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Okay guys, I spent my entire Friday night combing through Netflix and compiling this handy dandy list (with links!) to 100 films directed by women that you can watch RIGHT NOW. Quite a few of these I haven’t even seen myself! There’s comedies and dramas and romances and horror and action and documentary and foreign and Oscar winners and Razzie winners (maybe?) and pretty much anything you could want to watch. I’m sure there are more films by women on the service (100 out of thousands is a good way of hitting the 12% of films stat right on home though). Anyways, enjoy!
- 14 Women
- 2 Days in Paris
- 2 Days in New York
- 28 Days
- A League of Their Own
- Aeon Flux
- After the Wedding
- Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry
- American Psycho
- And While We Were Here
- Bedrooms and Hallways
- Boys Don’t Cry
- The Boys Next Door
- The Brady Bunch Movie
- Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
- Cherry Blossoms
- Children of a Lesser God
- Control Room
- Countdown to Zero
- The Countess
- Der Wald Vor Lauter Baumen (Forest For the Trees)
- Desert Hearts
- Die Friseuse (The Hairdresser)
- Dragstrip Girl
- Fish Tank
- For Ellen
- Friends With Kids
- Goodbye First Love
- The Guilt Trip
- Holy Smoke
- The Hot Flashes
- In Between Days
- In the Land of Blood and Honey
- The Iron Lady
- The Kids Are All Right
- La Teta Asustada (The Milk of Sorrow)
- Last Call at the Oasis
- Life Happens
- A Little Bit of Heaven
- Look Who’s Talking
- Look Who’s Talking Too
- Lost in Translation
- Love Serenade
- The Man Who Cried
- Me and You and Everyone You Know
- Movern Callar
- The Moth Diaries
- My Brilliant Career
- Nowhere Boy
- Nuyorican Dream
- Old Joy
- The Peacemaker
- The Piano
- Ping Pong Playa
- The Prince of Tides
- Puccini For Beginners
- The Punk Singer
- The Queen of Versailles
- Riding in Cars with Boys
- The Selfish Giant
- Shades of Fear
- Sleeping Beauty
- Something’s Gotta Give
- The Square
- Strange Days
- The Taste of Others
- Things Behind the Sun
- Tiny Furniture
- Touchy Feely
- Trois Mondes (Three Worlds)
- Una Noche
- Union Square
- Vinter’s Luck (A Heavenly Vintage)
- The Virgin Suicide
- Walking and Talking
- Waste Land
- Water Lilies
- The Weight of Water
Hari Kondabolu. Bossanova Ballroom. Bridgetown Festival. 04/09/14. Photo by Jason Traeger.
Amy Miller. Welcome to Bridgetown Preview Show. Hollywood Theater. 05/04/14. Photo by Jason Traeger.
Portland Radio Project, XRAY and OPB Music battle it out for the translator which pumps the signals, and some of KZME’s programming. When will this happen? Watch this space.
Yeah, I’m leaving Jefferson Smith’s face on the link as the randomly-chosen picture from the article.
The word was on the street. KZME, Portland’s all-local music station was closing its doors. The answer is yes and no. Rob Brading, CEO of MetroEast Community Media, which owns KZME, said in an interview today, “What we know as KZME is going to go off the air.” When? Not sure. Why?
“We said we have an asset in our translator. Clearly Portland Radio Project has some considerable assets and XRAY has some considerable assets and if we’re all in this little tiny niche trying to make it on our own, that’s not going to work. That doesn’t make any sense. So let’s see what we can find out about collaborative opportunities. That’s where we are.
“What KZME has tried to do is not going to go off the air. What the folks at XRAY, what the folks at Portland Radio Project are trying to is not exactly the format and the content that we have tried to present at KZME, but there’s a lot of overlap. We don’t have our feet in concrete on what this ought to look like and for it to work we just think that there’s got to be collaboration and a partnership rather than competing interests.
Yeah Rob, I’m sorry, but what KZME has done, not just tried to do, is going to go off the air. Nobody else will - or can - duplicate the KZME format. And I’m not holding my breath for the same density of in-studio guests with the same intimacy of the interviews, either. Some of that will come back around. The same amount, quality, and attention to very small local bands? Like I said, not holding my breath.
We’re not going to shut the translator down, that’s the whole point to not shut it down, but continue to use it, but to do that in collaboration with XRAY and Portland Radio Project. We’ve had conversations with OPB Music as well.”
Portland Radio Project founder Rebecca Webb said today, “KZME has a 48 watt tower in the West Hills that they’re going to be letting go of and we’re going to argue that we should be the rightful inheritors of that signal. The reason is, of the other contenders, OPB already has a large and well-deserved place on the FM dial and XRAY has a low-power FM and they are politically specific, they represent a specific political point of view. We are apolitical and we feel we represent the whole community.”
Jefferson Smith, a founder of XRAY, who likes to call himself a “Low-Power Executive,” said today: “We want to help build a new golden age of community radio and radio in general in Portland. Our interest is to enable as much of the KZME mission and broadcasting asset as possible.”
I’m well aware that there’s far more depth to the issue, but it’s hard not to take it at first glance like PRP and XRAY - especially with the latter’s sudden funding boost from “progressives” who wanted left-Rush-Limbaugh programming1 back on the air after Bain-Capital-owned Clear Channel axed it from KPOJ - are muscling in on what was, as Brading says, a very limited funding base.
Some people are probably just going to see it like that without assuming there’s more depth. No matter how they see it, anybody who cares about KZME’s format is going to be very upset.
Did KZME have the polished delivery of Entercom-owned commercial station KNRK (94.7)? No. Did it feel like cable access radio? No, not most of the time. The in-studio interviews and performances were well-engineered, and were conducted by DJs who were really into the bands they featured.
There are a lot of amazing announcers who clearly put their heart and soul into programming their slots on KZME. I had mornings where, before I was out of bed, I’d find myself holding the phone up in the air three times to identify a song for me. For the first time since 2004, my primary avenue of music discovery had shifted back to terrestrial radio because of KZME. For somebody as teched-out as me, that’s a goddamn miracle.
KZME cannot be replaced. I do hope PRP and XRAY will tread very carefully around the grave of something great.
Since KXRY already has a transmitter (8 watts or not), I guess by default I have to support PRP getting control of the translator, if only for maximum diversity on the dial. The idea of OPB getting another signal here is nauseating. Not because OPB is bad, but because they don’t need it, and giving it to them would be a major disservice to other much smaller community groups.
If nothing else, unless it has a 100% Oregon and Portland-metro focus, KEEP THE FUCKING POLITICAL SPEW OFF THE TRANSLATOR. What an utter waste of a precious resource that would be.
1. That’s what it is. Maybe that’s a “career-limiting statement” from somebody who is (was?) angling to be on the airwaves once a week in Portland after a run on the netwaves with Radio23, but I’ll stand by it. State and local politics, okay, good. Rabbling “the left” the same way countless syndicated right-wing blatherers rabble the right? No thanks. Same shit, different side of the coin.
Movie I produced for the 48 hour film festival in Portland. We got 1st runner up, best use of prop, and the audience award! Please share if you would like.
Starting March 7th, I will be back on the air on Fridays from 6-7 PM on 107.1 FM in Portland. It will also live stream and I will keep up on that link. I will be playing really great music, interviewing really interesting people, and just plain entertaining.
Adam Smith, (unknown), Shannan Hunt. Shooting Bridgetown documentary interview. North Portland. 10/21/13. Photo by Jason Traeger.
I did it. I did my first open mic and it felt good. I was a little intoxicated both with alcohol and excitement, but I felt like I accomplished a lot. I got up in front of people and bared my soul in a humorous way. It was cathartic, exhilarating, and a weight lifted off my chest.
Honestly, I am not sure if the laughs I got were from supportive friends or people that truly found my material funny, but that doesn’t matter. I did one of the things that scared me the most. Hey, if I can conquer that fear, maybe I can bring myself to fly in a plane again.
I signed up for the open mic weeks before, thinking that I might not get a spot. Then again the night before about 4 hours too early. When I got there I really thought I would hyperventilate. I chain smoked and had about 4 vodka cranberries before the mic started. My name wasn’t on the list, but I was assured I would go on sometime in the middle. I went on right after one of my favorite comics- Andie Main - and I was super relieved because it felt like I was being gently pushed out into the world of stand up by my friends. I know my experience is different from a lot of others because I have been submerged in this scene getting to know everyone and quietly (and sometimes loudly) observing what it takes to go out and do it.
My set lasted 3 minutes and I actually had more material but I got the light and I had to end it. I will definitely go again. And again. I will only be able to make it out 1-3 nights a week, which is not a lot compared to what everyone else is doing. I think I will be okay. I am not sure this is something I can devote my entire life to. I love comedy. I love Portland comedy especially, but I am a moody, impulsive, always late, manic, angry, sad, opinionated- maybe I do belong here.
and I am really scared. Part of me fantasizes that I will go up and kill and everyone will tell me how funny and awesome I am, and I will keep going and get booked on showcases and it will be easy and my life will become a whirlwind of comedy shows and uber fame. Part of me says that I am going to embarrass myself and offend people and lose friends, gain enemies, and actually get tomatoes thrown at me.
I think realistically, I am going to be mediocre. I think I am funny, but I don’t know yet how my comedy will translate to an audience. I don’t know how different deliveries of my punchlines will work out. I haven’t put the work in yet so I am not expecting much. I have written about 3 minutes worth of material but I am on the fence about almost all of it.
I am afraid I will hold the mic wrong, that I will pace back and forth and look at the ground. I will accidentally stumble over my words, not make sense, ramble, swear too much, fall down, pee myself, laugh at my own joke, get the hiccups, or throw up a little in my mouth.
If any of these things happen I might actually be relieved-because then I know it is over. No way it will happen twice.
I am reading John Roy’s free stand up comedy class. I am on week 1. Week 1 is attend open mics. So here goes.