Currently Browsing: April 2017

Petra Volpe, director of ‘The Divine Order,’ takes lighthearted approach to suffrage

***Update*** The 16th Annual Tribeca Film Festival Nora Ephron Prize winner. The Nora Ephron Prize: Petra Volpe, writer/director of The Divine Order (Switzerland). Jurors Dianna Agron, Joy Bryant, Diane Lane, Zoe Lister-Jones and Christina Ricci awarded the film for its “intrepid and compassionate storytelling, beautiful cinematography (by a woman), complex characterization of the female experience, seamless […]

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Penny Marshall’s ‘A League of Their Own’ celebrates 25th anniversary

On a recent trip to the Carson Pirie Scott department store, I came across a display of (ridiculously expensive) baseball-themed purses. The designer bags were emblazoned with the logos of Major League Baseball teams, and a sign above the rack where they hung read, “Yes, girls love sports, too!” I was appalled at the fact that […]

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Shamim Sarif breaks the mold with anti-le Carré spy thriller

Shamim Sarif is breaking the mold as a filmmaker, not only writing and directing her own projects, but adapting her own novels and producing with wife Hanan Kattan. Since 2007, she’s made three dramatically different romantic dramas. Her first two films (both starring Sheetal Sheth and Lisa Ray) were the period drama The World Unseen […]

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Female filmmakers shine at Siskel Center’s Asian American Showcase

The 22nd annual Asian American Showcase ran from March 31 to April 12 at Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center and the Foundation for Asian American Independent Media. Read our “Best of the Fest” list below, ranked from highest to lowest. Number 1: The Tiger Hunter. USA. Lena Khan writes and directs a light-hearted and witty […]

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Giorgi’s Kino Festival (2017)

Ever since my time at NYU in the East Village, the Landmark Sunshine Cinema has been one of my favorite theaters! Situated on the border of Alphabet City and the Lower East Side, it’s one of the best places in Manhattan to see indie films, and last weekend’s Kino! Festival of German Films was no […]

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Women in media facing sexism, exclusivity

In my 2011 Pulchronomics 101 piece, I wrote about whether or not there was an advantage for women in media who were deemed attractive. Based on a Newsweek survey, the study found that attractive women had a greater advantage at work or finding jobs more so if they wore form fitting clothing. At the same […]

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