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A Tribute to Nadine Labaki

Capernaum brought Labaki historic awards and secured her place as an internationally renowned filmmaker. The film was nominated in the foreign language Oscars category, making Labaki the first female Arab director ever to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

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A Tribute to Julie Delpy

Julie Delpy is a director, actress, screenwriter, producer, and musician. She grew up in a family where both her parents worked in the performing arts. She began working in the film industry at 14 as an actress, and has been acting continuously since then. Along with her work in the film industry, she also released […]

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A Tribute to Gurinder Chadha

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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Women’s History Month: Naoko Yamada a standout in anime industry

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the all-female team of film critics at FF2 Media were assigned to write about their favorite female artists – and where to watch their work. To conclude SWAN day and women’s history month, I wanted to talk about a medium that unfortunately still doesn’t have many women in its […]

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Women’s History Month: Female filmmakers offer range of diverse protagonists 

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the all-female team of film critics at FF2 Media were assigned to write about their favorite female artists – and where to watch their work. When you are stuck inside the house during social distancing and isolation, one thing you can do is watch films made by women. That […]

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Coming Soon: Malgorzata Szumowska’s ‘The Other Lamb’ test a woman’s strength

Malgorzata Szumowska’s horror film The Other Lamb will be available to stream on VOD and other digital platforms April 3 and is a part of our Women’s History Month series – films that can be watched at home in an effort to support female filmmakers. The Other Lamb is the test of female strength; a […]

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Stream Now: ‘Puzzle’ an authentic portrayal of a woman’s need for self-worth

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the all-female team of film critics at FF2 Media were assigned to write about their favorite female artists – and where to watch their work. “Puzzle” (2018) is available on Amazon Prime or on Prime Video Channels such as Starz and Hulu. (Be sure to click on film titles […]

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s ‘Fleabag’ a cure for quarantine blues

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the all-female team of film critics at FF2 Media were assigned to write about their favorite female artists – and where to watch their work. In a time like this, when we can’t be physically close to other people, Fleabag, written and directed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, will have you […]

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Mr. Knightley in ‘Emma.’: A New Kind of Period Drama Hero

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the all-female team of film critics at FF2 Media were assigned to write about their favorite female artists – and where to watch their work. “Emma.” is now available to rent on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Google Play and AppleTV.  From Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy to Emily Brontë’s Heathcliff, […]

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Sally Potter compares dementia to the ‘Odyssey’ in ‘The Roads Not Taken’

The Roads Not Taken is in theaters now, featuring dynamite performances from Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, and Laura Linney. I sat down with director Sally Potter, of Orlando and Ginger and Rosa, to talk about the dense literary inspirations for this film. GPG: Leo spends much of The Roads Not Taken on a journey through […]

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An Unflinching Look at Colonialism: ‘Birds of Passage’ and ‘The Nightingale’

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the all-female team of film critics at FF2 Media were assigned to write about their favorite female artists – and where to watch their work. While Birds of Passage and The Nightingale take place in different settings and explore different subject matter, both films (released in 2018) feature strong, […]

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‘Kit Kittredge’ teaches us how to help others in a crisis

FF2 team sisters Amelie and Julia revisited the movie together and had a conversation about its lasting impact.

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The March Sisters: How Greta Gerwig Did ‘Little Women’ Justice

As Little Women (2019) is now available to purchase digitally, I’ve been pondering what it is that sets writer and director Greta Gerwig’s adaptation apart from the others before it. Obviously there is the stunning cinematography, the Oscar-winning costumes, and the fresh non-linear storyline. Gerwig’s script is vibrant and the entire cast gives fantastic performances. […]

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Women’s History Month: Feel-good films now available to stream 

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the all-female team of film critics at FF2 Media were assigned to write about their favorite female artists – and where to watch their work. Abominable Another film that really was a pleasant film to watch was Abominable (directed by Jill Culton). This animation follows a girl in China […]

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Women’s History Month: 3 political documentaries to stream on Netflix before the election

In the time of COVID-19, it’s easy to feel completely out of control. Articles sweep across our timelines warning us that the virus may plague us for weeks, months, even years. Death tolls rise every day. Our jobs are at risk. Our social lives feel like they’re deteriorating. In the (only slightly exaggerated) words of […]

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Four Documentaries about Women Artists You Can Stream Right Now

Since SWAN day (Support Women Artists Day) is all about supporting women artists, it seemed befitting to put together a list of four documentaries about women artists that you can stream at home. These films cover a spectrum of time and place, covering visual arts, film, and the performing arts.  The Girls in the Band […]

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The apocalypse, as seen by women

More than ever, we need to support women artists now! This past week it might have felt to many of us like the world was ending, but we can keep it spinning if we just help each other out. For us here at FF2, that means watching movies (and taking in all kinds of other […]

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Women’s History Month: Agnès Varda

If you’re even a novice film buff, you’ve likely (and hopefully) heard the name Agnès Varda tossed around. Varda was a French filmmaker and avid photographer whose work ranges from documentary to fiction films. Some of her most famous films are Cléo from 5 to 7, Vagabond, and the recent Faces Places. She was married […]

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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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Katusha’s SWAN Day 2020: Fiction Writing

Looking for stuff to do while you’re at home? Never fear! SWAN Day has gone virtual for 2020. Our FF2 team has gathered recommendations of films celebrating women artists across many categories. And of course, the films are made by women, too! Watch and read at your leisure, or collect all of them to have […]

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‘We are truly so lucky:’ Film critic breaks down top picks for streaming

Streaming Now: ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ ‘The Favourite’ and more from women filmmakers In this unusual time period where we are recommended to stay home as much as possible (as opposed to go out and hustle), it’s important to take a look at what we can do with our time. Hosting gatherings in public spaces and […]

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Dayna’s SWAN Day 2020: Fiber Art

Looking for stuff to do while you’re at home? Never fear! SWAN Day has gone virtual for 2020. Our FF2 team has gathered recommendations of films celebrating women artists across many categories. And of course, the films are made by women, too! Watch and read at your leisure, or collect all of them to have […]

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For your little princesses: Films available to stream at home

Thanks to the early release of Disney’s Frozen II (available to stream on Disney+), parents can help ease the minds of their little ones with these films. While the “princess” theme on the surface may appear to be frivolous, evoking images of pretty dresses and damsels in distress, these three films, Jennifer Lee’s Frozen II, […]

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Women’s History Month: Nancy Meyers

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the all-female team of film critics at FF2 Media were assigned to write about their favorite female artists. Mine is Nancy Meyers. ****************************** The name “Nancy Meyers” has become synonymous with stunning production design and dynamic roles for women of all ages. She was the first woman to direct […]

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Why Mandy Moore would make a great director

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the all-female team of film critics at FF2 Media were assigned to write about their favorite female artists. Mine is Mandy Moore. ****************************** Thanks to the fortitude and dedication of Scripted Programming Co-Presidents Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, NBC Entertainment’s Female Forward Initiative continues to provide female directors with […]

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Women’s History Month: Streaming documentaries tell diverse female stories

March is Women’s History Month, in which we celebrate International Women’s Day and International SWAN Day in support of women artists. The “golden age of documentary” has opened doors for female filmmakers by providing them with opportunities to tell women’s stories through compelling and true narratives.  Many fascinating and well-crafted documentaries are also available to […]

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Female Eye Film Festival to honor Deborah Kampmeier

The 18th annual Female Eye Film Festival will honor American filmmaker Deborah Kampmeier with the Best in the Biz Award and a retrospective of her work, including Virgin (2003), Split (2016) and the world premiere of Tape (2019). Held in recognition of International Women’s Day (IWD), from March 5 to March 8, 2020 at Toronto’s […]

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‘Premature’ director Zora Howard talks wanting to make movie about life rather than death

The slow-burn romance Premature hit theaters on February 21st, and IFC held a Q&A with collaborators Rashaad Ernesto Green and Zora Howard to celebrate the opening weekend. The two artists talked about the black experience, living in Harlem, making a film as black artists, and how they create work that has both specific and universal […]

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Laura Kosann satirizes social media in mockumentary ‘The Social Ones’

From writer-director Laura Kosann, mockumentary satire The Social Ones takes hilarious aim at the ridiculous extremes of social media, satirizing viral moments in the daily lives of online influencers. The documentary-style farce is centered around Kosann and her real-life sister and co-producer Danielle, who play ultra-intense editors of an influencer publication preparing for a cover […]

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‘To All the Boys’ sequel continues love triangle trend

Angel or Spike? Jess or Logan? Dawson or Pacey? The love triangle trope that made the WB network famous in the late 1990s is alive and well on Netflix – specifically in the smash hit To All the Boys franchise, adapted from Jenny Han’s best-selling novels.  Long-awaited sequel To All the Boys: P.S. I Still […]

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