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‘An Education,’ ‘Their Finest’ and how Lone Scherfig’s radiant films preach hope in dark times

Danish director Lone Scherfig has helmed 10 feature films, all similar in style and tone but varying vastly in subject matter. Her diverse filmography is appealing not only to avid cinephiles but even the most casual viewer. They are irresistibly entertaining and refreshingly accessible, with deep themes and rich stories that are not hindered by […]

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Siskel Film Center provides new independent cinema to stream at home

Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center has partnered with film distributors to bring “new and noteworthy independent cinema” into homes during coronavirus quarantine. The organization closed its doors in mid-March as a result of Illinois Governor JB Pritzker’s stay-home order, cutting short its annual Chicago European Union Film Festival programming in order to keep patrons safe […]

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Streaming Now: ‘Selah and the Spades’ is an evolved high school drama

From writer-director Tayarisha Poe, 2019 Sundance Film Festival favorite Selah and the Spades drops on Amazon Prime Video April 17. Following the five “factions” of the posh Pennsylvania boarding school Haldwell, Poe’s feature debut is a dark, anxiety-ridden and heightened version of the high school drama. When sophomore photographer Paloma (Celeste O’Connor) is recruited by […]

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Gurinder Chadha builds career on diversified stories

A rebellious daughter playing football, a Pakistani son of immigrants obsessed with the music of Bruce Springsteen and the final British Viceroy of India. These are characters at the heart of filmmaker Gurinder Chada’s extensive filmography, dating back to her 1993 debut, Bhaji on the Beach.  The award-winning director has not only helmed 11 feature […]

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Streaming: Amazon’s ‘Blow the Man Down’ a story of dynamic women

Available to stream on Amazon Prime Video March 20, Blow the Man Down is a stylish and suspenseful drama from writer-director team Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy. The 90-minute feature is a sinister and eerie tale about the dark connections between women in this seemingly bleak but memorable small town.  During the dreary winter […]

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Watch at Home Wednesday: 20 Perfect Films From Female Filmmakers

Twenty films from female filmmakers received perfect scores from the FF2 Media team during 2019. To receive a perfect score from our team, a film must pass the Bechdel-Wallace test and feature a female writer or director – 220 films matching the latter criteria were released theatrically in Manhattan last year.  The following films are […]

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