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…

Why Must Male Critics Muddy Feminist Conversations?
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Why Must Male Critics Muddy Feminist Conversations?

Why must male film critics muddy feminist conversations by holding women-driven movies to different standards? I’m looking right at you, Peter Rainer, of the Christian Science Monitor! Mr Rainer, you gave Manchester-by-the-Sea an A on Rotten Tomatoes, but called Hidden Figures “resistably unorginal.” You gave a C+ to Arrival, and a B to Moonlight, but…

SDC Observership Program accepts FF2 Media Associate Lindsy M. Bissonnette

SDC Observership Program accepts FF2 Media Associate Lindsy M. Bissonnette

Congratulations to FF2 Media Associate Lindsy M. Bissonnette on her acceptance into the SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers) Foundation’s 2017-18 Observership Class. As a member of this class, she is eligible to apply for directing observership and fellowship opportunities throughout the year as well as attend events and panel discussions. The Observership Program provides early…

Tel Aviv CinemaTheque hosts International LGBT Film Festival

Tel Aviv CinemaTheque hosts International LGBT Film Festival

TLVFest is an international LGBT Film Festival held each June at the Tel Aviv CinemaTheque. The festival offers public screenings of films with no Israeli distribution, meetings with local as well as foreign filmmakers, panel discussions and special events. The impressive program includes many exciting films while aspiring to enrich and empower tolerance and pluralism in Israeli society.…

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…

FF2 Media interns graduate, remember impactful films

FF2 Media interns graduate, remember impactful films

The FF2 Media team congratulations interns Katusha Jin and Peier Shen, as well as Social Media Manager Georgiana Presecky on their 2017 graduations from New York University, Columbia University and Lewis University, respectively. Now FF2 Media Associates, each took time to reflect on their experience writing for FF2 Media, their goals for the future and…

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…

Ten years later, Adrienne Shelly's 'Waitress' is still as sweet as the best cherry pie
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Ten years later, Adrienne Shelly's 'Waitress' is still as sweet as the best cherry pie

Jan Here: Ten years ago on this date, I posted a review of Adrienne Shelley's wonderful film Waitress on a site called The Digital Filmmaker (now defunct). My review ended as follows: "For her family and friends there can be no consolation, but those of us who will only know Adrienne Shelly by her work can still…

Giorgi Plys-Garzotto debuts NYU film 'Won't Somebody Think of the Children'

Giorgi Plys-Garzotto debuts NYU film 'Won't Somebody Think of the Children'

Congratulations to FF2 Associate Giorgi Plys-Garzotto for posting her NYU film "Won't Somebody Think of the Children" on the We Are Moving Stories site:   Here is a snippet from the WAMS interview: Congratulations, Giorgi! Why did you make your film? This film was my senior thesis at NYU, the culmination of four years studying film at…

Penny Marshall's 'A League of Their Own' celebrates 25th anniversary
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Penny Marshall's 'A League of Their Own' celebrates 25th anniversary

On a recent trip to the Carson Pirie Scott department store, I came across a display of (ridiculously expensive) baseball-themed purses. The designer bags were emblazoned with the logos of Major League Baseball teams, and a sign above the rack where they hung read, “Yes, girls love sports, too!” I was appalled at the fact that…

Senior Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor wins first place IWPA awards

Senior Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor wins first place IWPA awards

FF2 Media congratulates Senior Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor on her first place win in the 2017 Illinois Women's Press Association Mate E. Palmer Professional Communications Contest. Her interview with "Spirits of Rebellion" director Zeinabu Irene Davis won first place in the Personality Profile category, along with her profile for Streetwise with director Will Adams. 1st Place (Personality Profile): Excerpt from "Filmmaker Q&A:…

Editor-in-Chief Jan Lisa Huttner wins three IWPA awards

Editor-in-Chief Jan Lisa Huttner wins three IWPA awards

FF2 Media congratulates Editor-in-Chief Jan Lisa Huttner on her three wins in the 2017 Illinois Women's Press Association Mate E. Palmer Professional Communications Contest. 2nd place certificate win in the Photographer/Writer category for her January JUF News feature The Fiddler Returns. 2nd place certificate win in the Specialty Articles/Reviews category (2 samples required per submission) for…