics. AIPAC was founded in order to support a strategic alliance between the US and Israel. The large majority of the founders were Jewish Democrats.  Eighty percent of Jews had been Democrats for decades and many had been politically involved.  Some came into leadership positions because of American involvement in the Vietnam…

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Vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in 2020

October 26, 2020 will prove to be one of the worst days in American history and as such, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris must be elected. I make no secret of the fact that I am a transgender woman.  It’s something I’ve been open about since coming out to family and friends during 2015-2016.  I’ve come a long way since Mike DeCourcy profiled me in The Sporting News in November 2016.  But all of this…

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Presidents’ Day: Movies To Revisit

Today is Presidents’ Day and there is no better way than to celebrate some of our favorite presidents to have graced the big screen in film. There’s a few films that stand out to me and while some of these haven’t been reviewed on Solzy at the Movies, the day is coming! Dave (1993) I saw this film last year during a 25th anniversary screening in 35mm at the historic Music Box Theatre in Chicago. …

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TIFF 2018: Fahrenheit 11/9 is Crucial for Midterms

Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9 is without a doubt the most crucial documentary to be seen heading into the midterm elections. Moore starts off the film by taking us to Election Eve 2016.  This was a different time in America.  Everybody had all but assumed that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be elected president the next day.  The Donald Trump presidential campaign had a 15% chance of winning according to the polls.  Laughable, right?…

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American Chaos: A Look at the 2016 Election

American Chaos is a well-made cinéma-vérité road documentary as a filmmaker travels through Red States seeking to understand their feelings. Filmmaker James D. Stern travels around the country as he seeks to learn more in six months leading up to Election Day 2016.  Why do Red State Americans maintain feelings against the Obama administration?  The filmmaker travels to those areas of red states to find out why.  The resulting film is one that shows that…

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Actress Laverne Cox speaks out on Transgender Military Ban

Transgender actress Laverne Cox has spoken out in response to President Donald Trumps’ transgender military ban: “I have met many transgender Americans over the years who have served or are currently serving our country in the military. I have heard from them humiliating stories of being misgendered and experiencing various kinds of mistreatment when they are willing to put their lives on the line in ways many of us would never do including our current…

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