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Comic actress Rose Marie dies at 94

FF2 Media mourns the loss of comic actress Rose Marie, who died yesterday at the age of 94. “The longest active career in the entertainment industry” was celebrated with the November release of the documentary on her life, Christina Tucker and Jason Wise’s Wait For Your Laugh. The Dick Van Dyke Show creator Carl Reiner […]

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Activist Recy Taylor dies at 97

FF2 Media mourns the news today about the death of Recy Taylor, a 97-year-old woman who fought for justice after being raped by six white men in 1944.

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‘Permanent’ director Colette Burson depicts 1980s South

Colette Burson is returning to her roots for her new feature film Permanent.

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A forgotten force: Remembering ‘Empire Strikes Back’ writer Leigh Brackett

Fan favorite Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back was ranked number one – the only Star Wars film with a credited female screenwriter.

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‘Recy Taylor’ director talks doc, Alabama voters

Just a week ago Burski’s film opened in limited release in LA, and screened in Alabama to encourage citizens to get out the vote (perhaps playing a role in Alabama’s recent election).

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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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National Film Registry releases preservation selections for 2017

The Library of Congress’ National Film Registry announced Wednesday the 25 films selected for historic preservation this year.

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Women directors shut out of Golden Globe race

Notable snubs include Patty Jenkins for Wonder Woman (the highest-grossing film ever directed by a woman), Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird (the highest-rated film on Rotten Tomatoes) and Dee Rees for Mudbound (the multiple award-winning film available on Netflix).

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First-time director Stephanie Di Giusto makes ‘Dancer’ known again

Loïe Fuller’s Serpentine Dance and tense relationship with Isadora Duncan is captured in Stephanie Di Giusto’s directorial debut.

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Noel Wells talks ‘Mr. Roosevelt,’ misery and transitioning from SNL

Wells is breaking out in 2017, adding writer-director to her resume with Mr. Roosevelt, the 20-something coming-of-age comedy.

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Amy Glazer goes family-friendly with ‘Kepler’s Dream’

Amy Glazer’s new film Kepler’s Dream is her first foray into the literary adaption of a young adult book.

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Women directors present charming, informative docs at NYFF

The 55th New York Film Festival of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, September – October 2017, featured some of the best documentaries by women directors this year. Using a wide variety of expressive, entertaining, poignant and educational styles, the films reveal both the neglected past and the troubled present. Top selections include: Faces Places […]

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Sofia Coppola honored at Gotham Awards

Director Sofia Coppola was honored at the IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards with a tribute video airing at the ceremony.

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‘Mudbound,’ ‘Lady Bird’ actors win Gotham Awards

The 27th annual IFP Gotham Awards were held on Monday, November 27 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Women-directed films were honored solely for their casts.

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Film Independent Spirit Awards nom women filmmakers

The following nominations are by women filmmakers, both writers and directors whose work has been critically reviewed and covered by FF2 Media.

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Director Leah Warshawski documents grandmother ‘Big Sonia’

But as she followed Sonia through her day-to-day life and heard the story of her youth first-hand, she found a fascinating story and new image of her grandmother.

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‘Man Who Invented Christmas’ director depicts Dickens’ inner struggle

First-time screenwriter Susan Coyne creates a heartwarming historical drama which likely will get viewers in the holiday spirit.

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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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Nadia Jordan’s ‘For the Love of George’ wins at CCFF

On a whim, Poppy hops a flight to L.A. from England in search of her perfect man—George Clooney.

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Petra Volpe talks ‘Divine’ feminism

Writer/director Volpe goes more into detail about the film, its symbolism and why she considers herself a feminist.

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‘No Dresscode Required’ director on struggle for marriage rights

When Christina Herrera Borquez decided to document one of these landmark struggles for the right to marriage, she thought the struggle would take place over a few months.

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‘The Light of the Moon’ shows long-term impact of rape

The film depicts the brutal rape of Bonnie (Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Stephanie Beatriz) and the devastating aftermath.

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Women-directed docs make up 40 percent of NYC festival

The 8th annual festival runs until November 16 and includes 111 feature-length documentaries (out of more than 250 films and events overall).

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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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Chicago professor debuts thrilling embezzlement doc ‘All the Queen’s Horses’

All the Queen’s Horses, which premieres at the Gene Siskel Film Center for a two-week theatrical run beginning November 10, is a thrilling story fit for a fictional feature film.

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‘All the Queen’s Horses’ director documents largest U.S. embezzlement case

All the Queen’s Horses is a documentary about the biggest embezzlement case in American history. Rita Crundwell, a comptroller and treasurer in Dixon, Illinois (a small, predominantly white town) stole $53 million from 1983 to 2012.

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Women directors present diverse, challenging films at NYFF

Given the prestigious imprimatur of the 55th New York Film Festival of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the features by the women directors were a diverse and challenging slate.

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Founder Jessica Hardy preps Chicago Comedy Film Festival for seventh year

Taking place at the New 400 Cinema in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago on November 9-11, the festival is one of the few comedy festivals in the country and will screen more than 50 short- and feature-films with Q&As with the filmmakers and talent after each showing.

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Director Maggie Betts talks ‘Novitiate,’ depicting Catholic institution

Betts weaves this historical moment in time into the fictional story of Kathleen (Margaret Qually), a teenager beginning her training under the eye of a strict Reverend Mother (Melissa Leo).

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Women writers and directors dominate Portland Film Festival

How does the Portland Film Festival program 59 percent of its films with women writers and directors?  It’s easy…they screen films blindly and just play the better films.

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