Currently Browsing: June 2017

Great News! Peirce & Karaszewski elected to AMPAS Board of Governors!

More great news from AMPAS! Members newly elected 2017–18 Board of Governors include Kimberly Peirce (added to the Directors Branch) and FF2 Media FOJ Larry Karaszewski (added to the Writers Branch). When AMPAS President Cheryl Boone Isaacs issued her diversity declaration in January 2016, I was frankly skeptical. But now I see she has, in fact, exceeded […]

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2017 New York Asian Film Festival: ‘We should have done better’ admits NYAFF director

This year’s New York Asian Film Festival, which is set to kick off on June 30 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City, will screen 57 feature films over 17 days. Only six of those features — a paltry 1% — were directed by women. “There were only two last year, […]

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FF2 Media applauds diversity in new AMPAS Class of ’17

FF2 Media applauds AMPAS (The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) for inviting inviting 774 new members from 57 countries. The class of 2017 has an increased number of women and POC (People of Color) in its effort to boost diversity in each of its seven branches. Of the 64 directors invited this year, […]

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AMPAS adds women directors, sets record number of new members

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 774 new members, including an increased number of women and minorities. Despite its effort to boost diversity in each of its seven branches, the invited directors remain predominantly male. Of the 64 directors invited this year, 17 (roughly 27 percent) are women, a decrease from […]

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Women document impact of war, labor and injustice at Human Rights Watch Film Fest

Ten out of the 21 documentaries at the 28th annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival New York City were directed by women, including a rare retrospective. Co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and IFC Center, most screenings were followed by Q&As with filmmakers, film subjects, Human Rights Watch researchers and other experts in […]

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Why Must Male Critics Muddy Feminist Conversations?

Why must male film critics muddy feminist conversations by holding women-driven movies to different standards? I’m looking right at you, Peter Rainer, of the Christian Science Monitor! Mr Rainer, you gave Manchester-by-the-Sea an A on Rotten Tomatoes, but called Hidden Figures “resistably unorginal.” You gave a C+ to Arrival, and a B to Moonlight, but […]

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‘The Wedding Invitation’ director takes ownership of script, hires all-female crew

Since Bridesmaids proved to be one of Hollywood’s megahits, audiences have heard of the growing need for “female-led comedies.” But despite all the talk in the press, getting a female lead comedy greenlit remains an uphill battle. Almost a decade ago, before Bridesmaids had become a launch-pad, Rainy Kerwin found herself frustrated by the roles […]

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Spoiler Alert: Director Cate Shortland talks twisty thriller ‘Berlin Syndrome’

Sometimes it’s next to impossible to talk to a director about their movie without giving a few things away. And sometimes I just don’t care. Australian director Cate Shortland’s new film Berlin Syndrome falls into that category because 1) it’s a well-made thriller that I wanted to learn how it came together and 2) the […]

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SDC Observership Program accepts FF2 Media Associate Lindsy M. Bissonnette

Congratulations to FF2 Media Associate Lindsy M. Bissonnette on her acceptance into the SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers) Foundation’s 2017-18 Observership Class. As a member of this class, she is eligible to apply for directing observership and fellowship opportunities throughout the year as well as attend events and panel discussions. The Observership Program provides early […]

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Tel Aviv CinemaTheque hosts International LGBT Film Festival

TLVFest is an international LGBT Film Festival held each June at the Tel Aviv CinemaTheque. The festival offers public screenings of films with no Israeli distribution, meetings with local as well as foreign filmmakers, panel discussions and special events. The impressive program includes many exciting films while aspiring to enrich and empower tolerance and pluralism in Israeli society. […]

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From indies to studio: Stella Meghie on ‘Everything, Everything’

The summer movie’s already begun and it’s seems to be a great season for women behind the camera. Even before premiering Wonder Woman last week, Warner Brothers launched their summer schedule in May with another film helmed by female director, the adaption of the YA best seller Everything, Everything, based on the novel by Nicola […]

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Aisling Walsh’s ‘Maudie’ a fitting tribute to the art of Maud Lewis

In the traditional artist-muse love stories, we’ve seen remarkably few focused on female artists and their male muse. And rarer still would be the on-screen relationship in the new Irish-Canadian film Maudie, starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke. Based on the cheerful, vibrant art of folk artist Maud Lewis (Sally Hawkins) plays a Nova Scotia […]

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The Wedding Plan & The Woman’s Balcony: A Tale of 2 Screenplays

FF2 Media Editor-in-Chief Jan Lisa Huttner explores the implicit misogyny of religious fundamentalism in a compare/contrast of two recent Israeli films. It can’t just be that I was no fan of Rama Burshtein’s first film Fill the Void. I had heard raves about her second film — The Wedding Plan — from people I love and respect, […]

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Drifter film ‘D-Love’ a balancing act for director Elena Beuca

D-Love, has received a lot of love lately with two Audience Awards from U.S. Film Festivals.  This news is no surprise as Elena Beuca’s directorial debut left me speechless after seeing it at Dances With Films. D-Love is a wonderfully heartfelt story, reminding us that people come into our lives for a reason.   Beuca, while […]

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Associate Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

Giorgi Plys-Garzotto is a Chicago native and aspiring television writer; she is a freelance writer in Los Angeles. She writes weekly reviews for FF2 Media. Her dearest wish is to create the world’s first pun dictionary. She loves cooking vegan food, going for long walks alone, and binge-watching Riverdale. She spends most of her time […]

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Zoe Lister-Jones pulls triple duty for ‘Band Aid,’ enlists all-female crew

Zoe Lister-Jones not only stars alongside Adam Pally (Ben) and Fred Armisen (neighbor Dave) in Band Aid, she also dons her writer and directors’ hats with this film.  Lister-Jones tackles marriage through music as a young couple hits a dead end in their relationship.  In a last-ditch effort to reconnect, they turn their fights into […]

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‘To the Moon and Back’ tackles politics of Russian Adoption Ban

Now in its 20th year, the Los Angeles-based film festival, Dances With Films (DWF), lives up to its words of conception: a festival where ‘who you know’ doesn’t matter, but the quality of your work does. To the Moon and Back by Susan Morgan Cooper is a heartbreaking look at two intersecting narratives about the […]

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‘Wink’ director tests waters of short films

Now in its 20th year, the Los Angeles-based film festival, Dances With Films (DWF), lives up to its words of conception: a festival where ‘who you know’ doesn’t matter, but the quality of your work does. First-time writer and director of a narrative short film, German-born Monika Petrillo jumps into the filmmaking waters with Wink. Her […]

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Contributing Editor Amelie Lasker

As an intern, I have been contributing weekly reviews to FF2’s site The Hot Pink Pen since early 2016. I love being able to support female artists in such a consistent way, and it’s an endless treat to get to watch and write about movies for my job. Now I’m thrilled to be taking on […]

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UPDATE: Sly ‘Foxes’ wins well-deserved Tony Award for Cynthia Nixon

MONDAY UPDATE: Jan Lisa Huttner here, the morning after the 2017 Tony Awards. Congratulations to Cynthia Nixon, winner of the 2017 Tony Award for “Best Actress for a Featured Role in a Play” in the role of “Birdie” in Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes. Kudos as well to Jane Greenwood who also won a Tony for […]

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Intern Dayna Hagewood

Dayna is currently studying English and Cinema at Rutgers University, with a concentration in Creative Writing. Though she previously wanted to be a novelist, her recent discovery of film as an academic discipline has changed her goals and intentions. She believes that writing and filmmaking are incredibly closely related, and she is interested in the […]

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Intern Roza Melkumyan

As an intern at FF2 Media, I watch newly-released films written and/or directed by women, and give my take through weekly reviews. As a senior at NYU, I am earning my degree at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, which has given me the unique opportunity to create my own concentration: “Understanding & Misunderstanding in […]

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Associate Eti Or

My name is Eti Or, born 1986 in Jerusalem, Israel. I studied Visual Communication in college and a huge film fan. I write reviews for FF2 Media and represent the team at local film festivals. I want to enhance women’s voices everywhere, and especially in art. Art, in any form, is a way to rebel […]

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Associate Tracy Shen

Tracy is a recent graduate of Columbia University, with BAs in both English and Film & Media Studies, obtaining honors in the film department. She also spent one summer at USC Cinematic Arts studying film production. She served as a marketing representative for Universal Pictures for the past three years, and served as an intern […]

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Associate Elyse Thaler

Associate Elyse Thaler graduated in 2011 from Virginia Commonwealth University where she received her BFA in Theatre: Performance. After hearing about the shortage of actors and writers in Los Angeles (kidding) she decided to offer her services by making the big move from Virginia to California. Elyse joined FF2 Media in 2016 and has been […]

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Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin

Contributor Lesley Coffin is Editor-in-Chief of the online film journal Movies, Film, Cinema and host of the Chicago industry podcast “From Lakeshore Drive to Hollywood.” A writer with a masters degree from NYU’s Gallatin School in biographical studies and star theory. She wrote the biography on Lew Ayres (Lew Ayres: Hollywood’s Conscientious Objector) and Hitchcock’s Casting (Hitchcock’s […]

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2017 Human Rights Watch Film Festival to screen ‘remarkable’ films by women

Sexual exploitation, domestic violence, civic duty, and the rights of indigenous people are just some of the resonant topics that will be tackled in the films to be shown at NYC’s 2017 Human Rights Watch Film Festival (June 9-18). The festival will screen 21 topical and provocative feature documentaries, along with panel discussions that showcase courageous resilience […]

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Paint It Black and L’Attesa use male characters to drive female relationships

A typical tactic to further a male character’s development, especially in the tidal wave of male superhero movies we’ve been getting for the past five years or so, is to take the guy’s girlfriend or daughter, and have her die. His resulting “manpain” is then milked at the dead female character’s expense to give an […]

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Senior Contributor Lisa Iannucci

Senior Contributor Lisa Iannucci has been writing about film and entertainment for years. She has interviewed hundreds of celebrities and is currently working on a film and travel book, The Film/TV Lover’s Travel Guide to be published in 2018. She is also working on a Literary Lover’s Travel Guide. 

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The Powder and The Glory: From PBS Doc to Tony-Nominated Broadway Musical!

The Powder & The Glory — a PBS documentary now available on DVD — depicts the feud between esteemed makeup icons Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubenstein. Why is this relevant now? Because War Paint — the new Broadway musical that has been nominated for FOUR Tony Awards — is based on this doc 🙂 The tale of these […]

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