Watch This: Teaser for Flip the Script

Flip the Script is a web series from Women in Film. It takes real situations and changes the genders to create a comedic series about gender parity and representation.  Continue reading “Watch This: Teaser for Flip the Script”

Review: Her Story

Her Story is a web series about the T in LGBTQ. Transgender people and their problems are often overlooked by both the LGBTQ community and the larger society as well. Web series like this one can help change that. Continue reading “Review: Her Story”

WhoHaHa Has Funny Women

Elizabeth Banks announced the arrival of WhoHaHa: Spotlight on Funny Women. The site is up and running and ready to make you laugh. Banks has an important announcement for men, “After years of taking 90 percent of lead comedy roles and being forced to appear nightly on stand-up stages around the globe, we are here to relieve you of your obligations.” Continue reading “WhoHaHa Has Funny Women”

Let Titus and Dronicus Bring a Smile to Your Face

Three short videos make Titus and Dronicus a brief foray into the delightfully nutty Hollywood world of Hamlet. Directed by Liz Rizzo and written by Megan Kelly, Madhuri Shekar, and Seamus Sullivan, this tale is the antidote to everything you’ve suffered lately. Continue reading “Let Titus and Dronicus Bring a Smile to Your Face”

Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda Talk about Female Friendship

“Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin: A hilarious celebration of lifelong female friendship” is a TED Talk with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin discussing friendship with Pat Mitchell.

Since so many of my top 10 picks for the year 2015 explore the power of female friendship, this conversation between them is especially relevant. Continue reading “Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda Talk about Female Friendship”

Lois Smith in The Americans and in Ruth & Erica

Last week in the “Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep” episode of The Americans, Lois Smith was a guest star. It was an important episode of The Americans because it showed the Russian spy, Elizabeth (Keri Russell) as she begins to grasp the horror of what she does as a spy. Continue reading “Lois Smith in The Americans and in Ruth & Erica”

5 Sources for Free Movies and TV

Free – or almost free – sources for streaming movies and TV is what I’m sharing today. These are things you can watch anywhere you can get an Internet connection without shelling out big bucks to the cable company or the phone company. The free services generally have ads, but you are bombarded with ads on the TV you pay to have piped into your home by the cable company anyway.

Vudu

Vudu home page

Vudu is not a free service, but it has some great deals. If you click on the Deals tab and go to the bottom of the page, you can find some $2 for 2 nights deals, which is not much more than renting a movie from Red Box.

TVland

TVland home page

TVland offers full episodes of its current lineup of original shows like Hot in Cleveland and Younger. TVland shares a few old episodes of shows like I Love Lucy, The Golden Girls and Roseanne. You can’t binge watch a whole series, but you can get a good laugh from somewhere on the nights when you need one. Completely free.

Shout Factory TV

Shout Factory TV home page

Shout Factory TV offers lots of horror and sci fi movies, some TV series, and the occasional really interesting collection, such as the complete collection of Werner Herzog films. The TV series are oldies such as The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. This month they are featuring Roger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Completely free.

Internet Archive

Internet Archive home page

Internet Archive has pretty much the whole world in its hands. In the feature film archive you’ll find such diverse films as House on Haunted Hill, Charlie Chaplin and The Three Stooges films, The Birth of a Nation and more. There are over 770,000 items in the television archive alone. There’s a very handy search feature on this site. Completely free.

Crackle

Crackle home page

Crackle is worth knowing about because it has all of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. If you need more reason than that to go check it out, it also has original programming, movies and series such as Damages and The Shield. Completely free.

These are legitimate sites, not places sharing pirated shows. If you know other such trustworthy sources of free or almost free programming, please speak up in the comments.

Ali Wentworth image from Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Sarah Jones Brings Everywoman to the World

Sarah Jones as herself.
Sarah Jones herself.

Is everywoman really a word? If it isn’t, it must be allowed in the case of Sarah Jones. Sarah Jones, alone on a stage, brings with her the perceptions of women from everywhere and shares them at the UN, at Davos, at TED, and on Broadway. Sometimes she brings a couple of men with her.

With many voices, many personas, Sarah Jones creates theater and performance art about women’s issues. With no more than a scarf or a hat, she changes from one woman to another instantly.

For a quick look at some of her characters, check her site sarahjonesonline. The opening page gives you a chance to see and hear several of her characters, which she refers to as her friends.

Sarah Jones as Praveen
Sarah Jones as Praveen

At the United Nations, Sarah’s friends spoke about laws that discriminate against women in Women Can’t Wait. The performance was jointly organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and Equality Now. Here is the 1st of 7 parts, in which Sarah portrays an Indian woman named Praveen. For more videos in this series and the words from other Jones personas who show up to talk about equality at the UN, check YouTube.

Sarah Jones is from a multiethnic, multiracial family. Some of those family members find their way into her characters. She attended the UN school as a child and met people from all over the world. Her background and education came together in a Tony Award winning combination that help her both see and be everywoman.

She brings a deep understanding of women’s issues and women’s history to her writing. She’s currently working on Sell/Buy/Date, which tackles issues of human trafficking and the sex trade. Her past work includes Bridge & Tunnel about laws discriminating against women and girls, and A Right to Care about inequality in health care.

In an interview on NPR’s TED Radio Hour titled “What’s The Line Between Stereotyping, Celebrating Culture?” she talked about her TED Talks. (She’s done two TED talks.) Jones said she uses her characters to try to promote truly honest conversation. When asked about stereotyping, she said she tries to portray people as honestly as possible without stripping away the humanity.

Her TED talk at the What Does the Future Hold saw her bring 11 characters with her to the stage to answer questions about the future.

Sarah Jones as Ms. Lady
Sarah Jones as Ms. Lady

One of Jones’ characters is a homeless woman named Ms. Lady. She spoke on the stage at The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, the first homeless woman ever to appear on that stage.

This is Women’s History Month. Sarah Jones is a woman worthy of mention particularly during this month of celebrating significant women and their contributions. Yes, Sarah Jones is gifted in terms of creating and performing with voices and accents. But when you talk about her to others, don’t forget to mention that she is a brilliant writer and activist. She uses her gift for voices and accents to create the humor, emotion and human connection that allow her to tell stories about matters of vital concern to women everywhere. Connecting to women’s stories is a first step in creating change. Sarah Jones is definitely a woman who makes a difference.

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