Origin Stories


The Past and Present of Censorship in America

Looking at the Hays Code and beyond, we learn from the past to understand the debate about censorship today. Read More

The Evolution of Watching Movies at Home

From old Hollywood releases on television to the new Spike Lee Joint on Netflix, we look at how watching movies… Read More

America’s Early Movie Theater Alternatives

Here are the ways Americans watched films outside of movie theaters long before Blockbuster and the Internet. Read More

Retracing Hollywood’s Fascination with the Remake

Just like the stories they rehash, remakes can be traced to the beginning of Hollywood itself. Read More

How Current Cinema is Decoding Lesbian Stereotypes Forged by the Hays Code

Celine Sciamma's lesbian love story made by a lesbian filmmaker is more historic than you may realize. Read More

The First Oscar Snubs

Oscar snubs are not new. In fact, their legacy goes all the way back to the beginning of the Academy… Read More