Danielle Solzman is a Chicago-based film critic and an aspiring filmmaker if she can ever put enough time aside to work on her feature-length trans-led political comedy script. When not in Chicago, she attends various film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, and Toronto. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a BA in Public Relations while earning a Masters in Media Communications from Webster University after writing a thesis paper on comic books against the backdrop of the American political culture. Film Critic, Solzy at the Movies Member, Broadcast Film Critics Association Member, Galeca: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics Member, Alliance of Women Film Journalists Member, Online Association of Female Film Critics Member, Online Film Critics Society Member, Online Film & Television Association Tomatometer Critic

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Ten Films You Can Watch From Home

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the all-female team of film critics at FF2 Media were assigned to write about their favorite female artists – and where to watch their work. If you’re stuck at home, here’s a list of 10 films that you can watch from the comfort of your own couch or bed […]

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Watch at Home: ‘Banana Split’ & more from female filmmakers

Banana Split

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services. Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 3/27/2020 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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Watch at Home: ‘Romantic Comedy’ & more from female filmmakers

Romantic Comedy

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services. Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 3/13/2020 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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Watch at Home: ‘Charlie’s Angels’ & more from female filmmakers

Charlie's Angels

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services. Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 3/13/2020 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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Eliza Hittman talks ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’

Sidney Flanigan appears in Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Eliza Hittman spoke with FF2 Media in a phone interview about her new film, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, opening in theaters this weekend. Following festival screenings at both Sundance and Berlin, Focus Features opens the Never Rarely Sometimes Always in select theaters starting on March 12, 2020. Hittman wrote and directed the film, which stars […]

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SXSW 2020 cancelled

Rachel Sennott in Shiva Baby, an official SXSW selection.

The city of Austin made the decision to cancel the SXSW this year due to the threat from COVID-19 and thousands of people flying in for SXSW. While the city of Austin made the right call, a number of filmmakers are hurting right now. I can’t blame them especially after the amount of hard work […]

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Watch at Home: ‘Go Back to China’ & more from female filmmakers

Lynn Chen, Anna Akana, and Richard Ng in Go Back to China directed by Emily Ting.

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services. Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 3/6/2020 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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Emily Ting talks autobiographical inspiration for ‘Go Back to China’

Lynn Chen, Anna Akana, and Richard Ng in Go Back to China directed by Emily Ting.

Writer-director Emily Ting spoke to FF2 Media over the phone about her new film, Go Back to China, being released in theaters and VOD on March 6. How exciting is it that Go Back to China is opening in theaters and VOD following its SXSW premiere last year and a run on the festival circuit? […]

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Watch at Home: ‘Frozen 2’ & more from female filmmakers

Frozen 2

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services. Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 2/28/2020 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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Chicago-set ‘Saint Frances’ a winner for writer Kelly O’Sullivan

Premiering at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, writer Kelly O’Sullivan’s Saint Frances won the Audience Award in the narrative feature competition and received special jury recognition for breakthrough voice. Set in Chicago, the film tells the story of a 26-year-old nanny dealing with the complicated emotions of having an abortion. Also winning Audience Award for […]

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Watch at Home: ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ & more from female filmmakers

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services. Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 2/14/2020 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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Tanya Wexler talks unapologetic female characters in ‘Buffaloed’

Director Tanya Wexler on the set of Buffaloed.

Buffaloed director Tanya Wexler spoke with FF2 Media over the phone about her new film from writer Brian Sacca, starring Zoey Deutch, Judy Greer, Jermaine Fowler, Noah Reid and Jai Courtney. Magnolia Pictures released the film in theaters and VOD on Friday. Buffaloed just opened in theaters and VOD this weekend. At what point in […]

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Watch at Home: ‘Olympic Dreams’ & more from female filmmakers

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services. Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 2/14/2020 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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The Best of Sundance From Female Filmmakers

Now that I’ve had some time to recover from Sundance, I’d like to present the best films that I saw from female filmmakers at this year’s festival. There were some standout films from returning female filmmakers on the mountains. At the same time, it was also nice to discover some new filmmakers to keep an […]

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Watch at Home: ‘Horse Girl’ & more from female filmmakers

Alison Brie appears in Horse Girl

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services. Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 2/17/2020 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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Watch at Home: ‘Miss Americana’ & more from female filmmakers

Taylor Swift in a still from Miss Americana

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services. Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 1/31/2020 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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Sundance 2020: Lana Wilson talks ‘Taylor Swift: Miss Americana’

Taylor Swift in a still from Miss Americana

Lana Wilson sat down with FF2 Media during the 2020 Sundance Film Festival to discuss the recently premiered Taylor Swift documentary, Miss Americana. Following the Sundance premiere, Miss Americana will be available to stream on Netflix on January 31, 2020. How thrilled were you that Miss Americana was selected as an opening night film during […]

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Watch at Home: ‘The Addams Family’ & more from female filmmakers

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services. Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 1/24/2020 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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Watch at Home: ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ & more from female filmmakers

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services. Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 1/17/2020 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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The Best Women-Directed Films of 2019

Kaitlyn Dever stars as Amy and Beanie Feldstein as Molly in Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, Booksmart, an Annapurna Pictures release.

There were so many films released during the past year but the following are among the best women-directed films of 2019. Booksmart If there’s one film that I believe will still be talked about in a decade, it’s Booksmart. This is a film that re-defines what female friendship means for a new generation. Less than […]

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Watch at Home: ‘2 in the Bush: A Love Story’ & more from female filmmakers

Two in the Bush: A Love Story

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services. Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 12/20/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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Laura Madalinski, Kelly Haas talk ‘Two in the Bush: A Love Story’

Laura Madalinski and Kelly Haas attend BFI Flare 2019

Co-writer/director Laura Madalinski and co-writer Kelly Haas spoke to FF2 Media about the recently released Two in the Bush: A Love Story. Two in the Bush: A Love Story focuses on a type of relationship that is rarely depicted in film: the polyamourous relationship. The film is available on Digital and VOD today. Two in […]

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Golden Globe nominations a ‘yearly reminder’ of problematic HFPA

The Golden Globes have been problematic for a number of years, and every year there’s a reminder that these awards are maybe not what they seem. While groups like the Critics Choice Association nominated women for Best Director and in both screenplay categories, the same cannot be said of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.  The […]

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Watch at Home: ‘Rabid’ & more from female filmmakers

Rabid

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services. Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 12/13/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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Tara Wood talks ‘QT8: The First Eight’

QT8: The First Eight

Filmmaker Tara Wood recently spoke with FF2 Media over the phone about her Quentin Tarantino documentary, QT8: The First Eight. The film is currently available on Digital and VOD. QT8: The First Eight made its way to home video last week.  How did you go about approaching Quentin Tarantino in order to make the film? […]

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Watch at Home: ‘QT8: The First Eight’ & more from female filmmakers

QT8: The First Eight

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services. Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 12/6/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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Watch at Home: ‘Hustlers’ & more from female filmmakers

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services. Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 11/29/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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Watch at Home: ‘Blinded by the Light’ & more from female filmmakers

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services. Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 11/22/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe talk wild comedy ‘Greener Grass’

Greener Grass writers-directors-stars Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe spoke with FF2 Media to discuss the film. Read our full review HERE. Greener Grass was one of the wildest experiences that I’ve had in a theater this year.  What was the process like in adapting the short film into a feature? Jocelyn DeBoer: Aww…Danielle, perhaps you’ve […]

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Watch at Home: ‘The Farewell’ & more from female filmmakers

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services. Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 11/15/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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