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THE BECHDEL TEST FEST: 2015

Founder of The Bechdel Test Fest, Corrina Antrobus, was dismayed at the poor representation of women in film. In 2013, only 15% of the top 100 films released had a female protagonist. By June 2014, less than half of cinematic … Continue reading

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Meet Activist Kylie Angell

Exclusive Interview with University of Connecticut Alumna and Activist Kylie Angell by FF2 Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky ************************* BKP: How did you get involved with It Happened Here? KA: I started working with fellow activists at the end of my … Continue reading

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WHERE DO WE GO NOW?

Where Do We Go Now? Directed by Nadine Labaki Original Screenplay by Rodney Al Haddad and Jihad Hojeily with Thomas Bidegain Principal Actors: Claude Baz Moussawbaa with Julian Farhat and Nadine Labaki Nadine Labaki's breakout film Caramel was firmly set … Continue reading

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Chatting with Pamela Gray

Click HERE for full chat as a printable pdf.  On October 8th, I had the privilege of talking on the phone with screenwriter Pamela Gray about her new film Conviction starring Hillary Swank as real-life heroine Betty Anne Waters—an ordinary … Continue reading

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Brava, Sally Potter!

Posted today on Women’s eNews: “Let's praise Sally Berger, a curator at New York City's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), for putting together a remarkable retrospective (July 7 to 24) of the films and videos of Sally Potter, the brilliant … Continue reading

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Chatting with Lone Scherfig

Click HERE to read my review for WomenArts. Click HERE to read my chat with Danish Director Lone Scherfig about her new film AN EDUCATION.  What are YOU doing THIS weekend?  If you support WITASWAN, then your answer should be: … Continue reading

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See OPERATION FILMMAKER on PBS!!!

Download Jan’s Chat with Nina Davenport as a pdf.           OPERATION FILMMAKER premieres tonight on PBS!!! Here’s the basic story: An American film crew brings a young Iraqi man named Muthana to their shoot in the Czech Republic.  They’re offering … Continue reading

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Chatting about BRICK LANE

Brick Lane is a beautiful film that could have been even better. Based on a well-regarded novel of the same name by Monica Ali, Sarah Gavron’s film is about a young Bangladeshi woman named “Nazneen,” who is sent to London … Continue reading

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Aline Brosh McKenna on THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

Jan: You captured it all, so please tell me about it: tell me how you created Miranda & the extra scenes that you wrote for her; tell me how you created Nigel from a composite of characters in the book. … Continue reading

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Chris Noonan on MISS POTTER

What a surprise: I walked into a critics screening of MISS POTTER with minimal background and low expectations (“Oy, Peter Rabbit? I don’t think so!”), but walked out delighted to have met her acquaintance. Luckily the publicist was able to … Continue reading

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