This is about the politics of cinematic shot design, and how this meta-level of filmmaking affects and intersects with the twin epidemics of sexual abuse/assault and employment discrimination against women, especially in the film industry. BRAINWASHED contains over 100 clips from A-list movies from 1896-the present, as well as interviews with important women professionals including Julie Dash, Penelope Spheeris, Rosanna Arquette, Charlyne Yi, Joey Soloway, Eliza Hittman and many others.
A jilted wife leaves her cheating husband in England and sets off to L.A. hoping to meet who she believes is the perfect man - George Clooney. (imdb)
Relative newcomers Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis are directing from a script by Michael McGowan, Sarah Bellwood and Michal Lali Kagan. The story follows tough old Scotsman Rory MacNeil as he travels from his home in the remote island of Vallasay, Scotland to San Francisco. Seeking treatment for a terminal illness the colorful character stays with his son and his family. (imdb)
Tyler tries to discover the father she never got the chance to meet in this stirring psycho-sexual ghost story, exploring themes of gender and sexual identity. (imdb)
This is a year in the life of Morgan, an intellectually and socially stunted 23 year-old virgin.
Sideswiped (2018) - TV Series
Single on her 35th birthday, Olivia vows to date all 252 of her tinder matches.
A group of wealthy boys in Los Angeles during the early 1980s establish a 'get-rich-quick' scam that turns deadly.
This is the story of Maya Dardel (Lena Olin), a famous poet and novelist who decides to commit suicide and announces the fact on national radio. (imdb)
18-year-old Penny Cooper spent years pining for Johnny Sanders Jr., but when a mysterious musician shows up on the beach, Penny is torn. (imdb)
Judith is a lonely and frazzled social worker who can't resist the urge to interfere in her son Marty's life. When Marty hires his free-spirited friend to cheer up his mother, it soon turns into a serious romance that no one saw coming.
Harry Rosenmerck, an Ashkenazi Jewish American cardiologist, left everything to become a pig farmer in the Holy Land. (imdb)
Set in Las Vegas and Paris, this love story covers the full circle of emotions: love, obsession, sex, betrayal, revenge and eventually the search for redemption. (imdb)
The relationship between two friends deepens during an impromptu road trip. (imdb)
An A&R man working at the height of the Britpop music craze goes to extremes in order to find his next hit. (imdb)
My Last Film (2015) - Short Film
A diptych, concerning two actresses. (imdb)
The General Manager of the Cleveland Browns struggles to acquire the number one draft pick for his team. (imdb)
Our filthy hero Gus mutters to himself, just before stealing a white Rolls Royce. He happens upon Ruby, a stunning tattoo artist he's always had a thing for, and waves her into the convertible. The misfits escape the city and into nature, sharing a joint, wondering why things used to be so much cooler in the '70s. Asthma is a modern romance that explores addiction in a fresh and honest way. She warns him not to fall in love with her, but the higher you are the harder you fall. (imdb)
What happens when your life takes a hard flip? Teenager Caleb Jones goes skateboarding. With no father in his life to guide him and his mother, Beth, working two jobs to make ends meet, Caleb believes nothing matters in life but becoming a sponsored skater to get him away from all his troubles. When his mother falls ill, Caleb is forced to deal with her illness and his lack of responsibility...
A conservative lawyer takes her two teenage children to meet their estranged, hippie grandmother in Woodstock. (imdb)
Survivors of a nuclear attack are grouped together for days in the basement of their apartment building, where fear and dwindling supplies wear away at their dynamic. (imdb)
A couple goes to dangerous lengths to find a lung donor for their daughter. (imdb)
American Pie Presents: The Book of Love (2009) - Direct-to-Video
Ten years after the first American Pie movie, three new hapless virgins discover the Bible hidden in the school library at East Great Falls High... (imdb)
Spoiled heiress Pixxi de la Chasse gets cut off by her wealthy family and stumbles into a job as a repo chick. Whilst bounty hunting a valuable lost train, Pixxi and her friends get embroiled in a kidnapping plot by a vegan terrorist cell determined to hold L.A. to ransom until their demands are met.
Northern Lights (2009) - TV Movie
Nate Burns accepts a job as chief of police in Lunacy, Alaska, hoping to to get away from the traumatic death of his partner back in Baltimore. He meets Meg, an independent bush pilot, whose father is found dead in a mountain cave. (imdb)
Growing Op is a provocative dramatic comedy about a teenage boy coming of age in a suburban marijuana-growing operation. Sheltered all his life, and home-schooled by loving parents who are also committed neo-hippie criminals, Quinn Dawson yearns to experience the normalcy of the suburban world around him. When his new neighbour Crystal turns out to be the blonde girl of his dreams, Quinn is motivated to rebel against his parents and attend high-school for the first time. (imdb)
Nick Nolte offers a unique glimpse into his life and his art, appearing both as himself and as a television journalist who is interviewing him for a film on his career.
A skinny high school junior and basketball prodigy from Venice, California burdened with early life tragedy (callous foster care) and Obsessive-Compulsive disorder, Sticky manages to surpass his limits whenever he has a ball in his hands. (imdb)
A peaceful alien planet faces annihilation, as the homeless remainder of the human race sets its eyes on Terra. Mala, a rebellious Terrian teenager, will do everything she can to stop it.
Indie Sex: Teens (2007) - TV Movie
A documentary about the representation of teenage sex and sexuality in the history of film.
Indie Sex: Extremes (2007) - TV Movie
A documentary about the representation of sexual variety in the history of film.
Indie Sex: Censored (2007) - TV Movie
Documentary about the history of censorship in the American film industry.
A 17-year-old boy buys mini-cameras and displays the footage online at I-see-you.com. The cash rolls in as the site becomes a major hit. Everyone seems to have fun until it all comes crashing down (imdb)
What About Brian (2006) - TV Series
A heartwarming ensemble show about a group of supportive friends in various stages of romantic relationships and friendships living in Los Angeles. There are the just-married Nic and Angelo, the seemingly happily married Dave and Deena and the newly-engaged Marjorie and Adam. But -- what about Brian? Of this close-knit group of friends, everyone else has paired off, while Brian has emerged as the last bachelor standing. (imdb)
A cautionary tale of love, crime, fantasy, and addiction, Iowa follows two young lovers who decide to go into the "batch" business -- cooking their own methamphetamine -- only to watch it burn a jagged hole in their lives. (Full Fathom 5)
Rosanna Arquette informally interviews several contrasting actresses about how they cope with being a woman in the entertainment industry... (imdb)
Based on the acclaimed short-story collection by celebrated Mississippi writer Larry Brown, Big Bad Love is a tale of Viet Nam veteran Barlow (Howard) struggling to make fiction from his past, his dreams, and the dim sound of the future bearing down on him. (IFC Films)
The year is 1975 and little Joe Dirt is dumpster diving at a Grand Canyon tourist stop. After gorging himself on half-eaten snacks, he emerges from the garbage bin, only to find that his parents have left him. Now grown up and working as a janitor, Joe's got a mullet hairdo, acid-washed jeans, and a dream -- to find the parents that he lost, or lost him. (Columbia Tristar)
A young music journalist's dark memories are awakened when he goes to interview a female rock singer, and both are forced to confront troubling secrets from their pasts.
Ryan is a womanizing stockbroker whose unethical business practices cost him his job and his trader's license. Unable to find another job, he is forced to move in with his equally self-involved (and completely oblivious) girlfriend, Cindy, an insensitive advice columnist on the cusp of losing her own job due to her poor advice and slow work habits... (imdb)
Diary of a Sex Addict (2001) - Direct-to-Video
A middle-aged chef in a luxurious restaurant reveals to his shrink his double personality: He is an impeccable family man who loves his wife and son and at the same time a sexually hungry person who seeks pleasure at any time with any woman. (imdb)
Nicholas is a nice dentist living in suburban Montreal. His new next door neighbor, Jimmy, is a hit man hiding out from a dangerous Chicago crime family. Despite their differences, Oz and Jimmy have one thing in common: someone's trying to kill them both.
A 35-year-old married virgin has a fling with a passing stranger which shocks the community. (imdb)
Tease (2000) - TV Movie
If looks could kill, they'd look like Traci; young, innocent, appealing, deadly. Traci clings like ivy to her devoted mother and strikes with a vengeance at any man who intrudes on their relationship. Now Traci, using her budding sexuality, will do anything...seduce anyone...murder everyone who threatens to come between them.
The film explores, in authentic detail, the Los Angeles music scene -- a treacherous world where people on every rung of the ladder exploit each other in pursuit of fame and success. (USA Films)
Switched at Birth (1999) - TV Movie
On the same night, Milford maternity delivers Morgan, businessman James and Sarah's son, and Linda's boy Luke Wells, whose father Darryl Moncton left town never having wanted kids, so they will live with her parents, but a nurse switches the babies' name tags. Two years later, Darryl returns but denies paternity; he accepts a DNA test if she promises to leave his life anyway, revealing neither is Luke's biological parent. What must happen now?
Billy is released after five years in prison. In the next moment, he kidnaps teenage student Layla and visits his parents with her, pretending she is his girlfriend and they will soon marry (and forcing her to say the same). (imdb)
Birdee Calvert (Bullock) seems to have it all. She's been married for years to her handsome high school sweetheart Bill and has a brilliant and sensitive child. But when her picture perfect life comes crashing down around her, Birdee must start over. With no place else to turn, the former beauty queen heads back home...to Smithville, Texas. (Fox)
A story of violence, vengeance, and voodoo on the bayou.
When a robbery goes awry, the bandits all end up in a puddle of blood and only one (Mekhi Phifer) lives and goes to jail for five years. (imdb)
Two fishing fanatics get in trouble when their fishing boat gets stolen while on a trip. (imdb)
Textile company heir Wayland is accused of murder of a prostitute named Elizabeth, whose body was found cut in two in the park. The murder is investigated by tough detective Kennesaw and his less experienced partner Braxton... (imdb)
A black boy simulates, that he is a art student to flirt with girls in art galleries. But one day the white gallery owner heared, what he is talking about in a museum. So she want to present his work in her gallery. And the trouble begins for him. He fall in love with the gallery owner. He buys some paintings and pass them off as his own. Afterwards everything gets out of control for him.
You're Still Not Fooling Anybody (1997) - Short Film
Comparisons between the films of Quentin Tarantino and older works, claiming that he borrow things from them without proper recognition.
Alex, a seductive woman with a violent boyfriend, steals a car and entices a teenager boy Lincoln to join her in robbery and more.
The immediate subject matter of Crash is the strange lure of the auto collision, provoking as it does the human fascination with death and the tendency to eroticize danger. Most motorists will slow down to stare at the scene of a collision; they may feel their pulses quickening and become exquisitely aware of the fragility of their own bodies. The characters of Crash carry this awareness a step further, cherishing and nurturing it. For them, a car collision is a sexual turn-on, and a jolting life-force they come to crave. (Fine Line Features)
A would-be movie producer (Griffin Dunne) strives to convince a self-help guru (Dennis Hopper) to let him film his book. As the guru is only interested in money, the producer solicits the help of a shady businessman (Christopher Walken) and the guru's own secretary (Ileana Douglas), who wants to write movie scripts (a horror story about brain-scraping monsters). (imdb)
Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega are two hitmen who are out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their employer, mob boss Marsellus Wallace. Wallace has also asked Vincent to take his wife Mia out a few days later when Wallace himself will be out of town. Butch Coolidge is an aging boxer paid by Wallace to lose his next fight. The lives of these and other characters prove to be woven together in ways none of them could ever fully understand.
Nowhere to Hide (1994) - TV Movie
Divorcee learns from the FBI that her husband has mafia connections and put a contract on her life. She gets into the witness protection program and falls in love with the agent who protects her. (imdb)
Escaped convict Sam Gillen single handedly takes on ruthless developers determined to evict Clydie - a widow with two young children. Nobody knows who Sam is. (imdb)
US merchant sailor Alex Walker is stranded in Mexico, penniless and wanted by the police. He meets and joins up with an unlikely couple - ageing but likeable and young sexy, frustated wife Missy. The three develop a curiously inter-dependent relationship. Meanwhile, Police Captain Diaz and Detective Ortega are closing in and the plot circle is closed at Tapachula rail station amidst a stack of mistakes and wrong decisions. (imdb)
A beach runner and bookworm (Goldblum) has difficulty communicating with his son. He meets a psychic on a pier at the beach and soon his world turns topsy-turvy with a serial killer coming between him and his son. The ensuing E.S.P. experiences and danger bond father and son. (imdb)
In the Deep Woods (1992) - TV Movie
Joanna mourns for her friend. She's victim of a serial killer, who's specialized on successful young women. He dumps their bodies in the deep woods without leaving any trace - the police is clueless. Shortly after Joanna is addressed by a man, who says he's private eye Paul and investigates for the parents of another victim. His many weird questions worry Joanna - maybe he's the psychopath? Soon she fears to be in danger herself and looks with suspicion on all her friends and relatives. (imdb)
After his co-pilot is killed, Jake Grafton, a carrier-based Intruder pilot, questions the purpose of Navy bombing missions... (imdb)
Two disgruntled restaurant employees (David Bowie, Rosanna Arquette) decide to rob their employers (Buck Henry, Andre Gregory). (imdb)
Son of the Morning Star (1991) - TV Movie
The story of George Custer, Crazy Horse and the events prior to the battle of the Little Bighorn, told from the different perspectives of two women. (imdb)
When thriving lawyer Linda (Carrie Fisher) divorces her husband, John (John Sessions), he sues her for alimony. The judge rules that the agreement written on a balloon years ago stating she would always support him if he put her through law school is valid -- unless he remarries. Determined to get out of the payments, Linda hires an actress (Rosanna Arquette) to seduce John, instructing her on tactics to draw him into marriage.
Three stories happening in New York. The first, by Scorsese, is about a painter who creates his works helped by high volume music and an attractive assistant (imdb)
A reporter begins investigating a traveling clairvoyant after she accurately foretells the circumstances of a violent murder.
Between what you know and what you wish, lies the secret of... The Big Blue
A spoof 1950's sci-fi movie, interspersed with various comedy sketches.
Scudder is a detective with the Sheriff's Department who is forced to shoot a violent suspect during a narcotics raid. The ensuing psychological aftermath of this shooting worsens his drinking problem and this alcoholism causes him to lose his job, as well as his marriage... (imdb)
Cassie has a miserable job in a bar, is lonely and depressed. Her boyfriend left her when she told him that she's pregnant. After several failed suicide attempts she'd given away her baby for adoption - and regrets it now. When a theater group from L.A. comes to the small town Buckeye, she meets stage technician Riley. Discreetly he starts wooing her... she likes him very much, but still has feelings for her former boyfriend Billy too. (imdb)
Paul meets Marcy at a coffee shop after work, and gets her phone number. He calls her, she asks him to come over (imdb)
A bored suburban housewife, seeking adventure to her life, accidentally gets hit on the head, wakes up with amnesia, and is mistaken for a free-spirited New York City drifter named Susan. (imdb)
A misfit bunch of friends come together to right the injustices which exist in a small town. (imdb)
A 1920s mail pilot and a rich man's daughter crash-land on a mountain full of hungry wolves. (imdb)
Not your typical high school romance, this is the story of a college-bound girl (Arquette) and a blue-collar boy (Spano) who fall in love. But, their relationship gets a lot more complicated when their lives diverge after graduation.
Two young hitchhikers are picked up a speed-crazed young woman, who tears around the countryside. She leaves them to take the blame for her activities, and they find themselves sentenced to six months in prison. The girl, feeling bad about what she did to them, resolves to break them out of the prison.
The Executioner's Song (1982) - TV Movie
The story of Gary Gilmore, a convicted murderer who lobbied for his own execution.
A film-within-a-film: a fading movie producer has a plan for a successful movie: get a actress famous for her wholesome image to appear in the nude on the screen.... much like this film itself. (imdb)
Hijnks at a summer camp for wealthy Jewish kids.
The Dark Secret of Harvest Home (1978) - TV Mini-Series
A young couple moves to a quiet New England village, only to soon find themselves mixed up in mysterious rituals. (imdb)