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Golden Globe nominations a ‘yearly reminder’ of problematic HFPA

The Golden Globes have been problematic for a number of years, and every year there’s a reminder that these awards are maybe not what they seem. While groups like the Critics Choice Association nominated women for Best Director and in both screenplay categories, the same cannot be said of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.  The […]

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National Film Registry selects films by women for preservation

The Library of Congress National Film Registry announced Wednesday the 25 films selected for historic preservation this year. Movies like Amadeus, Clerks, Old Yeller and Purple Rain were chosen from 5,200 entries because of their “cultural, historic and aesthetic importance.” A record 28 percent of films on the list are directed by women – seven […]

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Women directors shut out of Golden Globes for fifth consecutive year

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its nominations for the 77th Golden Globe Awards early Dec. 9. No women are nominated for Best Director or Best Screenplay, despite buzz surrounding films like A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, The Farewell, Hustlers and Little Women.  All four films were recognized with acting nods for Tom Hanks, […]

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Why we need Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’

Late in the story of Louisa May Alcott’s March sisters, first published in 1868, old friends Theodore Laurence and Josephine March are reunited after being separated by years and continents. “‘How good it sounds to hear you call me Teddy,’” Alcott writes. “‘No one ever calls me that but you,’” and Laurie sat down with […]

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DuVernay, Dern honored at Gotham Awards

The 29th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards were held Dec. 2, featuring a myriad of female winners. This kickoff to awards season featured not only tributes to legendary women in film Ava DuVernay and Laura Dern, but a number of awards for female filmmakers for their outstanding achievement in 2019. The Mustang director Laure de […]

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‘Honey Boy,’ ‘Hustlers’ lead Film Independent Spirit Award nominations

The Film Independent Spirit Award nominees were announced Nov. 21, featuring several nominations for women in film. Voted on exclusively by Film Independent members, the awards will be held February 8, broadcast on IFC. Two films directed by women are nominated for Best Feature: The Farewell (Lulu Wang) and Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu). Alfre Woodard is […]

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55 women-directed documentaries submitted for Oscar contention

159 documentaries were submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar contention. 55 are directed by women. AMPAS will announce a documentary shortlist of 15 finalists Dec. 16. Both the Directors Guild of America and the Academy have a history of recognizing gender parity for women in the documentary category, despite […]

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Jaye Fenderson talks working with husband on ‘Unlikely,’ electoral implications for the film

After seeing Unlikely, our contributing editor Giorgi Plys-Garzotto sat down with co-director Jaye Fenderson to talk more about the film’s urgent message about college admissions. Unlikely follows five students through college, showing how the struggle to get into good schools is only the beginning for first generation students. If you haven’t yet, read our review […]

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It’s not too late to experience the joy of ‘Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles’

‘Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles’, a film about the birth, development and lasting impact of the iconic ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ musical and featuring FF2’s own Jan Lisa Huttner, is in theaters now! Here is a word from a few of FF2’s contributors on why this film is worth watching:  Brigid: Max Lewkowicz and Valerie […]

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Watch at Home: ‘Being Frank’ & more from female filmmakers

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services. Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 9/13/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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Why ‘Hustlers’ is more than the ‘female version’ of ‘Goodfellas’ 

Olivia Wilde’s summer comedy Booksmart was quickly dubbed “the female Superbad” by publications like Vox and CinemaBlend after its release in May. Twitter users cited similarities between the two films, while Interview Magazine and InStyle both published articles about why the film is better than Superbad (2007). From the box office to marketing questions, the […]

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Meet Marvel’s newest directors

Marvel is notorious for hiring male directors for its big-budget blockbuster hits, from the Russo Brothers’ Avengers series to franchises like Thor and Spider-Man.  The studio announced release dates for two new feature films from female directors at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend – Black Widow and Eternals. Though the directors were announced as attached […]

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'Where Do We Go Now?' Is a story of community

Nadine Labaki’s 2011 film Where Do We Go Now? explores comedy and community as solutions to the pain that results from past violence. Its frame is turbulent, but the story that is told is ultimately optimistic, humorous, and hopeful. (HRM: 4/5) Review by FF2 Intern Hannah Mayo Where do we go Now? tells the story […]

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Watch at Home: ‘Someone Great’ & more from female filmmakers

DeWanda Wise, Gina Rodriguez, and Brittany Snow in Someone Great.

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services. Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 4/19/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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Watch at Home: ‘A Dog’s Way Home’ & more from female filmmakers

Bella (Shelby) in Columbia Pictures' A Dog's Way Home.

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services. Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 4/12/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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‘Five Feet Apart’ and the disturbing sick teenager trend in YA fiction

I really wanted to love Five Feet Apart. In my head, I already did, from the cheerful trailer to the engaging promotional tour in which its very entertaining leads Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson spoke of raising awareness for cystic fibrosis, the chronic disease that plagues their characters in the film. I didn’t love […]

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Intern Farah Elattar – FF2 Media

As an intern at FF2 Media, since January of 2018, I watch films written and/or directed by women every week and write reviews about them.

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Time’s Up issues 4 Percent Challenge to support female directors

Time’s Up and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative announced the #4PercentChallenge at Sundance Film Festival this weekend to increase the number of women directors making top-grossing films. According to research from the Inclusionists, only four percent of the 1,200 highest-grossing films from 2007 to 2018 were directed by women. “It’s time for a change – […]

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Oscar nominees remain predominantly male

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards were announced early January 22. For the 87th time in Oscar history, no women are nominated for Best Director; only five women have ever been nominated in this category and Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, 2010) is the only winner. No Best Picture nominees are directed by women this […]

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Marilyn Ness focuses on making a difference in ‘Charm City’

Documentarian Marilyn Ness is arguably best known for her work as a producer for films such as Cameraperson, Trapped, 1971 and E-team. Many of her films have focused on how some of societies darkest times (trap abortion laws, government corruption, and international human rights violations) have also brought led to heroes willing to fight the good […]

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DOC NYC: ‘The Providers’ hopes to bridge healthcare divide

The bottleneck remains in these parts of the country, even with dedicated providers, including those documented in Laura Green and Anna Moot-Levin’s new film, The Providers. Focusing on the El Centro Family Health clinics in New Mexico, the staff of doctors, nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistance work to provide the care their neighbors deserve.

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Netflix adds films by women to November roster

While you’re getting your Thanksgiving pants ready for the holiday season, be sure to check out these films (written and directed by women) streaming on Netflix this November.

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This week in WIF: recapping the week for women in film

There’s a lot to catch up on from the world of women in film. Recapping October’s biggest moments for female directors and characters: #IfAWomanDirected: The Twitter account for the streaming service FilmStruck prompted its followers with this tweet Oct. 22: “#ifawomandirected _______, then ________.” The hashtag quickly took off, with Twitter users looking at films […]

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A political firebrand gets his closeup in Toby Perl Freilich’s ‘Moynihan’

15 years after Moynihan’s death, directors Toby Perl Freilich and Joseph Dorman released Moynihan, a comprehensive and incisive documentary chronicling the life and career of the Washington fixture. Here, Freilich talks to FF2 about digging into Moynihan’s past, revisiting his polemic work, and fighting to preserve his legacy.

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‘Private Life’ explores a couple’s mutual mid-life crisis in the face in infertility

Private Life focuses on the painful, sometimes absurd, experience of trying to have children later in life, starring Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn as a couple hoping to become parents and Kayli Carter as their step-niece and potential egg donor.

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“Spartacus Moments” Part III: What Happened?

Jeff Flake’s “Spartacus Moment” demanding that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford be heard was followed by a second attempt at wielding a Spartacus-worthy spine. Flake was the sole GOP to demand an FBI investigation. However, the call for utter justice was not emphatic enough. Lady Liberty has been suffocated. The US Senate has failed Ford, as […]

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“Spartacus Moments” Part II: Why do they Matter?

In the now routinely mind-numbing news cycle, Republican politicians and pundits have mocked the concept of a “Spartacus Moment.” Attempting to use this reference to denounce the ripple Senator Booker set off, they jabbed at the democratic actions in places like twitter and the news. Well, they were wrong to do so. For even one […]

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TIFF looks to Share Her Journey, change narrative of women in film

TIFF is doing all this during the sophomore year of their program, Share Her Journey, a five-year commitment to increase opportunities for women to develop skills and create films through various programs.

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Film critics associations remain a boys club

Women remain the minority members of film critics associations in every state and region throughout the United States. Although women make up half the country’s population (50.8 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau), they represent approximately 22 percent of film critics associations.

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‘Hot to Trot’ charms, offers important message of acceptance

In the world of ballroom dance, gender roles seem to not only be traditional but down right strict. The pairs are always male-female, with the strict men lead-women follow rule of dance in place…as they have always been.

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