Daniela Costa

Freelance Writer and Film Critic

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

My work has also appeared in @HuffingtonPostCanada, @DailyXtra, @theBUZZ, @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

Filipino lesbian film "Ned's Project" is all kinds of problematic
How to tell when a lesbian-themed film really wasn't made for a lesbian audience: its leading lesbian does something super un-lesbian-like and it's not even questioned. The...
A lesbian filmmaker highlights South Korean queer life in "Troublers"
It's 2016, and more people are out in South Korea than ever before, yet discrimination against LGBTQ people seems to be a growing trend in the country. "Collective violence...
"Fight Valley" is an MMA B-movie with a lesbian subplot
Are you a fan of B-movies and/or MMA? If your answer is "no" to both of those, chances are you're not going to like Fight Valley. But if you enjoy either of them and have...
"Blindsided" tells the story of a lesbian living with Usher Syndrome
When director Lisa Olivieri met Patricia Livingstone, the subject of her would-be documentary Blindsided, in the mid-90s, she could not have imagined that she would still be...
"Add the Words" documents Idaho's fight for LGBT protections
If 81 percent of your state's population reported believing it's wrong to fire individuals based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, you would think legislators...
"Gayby Baby" highlights children of gay moms and dads
I've got a lot of affection for Australians, but the one thing I don't appreciate is the slow progress Aussie politicians have made on the matters of legalizing same-sex...
An artist and a sex worker fall for each other in "ToY"
Despite its playful name, ToY is not the lesbian version of Pretty Woman. There are, however, some similarities-namely two attractive leads, an age difference and, oh yeah, a...
Fantasy and drama meet in "Ava's Impossible Things"
Lovers of Marina Rice Bader films: she's back. Her latest is the fantasy drama Ava's Impossible Things -yet another female-centric tour de force. And yes, there is, of course, a...
A lesbian couple gets married in a haunted house in "Brides to Be"
Lesbian themed horror films seem to be all the rage in 2015-2016. From international thrillers like Sweden's Alena to the recent Hollywood release The Neon Demon to the indie...
A new documentary celebrates winning "The Freedom to Marry"
As a society in general, we tend to look back on the early '80s with a sense of nostalgia. After all, some of the best music and films were made during this time, fashion...
"Women Who Kill" is a killer dark comedy
Doesn't it suck when you suspect your girlfriend might be a murderer? Hold up-let's rewind the tape here. We're going into dark comedy territory, folks. And you're going to love...
"AWOL" is a stunning small town American love story
Damn, I really liked AWOL . Like a lot more than I was expecting to like a lesbian love story set in rural Pennsylvania. I guess I should've seen it coming given the success of...
"Bruising for Besos" looks at an abusive lesbian relationship
If you've watched more than just "the classics," you know that some lesbian films need a minute or 20 to find their groove. That's certainly the case for new film Bruising for...
"Jewel's Catch One" highlights the lesbian owner of a historic gay club
I can't say I've ever had the pleasure of dancing up a storm at Jewel's Catch One in LA and sadly I never will-it closed in 2015. I suspect a lot of you are in the same boat,...
"Political Animals" gives four lesbian politicians the well-deserved spotlight
I can't believe we're already closing in on the one-year anniversary of the legalization of same-sex marriage in America. I still remember the euphoria that surrounded that day...
"Girl on Girl" and "Gender Troubles: The Butches" tackle lesbian visibility - AfterEllen
With Pride season around the corner and a lot of us preparing to show up as our best queer selves, it's easy to forget that not everybody is taken to be proud because of the way...
"Suicide Kale" is a very queer and funny dark comedy
Doesn't it suck when your best friends invite you over for lunch and you have to figure out which one wants to off herself? What, that's not funny or all that realistic? It is...
"Honeyglue" is a gender-defying love story
It's often said that films are a mirror of society and not the other way round, meaning that if you're waiting for a film to come along and change society, good luck. That's why...
"BFFs" is a sexually fluid female buddy comedy
I watched BFFs for the first time about a year ago and thought it was really funny then. Having watched it again almost a year to the day, I'm happy to report it holds up very...
"Angry Indian Goddesses" is a feminist dramedy with a lesbian storyline
Fair warning: there probably isn't a more spoilery review of the film Angry Indian Goddesses out there. For the purposes of this site, we kind of have to give away the film's...
Docs about LGBT women in Asia, Uganda and rural Canada play at Toronto's Inside Out Film Festival
Now around for over a quarter of a century, the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival is back with its 2016 edition, running from May 26 to June 5. We've already reviewed, and...
"Take Me For a Ride" is an Ecuadorian teen lesbian romance
Maybe it's just me, but I think it says a lot about the times we live in that we can now say there's an abundance of formulaic adolescent lesbian love stories. I find it even...
Italian film "Me, Myself and Her" is a controversial must-see
Spoiler alert (yes, alread y): this movie contains cheating with a penis. If you have a rule about not watching such films, I respect that. BUT, I still think you'll like it if...
"Alena" is a sexy but twisted lesbian thriller
Holy horror movie! The Swedes went from giving us of the same name, let me tell you, as far as this Kyss Mig to this lesbian thriller- graphic novel very specific genre goes,...
Four can't-miss documentaries about queer women of color at Outfest Fusion
Following #OscarsSoWhite and the poor showing of LGBT films at the just past Academy Awards, the 2016 Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival could not have come at a...
"The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen" honors a black lesbian feminist artist & activist
Dancer, teacher, activist, scholar-all roles held by powerhouse out lesbian Angela Bowen. Such a life undoubtedly deserves documenting, and that's exactly what filmmaker...
"West North West" is a slow burning but sexy love triangle
No, this isn't the semiautobiographical set in the future film about a child of celebrity turned secret agent. That would be West, North West, which sadly will probably hold...
Meredith Baxter narrates a documentary about one of the most well-known homophobes of all time
Anita Bryant -is there a more hated name amongst the LGBT community? Perhaps, but not many. Even though it's been decades since her damaging words filled pages and airtime, her...
"Barash" is an edgy Israeli film about two enamored teenage girls
It's official: Israeli teenagers are too cool for us all. At least the teens in writer/director Michal Vinik's Barash are. Seriously, this movie bleeds cool in a way a lot of...
Gay men and women get married in "Inside the Chinese Closet"
I love my best guy, who also happens to be gay, but could I marry him? Sorry bud, but I think it's going to have to be a "no" on that. No doubt then that the idea of marrying a...

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