We Are Your Friends, from co-writer and director Max Joseph (of documentary feature 12 Years of DFA: Too Old to Be New, Too New to Be Classic),
taps Zac Efron to lead a collective in the San Fernando Valley
with dreams of gaining fame and fortune on the grandest of scales.
Director Craig Zobel (Compliance) and screenwriter Nissar Modi (Breaking at the Edge)
transform Robert C. O’Brien’s post-apocalyptic science-fiction tale
into an intimate story of cautious rebirth with a highly charged ménage á
trois that everyone knows cannot maintain and bear meaningful fruit for
In the mid-1990s when Venus and Serena
Williams were teenagers, when the jangle of beaded scalp-tight cornrows
and silver braces on their teeth long preceded waist-length weaves and
fake painted fingernails, neither blacks specifically nor America generally knew
exactly what we were looking at when we looked at the Williams sisters.
This Saturday, the St. Bernard
branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is
honoring a historically underrepresented group in comic book culture:
black writers, illustrators and readers. It’s part of an event called
Queen City Black Comix Day, which was organized by Aiesha Little of the
Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance (MBSFA).
In art, as in life, context is key. An
image that would otherwise be treated with contempt — or worse, blithe
indifference — can be illuminated with only a few facts. Likewise,
stripped of its context, a piece of art can become something else
entirely as the viewer imagines a contextual framework for the art.