Paint It Black and L’Attesa use male characters to drive female relationships

Paint It Black and L’Attesa use male characters to drive female relationships

A typical tactic to further a male character’s development, especially in the tidal wave of male superhero movies we’ve been getting for the past five years or so, is to take the guy’s girlfriend or daughter, and have her die. His resulting “manpain” is then milked at the dead female character’s expense to give an…

Shamim Sarif breaks the mold with anti-le Carré spy thriller
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Shamim Sarif breaks the mold with anti-le Carré spy thriller

Shamim Sarif is breaking the mold as a filmmaker, not only writing and directing her own projects, but adapting her own novels and producing with wife Hanan Kattan. Since 2007, she’s made three dramatically different romantic dramas. Her first two films (both starring Sheetal Sheth and Lisa Ray) were the period drama The World Unseen…

The 'Women of 1915' find their voice

The 'Women of 1915' find their voice

"Genocide is more than killing people," states The Women of 1915 Bared Maronian's latest documentary, "it’s robbing them of their very identity." The idea that one culture can completely destroy evidence that another culture ever existed seems impossible, but the Ottoman Empire came close in 1915 when they slaughtered the Armenian people. Over 100 years later, The Armenian Genocide is…

LA International Film Festival celebrates women artists on International SWAN Day
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LA International Film Festival celebrates women artists on International SWAN Day

Celebrating its 13th year, the annual Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival offers a platform where women artists can showcase their work and tell their stories. Presented by the Alliance of Women Filmmakers at LA Live Regal Cinemas, the festival was a weekend not to be missed. This year’s Women’s International Film Festival also happened…

'Cézanne' director calls out ‘strong, new generation’ of female filmmakers
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'Cézanne' director calls out ‘strong, new generation’ of female filmmakers

Hosted by the Gene Siskel Film Center, the month-long Chicago European Union Film Festival (CEUFF) featured 15 films directed by women (15 out of 62 = ~ 25% = a record high for this event). Danièle Thompson, French director of Cézanne and I (Cézanne et Moi), recently sat down with FF2 Media Senior Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor…

Lone Scherfig reigns supreme at the Chicago European Union Film Festival

Lone Scherfig reigns supreme at the Chicago European Union Film Festival

Hosted by the Gene Siskel Film Center, the month-long Chicago European Union Film Festival (CEUFF) featured 15 films directed by women (15 out of 62 = ~ 25% = a record high for this event). FF2 Media has compiled “Best of the Fest” lists from three Chicago team members, recommending films ranging from food documentaries…

Women filmmakers shine at Siskel Center's 2017 Chicago European Union Film Festival

Women filmmakers shine at Siskel Center's 2017 Chicago European Union Film Festival

Hosted by the Gene Siskel Film Center, the month-long Chicago European Union Film Festival (CEUFF) featured 15 films directed by women (15 out of 62 = ~ 25% = a record high for this event). FF2 Media has compiled “Best of the Fest” lists from three Chicago team members, recommending films ranging from food documentaries…

‘American Fable’ director talks Richard Schiff, politics and directing chickens
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‘American Fable’ director talks Richard Schiff, politics and directing chickens

American Fable, the new thriller from Anne Hamilton, is one of the most visually spectacular indie in years. Made with a big sense of scope, and small budget, she’s turned what could be an intimate family drama into a spectacular fantasy thriller about the end of girl’s childhood. Starring newcomer Peyton Kennedy, and familiar faces…

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…

Read, Watch, Listen: Celebrating SWAN Day

Read, Watch, Listen: Celebrating SWAN Day

To celebrate the 10th Annual International SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day on Saturday, March 25, 2017, the FF2 Media team is highlighting their favorite female artists.The holiday, also observed throughout the months of March and April, highlights the creative feats of female artists and their audiences. Associate Lindsy M. Bissonnette I will be celebrating…

Oprah, Harry and Mariah Carey: Celebrating SWAN Day

Oprah, Harry and Mariah Carey: Celebrating SWAN Day

To celebrate the 10th Annual International SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day on Saturday, March 25, 2017, the FF2 Media team is highlighting their favorite female artists.The holiday, also observed throughout the months of March and April, highlights the creative feats of female artists and their audiences. Intern Rachel Kastner: I will celebrate SWAN day…

Nora Ephron and a Baking Bible: Celebrating SWAN Day

Nora Ephron and a Baking Bible: Celebrating SWAN Day

To celebrate the 10th Annual International SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day on Saturday, March 25, 2017, the FF2 Media team is highlighting their favorite female artists.The holiday, also observed throughout the months of March and April, highlights the creative feats of female artists and their audiences. Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin: To celebrating SWAN Day,…

SXSW highlights outstanding female filmmakers

SXSW highlights outstanding female filmmakers

Female filmmakers have always been better represented at festivals than in mainstream Hollywood and SXSW this year is no exception. What is exceptional, however, are the three women who have given us outstanding films at the Austin, Texas film festival: Laura Terruso (“Fits & Starts”), Miao Wang (“Maineland”) and Jessica M. Thompson (“The Light of the…

The (Blog) is Mightier Than the Sword: Celebrating SWAN Day

The (Blog) is Mightier Than the Sword: Celebrating SWAN Day

"Feminism isn't about making women strong. Women are already strong. It's about changing the way the world perceives that strength." —G.D. Anderson Dear FF2 Media Readers, As the 10th Anniversary of International SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day approaches, I prepared to write a tribute to my favorite female artists, maybe a heartfelt thank you…

BEACH RATS is the "Centerpiece" Film in NYC's 2017 New Directors/New Films Series

BEACH RATS is the "Centerpiece" Film in NYC's 2017 New Directors/New Films Series

Seen in New Directors/New Films (2017): Eliza Hittman follows up her acclaimed debut It Felt Like Love with this sensitive chronicle of sexual becoming. Frankie (a breakout Harris Dickinson), a bored teenager living in South Brooklyn, regularly haunts the Coney Island boardwalk with his boys—trying to score weed, flirting with girls, killing time. But he spends…

International SWAN Day celebrates 10th anniversary

International SWAN Day celebrates 10th anniversary

International SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now Day) will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday, March 25, 2017. The holiday, also observed throughout the months of March and April, highlights the creative feats of female artists and their audiences. The holiday encourages women to celebrate, appreciate and honor fellow women in their creative endeavors. It…

'The Last Laugh' director encourages humor, empathy in new documentary
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'The Last Laugh' director encourages humor, empathy in new documentary

Are there topics too horrible or controversial to make jokes about? Abortion, slavery, race, 9/11. Should the Holocaust be considered off limits to comedians? According to Director Ferne Pearlstein and the comedians and subjects interviewed for her new documentary The Last Laugh, that’s the wrong approach. Humor can be empowering for survivors, and have a…

'Sophie and the Rising Sun' is a waterfall of emotion

'Sophie and the Rising Sun' is a waterfall of emotion

Sophie and the Rising Sun (written/directed by filmmaker Maggie Greenwald who based her screenplay on a novel by Augusta Trobaugh) is the beautiful story of one couple's determination to defy the odds and build a life together. Although it is set in the 1940s, it has a timely plot, gripping performances, and stunning scenery. My focus is on the…