'The Last Laugh' director encourages humor, empathy in new documentary

'The Last Laugh' director encourages humor, empathy in new documentary

Are there topics too horrible or controversial to make jokes about? Abortion, slavery, race, 9/11. Should the Holocaust be considered off limits to comedians? According to Director Ferne Pearlstein and the comedians and subjects interviewed for her new documentary The Last Laugh, that’s the wrong approach. Humor can be empowering for survivors, and have a…

Siskel Film Center receives increased Allstate grant

Siskel Film Center receives increased Allstate grant

FF2 Media Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor detailed the $10,000 Allstate grant given to the Gene Siskel FIlm Center in support of the Black Harvest Film Festival’s youth filmmaker program in her January 9 article. The Siskel Center has received yet another grant from the nation’s largest personal insurance carrier which will help expand the Black Harvest Film…

European Union Film Festival sets record for number of female directors

European Union Film Festival sets record for number of female directors

The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago began in 1972 and since that time, it has been home to several cutting edge “film festivals that celebrate diverse voices and international cultures...”  One of those innovative festivals includes the upcoming Chicago European Union Film Festival (CEUFF), now celebrating its…

Ann Marie Fleming on 'Window Horses,' diversity in animation

Ann Marie Fleming on 'Window Horses,' diversity in animation

The annual New York International Children’s Film Festival is one of the premiere events to highlight “alternative” animation and family programming. Not only have they regularly highlighted Academy Award contenders in animation, but discovered new talents in independent cinema. Ann Marie Fleming was one of those filmmakers a few years ago when she premiered a…

Hidden Figures a hidden 'white-wash'?

Hidden Figures a hidden 'white-wash'?

Hidden Figures, based on Margot Lee Shetterly's non-fiction book, has grossed more than $145 million at the box office, becoming this year's highest-grossing Best Picture nominee. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Oscar-nominated Octavia Spencer, the film tells the story of three Black NASA workers in segregated Hampton, Virginia in the early 1960s. Given the…

Siskel Panelists Predict Diverse Oscar Wins

Siskel Panelists Predict Diverse Oscar Wins

FF2 Media Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor attended the Gene Siskel Film Center Oscars Panel last month, a five-panelist discussion on nominations, snubs and film recommendations. Following up with Pamela Powell of The Daily Journal and Sergio Mims of Shadow and Act, the two panelists reflected on #OscarsSoWhite and #OscarsSoBlue campaigns, as well as the diversity…

Female filmmakers leave lasting 'romcom' impact, memorable scenes

Female filmmakers leave lasting 'romcom' impact, memorable scenes

Don’t cry, Shopgirl. FF2 Media celebrates the work of female writers and directors, including their successful box office returns and critical acclaim for romantic comedies. From Nora Ephron and Nancy Meyers to Anne Fletcher and Bonnie Hunt, below is a ranking and attached script of memorable romantic comedy film scenes. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Runaway Bride Written by Josann…

Feminism is funny: Writing team inspires a generation with female-led comedies

Feminism is funny: Writing team inspires a generation with female-led comedies

It has come to my attention that the maintenance staff is switching our toilet paper from Charmin to generic. All those opposed to chafing, please say ‘Aye.’ - Legally Blonde Feminism is funny. In researching our favorite funny films from the early 2000s, we found a surprising common thread - writing team Karen McCullah and Kirsten…