Daniela Costa

Freelance Writer and Film Critic

Editor of Gay Vegas, reporter/producer for RTP. Contributor for many great publications. Formerly with After Ellen and The Gaily Grind. Member of GALECA.

My work has also appeared in @HuffingtonPostCanada, @DailyXtra, @theBUZZ, @HornetStories, @OutFrontCO, @soflagaynews, @WindyCityTimes, @gaycalgary, @WatermarkOnline, @Into, @NBCOUT, @VICE, @Slate and @TeenVogue.

The below clippings are divided up in order by:

Multimedia, High Profile Interviews, High Profile Movie Reviews, Long-form Journalism, Sports Stories, Television Recaps/Reviews, Book Interviews/Reviews, More Interviews, More Movie Reviews, News Coverage & Profiles, and Other.

Portfolio

"Pansy!" offers up flowers against homophobia in France
Following the legalization of same-sex marriage in France, reports emerged that homophobic attacks in the country had risen by over 75 percent . Paying attention to these stats...
The queer themes of out playwright Trey Anthony's "How Black Mothers Say I Love You"
You might think a play about mother-daughter abandonment issues is the last place anyone would want to be on Mother's Day weekend, but not so. Out writer/director Trey Anthony's...
"La Sociologue et l'Ourson" tackles same-sex marriage and adoption with puppets
When conceptualizing a documentary that deals with the legalization of same-sex marriage and adoption by same-sex couples, telling that story through the use of puppets and toys...
Brazilian filmmaker Vera Egito on her lesbian storyline in "Restless Love"
Being half Brazilian, I grew up watching a lot of telenovelas and the occasional Brazilian movie. Today, I spend more time watching foreign films than I do watching daily soaps,...
Out filmmaker Michal Vinik on her teen lesbian film "Barash"
Back in February, we told you about the edgy Israeli film Barash . Wanting to know more, we reached out to the film's out writer/director, Michal Vinik. She was kind enough to...
Lesbian Cinema Before Stonewall
What was queer cinema like before the '70s hit? Does it have claims on the very beginnings of moving pictures? Is this part of our history only a tale of censorship and subtext?...
Jane Anderson and Michelle Boyaner talk "Packed in a Trunk" and new projects
Having considered Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson one of the best queer documentaries of 2015 , I'm thrilled to have been able to chat recently with...
Colombian filmmaker Ana Maria Hermida on her lesbian movie, "The Firefly"
We recently told you about a film that's likely to become a favorite on the LGBT film festival circuit this year: The Firefly ( La Luciérnaga). The film, which showcases just...
On set: Season 4 of "Out with Dad"
We first told you about the adorable Canadian web series Out With Dad six years ago. Well it's been chugging along since then and we were lucky enough to snag an invite onset as...
"Romeo Romeo" documents the struggles a lesbian couple faces in getting pregnant
Pregnancy is a challenge that a lot of lesbian couples know well. Alexis and Jessica Casano-Antonellis know this a little too well. Their pregnancy journey was documented in...
Hit Australian lesbian series "Starting From Now" readies its fourth season
The Australian web series Starting From Now came on the scene almost two years ago and since then it's built a loyal fan base and garnered over 20 million views. The series...
Queer filmmaker Jen Heck on forming a cross-cultural music group in "The Promised Band"
What happens when a well-intentioned American TV producer wants her Israeli and Palestinian friends to bond? A half-assed music group and a documentary called The Promised Band...
Bisexual director Shonali Bose on her revolutionary queer film "Margarita, with a Straw"
We first told you how much we loved Flash forward to the end of 2015 and we Margarita, with a Straw 10 months ago. This movie about two women with disabilities falling in love...
Out actress Vanessa Dunn on her band Vag Halen and new queer movie role
Vanessa Dunn is a very recognizable face and voice in Toronto's queer scene, but After Ellen readers everywhere might remember her from B.J. Fletcher: Private Eye . Now with her...
Longtime lesbian couple Sheri Barden and Lois Johnson talk Daughters of Bilitis and "Gen Silent"
Today is Blogging for LGBT Elders Day and Logo TV is fittingly screening the documentary Gen Silent . The 2011 documentary is about six LGBT seniors facing isolation and the...
Sabrina Jalees on "Portrait of a Serial Monogamist" and writing queer storylines on NBC's "Crowded"
VH1′s Sabrina Jalees is an out Canadian comedian, long loved in her native country. After a few years of living in New York City and then moving to Los Angeles, 2014 and 2015...
Monica Zanetti on writing and starring in the awesome Aussie lesbian film, "Skin Deep"
Several months ago we raved over the Aussie flick Skin Deep in our review of the film. It was no surprise then when it made it onto our year-end list as an Indie Winner. This...
"Janis: Little Girl Blue" barely touches on Janis Joplin's bisexuality
When I first heard about the latest Janis Joplin documentary on the scene, I knew I had to set my eyes on it. It was one of those rare occasions where you already know you love...
HRC's new documentary details how religious spaces can be come more LGBT-friendly
Our recent article on the firing of LGBT staff at Catholic schools was just the latest reminder that many faith communities and institutions are still reluctant to truly open...
Out actress Mandahla Rose on her starring role in the lesbian road trip romp "All About E"
Since we told you about All About E a few months back, the hype around the film has just continued to grow. The movie focuses on E (played by out actress Mandahla Rose), a...
Partners Catherine Corsini and Elisabeth Perez discuss their must-see lesbian movie "Summertime"
Less than two weeks ago I told you about a new lesbian movie that's stealing our hearts here at AfterEllen-the French film Summertime ( La Belle Saison). The movie is about...
"Kyss Mig" writer/director on her new queer film "Girls Lost"
Writer/director Alexandra-Therese Keining forever carved out a place in our hearts with her 2011 release, Kiss Me ( Kyss Mig). If, like me, you were anxiously waiting to see...
"Stories of Our Lives" shares the unheard stories of being queer in Kenya
Stories of Our Lives is a Kenyan film comprised of five shorts based off the true stories of LGBTQ Kenyans. Although successfully making the film circuit rounds, the movie has,...
“BFFs” follows two friends who discover some new feelings
Two seemingly straight best friends with relationship issues hit up a couples retreat for the weekend and, of course, pretend to be lovers. But Kat ( Tara Karsian) and Samantha...
"Portrait of a Serial Monogamist" is "High Fidelity" for lesbians
If you haven't yet, you'll definitely come to know a lesbian or two (or six) who is perpetually in a relationship. One ends and another one starts. Maybe you are that lesbian....
William Sullivan on his lesbian-inclusive improvised rom-com "That's Not Us"
That's Not Us is a different movie experience. This romantic comedy that follows three couples (one lesbian, one gay and one straight) over the course of a weekend getaway is...
"The Amina Profile" delves into the surprising story behind "A Gay Girl in Damascus"
Think back to the summer of 2011 and to a little blog called A Gay Girl in Damascus. Do you recall the reported kidnapping of lesbian blogger Amina Arraf? Well, we certainly...
Writer/director Maureen Bradley on her queer poly pregnancy story, "Two 4 One"
You have a one-night stand with your ex and you both get pregnant. Not your typical lesbian problem, but Two 4 One is not your typical romantic comedy. Two 4 One tells the story...

More Movie Reviews

"A Road to Home" is the film about homeless LGBTQ youth that we needed
The stats might be nothing new to you: 40 percent of homeless youth identify as being LGBTQ. But having spent some time with these youth, I know that numbers are just numbers...

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