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Dayna’s SWAN Day 2020: Fiber Art

Looking for stuff to do while you’re at home? Never fear! SWAN Day has gone virtual for 2020. Our FF2 team has gathered recommendations of films celebrating women artists across many categories. And of course, the films are made by women, too! Watch and read at your leisure, or collect all of them to have […]

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Features

For your little princesses: Films available to stream at home

Thanks to the early release of Disney’s Frozen II (available to stream on Disney+), parents can help ease the minds of their little ones with these films. While the “princess” theme on the surface may appear to be frivolous, evoking images of pretty dresses and damsels in distress, these three films, Jennifer Lee’s Frozen II, […]

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Features

Women’s History Month: Nancy Meyers

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the all-female team of film critics at FF2 Media were assigned to write about their favorite female artists. Mine is Nancy Meyers. ****************************** The name “Nancy Meyers” has become synonymous with stunning production design and dynamic roles for women of all ages. She was the first woman to direct […]

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Features

Why Mandy Moore would make a great director

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the all-female team of film critics at FF2 Media were assigned to write about their favorite female artists. Mine is Mandy Moore. ****************************** Thanks to the fortitude and dedication of Scripted Programming Co-Presidents Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, NBC Entertainment’s Female Forward Initiative continues to provide female directors with […]

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News

Watch at Home: ‘Charlie’s Angels’ & more from female filmmakers

Charlie's Angels

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 3/13/2020 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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News

Dayna’s Athena 2020

2020 was my second Athena year with FF2 Media, and while I was only able to spend one day at the festival this year, I felt like a seasoned professional this time around. Last year, I remember fumbling to flash my pass, asking where screenings were every five seconds, and not knowing when I’d have […]

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Interviews

Eliza Hittman talks Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Sidney Flanigan appears in Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Eliza Hittman spoke with FF2 Media in a phone interview about her new film, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, opening in theaters this weekend. Following festival screenings at both Sundance and Berlin, Focus Features opens the Never Rarely Sometimes Always in select theaters starting on March 12, 2020. Hittman wrote and directed the film, which stars […]

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Julia’s Athena: The Trials, Tribulations, and Treasures of being a Woman

My Athena this year was the most emotional, but also the most rewarding, Athena yet.  On Friday afternoon, I headed up to Barnard after seeing Wendy at Angelika Film Center with some fellow FF2 team members. I was aglow from the film I’d just saw (I’ve written a full review that’s available on the site!) […]

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Features

Women’s History Month: Streaming documentaries tell diverse female stories

March is Women’s History Month, in which we celebrate International Women’s Day and International SWAN Day in support of women artists. The “golden age of documentary” has opened doors for female filmmakers by providing them with opportunities to tell women’s stories through compelling and true narratives.  Many fascinating and well-crafted documentaries are also available to […]

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Events/Festivals

Katusha’s Athena Film Festival 2020—an invigorating weekend of inspiration!

The end of February and beginning of March is an exciting few days for anyone in New York who loves supporting women in film. With water, notepad, and pen in hand, I braced myself for Athena 2020!

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Events/Festivals

SXSW 2020 cancelled

Rachel Sennott in Shiva Baby, an official SXSW selection.

The city of Austin made the decision to cancel the SXSW this year due to the threat from COVID-19 and thousands of people flying in for SXSW. While the city of Austin made the right call, a number of filmmakers are hurting right now. I can’t blame them especially after the amount of hard work […]

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Watch at Home

Watch at Home: ‘Go Back to China’ & more from female filmmakers

Lynn Chen, Anna Akana, and Richard Ng in Go Back to China directed by Emily Ting.

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 3/6/2020 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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Events/Festivals

Giorgi’s Athena Film Festival 2020 – An Exhausting, Amazing Celebration!

FF2 Media always spends a long weekend of February at the Athena Film Festival, checking out the best of what the feminist film scene has to offer and spreading the word about our international initiative Swan Day! One of the things I appreciate most about the Athena Film Festival is their choice of location–while the […]

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News

European female filmmakers showcased in annual Chicago festival 

The 23rd Chicago European Union Film Festival (CEUFF) will run March 6 – April 2 at the Gene Siskel Film Center. More than 40 films from 28 EU nations will screen over the four-week festival, which remains the largest showcase in North America for EU cinema. Of 47 features, 15 are directed by women – […]

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Interviews

Emily Ting talks autobiographical inspiration for ‘Go Back to China’

Lynn Chen, Anna Akana, and Richard Ng in Go Back to China directed by Emily Ting.

Writer-director Emily Ting spoke to FF2 Media over the phone about her new film, Go Back to China, being released in theaters and VOD on March 6. How exciting is it that Go Back to China is opening in theaters and VOD following its SXSW premiere last year and a run on the festival circuit? […]

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Features

Female Eye Film Festival to honor Deborah Kampmeier

The 18th annual Female Eye Film Festival will honor American filmmaker Deborah Kampmeier with the Best in the Biz Award and a retrospective of her work, including Virgin (2003), Split (2016) and the world premiere of Tape (2019). Held in recognition of International Women’s Day (IWD), from March 5 to March 8, 2020 at Toronto’s […]

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Events/Festivals

‘Premature’ director Zora Howard talks wanting to make movie about life rather than death

The slow-burn romance Premature hit theaters on February 21st, and IFC held a Q&A with collaborators Rashaad Ernesto Green and Zora Howard to celebrate the opening weekend. The two artists talked about the black experience, living in Harlem, making a film as black artists, and how they create work that has both specific and universal […]

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Watch at Home

Watch at Home: ‘Frozen 2’ & more from female filmmakers

Frozen 2

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 2/28/2020 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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Features

Laura Kosann satirizes social media in mockumentary ‘The Social Ones’

From writer-director Laura Kosann, mockumentary satire The Social Ones takes hilarious aim at the ridiculous extremes of social media, satirizing viral moments in the daily lives of online influencers. The documentary-style farce is centered around Kosann and her real-life sister and co-producer Danielle, who play ultra-intense editors of an influencer publication preparing for a cover […]

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Features

‘To All the Boys’ sequel continues love triangle trend

Angel or Spike? Jess or Logan? Dawson or Pacey? The love triangle trope that made the WB network famous in the late 1990s is alive and well on Netflix – specifically in the smash hit To All the Boys franchise, adapted from Jenny Han’s best-selling novels.  Long-awaited sequel To All the Boys: P.S. I Still […]

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Interviews

Chicago-set ‘Saint Frances’ a winner for writer Kelly O’Sullivan

Premiering at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, writer Kelly O’Sullivan’s Saint Frances won the Audience Award in the narrative feature competition and received special jury recognition for breakthrough voice. Set in Chicago, the film tells the story of a 26-year-old nanny dealing with the complicated emotions of having an abortion. Also winning Audience Award for […]

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Watch at Home: ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ & 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 2/14/2020 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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Awards/Prizes

14 women take home Oscar gold

Although the list of nominees for Best Director at the 2020 Oscars was entirely male, 14 women were awarded Oscar gold at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards on February 9 at the Dolby Theatre.  According to the Women’s Media Center, only 30 percent of all non-acting Oscar nominations went to women this year. Of the […]

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Features

Australian hit ‘Top End Wedding’ brings authenticity to romantic comedy genre

Miranda Tapsell co-writes and stars in director Wayne Blair’s Top End Wedding, a warm-hearted romantic comedy with an entirely original spirit. The offbeat humor and family heart of this story make it a memorable addition to the genre, along with a delightful cast.  Tapsell plays Lauren Ford, an overworked attorney who recently became engaged to […]

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Events/Festivals

Calls for sisterhood, solidarity at 2020 Academy Awards

For the second year in a row, I covered the 92nd Academy Awards for FF2 Media. What made it more special, this year, is that I was wearing a red dress especially designed for me for the event by Mario and Jorge Designs, and I wore a red pin to go with it, saying, “Support […]

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Interviews

Tanya Wexler talks unapologetic female characters in ‘Buffaloed’

Director Tanya Wexler on the set of Buffaloed.

Buffaloed director Tanya Wexler spoke with FF2 Media over the phone about her new film from writer Brian Sacca, starring Zoey Deutch, Judy Greer, Jermaine Fowler, Noah Reid and Jai Courtney. Magnolia Pictures released the film in theaters and VOD on Friday. Buffaloed just opened in theaters and VOD this weekend. At what point in […]

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Interviews

Athena Film Fest founders Melissa Silverstein and Kathryn Kolbert are building an artistic community

Every year, the FF2 Media team goes up to Barnard College for three days of women-centered films at the Athena Film Festival. You’ll be seeing all our individual takes on this year’s offerings in the first weeks of March, but before the festival happens two weeks from now, I sat down with the two founders […]

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Watch at Home

Watch at Home: ‘Olympic Dreams’ & 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 2/14/2020 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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Features

Lone Scherfig magnifies human connection in ‘The Kindness of Strangers’

There is a poignant moment about halfway through Lone Scherfig’s 10th feature film, The Kindness of Strangers, in theaters Feb. 14. Clara (Zoe Kazan) is at the end of her rope after escaping an abusive husband in upstate New York. She’s been wandering the streets of Manhattan with her two sons, looking for food, stealing […]

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Events/Festivals

The Best of Sundance From Female Filmmakers

Now that I’ve had some time to recover from Sundance, I’d like to present the best films that I saw from female filmmakers at this year’s festival. There were some standout films from returning female filmmakers on the mountains. At the same time, it was also nice to discover some new filmmakers to keep an […]

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