AMERICAN PASTORAL

AMERICAN PASTORAL

Ewan McGregor's new adaptation of Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel American Pastoral is a noble failure. The screenplay has a complicated structure which keeps Nathan Zuckerman (Roth's alter ego) two steps removed from his subject Seymour Levov (aka "Swede"). Thus reduced in the screenplay to a framing device, the Nathan Zuckerman character is unable to provide adequate context for a…

The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem (Part One)
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The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem (Part One)

The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem, directed by , features six, five-minute short films on the gender gap in Hollywood. The title derives from Dr. Stacy Smith’s research, which finds that only 4.4% of approximately 1,100 top-grossing films (2002-2012) are made by women directors. The film contains shocking facts that forces us to think about gender…

The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem (Part Two)
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The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem (Part Two)

The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem, directed by Caroline Suh, features six, five-minute short films on the gender gap in Hollywood. The title derives from Dr. Stacy Smith’s research, which finds that only 4.4% of approximately 1,100 top-grossing films (2002-2012) are made by women directors. Let’s debunk the myth that film is a dream factory, that…

The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem (Part Three)
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The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem (Part Three)

The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem, directed by Caroline Suh, features six, five-minute short films on the gender gap in Hollywood. The title derives from Dr. Stacy Smith’s research, which finds that only 4.4% of approximately 1,100 top-grossing films (2002-2012) are made by women directors. Among the many intriguing answers that were given, three of them…

Filmmaker Q&A: Sue Maslin
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Filmmaker Q&A: Sue Maslin

Interview: Producer Sue Maslin on The Dressmaker By Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin While just hitting US theaters now, the team behind the Australian film The Dressmaker already had reason to celebrate when the film hit theaters last year (after premiering at Toronto). The film was nominated for eight Australian Film Critics Association Awards (winning four)…

Filmmaker Q&A: Kate Lyn Sheil
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Filmmaker Q&A: Kate Lyn Sheil

By FF2 Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin Interview: Kate Lyn Sheil At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, one of the most talked-about young actresses,Kate Lyn Sheil,  arrived with the narrative Kate Plays Christine, a docudrama about the making of a movie about Christine Chubbuck, the Florida newswoman who shot herself live on television during a report. The…

Filmmaker Q&A: Amy Fox & Meera Menon
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Filmmaker Q&A: Amy Fox & Meera Menon

By FF2 Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin Interview: Amy Fox and Meera Menon, Writers-Directors of Equity When actresses Sarah Megan Thomas and Alysia Reiner founded Broad Street Pictures in 2015, their goal was to tell stories women are too often excluded from in film - like stories about Wall Street greed and competitiveness. In films such as Wall…

BHFF '16: Kate Benzchawel
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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…

BHFF '16: Walk All Night
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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…

Filmmaker Q&A: Satoko Yokohama
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Filmmaker Q&A: Satoko Yokohama

By FF2 Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin Interview: Writer-Director Satoko Yokohama For the past 10 years, New York's Japan Society has hosted Japan Cuts; the largest film festival showcasing Japanese films in North America. This year, the film festival closed its program with the new film by one of Japan’s freshest talents, Satoko Yokohama. The Aomori native…

HRW FILM FESTIVAL: WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE
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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…

HRW FILM FESTIVAL: OVARIAN PSYCOS
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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…

HRW FILM FESTIVAL: SONITA
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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…

HRW FILM FESTIVAL: P.S. JERUSALEM
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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…