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Jaye Fenderson talks about working with her husband on Unlikely (2019), 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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World Malala Day—remembering the fight for equality in education

In celebration of World Malala Day, China Women’s Film Festival organizes a screening of “Gul Makai”, a film based on Malala Yousafzai’s life.

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Big crowd at Washington Square Park screening of 'Where Do We Go Now?'

This summer, Films on the Green 2019 has put together a lineup of films all focused on female directors in French & Francophone film in honor of acclaimed Agnes Varda (who died at age 90 on 3/29/19). On Friday June 6th, FF2 Media® LLC partnered with Films on the Green to co-sponsor the screening of […]

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ATX Festival celebrates the power of female partnerships

The eighth season of the ATX Television Festival was held June 6-9 in Austin, Texas, celebrating all aspects of the television medium. The Power of Female Partnerships was one of the first panels on the four-day schedule, presented by Vanity Fair. Panelists included Good Girls creator Jenna Bens and star Retta, along with TV agents […]

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FF2 Media Co-Sponsors Nadine Labaki Film in NYC on 6/7/19

NYC Shout-Out: In 2019, Nadine Labaki’s film “Capernaum” was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, thrilling those of us have cherished her work for years now. Labaki’s breakout film “Caramel” was firmly set in contemporary Beirut. Her second film “Where Do We Go Now?” is Magical Realism. A mythical Lebanese village, surrounded by […]

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Seder Masochism: Nina Paley’s irreverent take on Passover/Easter Rituals

Nina Paley released her new animated film Seder Masochism on the internet in January 2019, Like her stellar Sita Sings the Blues (released in 2008), Seder Masochism uses numerous animation styles including ancient Egyptian stylizations, and even embroidery. Seder Masochism is a satirical retelling of the Jewish Haggadah (traditionally recited every Passover at a meal […]

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Katusha’s Athena ’19

Athena Film Festival 2019 began its run on Thursday, February 28th. On this chilly Thursday evening, my sister and I promptly headed to the Miller Theatre for the opening film of the festival—Fast Color. The auditorium was buzzing with excitement, waiting for the first film to begin. I hadn’t looked at the program prior to […]

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Living with the consequences of rape today in short film ‘Lullaby’ (Part 2)

Camille Kane and her largely female key crew team up with production company NINE X THREE FILMS to bring to life her debut self-written and directed short film Lullaby.

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Living with the consequences of rape today in short film ‘Lullaby’ (Part 1)

Camille Kane and her largely female key crew team up with production company NINE X THREE FILMS to bring to life her debut self-written and directed short film Lullaby.

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Watch at Home: ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ & more from female filmmakers

From Editor-in-Chief Jan Lisa Huttner: It is an honor to introduce our newest team member, Danielle Solzman (Managing Editor of Solzy at the Movies). Danielle’s mission is to track films as they migrate from theatres in Manhattan to home screens everywhere (either on DVD, VOD &/or Streaming). So add FF2’s “Watch at Home” link to your weekly […]

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The Bostonians 4K Restoration World Premiere—Q&A with James Ivory

The Quad in New York screened the World Premiere 4K Restoration of The Bostonians on November 30th 2018. The film boasts many awards and nominations, and is one of the many proud pieces created by the collaborating partners Director James Ivory and Writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. Jhabvala has won two Oscar awards and nominated for […]

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Normalizing the conversation around medical marijuana in ‘Weed the People’

Abby Epstein brings to our attention a documentary about a subject few know to think twice about: cannabis as a life-saving drug. Having been marked as a schedule I level drug, it has had a bad reputation for the past 100 years. Blinded by this, we are turned away from any possible benefits that this drug could have. “Weed the People” follows a number of families who desperately look to cannabis as an alternative treatment to save their children from cancer. With her film, Epstein asks the vital question: why has the government put a ban on medical marijuana if it truly helps treat illnesses?

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Complex parental relationships a dominant theme at Chicago International Film Festival

Though the festival is offering a variety of notable foreign films from female directors now through Oct. 21, FF2 has selected three of our favorites from France, Italy and Spain – all of which display the complex relationships between parents and their children, the past and the present.

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Nine inspiring quotes from TIFF’s #ShareHerJourney rally

The Share Her Journey rally for women in film was held Saturday morning at The Toronto International Film Festival. Share Her Journey is TIFF’s five-year commitment to increase opportunities for women to develop skills and create films through various programs.

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By independent filmmakers, for lovers of independent film (or really, film in general): Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema

Beginning last weekend and closing this Sunday, August 12, Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema is in its second year and growing. With screenings and events in Forest Hills, Queens and its nearby neighborhoods, this is an event rooted in community.

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Directing with Chi Energy—Patricia Chica chosen for TIFF Filmmaker Lab 2018

Following our interview with Director Patricia Chica about Morning After, and upcoming feature Montréal Girls, it was announced today that she has been selected as one of the 10 Canadian directors to be part of the TIFF Filmmaker Lab 2018. The Filmmaker lab is a highly curated creative development program and will be held during the Toronto International Film Festival.

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AAIFF Panel—Women in Film: on the screen and behind the camera

The Asian American International Film Festival is running between July 25th – August 4th and one of the first events was a panel talking about women in film. Gathered together were four female Asian directors who discussed their experiences in creating their films, as well as their views on how women are navigating in the male-dominated film industry.

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Director More Raça: telling women’s stories, one film at a time (Part II)

Part II—Past experiences and journeying on to the feature film K: How has your experience with shorts prepared you for your first feature? M: I think this is the right time for my first feature. I have been involved in many shorts and have been going through this process for years. I have also worked […]

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Director More Raça: telling women’s stories, one film at a time (Part I)

Director More Raça grew up in Kosovo and currently resides in Pristina. She has directed numerous well-received shorts such as “Home”, “Ajo”, and “Amel”, and continues to spread awareness about the social issues that affect fellow women in her country. In our two-part interview, she talks about how she started out in film, why she tells the stories of women’s daily struggles, and where she is at with her first feature film.

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A ‘Dark Money’ Q&A: What would a groundswell look like?

Dark Money is more like an intellectual alarm bell. This movie is meant to elicit a tangible response. At the Q&A afterward, John Adams, the investigative journalist featured in the film, said he would like it to result in a “groundswell.”

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Patricia Chica talks cheeky short ‘Morning After’

“Life is a box of chocolates” is a phrase that has been spread far and wide since we heard it first from Forrest Gump’s mother. Put that box in the center of a welcome home party, replace ‘life’ with sexuality, add lots of French kissing, and here you have the start to Director Patricia Chica’s […]

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Ursula Ellis, writer, director and fearless channeler of everyone’s inner punk teen

I think back on the first film I ever worked on. It was directed by a woman, Ursula Ellis. At the time she was in the midst of her MFA at Columbia, and she already had some impressive projects under her belt in her production company name, Little Bear Pictures.

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‘Leave No Trace’ tests the human spirit

Academy Award nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay for her 2010 film Winter’s Bone, Debra Granik takes us through a journey of raw human emotions in Leave No Trace. An adaptation of Peter Rock’s novel “My Abandonment,” the film tells the story of a young girl living in the woods with her father. Their simple live style is disrupted when they are discovered by a forest ranger, forced to leave behind their home and relocate in society.

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HBO APA 2018 Short Film Competition Finalist: From Short to Feature

In the spirit of celebrating women directed shorts with potential, we have interviewed Feng-I Fiona Roan, director of short film Jiejie, about her recent win at HBO’s Asian Pacific American Visionaries 2018 short film competition. HBO has provided a platform that is now fueling her current and future works. This includes a series pilot, Lady Luck, as well as a feature film with the working title American Girl.

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Women brushed aside when bigger budgets are at play

This year, Sundance had some great news for all the supporters of female filmmakers out there. Around 52% of their 2018 shorts lineup were directed by women—an increase from previous years. However, of all the films released in 2018 by major studios, women direct only 3%.

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An appreciation of Carla Simón’s ‘Summer 1993’

It’s so impressive to me, the delicacy with which filmmaker Carla Simón presents these facts of the human heart. In Summer 1993, people hardly talk about anything directly: they feel things out, they rely on the constancy of each other’s company that allows for problems never to be fully acknowledged.

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Nora Ephron Award Shines a Spotlight on Women Filmmakers at 2018 Tribeca Film Festival

Manhattan’s 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival (April 18 – April 29) touted that 46 percent of the feature films in 2018 were directed by women (including special one-time screenings), the highest percentage in the festival’s history.

The anticipated centerpiece for us at FF2 Media each year is the Nora Ephron Award which “recognizes a woman who embodies the spirit and vision of the legendary filmmaker and writer Nora Ephron.”

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KINO! 2018 Sneak Peak: “The Impossible Picture”

Vienna 1956: Though the microcosm of one family’s joys and sorrows, first time filmmaker Sandra Wollner tells a haunting tale of daily life in the immediate aftermath of World War II. When her husband dies of a sudden heart attack, a grief-stricken mother moves her two young daughters back into her parents’ home. Teenage Johanna, recovering […]

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NYWIFT Sponsors Celebrate 11th Annual SWAN Day

New York Woman in Film & Television (NYWIFT) hosted its 11th annual International SWAN Day program at SVA Theatre in collaboration with traditional co-sponsors HerFlix, ImageNation, SAG-AFTRA, WAM and WMM. This year, for the second year in a row, AAWIC also folded this event into their annual African American Women in Cinema Film Festival. As […]

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Director Michelle Walshe talks ‘Chasing Great’

Contributing Editor, Lindsy M. Bissonnette had a chance to talk to Chasing Great co-director, Michelle Walshe, on the importance of documentary filmmaking and her experiences following All Black captain Richie McCaw.

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