Female directors win top categories at Tribeca Film Festival
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Female directors win top categories at Tribeca Film Festival

The 16th Annual Tribeca Film Festival announced the top winners in all five feature categories were presented to women-directed films, including Keep the Change (Best U.S. Narrative) Son of Sofia (Best International Narrative) and Bobbi Jene (Best Documentary). The festival, which runs through April 30, also awarded the 5th Annual Nora Ephron Prize to Petra…

Giorgi Plys-Garzotto debuts NYU film 'Won't Somebody Think of the Children'

Giorgi Plys-Garzotto debuts NYU film 'Won't Somebody Think of the Children'

Congratulations to FF2 Associate Giorgi Plys-Garzotto for posting her NYU film "Won't Somebody Think of the Children" on the We Are Moving Stories site:   Here is a snippet from the WAMS interview: Congratulations, Giorgi! Why did you make your film? This film was my senior thesis at NYU, the culmination of four years studying film at…

Petra Volpe, director of ‘The Divine Order,' takes lighthearted approach to suffrage
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Petra Volpe, director of ‘The Divine Order,' takes lighthearted approach to suffrage

***Update*** The 16th Annual Tribeca Film Festival Nora Ephron Prize winner. The Nora Ephron Prize: Petra Volpe, writer/director of The Divine Order (Switzerland). Jurors Dianna Agron, Joy Bryant, Diane Lane, Zoe Lister-Jones and Christina Ricci awarded the film for its “intrepid and compassionate storytelling, beautiful cinematography (by a woman), complex characterization of the female experience, seamless…

Penny Marshall's 'A League of Their Own' celebrates 25th anniversary
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Penny Marshall's 'A League of Their Own' celebrates 25th anniversary

On a recent trip to the Carson Pirie Scott department store, I came across a display of (ridiculously expensive) baseball-themed purses. The designer bags were emblazoned with the logos of Major League Baseball teams, and a sign above the rack where they hung read, “Yes, girls love sports, too!” I was appalled at the fact that…

Shamim Sarif breaks the mold with anti-le Carré spy thriller
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Shamim Sarif breaks the mold with anti-le Carré spy thriller

Shamim Sarif is breaking the mold as a filmmaker, not only writing and directing her own projects, but adapting her own novels and producing with wife Hanan Kattan. Since 2007, she’s made three dramatically different romantic dramas. Her first two films (both starring Sheetal Sheth and Lisa Ray) were the period drama The World Unseen…

Female filmmakers shine at Siskel Center's Asian American Showcase

Female filmmakers shine at Siskel Center's Asian American Showcase

The 22nd annual Asian American Showcase ran from March 31 to April 12 at Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center and the Foundation for Asian American Independent Media. Read our “Best of the Fest” list below, ranked from highest to lowest. Number 1: The Tiger Hunter. USA. Lena Khan writes and directs a light-hearted and witty…

Miranda Bailey discusses director’s vision, unique style of ‘Norman’

Miranda Bailey discusses director’s vision, unique style of ‘Norman’

Joseph Cedar, an Oscar-nominated filmmaker from Israel, brings us an exceptional tale about an ordinary man in Norman, starring Richard Gere and Lior Ashkenazi. Norman is a small-time businessman in New York City, always hustling for the next big deal. His connections are suspect and his exaggerations quite humorous, but his motivations come into question…

Behind the mask and mirror: an interview with Deborah Kampmeier, director of SPLit
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Behind the mask and mirror: an interview with Deborah Kampmeier, director of SPLit

Lindsy Bissonnette (FF2 Media): Deborah, where did the idea for your new film SPLit come from? Kampmeier: It was about 25 years ago, I took a workshop called “Voices of the Earth,” which was based on the ancient Sumarian myth “The Descent of Inanna.” In the workshop we were creating a space that was a... supportive…

The 'Women of 1915' find their voice

The 'Women of 1915' find their voice

"Genocide is more than killing people," states The Women of 1915 Bared Maronian's latest documentary, "it’s robbing them of their very identity." The idea that one culture can completely destroy evidence that another culture ever existed seems impossible, but the Ottoman Empire came close in 1915 when they slaughtered the Armenian people. Over 100 years later, The Armenian Genocide is…

NYC's 2017 "Canada Now" Film Festival now playing at IFC Center

NYC's 2017 "Canada Now" Film Festival now playing at IFC Center

Jan Here: I saw two stunning new films from Canadian women filmmakers yesterday. The first was Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming) written and directed by Ann Marie Fleming. The second was Nelly written and directed by Anne Émond. Both films are based on real Canadian women, but beyond that bare similarity, they couldn't be more…

'Sunday in the Park' leaps off the stage in fantastic revival

'Sunday in the Park' leaps off the stage in fantastic revival

Sunday in the Park with George, which officially opened on Broadway February 23rd, 2017, is a an absolutely fabulous piece of theater. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine, and directed by Sarna Lapine this revival combines minimalism with beautiful projections, creating an experience unlike any other. The show starts out with…

LA International Film Festival celebrates women artists on International SWAN Day
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LA International Film Festival celebrates women artists on International SWAN Day

Celebrating its 13th year, the annual Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival offers a platform where women artists can showcase their work and tell their stories. Presented by the Alliance of Women Filmmakers at LA Live Regal Cinemas, the festival was a weekend not to be missed. This year’s Women’s International Film Festival also happened…