Ruth Prawer Jhabvala story Heat & Dust newly re-released in 4G
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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala story Heat & Dust newly re-released in 4G

In 1983, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's Booker-prize winning novel Heat and Dust was released in theatres for its first run, and in 1984, BAFTA rewarded her with a Best Adapted Screenplay award. But even many film buffs will not recognize her name.  Ruth Prawer Who??? Although she was the genius who wrote most of screenplays for their their…

Great News! Peirce & Karaszewski elected to AMPAS Board of Governors!
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Great News! Peirce & Karaszewski elected to AMPAS Board of Governors!

More great news from AMPAS! Members newly elected 2017–18 Board of Governors include Kimberly Peirce (added to the Directors Branch) and FF2 Media FOJ Larry Karaszewski (added to the Writers Branch). When AMPAS President Cheryl Boone Isaacs issued her diversity declaration in January 2016, I was frankly skeptical. But now I see she has, in fact, exceeded…

DocAviv '17:  Sneak Peeks from Israel's world-renown documentary film festival
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DocAviv '17: Sneak Peeks from Israel's world-renown documentary film festival

FF2 Media is proud to introduce Eti Or -- our new Israeli contributor -- with her report on Israeli women filmmaker screenings at this year's DocAviv (Israel's world-renown documentary film festival). Here are sneak peaks of Eti's Top Picks from DocAviv '17. Hopefully some of these films will make their way to festivals and theaters worldwide…

Feminist Media Critic Jennifer Pozner wins 2017 Women's Choice Award
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Feminist Media Critic Jennifer Pozner wins 2017 Women's Choice Award

Congratulations to Feminist Media Critic Jennifer Pozner (author of "Reality Bites Back") for winning the 2017 Women's Choice Award in the "Voice of Women" category last night in LA! From Jennifer's Amazon Page: Jennifer L. Pozner is founder and executive director of Women In Media & News (WIMN), a media justice group that amplifies women's…

Pride, Determination & Resilience at the 24th Annual New York African Film Festival

Pride, Determination & Resilience at the 24th Annual New York African Film Festival

FROM THE FESTIVAL STATEMENT: The urge to reclaim stolen images and voices has been a motto for African filmmakers and artists since the 60s. Cinema has served as a megaphone for the African people to let the world know about their collective and individual struggles. As Frantz Fanon said: Each generation must, out of relative…

Women will complete in all writing/directing categories at the 2017 Tony Awards
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Women will complete in all writing/directing categories at the 2017 Tony Awards

When the 2017 Tony nominations were announced this morning, women's names appeared in every single writing and directing category. Correct me if I am wrong, but I do not believe this has ever happened before. And if I am correct, this marks a new milestone for women in the arts! Here is the list of women…

Ten years later, Adrienne Shelly's 'Waitress' is still as sweet as the best cherry pie
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Ten years later, Adrienne Shelly's 'Waitress' is still as sweet as the best cherry pie

Jan Here: Ten years ago on this date, I posted a review of Adrienne Shelley's wonderful film Waitress on a site called The Digital Filmmaker (now defunct). My review ended as follows: "For her family and friends there can be no consolation, but those of us who will only know Adrienne Shelly by her work can still…

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…

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…

In "Pendular," two artists share one space for both living and working

In "Pendular," two artists share one space for both living and working

From the New Directors/New Films (2017) Website: A male sculptor and a female dancer live and work together in their big, barren loft, a mere strip of orange tape serving as the boundary between his atelier and her studio. Here, the stage is set for a low-key psychosexual drama centered around the couple’s erotic, artistic, and everyday…

Three Canadian Women struggle with multiple 'Boundaries' in mythical Besco

Three Canadian Women struggle with multiple 'Boundaries' in mythical Besco

From the New Directors/New Films (2017) Website: Chloé Robichaud’s sophomore feature centers on three women trying to square their political careers with complicated personal lives. Besco, a fictitious island country off the eastern coast of Canada, possesses vast natural resources that foreign companies would love to tap into, which occasions negotiations between Besco’s president (Macha…

'My Happy Family' takes us to Tbilisi (Georgia)

'My Happy Family' takes us to Tbilisi (Georgia)

From the New Directors/New Films (2017) Website: The second feature by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross subtly and sensitively follows a middle-aged woman as she aims to leave her husband and escape from the multi-generational living situation she shares with her aging parents, the aforementioned husband, her son, her daughter, and her daughter’s cheating live-in…

"The Future Perfect" brings a bit of Buenos Aires to NYC

"The Future Perfect" brings a bit of Buenos Aires to NYC

From the New Directors/New Films (2017) Website: Winner of the Best First Feature prize at the 2016 Locarno Film Festival, Nele Wohlatz’s assured debut is a playful, exceptionally idea-rich work of fiction with documentary fragments. Seventeen-year-old Xiaobin arrives in Argentina from China unable to speak Spanish. Employed at a Chinese grocery store, she saves up…

BEACH RATS is the "Centerpiece" Film in NYC's 2017 New Directors/New Films Series

BEACH RATS is the "Centerpiece" Film in NYC's 2017 New Directors/New Films Series

Seen in New Directors/New Films (2017): Eliza Hittman follows up her acclaimed debut It Felt Like Love with this sensitive chronicle of sexual becoming. Frankie (a breakout Harris Dickinson), a bored teenager living in South Brooklyn, regularly haunts the Coney Island boardwalk with his boys—trying to score weed, flirting with girls, killing time. But he spends…

FF2 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at the Film Society of Lincoln Center

FF2 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at the Film Society of Lincoln Center

The 2017 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at the Film Society of Lincoln Center opened on March 1, and by March 12 -- the final day -- members of FF2 Media's NYC team had seen NINE of the TEN new women-directed films on the schedule. Speaking for myself (FF2 Editor-in-Chief Jan Lisa Huttner), the annual Rendez-Vous with French Cinema…