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Director Elizabeth Rohrbaugh talks ‘Becks’

After watching Becks, Contributing Editor, Lindsy M. Bissonnette had a Q&A with Elizabeth Rohrbaugh, co-writer/director to talk about what it was like working on this film.

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Jan’s Athena 2018: Bigger & Better Every Year at Barnard’s AFF

What did Swiss filmmaker Petra Volpe say that made me laugh so hard that I almost peed my pants in front of a full auditorium? I can’t remember. I just know that in a weekend of superlative moments, my Q&A with Petra after our FF2 Media-sponsored screening of The Divine Order (see featured photo above) […]

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Amelie’s Athena ’18: “When you’re a boy…”

This year, my second time at Athena with FF2, I loved the excitement of going with our growing team, and the general camaraderie of the people in the audience, often with the filmmakers themselves present at the screenings.

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Joelle Touma: Spotlight on Oscar-Nominated Lebanese Screenwriter

Though The Insult is now an Oscar-nominated film – a first for Lebanon – it seems that the mainstream media is focusing primarily on Ziad Doueiri (the director) and his contributions to the film, making for another case where the female filmmaker is left in shadows and receives no recognition for the work she put in.

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Newsradio anchor Felicia Middlebrooks talks Oscar panel, production company

Felicia Middlebrooks, co-anchor of Morning Drive Program on Chicago’s WBBM Newsradio 780, moderated the Gene Siskel Film Center’s annual Oscars Nominations Panel on January 23.

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Kate McIntyre Clere on the making of documentary ‘Kangaroo’

After the release of her new film Kangaroo: a love-hate story, Contributing Editor, Lindsy M. Bissonnette was able to ask her some questions about the making of the film and what it’s like being a woman in the industry.

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Tony Scott has “Second Thoughts” about Woody Allen

Hallelujah! After a little over a year of life in Trumpsylvania, some big dudes in the mainstream media (aka MSM) are finally beginning to recognize their own complicity in this national disaster. First came news of Jeffrey Toobin’s mea culpa on Larry Wilmore’s podcast last Monday. “I think there was a lot of false equivalence in […]

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A Common Thread: A look at this year’s Oscar noms

Throughout this season, we have noticed one thing about a lot of the films coming out that have something in common: passionate women.

From Lady Bird to The Post, from Three Bilboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri to I, Tonya, films this year have featured women front and center.

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She’s Royalty to Me: A Tribute to Carrie Fisher

Her eclectic talents, humorous demeanor and candor  made losing her all the harder. Our “beloved princess” may be gone, but she shall remain a force to reckoned with forever.

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Best Performance: Is It Time For Gender Neutral Acting Awards?

First of a Series for FF2 Media by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto As many of you probably saw, the Golden Globe nominations were announced on Monday. You know what that means—time for this year’s gauntlet of award shows! And when I say “gauntlet,” I mean it in the medieval sense. For those of you who don’t know, a […]

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First-time director Victoria Negri talks ‘Gold Star’

Negri costars in the film, in a role loosely based on herself, opposite actress Catherine Curtain and Robert Vaughn, in his final performance.

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‘Intent to Destroy’ is rebuilding the Armenian people

Even today, the genocide of 1915 is widely unacknowledged, but INTENT TO DESTROY director Joe Berlinger is determined to change that, one movie-goer at a time.

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Haunted Hot Pink Pen horror films for this Halloween

No matter what your terror-tolerance level, there is a film out there for you! Here’s a list of some of our favorite frightening films to get you into the Halloween spirit.

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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala story Heat & Dust newly re-released in 4G

In 1983, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s Booker-prize winning novel Heat and Dust was released in theatres for its first run, and in 1984, BAFTA rewarded her with a Best Adapted Screenplay award. But even many film buffs will not recognize her name.  Ruth Prawer Who??? Although she was the genius who wrote most of screenplays for their their […]

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A behind-the-scenes look at ‘Broken Record’ with director Katusha Jin

Sometimes when I listen to a song or read a script, I have an instant impulse to create something for it. Broken Record by Sophi Alvarez, whose stage name is Saint Victoria, is a perfect example of this; I wanted to bring to life the visuals to accompany her powerful song. When I approached Sophi […]

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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 […]

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It’s Not Subtle! Below Her Mouth and the Heterosexual Gaze (Part 2 of 2)

This article is the second of a two-part series, so if you haven’t read the first part, click here For those of you who for some reason only want to read the end of this article: in the previous installment of my meditation/ rant on the representation and construction of lesbian sexual identity in probably-straight director […]

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It’s Not Subtle! Below Her Mouth and the Heterosexual Gaze (Part 1 of 2)

I had never seen two women participate in a straight relationship before I saw Below Her Mouth. Directed by April Mullen, the film has been a hot topic on the queer film circuit due to its all female crew and notably, ahem, involved sex scenes; it has also been criticized for its flat characters and […]

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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 […]

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Giorgi’s Kino Festival (2017)

Ever since my time at NYU in the East Village, the Landmark Sunshine Cinema has been one of my favorite theaters! Situated on the border of Alphabet City and the Lower East Side, it’s one of the best places in Manhattan to see indie films, and last weekend’s Kino! Festival of German Films was no […]

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Director Lone Scherfig on ‘Their Finest,’ visionary filmmaking

When Lone Scherfig made the sleeper hit An Education, the coming-of-age romance that launched Carey Mulligan to stardom, she was already well into her impressive career. A graduate of the National Film School of Denmark, and won festival praise for her films The Birthday Party and On Our Own. But it was Italian for Beginners, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Weight of ‘Nakom’ crushes poignant story

Nakom, directed by Kelly Daniela Norris and T.W. Pittman and written by Isaac Adakudugu and T.W. Pittman, is the story of a young medical student “Iddrisu Awinzor” (Jacob Ayanaba) and his struggle to choose between a better future or immediately help his desolate family. While attending medical school in Ghana, Iddrisu learns that his father […]

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Jenny Gage avoids teen stereotypes in ‘All This Panic’

Q&A with Jenny Gage, Director of All This Panic Q: How did the film come about? [My husband and I] have always been in narrative film, at a time when narrative was implied when paired with still photography. We knew we didn’t want to plan the film. Ginger and Dusty were so full of chatter, […]

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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 […]

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Niki Caro delves into the pain, beauty of ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’

Unknown stories of war heroes, particularly WWII, seldom are unearthed, but the stories of heroines of that era seem to be even more rare.  The name Antonina Zabinski will soon be a recognizable name thanks to the film “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” based on the book by Diane Ackerman of the same name. The film, starring […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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