Certainly the film of most interest to progressives at the Tribeca Film Festival this year would be 1971, directed and written by Johanna Hamilton.
The 12-day festival co-founded by Robert De Niro screened 89 feature films and 57 shorts to an audience of almost a half a million viewers.
Inspired by a newspaper clipping about a true-life crime, this perennial classic takes place in Charleston's fictionalized Catfish Row .
Think "Stonewall," and you conjure up images of gay and trans bar patrons in Greenwich Village who finally had seen enough of police brutality and, and fought back in June 1969.
I had some mind-traveling to do in reading "Roberta's Fire," by Texas songwriter-singer-journalist Kelly Sinclair.
Daniel Beaty doesn't miss a beat in his one-man tribute to African American Paul Robeson, the son of a runaway slave who went on to become an actor, activist and Renaissance Man.
The atavistic impulse to "get away from it all" and "return to nature" has been a literary theme since Robinson Crusoe and the Swiss Family Robinson cast away on desert islands.
Almost 50 years later, the prescient Godard's sci fi classic takes on a whole new dimension as a parable of the NSA national security surveillance state.
Though perhaps arbitrarily unique among its peers, "The Quiet Ones" will likely still get lumped in with the other PG-13 contemporaries and forgotten soon enough.
The latest by American composer Ricky Ian Gordon, among the freshest voices in music today.Von Stade plays the 90 year-old Myrtle Bledsoe, lone survivor at her family homestead in Egypt, Texas.