Ella Taylor http://wcbe.org en 'Vivian Maier' Brings Nanny-Photographer's Life Into Focus http://wcbe.org/post/vivian-maier-brings-nanny-photographers-life-focus Is an artist's life relevant to her reputation as an artist? Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:52:00 +0000 Ella Taylor 53402 at http://wcbe.org 'Vivian Maier' Brings Nanny-Photographer's Life Into Focus Fighting For Their Family, One Day At A Time http://wcbe.org/post/fighting-their-family-one-day-time It would take a heart of stone — or zero tolerance for soap — to resist <em>Any Day Now</em>, a full-throttle weepie about a West Hollywood gay couple trying to adopt a neglected boy with Down syndrome.<p>Their quest might be an easier one today, when 16 American states permit joint adoption for same-sex couples, and all manner of family forms proliferate on and off-screen. But the film, loosely taken from real-life events, is set in 1979, when institutional homophobia was as common as pointy collars on loud print shirts. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 22:03:00 +0000 Ella Taylor 27386 at http://wcbe.org Fighting For Their Family, One Day At A Time Chilling Future Awaits 'Girl Model' Recruits http://wcbe.org/post/chilling-future-awaits-girl-model-recruits In <em>Girl Model</em>, an alarming documentary about the trafficking of Russian child models to the Japanese fashion market, a garrulous modeling agent explains his philosophy: To expiate his own past bad behavior, he says with papal solemnity, he approaches model recruitment as a religious calling, not to mention a fatherly responsibility to do right by the girls, give them a better life than they have now and protect them from harm.<p>This apparently includes hauling novices off to the city morgue to see how badly things can end for a recruit who doesn't do as she's told. Wed, 05 Sep 2012 08:32:34 +0000 Ella Taylor 22109 at http://wcbe.org Chilling Future Awaits 'Girl Model' Recruits Iranian 'Wave' Rises To Euphoria, Crashes In Despair http://wcbe.org/post/iranian-wave-rises-euphoria-crashes-despair Late in <em>The Green Wave</em>, a soulful look back at the brief <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=105620617">2009 people's movement for democratic elections in Iran</a>, a former United Nations prosecutor and human rights activist observes that the protest, despite being brutally quelled by the forces of President Ahmadinejad, was "a tidal wave" that would sweep through the Middle East.<p>That was before the Arab Spring. Fri, 10 Aug 2012 13:37:17 +0000 Ella Taylor 20584 at http://wcbe.org Iranian 'Wave' Rises To Euphoria, Crashes In Despair An Unwitting Folk Hero Finds A Spotlight At Last http://wcbe.org/post/unwitting-folk-hero-finds-spotlight-last In 1968, two music producers went to a Detroit dive called The Sewer to hear a Mexican-American protest singer with a small cult following.<p>The producers' client list was mostly Motown, but they immediately signed Rodriguez (full name Sixto Rodriguez), whose stirring lyrics they hoped would speak to disenfranchised outsiders of all stripes and their champions.<p>Together, they made two albums — one of which, <em>Cold Fact</em>, provides the soundtrack for the thrilling new documentary <em>Searching for Sugar Man</em>.<p>At the time, though, <em>Cold Fact</em> sank without trace. Fri, 27 Jul 2012 11:59:41 +0000 Ella Taylor 19608 at http://wcbe.org An Unwitting Folk Hero Finds A Spotlight At Last