The Rise, Fall and Ultimate Evolution of Zac Posen in New Doc, HOUSE OF Z

By: Steve V. Rodriguez At the core, HOUSE OF Z, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival,  shows the rise, fall and ultimate evolution of a designer which has the makings of any great bio-pic, however this is a documentary about the designer Zac Posen. Posen came onto the fashion scene in 2001 and quickly […] Click to read more »

A Chat with Madonna’s ‘Truth or Dare’ Dancers for their New Film, STRIKE A POSE

The year was 1990 and I was obsessed with Madonna and her Blonde Ambition tour. When her tour wrapped, many, like myself were blessed with the iconic and groundbreaking documentary, “Truth or Dare”. The film was the first of it’s kind and definitely paved the way for reality television as we know it today. I’m […] Click to read more »

The Docs of Frameline Are Excellent Mix of Historic and History Making

by Kevin M. Thomas @reelkev Documentaries at Frameline 40, San Francisco’s LGBT Film Festival, are extremely topical, making this one of the best Frameline festivals ever. While not all movies were available to screen, and due to time contraints I haven’t seen all of the options, but here’s a few highlights. “Southwest of Salem:  The […] Click to read more »

Thank you Bourdain for Reminding Us of the Original Celebrity Chef, Jeremiah Tower in New Documentary – TFF Premiere

It’s time for the world to know Jeremiah Tower: one of the original leaders in elevating California Cuisine, gastronomy and the man who turned the restaurant into a fabulous stage. It took a rebel like Anthony Bourdain to recognize and acknowledge Tower, who seemingly fell off the face of the planet, except for a brief, and […] Click to read more »

“The First Monday in May”: Go Behind the Glamour to Witness the Political Side of this Huge Annual Benefit – TFF Premiere By Steve V. Rodriguez

The new documentary, “The First Monday in May” goes behind the scenes into the most glamorous, star studded event that occurs once a year in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on, you guessed it, the first Monday in May. Most people are aware of the fashion extravaganza that fills social media and […] Click to read more »

Don Cheadle Should Remain “Miles Ahead” of Competition Come Next Oscar Season by Kevin M. Thomas

To say “Miles Ahead” is an excellent documentary and will likely be remembered at awards season next year would be an inaccurate statement. Not because the film is substandard in any way. It’s because it’s not a documentary. Star/director/co-writer Don Cheadle has managed to bring Miles Davis back to life, channeling the jazz legend’s essence […] Click to read more »

Dance Club Musical Icon ‘Sylvester’ Makes “Mighty Real” Appearance to SF by Kevin M. Thomas

The City will be getting mighty real when Sylvester comes to town this week. It’s not the dance super star that was a pioneer for LGBT artists back in the 1970s, in which his flamboyant persona and costumes made him an icon to up-and-coming gay performers and a beloved talent with an impressive client base. […] Click to read more »

Important Short Film, “Food For Thought, Food For Life” Screens Online this Saturday, October 24th for FOOD DAY!

FOOD DAY is this Saturday, October 24th and to help celebrate and begin important conversations about the food we obtain and consume, a brand new short film by award winning director, Susan Rockefeller, “Food For Thought, Food For Life”, will be available to view for free on Foodday.org & Foodforthoughtfilm.com . Rockefeller has done a […] Click to read more »

AfroPunk 2015: Rising Above the Norm

Text and Photos by Rico Noguchi The 2015 edition of AfroPunk, the annual music festival held in Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park that since its inception in 2005 has catered to “Black Punks” and “alternative people of color;” has drawn a wide range of attention from the media this year including The New York Times, Vogue and other national publications […] Click to read more »

The Doc’s Are In: SF’s Frameline Film Fest’s Diversity Can Be Found in the Documentaries by Kevin M. Thomas

Frameline, the 39th annual LGBTQ film festival, has an eclectic mix of documentaries that explore topics from Hollywood icons to acceptance. Many were not available to screen in advance, but here are some highlights of films worth catching before the festival ends June 28. “Tab Hunter Confidential” is exactly what I look for in a documentary. […] Click to read more »