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Siskel Film Center receives increased Allstate grant

FF2 Media Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor detailed the $10,000 Allstate grant given to the Gene Siskel FIlm Center in support of the Black Harvest Film Festival’s youth filmmaker program in her January 9 article. The Siskel Center has received yet another grant from the nation’s largest personal insurance carrier which will help expand the Black Harvest Film […]

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European Union Film Festival sets record for number of female directors

The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago began in 1972 and since that time, it has been home to several cutting edge “film festivals that celebrate diverse voices and international cultures…”  One of those innovative festivals includes the upcoming Chicago European Union Film Festival (CEUFF), now celebrating its […]

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Giorgi’s Athena (2017)

FF2 Contributor Giorgi Plys-Garzotto reports on her time at the 7th annual Athena Film Festival, hosted by Barnard College in Manhattan  from 2/9/17 thru 2/12/17. AFF’18 dates are 2/22/18 thru 2/25/18. We hope to see YOU there next year 🙂 While I ended up being pretty sick during the Athena Film Festival, I still managed to […]

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Eti’s Athena (2017)

New FF2 Contributor Eti Or reports on her time at the 7th annual Athena Film Festival, hosted by Barnard College in Manhattan  from 2/9/17 thru 2/12/17. AFF’18 dates are 2/22/18 thru 2/25/18. We hope to see YOU there next year 🙂 I flew from Tel Aviv to New York recently to help my grandmother for a few […]

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Katusha’s Athena (2017)

FF2 Intern Katusha Jin reports on her time at the 7th annual Athena Film Festival, hosted by Barnard College in Manhattan  from 2/9/17 thru 2/12/17. AFF’18 dates are 2/22/18 thru 2/25/18. We hope to see YOU there next year 🙂 In the eighty-eight years since the first Academy Awards, there have only been four women nominated for […]

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Lindsy’s Athena (2017)

FF2 Contributor Lindsy Bussonnette reports on her time at the 7th annual Athena Film Festival, hosted by Barnard College in Manhattan  from 2/9/17 thru 2/12/17. AFF’18 dates are 2/22/18 thru 2/25/18. We hope to see YOU there next year 🙂 The Athena Film Festival this year was fantastic. Great films, thoughtful panels and a wonderful turnout. My […]

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Rachel’s Athena (2017)

FF2 Intern Rachel Kastner reports on her time at the 7th annual Athena Film Festival, hosted by Barnard College in Manhattan  from 2/9/17 thru 2/12/17. AFF’18 dates are 2/22/18 thru 2/25/18. We hope to see YOU there next year 🙂 I find myself proudest to be a Barnard student at the Athena Film Festival. It is such […]

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Woodstock Film Festival ’16: Preview Guide

By: Senior Contributor Lisa Iannucci Last month, I spent time at the Woodstock Film Festival, watching films written and directed only by women (except for one, with good reason, but I’ll get to that). Forty full-length narratives, documentaries and short films were directed by women in this year’s festival, which made up one-third of this […]

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Woodstock Film Festival ’16: Melissa Finell

By: Senior Contributor Lisa Iannucci Every time I go to a film festival, I try to find that one film that I absolutely love and would see again. I also hope to find a director that I feel is on the verge of making it “big.” Meet director Melissa Finell, who wrote and directed “Sensitivity […]

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WFF ’16: Women Filmmakers Make Impact

By: Senior Contributor Lisa Iannucci At last year’s Woodstock Film Festival in New York, Sasha Gordon debuted her movie It Had to Be You and it was extremely well-received. This well-done romantic comedy centers on Sonia, a neurotic jingle writer who’s always dreamt of a big and exciting life. Sonia is surprised by a sudden […]

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NYFF: Preview Guide to Female-Directed Features

Preview Guide to Female-Directed Feature Films at the 2016 New York Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel     The 54th Annual New York Film Festival (NYFF) of the Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC) opens September 30, with a new documentary 13th by Ava DuVernay, renowned for Selma. (2014).  Running through October 16, the full […]

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Filmmaker Q&A: Zeinabu Irene Davis

The 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival (BHFF), which takes place at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, Illinois, celebrates the history and heritage of black people, worldwide, through indie films and shorts.   While the focus is Black culture, there are several female directors and screenwriters at the festival this year, including Jerico 2016, Walk […]

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BHFF ’16: Kate Benzchawel

By Senior Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor The 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival (BHFF), which takes place at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, Illinois, celebrates the history and heritage of black people, worldwide, through indie films and shorts.   While the focus is Black culture, there are several female directors and screenwriters at the […]

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BHFF ’16: Walk All Night

By Senior Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor The 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival (BHFF), which takes place at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, Illinois, celebrates the history and heritage of black people, worldwide, through indie films and shorts.   While the focus is Black culture, there are several female directors and screenwriters at […]

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Black Harvest Film Festival

By Senior Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor The 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival (BHFF) begins August 5 at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, Illinois. It celebrates the history and heritage of black people, worldwide, through indie films and shorts. More than 40 movies are scheduled to be shown.   While the focus is […]

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HRW FILM FESTIVAL: WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE

Women Documentarians Reveal Injustice and Hope at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel http://MavensNest.net/movies.html I used to think of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival as “The Depressing Festival” in coverage over the past nine years.  But the programmers more and more balance artistic merit with the sponsoring NGO Human Rights […]

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HRW FILM FESTIVAL: OVARIAN PSYCOS

Women Documentarians Reveal Injustice and Hope at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel http://MavensNest.net/movies.html I used to think of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival as “The Depressing Festival” in coverage over the past nine years.  But the programmers more and more balance artistic merit with the sponsoring NGO Human Rights […]

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HRW FILM FESTIVAL: SONITA

Women Documentarians Reveal Injustice and Hope at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel http://MavensNest.net/movies.html I used to think of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival as “The Depressing Festival” in coverage over the past nine years.  But the programmers more and more balance artistic merit with the sponsoring NGO Human Rights […]

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HRW FILM FESTIVAL: P.S. JERUSALEM

Women Documentarians Reveal Injustice and Hope at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel http://MavensNest.net/movies.html I used to think of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival as “The Depressing Festival” in coverage over the past nine years.  But the programmers more and more balance artistic merit with the sponsoring NGO Human Rights […]

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HRW FILM FESTIVAL: TEMPEST (TEMPESTAD)

Women Documentarians Reveal Injustice and Hope at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel http://MavensNest.net/movies.html I used to think of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival as “The Depressing Festival” in coverage over the past nine years.  But the programmers more and more balance artistic merit with the sponsoring NGO Human Rights […]

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HRW FILM FESTIVAL: SOLITARY

Women Documentarians Reveal Injustice and Hope at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel http://MavensNest.net/movies.html I used to think of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival as “The Depressing Festival” in coverage over the past nine years.  But the programmers more and more balance artistic merit with the sponsoring NGO Human Rights […]

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HRW FILM FESTIVAL: JACKSON

Women Documentarians Reveal Injustice and Hope at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel http://MavensNest.net/movies.html I used to think of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival as “The Depressing Festival” in coverage over the past nine years.  But the programmers more and more balance artistic merit with the sponsoring NGO Human Rights […]

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HRW FILM FESTIVAL: INSIDE THE CHINESE CLOSET

Women Documentarians Reveal Injustice and Hope at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel http://MavensNest.net/movies.html I used to think of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival as “The Depressing Festival” in coverage over the past nine years.  But the programmers more and more balance artistic merit with the sponsoring NGO Human Rights […]

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HRW FILM FESTIVAL: HOOLIGAN SPARROW

Women Documentarians Reveal Injustice and Hope at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel http://MavensNest.net/movies.html I used to think of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival as “The Depressing Festival” in coverage over the past nine years.  But the programmers more and more balance artistic merit with the sponsoring NGO Human Rights […]

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HIFF ’16: Career Impacts

Fourth in Series by Lisa Iannucci

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HIFF ’16: Achievement Awards

Third in a series by Lisa Iannucci explaining film festivals from the insider’s POV. Part Three: Danny Aiello received annual Award for Excellence in Film & the Arts  Special for FF2 Media by Lisa Iannucci Legendary actor Danny Aiello stood in front of the audience at the Hoboken Film Festival on June 3rd to accept his Award […]

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TFF ’16: Nora Ephron Award

Rachel Tunnard’s funny and touching Adult Life Skills wins the Nora Ephron Prize at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival! Special for FF2 Media by Nora Lee Mandel Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) touts that one-third of the films–fiction and documentary–screened at this year’s 11-day event in Lower Manhattan were directed by women (the highest percentage in its […]

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HIFF ’16: HIFF Series Intro

First in a series by Lisa Iannucci explaining film festivals from the insider’s POV. Part One: Kenneth Del Vecchio’s brainstorm! Special for FF2 Media by Lisa Iannucci It was 4 o’clock in the morning and Kenneth Del Vecchio’s wife was sound asleep, but not for long. “I woke her up and told her that I was […]

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