NYC's Film Society of Lincoln Center presents “Jane Campion’s Own Stories” Retrospective
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NYC's Film Society of Lincoln Center presents “Jane Campion’s Own Stories” Retrospective

Jane Campion, the pioneering New Zealand-born filmmaker known for her Oscar-winning film The Piano (1993) and now Sundance TV’s “Top of the Lake” series, is being honored with a retrospective look at her innovative film career. “Jane Campion’s Own Stories,” will run from September 8th through September 17th at the Film Society of Lincoln Center…

Women Make Movies nominated for News Documentary Emmy Awards
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Women Make Movies nominated for News Documentary Emmy Awards

Congratulations to Women Make Movies’ Distribution and Production Assistance Program films nominated for the 38th Annual News Documentary Emmy Awards! Director Beth Murphy’s What Tomorrow Brings, a story about the first girls’ school in a small Afghan village, is nominated for Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary. Directors Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Naqvi’s Among the Believers is…

The Wedding Plan & The Woman's Balcony: A Tale of 2 Screenplays
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The Wedding Plan & The Woman's Balcony: A Tale of 2 Screenplays

FF2 Media Editor-in-Chief Jan Lisa Huttner explores the implicit misogyny of religious fundamentalism in a compare/contrast of two recent Israeli films. It can't just be that I was no fan of Rama Burshtein's first film Fill the Void. I had heard raves about her second film -- The Wedding Plan -- from people I love and respect,…

UPDATE: Sly 'Foxes' wins well-deserved Tony Award for Cynthia Nixon
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UPDATE: Sly 'Foxes' wins well-deserved Tony Award for Cynthia Nixon

MONDAY UPDATE: Jan Lisa Huttner here, the morning after the 2017 Tony Awards. Congratulations to Cynthia Nixon, winner of the 2017 Tony Award for "Best Actress for a Featured Role in a Play" in the role of "Birdie" in Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes. Kudos as well to Jane Greenwood who also won a Tony for…

The Powder and The Glory: From PBS Doc to Tony-Nominated Broadway Musical!
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The Powder and The Glory: From PBS Doc to Tony-Nominated Broadway Musical!

The Powder & The Glory -- a PBS documentary now available on DVD -- depicts the feud between esteemed makeup icons Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubenstein. Why is this relevant now? Because War Paint -- the new Broadway musical that has been nominated for FOUR Tony Awards -- is based on this doc 🙂 The tale of these…

Swiss filmmaker Petra Volpe wins prestigious Nora Ephron Prize at 2017 Tribeca Film Festival
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Swiss filmmaker Petra Volpe wins prestigious Nora Ephron Prize at 2017 Tribeca Film Festival

Petra Biondina Volpe from Switzerland is the winner of the 5th annual Nora Ephron Prize at this year's Tribeca Film Festival! Volpe is the writer/director of The Divine Order (Die Göttliche Ordnung), which also received the Audience Award in the “Narrative” category, as well as a nomination for the Jury Award for Best International Narrative Feature. In addition, Marie Leuenberger…

TFF's Nora Ephron Prize Winners: Where are they now?
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TFF's Nora Ephron Prize Winners: Where are they now?

The Tribeca Film Festival just gave its 5th annual Nora Ephron Prize to Petra Biondina Volpe from Switzerland. Volpe is the writer/director of The Divine Order (Die Göttliche Ordnung), which also received two additional awards at TFF: Audience Award--Narrative and Best Actress (Marie Leuenberger) in an International Narrative Feature. The Divine Order was also nominated for…

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…

Athena film festival alums win Peabody awards
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Athena film festival alums win Peabody awards

Three of the twelve documentaries honored in April with the prestigious Peabody Award are Athena Film Festival Alums. Congratulations to:  Mavis! by Jessica Edwards Excerpt from FF2 Media review: Jubilant new BioDoc about Chicago singer Mavis Staples. Her phenomenal career began in Gospel but her unique voice finds a home in multiple settings and her upbeat personality…

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…

Hidden Figures a hidden 'white-wash'?
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Hidden Figures a hidden 'white-wash'?

Hidden Figures, based on Margot Lee Shetterly's non-fiction book, has grossed more than $145 million at the box office, becoming this year's highest-grossing Best Picture nominee. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Oscar-nominated Octavia Spencer, the film tells the story of three Black NASA workers in segregated Hampton, Virginia in the early 1960s. Given the…

Siskel Panelists Predict Diverse Oscar Wins
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Siskel Panelists Predict Diverse Oscar Wins

FF2 Media Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor attended the Gene Siskel Film Center Oscars Panel last month, a five-panelist discussion on nominations, snubs and film recommendations. Following up with Pamela Powell of The Daily Journal and Sergio Mims of Shadow and Act, the two panelists reflected on #OscarsSoWhite and #OscarsSoBlue campaigns, as well as the diversity…