Currently Browsing: October 2017

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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Director Nancy Buirski advises ‘Look at the films that help you solve your problems’

The Rape of Recy Taylor is a poignant documentary about a Black woman who was gang raped by six white men in the South during the Jim Crow era in 1944.

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‘Liquid Truth’ director leaves ending to interpretation

Director Carolina Jabor’s Liquid Truth (also known as Aos Teus Olhos) featured at the 53rd Annual Chicago International Film Festival, tells the story of a swim instructor who is accused of inappropriate behavior with a student.

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Gerwig reigns supreme at Chicago International Film Festival

The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival was held in Streeterville Oct. 12-26, featuring films from more than 30 female directors from 29 countries.

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Happy ‘Halloween’: Remembering screenwriter Debra Hill

John Carpenter’s Halloween will celebrate its 40th anniversary next October, co-written with his longtime producing partner Debra Hill, who died in 2005 at the age of 54.

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Senior Contributor Stephanie Taylor recaps CIFF “Best of the Fest”

The 53rd annual Chicago International Film Festival began Oct. 12 and will end Oct. 26 at the AMC 21 River East Theater. In total, 5,190 films were entered for consideration from 95 countries – 36 final films were directed by women. The following is my “Best of the Fest,” six films I screened and snippet-reviewed: […]

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Haunted Hot Pink Pen horror films for this Halloween

No matter what your terror-tolerance level, there is a film out there for you! Here’s a list of some of our favorite frightening films to get you into the Halloween spirit.

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Constructed image on full display in Camille Thoman’s ‘Never Here’

In Camille Thoman’s psychological thriller Never Here, she flips the story with her lead actress Mireille Enos, whose professional voyeur/installation artist Miranda suddenly finds herself as someone’s new obsession.

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‘Big Sick’ makes us ‘Think Twice’: Part I

 If you’re like me, you were excited for The Big Sick’s release. But I have to be honest. About twenty minutes into the film I found myself asking where are the women.

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‘Big Sick’ makes us ‘Think Twice:’ Part II

You might be saying “yeah, but the story doesn’t follow any women, it follows Kumail.” And to that I would say yup. The story doesn’t follow any women, instead they’re used to portray certain emotions/themes.

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Announcing FF2 Media’s new Coach Corner!

As the editor-in-chief of a growing site, one of my priorities is to balance quantity with quality. But as the flood of women filmmakers grows ever greater (hooray!), it’s frankly hard to keep up. So I am proud to announce the creation of our new initiative Coach Corner. Wonderful women will be joining me as […]

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Wendie Malick calls third act ‘the sweetest time in my career’

Wendie Malick has portrayed some of the sassiest characters on television, including Hot in Cleveland’s Victoria Chase and Just Shoot Me!’s Nina Van Horn. She has brought some of that sass to her newest role in Darrow & Darrow a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie. She portrays Joanne Darrow, mother of Claire Darrow, a lawyer […]

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‘Take My Nose … Please’ finds the funny in cosmetic surgery

Outspoken about her own experiences and pulling from 25 years writing about the industry, Joan Kron argues against secrecy and looks at how female comedians have approached the issue – and their choices – publicly with humor.

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Editorial: After Weinstein, silent no more

Innocent until proving guilty is the way of American law, unless, it would seem, that the “innocent” is a white, privileged, powerful male, and the “guilty” is a young, green slutty female actress who has been taken advantage of.

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Gerwig, Coppola among few women in Oscar prediction polls

Director Sofia Coppola’s adaptation of The Beguiled and Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut of her original script Lady Bird are among the top picks for Gold Derby’s 2018 Oscar Predictions.

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Tan takes the Lead, Pop Aye wins at Zurich

Incredibly eloquent, funny, and honest, Kirsten Tan is a fantastic artist. Not only is she making poignant and artistically interesting films, she’s making huge strides in the industry for women, and minority women. Tan’s work swept through New York this summer with the release of Pop Aye, and now is sweeping through Europe, and we […]

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Weinstein scandal creates divide

Actresses Lena Dunham, Amber Tamblyn and Rose McGowan have spoken out against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein amid the sexual harassment allegations detailed by the New York Times.

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‘The Sound’ director breaks the mold of horror genre

Chicago-born filmmaker Jenna Mattison is seated in the director’s chair for the first time, bringing viewers down to an ominous and dangerous place in the intensely chilling film, The Sound. We follow Kelly Johansen (Rose McGowan) on her treks to debunk the myth of ghosts and hauntings. This driven author and blogger finds her newest […]

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Chicago International Film Festival to highlight 36 female directors

The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) is Oct. 12-26, featuring 36 films directed by women. The two-week festival will screen 140 films at the AMC River East downtown during the two-week festival, 25 percent of which have women at the helm. Cinema/Chicago is the presenting organization of CIFF, “A year round non-profit arts and […]

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18th Annual Woodstock Film Festival to spotlight women in film

This year, the festival presents films selected from more than 2,000 entries from around the world and represent France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and the USA. There will be 18 female film directors showcased.

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Female filmmakers set to take the London Film Festival by storm

With 33 percent of the Official Competition films directed by women, the 2017 BFI London Film Festival is set to showcase far more work from female filmmakers than many of this year’s most prestigious film festivals.

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‘Female Forward Initiative’ guarantees work for women directors

Thanks to the Female Forward Initiative, ten female directors will have the opportunity to observe as many as three episodes of an NBC series, and will also have the chance to direct at least one episode themselves. 

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Director Elvira Lind documents intimate journey of dancer ‘Bobbi Jene’

The new documentary, simply titled Bobbi Jene, tells the story of the American-born, Israel-residing dancer Bobbi Jene Smith’s return to America after more than a decade.

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