Angelina Jolie’s ‘First They Killed My Father’ gets Netflix premiere date

Angelina Jolie’s ‘First They Killed My Father’ gets Netflix premiere date

Release Date: September 15th, 2017 Angelina Jolie directs this Cambodia-set feature film based on Loung Ung’s memoir, “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers.” Seen through the eyes of a five-year-old cut off from her family during the Khmer Rouge years (commonly known as the Cambodian Holocaust), script co-writer Ung details her…

American Theatre Critics Association reacts to racism backlash

American Theatre Critics Association reacts to racism backlash

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. ― S.G. Tallentyre, The Friends of Voltaire The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) continues to address the issues surrounding Chicago Sun-Times critic Hedy Weiss and her controversial review of Steppenwolf Theatre’s production of “Pass Over” from Antoinette…

‘Logan Lucky’ sparks pseudonym speculation

‘Logan Lucky’ sparks pseudonym speculation

Director Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky is slated for release Friday, August 18, and it’s already receiving rave reviews with a 92 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes as of Monday afternoon. Starring Channing Tatum and Adam Driver as brothers ripping off NASCAR, the feature boasts a star-studded cast and will undoubtedly draw fans of Soderbergh’s…

‘Whose Streets?’ documents aftermath of Ferguson riots, media coverage
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‘Whose Streets?’ documents aftermath of Ferguson riots, media coverage

Whose Streets? opens in theaters August 11, perfectly timed with Kathryn Bigelow’s film Detroit as the two films address racial violence and police brutality.  While Bigelow’s film depicts a conflict from 50 years ago, Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis’ film, Whose Streets? is a documentary, delving into the riots in Ferguson, MO following the murder…

12 films by women you can stream on Netflix right now
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12 films by women you can stream on Netflix right now

Netflix adds to its wide selection of content each month, and its summer releases boast a significant number of films written or directed by women. From those who are unable to attend screenings of independent films in their cities due to distribution limitations to others who simply prefer streaming to the theater-going experience, exposure to…

Director Amanda Lipitz finds her ‘Step’ in new documentary
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Director Amanda Lipitz finds her ‘Step’ in new documentary

Broadway producer and first-time documentary feature filmmaker, director, and producer Amanda Lipitz has made her way from the Sundance Film Festival to a 200 theater opening of her passion project, Step. The Baltimore native captured an inspirational story about three young women from the inner-city of Baltimore, all with various backgrounds, who attend the Baltimore…

Writer/director Katherine Dieckmann on ‘Strange Weather,’ surviving grief
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Writer/director Katherine Dieckmann on ‘Strange Weather,’ surviving grief

Strange Weather feels like a perfect title to be both evocative and descriptive of Katherine Dieckmann’s new feature. Focusing on parents of suicide victims and the suffering they experience in the aftermath, Dieckmann has also made a frequently funny and warm film about surviving grief. In the role of grieving mother Darcy, Dieckmann has written…

Murder, metaphors, and modernity in Ingrid Jungermann’s ‘Women Who Kill’
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Murder, metaphors, and modernity in Ingrid Jungermann’s ‘Women Who Kill’

Ingrid Jungermann is taking on the definition of “triple threat” with her debut feature Women Who Kill, as writer, director, and star of the wildly inventive dark comedy. After making a big impression with webseries The Slope (co-created with Desiree Akhavan), F to 7th and Drama, Jungermann made the leap to feature films with a satirical…

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…

‘Landline’ creators talk family dynamics, fidelity and all things '90s
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‘Landline’ creators talk family dynamics, fidelity and all things '90s

Landline, the sophomore feature from filmmakers Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm, created buzz at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and continues to make quite a stir in theatrical release.  Starring Jenny Slate, Abby Quinn, John Turturro, and Edie Falco, Robespierre also directed the film, set in New York City in the 1990s.   The film looks…

Civia Tamarkin’s ‘Birthright’ documentary fights for women’s rights
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Civia Tamarkin’s ‘Birthright’ documentary fights for women’s rights

The reaction from a title like Birthright: A War Story is undeniably intentional in Civia Tamarkin’s new documentary. The war against women’s rights because of reproductive laws passed in recent years are having a horrific and alarming impact on the rights of women; both infringing on what was outlined when Roe v. Wade was passed…

Television Academy increases Emmy noms for women writers, directors

Television Academy increases Emmy noms for women writers, directors

The Television Academy announced its 2017 Emmy award nominees July 13, with a substantial number of female nominees in its writing and directing categories. Director Jamie Babbitt is nominated for the HBO comedy Silicon Valley, while Kate Dennis and Reed Morano are recognized for respective episodes of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Lesli Linka Glatter is…

White, male critics dominate field, face backlash from diverse community

White, male critics dominate field, face backlash from diverse community

“Becoming a White Man in the Theatre,” published by HowlRound’s director and co-founder P. Carl, describes a community that many of us don’t ever experience. A transgender theater critic, Carl shares his realizations and experiences of what it was like to gain the majority privilege. As a man, Carl found that being “one of the guys”…

Laura Dunn’s ‘Look & See’ digs deeper into rural America
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Laura Dunn’s ‘Look & See’ digs deeper into rural America

Since she began her career, Laura Dunn has shown a passionate interest in using documentary to explore environmental issues, but the universal stories of those people directly affected. Her first film, Green, examined the high cancer rate of residences living along the Mississippi River. The Unforeseen examined the effects human interference has had on Austin’s Barton…

Great News! Peirce & Karaszewski elected to AMPAS Board of Governors!
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Great News! Peirce & Karaszewski elected to AMPAS Board of Governors!

More great news from AMPAS! Members newly elected 2017–18 Board of Governors include Kimberly Peirce (added to the Directors Branch) and FF2 Media FOJ Larry Karaszewski (added to the Writers Branch). When AMPAS President Cheryl Boone Isaacs issued her diversity declaration in January 2016, I was frankly skeptical. But now I see she has, in fact, exceeded…

AMPAS adds women directors, sets record number of new members
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AMPAS adds women directors, sets record number of new members

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 774 new members, including an increased number of women and minorities. Despite its effort to boost diversity in each of its seven branches, the invited directors remain predominantly male. Of the 64 directors invited this year, 17 (roughly 27 percent) are women, a decrease from…

Women document impact of war, labor and injustice at Human Rights Watch Film Fest
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Women document impact of war, labor and injustice at Human Rights Watch Film Fest

Ten out of the 21 documentaries at the 28th annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival New York City were directed by women, including a rare retrospective. Co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and IFC Center, most screenings were followed by Q&As with filmmakers, film subjects, Human Rights Watch researchers and other experts in…