In this, one of our newest recurring feature, you'll get you the low-down on all the can't-miss, female-centric entertainment highlights coming up this week. Just think of it as our list of Totally Awesome Things That Will Remind You Why It Rocks To Be A Woman. Don't worry, you can thank us later.
10. Film: The Ghosts in Our Machine
Queer auteur filmmaker Liz Marshall is best when she’s able to fuse character studies and cinematic storytelling with social and environmental justice issues, and some of her previous work is among the best of its cannon. Lesbians may know her from the time she spent on the road documenting the life of bisexual folk icon Ani DiFranco. With her newest film, The Ghosts in Our Machine, the results of her usual mix is startling, compelling, and not easy to walk away from. After her partner Lorena Elke, a longtime vegan and animal rights activist, opened “her eyes in a deeper way to the intersectionality of social justice issues,” Marshall turned her lens on another lenswoman, acclaimed photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, who photographs animals used for food, clothing, entertainment, and biomedical research. It’s a haunting story that takes plac e over a year throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. McArthur’s photos bring to life the “ghosts” who are the “animals trapped within the cogs of our voracious consumer world.” It’s heartbreaking and haunting and necessary. Watch the trailer below. — Diane Anderson-Minshall