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Stream Now: ‘Puzzle’ an authentic portrayal of a woman’s need for self-worth

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 – and where to watch their work. “Puzzle” (2018) is available on Amazon Prime or on Prime Video Channels such as Starz and Hulu. (Be sure to click on film titles […]

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s ‘Fleabag’ a cure for quarantine blues

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 – and where to watch their work. In a time like this, when we can’t be physically close to other people, Fleabag, written and directed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, will have you […]

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Mr. Knightley in ‘Emma.’: A New Kind of Period Drama Hero

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 – and where to watch their work. “Emma.” is now available to rent on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Google Play and AppleTV.  From Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy to Emily Brontë’s Heathcliff, […]

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Sally Potter compares dementia to the Odyssey in ‘The Roads Not Taken’

The Roads Not Taken is in theaters now, featuring dynamite performances from Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, and Laura Linney. I sat down with director Sally Potter, of Orlando and Ginger and Rosa, to talk about the dense literary inspirations for this film. GPG: Leo spends much of The Roads Not Taken on a journey through […]

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An Unflinching Look at Colonialism: ‘Birds of Passage’ and ‘The Nightingale’

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 – and where to watch their work. While Birds of Passage and The Nightingale take place in different settings and explore different subject matter, both films (released in 2018) feature strong, […]

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Watch at Home: ‘Banana Split’ & more from female filmmakers

Banana Split

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 3/27/2020 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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‘Kit Kittredge’ teaches us how to help others in a crisis

FF2 team sisters Amelie and Julia revisited the movie together and had a conversation about its lasting impact.

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Arts Beyond Film

Amelie’s SWAN Day 2020: Dance

The actress playing the movie’s protagonist, Neve Campbell, contributed to the story writing herself, collaborating with screenwriter Barbara Turner.

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Roza’s SWAN Day 2020: Screenwriting

First featured in an episode of the podcast, This American Life, the story of Wang’s own grandmother has, against all odds, made it to the big screen. Both funny and so poignantly sad, it’s a movie to watch with a loved one, if you can.

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Giorgi’s SWAN Day 2020: Fiction and Letter Writing

There’s nothing like a film about a tortured genius from England to make us writers’ heads swell.

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Interviews

What Child-Trafficking Doc ‘The Rescue List’ Teaches Us

In today’s scary and uncertain times due to the coronavirus outbreak, it is important to highlight the work and stories of female filmmakers who make a difference.  In her documentary The Rescue List, which premiered on PBS on March 23, director Alyssa Fedele helps tell the story of former child slaves in Ghana who help […]

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The March Sisters: How Greta Gerwig Did ‘Little Women’ Justice

As Little Women (2019) is now available to purchase digitally, I’ve been pondering what it is that sets writer and director Greta Gerwig’s adaptation apart from the others before it. Obviously there is the stunning cinematography, the Oscar-winning costumes, and the fresh non-linear storyline. Gerwig’s script is vibrant and the entire cast gives fantastic performances. […]

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Sophia’s Athena 2020

Walking into Barnard College, there is already a sense of female empowerment and pride. It feels like women can do anything and will conquer the world. This creates a perfect setting for the Athena Film Festival. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Athena showcased some powerful works of art. With a pass swinging around my neck, in […]

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Shortened CEUFF featured thought-provoking films by women

Sadly, this year’s Chicago European Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center had to close early as a result of the coronavirus. “In suspending our programming we simply did what was necessary to do our part in protecting the public health,” Director of Programming Barbara Scharres told FF2 Media in a follow-up interview. “There […]

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Julia’s SWAN Day 2020: Music

If you didn’t love Taylor Swift before, Miss Americana, paired with the Reputation tour, is almost guaranteed to change your mind.

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Women’s History Month: Feel-good films now available to stream 

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 – and where to watch their work. Abominable Another film that really was a pleasant film to watch was Abominable (directed by Jill Culton). This animation follows a girl in China […]

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Nikoleta’s SWAN Day 2020: Costume Design

If you haven’t seen the film Little Women yet you will be blown away by the incredible script, acting, directing and costume design. All done by women. The costume design in the film is classy, relevant, and unique for the time. 

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Women’s History Month: 3 political documentaries to stream on Netflix before the election

In the time of COVID-19, it’s easy to feel completely out of control. Articles sweep across our timelines warning us that the virus may plague us for weeks, months, even years. Death tolls rise every day. Our jobs are at risk. Our social lives feel like they’re deteriorating. In the (only slightly exaggerated) words of […]

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Bea’s SWAN Day 2020: Contemporary Art

Kusama Infinity is a visual masterpiece, showcasing Kusama’s influential, expressive works while investigating her life, struggles and inspirations.

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Four Documentaries about Women Artists You Can Stream Right Now

Since SWAN day (Support Women Artists Day) is all about supporting women artists, it seemed befitting to put together a list of four documentaries about women artists that you can stream at home. These films cover a spectrum of time and place, covering visual arts, film, and the performing arts.  The Girls in the Band […]

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Elisa’s SWAN Day 2020: Animation

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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The apocalypse, as seen by women

More than ever, we need to support women artists now! This past week it might have felt to many of us like the world was ending, but we can keep it spinning if we just help each other out. For us here at FF2, that means watching movies (and taking in all kinds of other […]

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Watch at Home: ‘Romantic Comedy’ & more from female filmmakers

Romantic Comedy

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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Amelie’s Athena 2020

The Athena Festival each year feels a bit like an FF2 reunion, or a milestone. And this festival celebrates the kinds of stories that we wish could be told more, and nothing but those stories. It reminds us what we’re working toward.

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Women’s History Month: Agnès Varda

If you’re even a novice film buff, you’ve likely (and hopefully) heard the name Agnès Varda tossed around. Varda was a French filmmaker and avid photographer whose work ranges from documentary to fiction films. Some of her most famous films are Cléo from 5 to 7, Vagabond, and the recent Faces Places. She was married […]

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Streaming: Amazon’s ‘Blow the Man Down’ a story of dynamic women

Available to stream on Amazon Prime Video March 20, Blow the Man Down is a stylish and suspenseful drama from writer-director team Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy. The 90-minute feature is a sinister and eerie tale about the dark connections between women in this seemingly bleak but memorable small town.  During the dreary winter […]

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Arts Beyond Film

Sophia’s SWAN Day 2020: Directing

The first time I watched Ask for Jane was at the Athena Film Festival, located in New York. In a place already filled with feminism and an inspirational atmosphere for woman’s power, Rachel Carey’s film played to a full audience.

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Watch at Home Wednesday: 20 Perfect Films From Female Filmmakers

Twenty films from female filmmakers received perfect scores from the FF2 Media team during 2019. To receive a perfect score from our team, a film must pass the Bechdel-Wallace test and feature a female writer or director – 220 films matching the latter criteria were released theatrically in Manhattan last year.  The following films are […]

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Women’s History Month: Andrea Arnold

Andrea Arnold is a British director, screenwriter, and actress. She won an Oscar in 2005 for her short film “Wasp,” about a young single mother, their family’s lifestyle, and her brushes with romance and human connection.

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Maiya’s SWAN Day 2020: Fashion

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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