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Joelle Touma: Spotlight on Oscar-Nominated Lebanese Screenwriter

Though The Insult is now an Oscar-nominated film – a first for Lebanon – it seems that the mainstream media is focusing primarily on Ziad Doueiri (the director) and his contributions to the film, making for another case where the female filmmaker is left in shadows and receives no recognition for the work she put in.

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A Common Thread: A look at this year’s Oscar noms

Throughout this season, we have noticed one thing about a lot of the films coming out that have something in common: passionate women.

From Lady Bird to The Post, from Three Bilboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri to I, Tonya, films this year have featured women front and center.

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Mixed reactions to Oscar noms at Siskel Center panel

The Gene Siskel Film Center held its annual film critics reaction panel for the 90th Academy Awards Nominations Panel on Tuesday, January 23 with contributor Pamela Powell.

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Women win big at 49th NAACP Image Awards

The 49th NAACP Image Awards were held in Pasadena last night, recognizing people of color making strides in film, music, literature and television.

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AWFJ honors women in film with ‘female focus’ category

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ), made up of professional female film critics, announced winners in three categories at their annual EDA Awards last week.

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Best Performance: Is It Time For Gender Neutral Acting Awards?

First of a Series for FF2 Media by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto As many of you probably saw, the Golden Globe nominations were announced on Monday. You know what that means—time for this year’s gauntlet of award shows! And when I say “gauntlet,” I mean it in the medieval sense. For those of you who don’t know, a […]

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Film Independent Spirit Awards nom women filmmakers

The following nominations are by women filmmakers, both writers and directors whose work has been critically reviewed and covered by FF2 Media.

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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 […]

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AFI honors the incomparable Diane Keaton

Jan Here. Honestly, I turned on AFI’s tribute to the incomparable Diane Keaton last night as “filler” between the end of the PBS News Hour & the beginning of The Rachel Maddow Show, but I ended up watching the entire tribute. I have always loved Diane Keaton in her dramatic roles as well as her […]

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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 […]

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FF2 Media applauds diversity in new AMPAS Class of ’17

FF2 Media applauds AMPAS (The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) for inviting inviting 774 new members from 57 countries. The class of 2017 has an increased number of women and POC (People of Color) in its effort to boost diversity in each of its seven branches. Of the 64 directors invited this year, […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Oscar ’17: Who was the biggest winner of 2017?

Jan Lisa Huttner, FF2 Media’s Editor-in-Chief, has a surprising answer to the question who was the biggest winner at the 2017 Oscar Ceremony? “You can’t always get what you want. You can’t always get what you want. You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes well you might find You get […]

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Oscar ’17: The Viola Davis Brouhaha

Jan Lisa Huttner weighs in on the 2017 Oscars’ biggest brouhaha: Why was Viola Davis nominated for Best Supporting Actress rather than Best Actress? A few years back, Viola Davis was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her performance as “Abileen” in The Help, but the Oscar that year went to Meryl Streep for her performance in […]

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Oscar ’17: The Nate Parker Brouhaha

Jan Lisa Huttner weighs in on the 2017 Oscars’ second major brouhaha: Why wasn’t The Birth of a Nation nominated for an Oscar? I will have more to say about this later, but at this point, suffice it to say that Nate Parker’s Oscar problems had nothing to do with questions about his personal life and […]

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Oscar ’17: The O.J. Brouhaha

Jan Lisa Huttner weighs in on the 2017 Oscars’ third major brouhaha: Did OJ: Made in America belong at the Oscars? This one burns in my craw! OJ: Made in America is not “a movie” in the sense of a theatrical release. It was made by ESPN and meant to be watched in episodes on television. The […]

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Hidden Figures: girls and pearls

Hidden Figures, written by Allison Shroeder and Theodore Melfi based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly and directed by Theodore Melfi, has been receiving a lot of press. The film highlights the work that women of color have done for NASA, and how they have been nearly erased from history despite their importance. From […]

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Hidden Figures and the music of the spheres

The music in every movie must always support the story. It connects and immerses the audience into the world of the characters. In Hidden Figures, the music pushes the audience beyond sympathy from mere observation, engaging us in the experience through an almost personal connection. In a way that no movie about the human exploration […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Siskel Center panelists talk Oscar noms, gender disparity

The Gene Siskel Film Center held the 89th Academy Awards Nominations Panel on January 24, 2017 in Chicago. The hour-long event included J.R. Jones of the Chicago Reader, Pamela Powell of The Daily Journal, Sergio Mims of Shadow & Act, Ray Pride of New City and Dean Richards of WGN-Radio. Moderator Alison Cuddy began the […]

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FYC ’17: Jan Lisa Huttner

Dear AMPAS: FF2 Editor-in-Chief Jan Lisa Huttner asks you to consider these fourteen films by women writers &/or directors (from the full list of films released in NYC theatres in 2016) for Oscar nominations next month. (Note that this list is dated 12/1/16 & will be updated after 12/31/16.) Jan’s Favorite Feature Films of 2016 (Yes! All four of these feature films […]

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FYC ’17: Brigid Presecky

FF2 Managing Editor Brigid Presecky asks you to consider these six films by women writers &/or directors (from the full list of films released in NYC theatres in 2016). Note that this list was created in November & will be updated after December 31, 2016. My Favorite Feature Films of 2016 (2) Jack of the Red Hearts (Director Janet […]

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