Currently Browsing: July 2017

Director Amanda Lipitz finds her ‘Step’ in new documentary

Broadway producer and first-time documentary feature filmmaker, director, and producer Amanda Lipitz has made her way from the Sundance Film Festival to a 200 theater opening of her passion project, Step. The Baltimore native captured an inspirational story about three young women from the inner-city of Baltimore, all with various backgrounds, who attend the Baltimore […]

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Writer/director Katherine Dieckmann on ‘Strange Weather,’ surviving grief

Strange Weather feels like a perfect title to be both evocative and descriptive of Katherine Dieckmann’s new feature. Focusing on parents of suicide victims and the suffering they experience in the aftermath, Dieckmann has also made a frequently funny and warm film about surviving grief. In the role of grieving mother Darcy, Dieckmann has written […]

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Girls Night Out: B*%ches Keepin’ Us in Stitches

Summer is here and so are the much-anticipated summer films! And, so far, they have not disappointed. What’s even better? This summer has been filled with fierce female writers and directors working on films that are also about women. From comedies, to action packed films, foreign features, and divine dramas, this year is proving to […]

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Murder, metaphors, and modernity in Ingrid Jungermann’s ‘Women Who Kill’

Ingrid Jungermann is taking on the definition of “triple threat” with her debut feature Women Who Kill, as writer, director, and star of the wildly inventive dark comedy. After making a big impression with webseries The Slope (co-created with Desiree Akhavan), F to 7th and Drama, Jungermann made the leap to feature films with a satirical […]

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Princes look back in HBO documentary ‘Diana, Our Mother’

From director Ashley Gething, the HBO Documentary Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy remembers the Princess of Wales in a different way – from the perspective of her two sons, Princes William and Harry. The well-known figures speak openly about their mother throughout the 65 minutes, which first aired July 24 on HBO. Most viewers […]

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Women Make Movies nominated for News Documentary Emmy Awards

Congratulations to Women Make Movies’ Distribution and Production Assistance Program films nominated for the 38th Annual News Documentary Emmy Awards! Director Beth Murphy’s What Tomorrow Brings, a story about the first girls’ school in a small Afghan village, is nominated for Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary. Directors Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Naqvi’s Among the Believers is […]

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Throwback to when Gwyneth Paltrow was Sylvia Plath

It has been a while since this film came out in 2003, but it still remains a powerful piece of acting from Gwyneth Paltrow. The dark biopic, Sylvia, is directed by Christine Jeffs, and stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Daniel Craig. The two leads are husband and wife in this movie about a wandering journey through a lost […]

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‘Landline’ creators talk family dynamics, fidelity and all things ’90s

Landline, the sophomore feature from filmmakers Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm, created buzz at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and continues to make quite a stir in theatrical release.  Starring Jenny Slate, Abby Quinn, John Turturro, and Edie Falco, Robespierre also directed the film, set in New York City in the 1990s.   The film looks […]

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Summer Kids Matinees to screen films with female protagonists

If parents in the New York City area are still looking for something to do with your children this summer, look no further than the Museum of the Moving Image’s Summer Kids Matinees. Located in Astoria, Queens, the Museum of the Moving Image has to be on every film buff’s list of sights to see. […]

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A behind-the-scenes look at ‘Broken Record’ with director Katusha Jin

Sometimes when I listen to a song or read a script, I have an instant impulse to create something for it. Broken Record by Sophi Alvarez, whose stage name is Saint Victoria, is a perfect example of this; I wanted to bring to life the visuals to accompany her powerful song. When I approached Sophi […]

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Jane Austen’s 200th Yahrzeit

Honoring Jane Austen’s 200th Yahrzeit By FF2 Media Editor-in-Chief Jan Lisa Huttner Jane Austen died exactly 200 years ago today. Really! So I can’t keep from kvelling while remarking on how “bashert” this is (“meant to be”) given that today, July 18, 2017, falls midway between this year’s readings of Parsha Pinchas and Parsha Mattot/Mas’ei (the […]

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Civia Tamarkin’s ‘Birthright’ documentary fights for women’s rights

The reaction from a title like Birthright: A War Story is undeniably intentional in Civia Tamarkin’s new documentary. The war against women’s rights because of reproductive laws passed in recent years are having a horrific and alarming impact on the rights of women; both infringing on what was outlined when Roe v. Wade was passed […]

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Siskel Center presents sixth annual Best of Black Harvest

Gene Siskel Film Center continues to partner with the Chicago Public Library and the Chicago Tribune Foundation to present the sixth annual Best of Black Harvest. Executive Director Jean de St Aubin says, “I don’t think we’ve even considered not doing the Best of Black Harvest and being out in the community. I think it’s […]

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Television Academy increases Emmy noms for women writers, directors

The Television Academy announced its 2017 Emmy award nominees July 13, with a substantial number of female nominees in its writing and directing categories. Director Jamie Babbitt is nominated for the HBO comedy Silicon Valley, while Kate Dennis and Reed Morano are recognized for respective episodes of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Lesli Linka Glatter is […]

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White, male critics dominate field, face backlash from diverse community

“Becoming a White Man in the Theatre,” published by HowlRound’s director and co-founder P. Carl, describes a community that many of us don’t ever experience. A transgender theater critic, Carl shares his realizations and experiences of what it was like to gain the majority privilege. As a man, Carl found that being “one of the guys” […]

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Broadway’s ‘War Paint’ is a mean streak of genius

It has been a pretty fantastic year for women: a female winning best director at Cannes, a female director taking the Tony– not to mention the fantastic achievement of Wonder Woman — women are making their place known in the arts. However, there are several female-driven stories making a comeback, and War Paint; music by Scott […]

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Tan takes us behind the scenes of ‘Pop Aye’

Kirsten Tan is a talented director and writer. She grew up in Singapore, but has lived in many different places such as Korea and Thailand, and her current home in Brooklyn. It was during her travels in Thailand where she found inspiration for her current feature, Pop Aye. Lindsy M. Bissonnette (LMB): What’s it like […]

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Spanning Generations: 20 summer films by women

Ducking into an air-conditioned movie theater for a few hours is weaved into the fabric of summer, and many of our favorite summertime flicks were written and directed by women. From stories of aliens to superheroes to small towns, from Oz in the 1930s to Themyscira of 2017, these 20 stories are perfect for summer-night […]

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Follow @FF2 Media on INSTAGRAM!

GREAT NEWS! You can follow FF2 Media on INSTAGRAM. Every week, we’ll post beautiful photos of the newest FF2 Media films being released, directors behind-the-scenes on set, and even some photos of our FF2 reviewers going to see the films! If you have an Instagram, come follow us! (We follow back ;)).   @ff2media  @ff2media   @ff2media   @ff2media […]

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Laura Dunn’s ‘Look & See’ digs deeper into rural America

Since she began her career, Laura Dunn has shown a passionate interest in using documentary to explore environmental issues, but the universal stories of those people directly affected. Her first film, Green, examined the high cancer rate of residences living along the Mississippi River. The Unforeseen examined the effects human interference has had on Austin’s Barton […]

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