This eagerly anticipated film explores issues of race and class through the experiences of two families, one black, one white, in 1940s Mississippi. Carey Mulligan and Jason Clarke play a couple who relocate with their children from Memphis to the Mississippi Delta and struggle to survive by farming, and their lives intertwine with those of a black sharecropping family, headed by Rob Morgan and Mary J. Blige. Dee Rees (Pariah, Bessie) directs from a script she wrote with Virgil Williams, based on Hillary Jordan's book. Mudbound is in theaters in select cities today as well as on Netflix.
Trey Pearson's "Love Is Love"
Trey Pearson has released his first album since parting ways with the Christian rock band Everyday Sunday. Love Is Love is his pop debut — and it is heavily inspired by his coming-out, an act that made headlines all over the world. In a statement, Pearson called his coming-out "the best, most freeing thing I have ever experienced... but it also hasn't been without loss, and pain. Pain over things I had missed out on in life because I hadn't accepted myself sooner, and pain in knowing there were people in my life that I was losing because of this. Even so, it was the only way forward to finding true hope, freedom and living life to the fullest." Watch the lyic video for the song "Good Grief," which describes this experience, below. And get the album on iTunes.
The Divine Order
In perhaps the most overtly feminist film of the fall season, director Petra Volpe zeroes right in on women’s suffrage in the story of a ’70s housewife from a remote Swiss village who bumps against tradition to lead the charge for women’s liberation in her town.
Indecent on PBS
If you missed Indecent a Tony nominee for Best Play directed by Rebecca Taichman who took home the prize for Best Director, PBS has added it to its Broadway’s Best lineup. The play, from acclaimed lesbian playwright Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive), charts the history of Sholem Asch’s play God of Vengeance, which appeared on Broadway in 1923 and featured a love affair between women. God of Vengeance was shut down after six weeks of its run on 42nd Street, despite removing a love scene between the women, and the actors spent a night in lock-up. The play about a play, which explores, religion, morality, and love between women stars Katrina Lenk, Mimi Lieber, Max Gordon Moore, Tom Nelis, Steven Rattazzi, Richard Topol and Adina Verson.
Indecent airs on PBS on Nov. 17 and will be available to stream on the PBS website as of the following day.
Transgender Day of Rememberance
"Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence," according to GLAAD. The commemoration began in 1999 by trans advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith, who was honoring the life of murdered trans woman Rita Hester. Eighteen years later, TDOR is an important day for all of us in the LGBT community; especially with violence against trans people unabating. To learn more about TDOR, click here, courtesy of the Human Rights Campaign.
TBS' Search Party
One of the surprise hits of 2016 was Search Party, a dark comedy that followed Dory (Alia Shawkat) in her quest to find a college friend who went missing. The TBS show was hailed by critics for encapsulating the vanity of the millennial generation. Indeed, Dory's search — well-intentioned but misguided, with disastrous consequences for her personal life and the real world — was a potent metaphor. But it was also a vastly entertaining story, with twists and turns that continued to surprise. The show's breakout star, John Early, is also a marvel to watch as terrible gay narcissist Elliott. We can't wait to watch the Party continue for its second season, out November 19.
Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery stars in a whole new kind of period drama in Godless from Scott Frank and Steven Soderbergh. The limited-series Western focuses on a gang of outlaws led by Jeff Daniels’s Frank Griffin who meet their match when they attempt to overrun the isolated mining town of La Belle, N.M., which is populated primarily by women, including Dockery’s Alice Fletcher. There’s no word yet as to whether or not there are any queer women in the town of La Belle, but judging from the trailer it looks as though Nurse Jackie star Merritt Wever's Mary Agnes appears to carry that mantle. Still, Dockery wielding a shotgun at a band of criminals is always worth the price of tuning in. Watch it on Netflix this weekend.