Currently Browsing: July 2016

Black Harvest Film Festival

By Senior Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor The 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival (BHFF) begins August 5 at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, Illinois. It celebrates the history and heritage of black people, worldwide, through indie films and shorts. More than 40 movies are scheduled to be shown.   While the focus is […]

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Filmmaker Q&A: Sian Heder

By FF2 Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin Interview: Sian Heder, Writer-Director of Tallulah Sian Heder’s name is best known for her work on critically acclaimed shows such as Men of a Certain Age and Orange in the New Black. But she got her start in the business writing and directing her award-winning short Mother, about a wealthy, […]

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Filmmaker Q&A: Satoko Yokohama

By FF2 Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin Interview: Writer-Director Satoko Yokohama For the past 10 years, New York’s Japan Society has hosted Japan Cuts; the largest film festival showcasing Japanese films in North America. This year, the film festival closed its program with the new film by one of Japan’s freshest talents, Satoko Yokohama. The Aomori native […]

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HRW FILM FESTIVAL: WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE

Women Documentarians Reveal Injustice and Hope at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel http://MavensNest.net/movies.html I used to think of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival as “The Depressing Festival” in coverage over the past nine years.  But the programmers more and more balance artistic merit with the sponsoring NGO Human Rights […]

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HRW FILM FESTIVAL: OVARIAN PSYCOS

Women Documentarians Reveal Injustice and Hope at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel http://MavensNest.net/movies.html I used to think of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival as “The Depressing Festival” in coverage over the past nine years.  But the programmers more and more balance artistic merit with the sponsoring NGO Human Rights […]

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HRW FILM FESTIVAL: SONITA

Women Documentarians Reveal Injustice and Hope at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel http://MavensNest.net/movies.html I used to think of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival as “The Depressing Festival” in coverage over the past nine years.  But the programmers more and more balance artistic merit with the sponsoring NGO Human Rights […]

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Pulchronomics 2016

Booted from FOX : Roger Ailes Finally Gets his Just Desserts Special For FF2 Media By Stephanie Taylor A few years back I wrote a 3-part series for FF2 Media called Pulchronomics 101 in which I showed how physical beauty affects women in the workplace — often determining their success or at least making the road a little easier — using movies and cable […]

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HRW FILM FESTIVAL: P.S. JERUSALEM

Women Documentarians Reveal Injustice and Hope at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel http://MavensNest.net/movies.html I used to think of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival as “The Depressing Festival” in coverage over the past nine years.  But the programmers more and more balance artistic merit with the sponsoring NGO Human Rights […]

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HRW FILM FESTIVAL: TEMPEST (TEMPESTAD)

Women Documentarians Reveal Injustice and Hope at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel http://MavensNest.net/movies.html I used to think of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival as “The Depressing Festival” in coverage over the past nine years.  But the programmers more and more balance artistic merit with the sponsoring NGO Human Rights […]

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HRW FILM FESTIVAL: SOLITARY

Women Documentarians Reveal Injustice and Hope at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel http://MavensNest.net/movies.html I used to think of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival as “The Depressing Festival” in coverage over the past nine years.  But the programmers more and more balance artistic merit with the sponsoring NGO Human Rights […]

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HRW FILM FESTIVAL: JACKSON

Women Documentarians Reveal Injustice and Hope at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel http://MavensNest.net/movies.html I used to think of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival as “The Depressing Festival” in coverage over the past nine years.  But the programmers more and more balance artistic merit with the sponsoring NGO Human Rights […]

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HRW FILM FESTIVAL: INSIDE THE CHINESE CLOSET

Women Documentarians Reveal Injustice and Hope at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel http://MavensNest.net/movies.html I used to think of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival as “The Depressing Festival” in coverage over the past nine years.  But the programmers more and more balance artistic merit with the sponsoring NGO Human Rights […]

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HRW FILM FESTIVAL: HOOLIGAN SPARROW

Women Documentarians Reveal Injustice and Hope at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel http://MavensNest.net/movies.html I used to think of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival as “The Depressing Festival” in coverage over the past nine years.  But the programmers more and more balance artistic merit with the sponsoring NGO Human Rights […]

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Filmmaker Q&A: Corsini

By FF2 Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin Writer-director Catherine Corsini has gradually emerged not only as one of France’s top female directors, but one of their most respected auteurs of her generation. Although she originally pursued a career as an actress, writing and directing proved to be her true calling. And she’s been pursuing that ambition since […]

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AMPAS Adds Women Directors!

On Wednesday, June 29, 2016, AMPAS (the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) invited 683 new members into “The Academy,” 314 of whom are women. This action—adding 314 women including women from many different countries and a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds–is the result of the pledge made earlier in the year to […]

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AMPAS ’16: Maren Ade

AMPAS ADDS WOMEN DIRECTORS: With our commitment to reviewing all new releases written and/or directed by women, FF2 Media now plays an important role in breaking down barriers. AMPAS invited 683 new members this year, 49 of whom are female directors. Who are they? What are their stories? We already know them, and we are here […]

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AMPAS ’16: Lexi Alexander

AMPAS ADDS WOMEN DIRECTORS: With our commitment to reviewing all new releases written and/or directed by women, FF2 Media now plays an important role in breaking down barriers. AMPAS invited 683 new members this year, 49 of whom are female directors. Who are they? What are their stories? We already know them, and we are here […]

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AMPAS ’16: Haifaa al-Mansour

AMPAS ADDS WOMEN DIRECTORS: With our commitment to reviewing all new releases written and/or directed by women, FF2 Media now plays an important role in breaking down barriers. AMPAS invited 683 new members this year, 49 of whom are female directors. Who are they? What are their stories? We already know them, and we are here […]

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AMPAS ’16: Ana Lily Amirpour

Ana Lily Amirpour is an Iranian-American film director, screenwriter, producer and actor, most known for her feature film debut, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Self-described as “the first Iranian vampire spaghetti western” and starring Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh, Dominic Rains, Mozhan Marnò and Rome Shadanloo, the film built up significant buzz […]

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AMPAS ’16: Amma Asante

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AMPAS ’16: Katie Aselton

AMPAS ADDS WOMEN DIRECTORS: With our commitment to reviewing all new releases written and/or directed by women, FF2 Media now plays an important role in breaking down barriers. AMPAS invited 683 new members this year, 49 of whom are female directors. Who are they? What are their stories? We already know them, and we are here […]

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AMPAS ’16: Anna Boden

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AMPAS ’16: Catherine Breillat

AMPAS ADDS WOMEN DIRECTORS: With our commitment to reviewing all new releases written and/or directed by women, FF2 Media now plays an important role in breaking down barriers. AMPAS invited 683 new members this year, 49 of whom are female directors. Who are they? What are their stories? We already know them, and we are here […]

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AMPAS ’16: Isabel Coixet

Isabel Coixet Castillo is a prolific film director of contemporary Spain, with The New York Times describing her work as “unclassifiable.” She has directed seven feature-length films since the beginning of her film career in 1988, in addition to documentary films, shorts and commercials. After a BA degree in History at Barcelona University, Major in […]

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AMPAS ’16: Julie Dash

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AMPAS ’16: Tamra Davis

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AMPAS ’16: Cheryl Dunye

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AMPAS ’16: Deniz Gamze Erguven

Deniz Gamze Ergüven grew up in France and attended school at La Fémis. In 2011, she attended the Cannes Film Festivals Atelier where she met fellow director Alice Winocour. The two began their collaboration on her first feature film, Mustang. Mustang premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival where it […]

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AMPAS ’16: Valerie Faris

Valerie Faris (along with her husband, film partner Jonathan Dayton) is an American film director and music video director known for her feature film directorial debut, Little Miss Sunshine. The couple also directed the 2012 romantic comedy-drama Ruby Sparks. A dance student and native of Los Angeles County, California, Faris met Dayton at UCLA and the […]

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AMPAS ’16: Shana Feste

AMPAS ADDS WOMEN DIRECTORS: With our commitment to reviewing all new releases written and/or directed by women, FF2 Media now plays an important role in breaking down barriers. AMPAS invited 683 new members this year, 49 of whom are female directors. Who are they? What are their stories? We already know them, and we are here […]

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