CHELSEA DOES

Review by Carla Renata for UBNRadio.com and CarlaRenatasCorner.com I have to admit...I have a little girl crush on Chelsea Handler.  She's hot, hilarious and mad-honest...not to mention that she dated 50-Cent!  I know right??!!!

Well, nowadays, Chelsea teamed up with Netflix to do a four-hour documentary series on the subjects of Marriage, Silicon Valley, Racism and Drugs. As we have all come to know Chelsea over the years, we know that she holds no prisoners...including herself!   She shoots straight from the hip and delves into each category with both barrels blazing!

CHELSEA DOES MARRIAGE...

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Marriage and relationships are looked at from every angle possible...gay, straight, lesbian, adulterers and even gets some advice for herself from some pre/middle schoolers.  Some of my favorite moments were her officiating at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas to her grilling her Dad on liking black women to interviewing the owners of the controversial Ashley Madison.

https://youtu.be/Q166PYuQdc4

CHELSEA DOES SILICON VALLEY...

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Like most people nowadays with technology it can be über overwhelming!  Chelsea is no different.  She's confused, frustrated and hates streaming...anything.  Not to mention the fact that she's convinced gadgets never work when they are in her possession...lol.

An intimate, yet engaging conversation with friends about what age they all felt their kids should be given cell phones was hilarious to say the least with some really good points made along the way.  The Silicon Valley installment is complete with explanations of algorithm's, kids who know how to code, App development class and even a Digital Detox retreat.  All of it teaches us the lesson of the more technology increases, so does the expectation of one's productivity level.

https://youtu.be/940MMD1Il5E

CHELSEA DOES RACISM...

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What can I say?  Racism for all practical purposes its just plain stupidity magnified in every living human being ignorant enough to give it energy.  This is the major reason I loved the fact that this installment was included.  It points out the obvious while throwing the facts right tin your face!  Complete with Al Sharpton interviews, a visit to the Middleton Place Plantation to meetings with leaders from all the races and organizations that fight against all racism and stereotypes.

How far have we come?  Not far.  There are actually southerners who believe that not all slaves were treated badly or whipped.  Black Americans who are relieved that they can complement a white woman without fear of being jailed or lynched.  What was most heartbreaking was a montage of all the black teens killed over the years with President Obama singing Amazing Grace in the background.

Chelsea doesn't stop there.  She goes to an Indian reservation, speak with her Dad and a former Israeli President regarding the percussion of Jews throughout history.  Most importantly, the point is made that millions of people have come to America only to have their heritage lost, miscommunication and misunderstood.

https://youtu.be/MeISuq2wn0s

CHELSEA DOES DRUGS...

Only Chelsea Handler would start out a docuseries chapter with the most infamous cannabis speaker of all time...Willie Nelson!  I loved it and I will just leave it there to infuse your curiosity for the remainder in the series.  I, for one, would love to see her do another docuseries in this format.  It was fun, enlightening, scary, but most of all hella educational.  I wish there were more humans on this earth as enlightened, honest and curious as Chelsea Handler.  She gives me hope that humanity has the potential to do better in this world.

https://youtu.be/SepeswVPDRs

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SUNDANCE DAY ONE:  DIVERSITY IS INDEPENDENCE

Documentaries and Diversity were the theme of the 2016 Sundance Day One Press Conference.  With a panel consisting of  President and Founder - Robert Redford, Executive Director - Keri Putnam, Sundance Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival Director - John Cooper moderated by Sean P. Means, Movie Critic and Columnist for the Salt Lake Tribune.

All three panelists agreed that Sundance is always about lending a place for those filmmakers who otherwise would not be heard on a fair playing field.

Putnam made a special reference to Sundance Ignite, as program geared toward 300 youth between 18-25 years of age designed to give these youth an opportunity to attend the festival and aid in continuing  to build festival for future generations.  Putnam also mentioned the Sundance Institute's Women in Film Initiative meeting held this past November.  She stated, "We're interested in the artists we work with having sustainable careers".  Notable filmmakers such as Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler have been products of how Sundance builds sustainable careers.

When faced with the all  too often discussed "diversity " question,  Redford told the crowd, "We wanna put a spotlight on areas that aren't getting attention...I felt there wasn't enough filmmaking being shown for African-Americans and women...so we've moved forward with getting more support for women and young filmmakers but using the word diversity to push it".   Worried that the media would spin an answer he gave when asked about the diversity of the Oscars, Redford simply stated, "I'm not focused on the Oscars, but more focused on the work".  He also wanted to clear up the misconception of his disdain for Hollywood, "I'm not against the mainstream...we wanted Sundance to create a path for artist to showcase their work and for audiences to come to Utah to see the stuff they couldn't watch in the general market place".

In addition to supporting diversity, youth and women, the festival is also celebrating the 10th anniversary of its New Frontier Program.  Along those lines, with films and television shows live streaming in tandem with a theatrical release I personally asked if they thought streaming would take the place of how films are being seen, Putnam told me that "Sundance does not pass judgement on how filmmakers chose to show their films and that it is all very "platform agnostic".

While technology has created very useful and creative methods in making films exciting for the viewing  audience, Redford is concerned about the art of losing the story in all the frills.  "The most important thing is the story ... What is the story you want to tell"?

Well, the story has yet to unfold here at Sundance 2016, who received a record number off 12,793 film submissions narrowed down to 195 feature and short selections, 30 documentary and narrative virtual reality works and 56 panels and music events.

Stay tuned here for Day Two when I will be talking about some events sponsored by TheBlackhouseFoundation.org who are also celebrating 10 years of Sundanc, not to mention some really awesome docs that I can't wait to discuss!!

Carla Renata Day One Sundance