Currently Browsing: March 2018

Music industry director Hannah Lux Davis champions women behind the lens

Included in this year’s SWAN Day spotlight is director Hannah Lux Davis, known for directing Simply Complicated following famed singer/actress Demi Lovato.

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‘Outside In’ a dramatic turn for Lynn Shelton

From awkward interactions to fractured relationships, Lynn Shelton is a master at capturing modern day human comedies, frequently focusing on characters in a state of arrested development.

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Hauntingly visceral tale of ‘The Miner’ a highlight at European Union Film Festival

Having seen all nine films, I loved each and every one for their own unique contributions to storytelling, cinematography, and filmmaking itself.  

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Female-directed documentaries set for Chicago’s DOC10 festival

The 2018 DOC10 Film Festival, presented by Chicago Media Project (CMP), brings powerful nonfiction films to the robust Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago for one weekend, April 5-8.  The third annual festival “…is designed to be an intimate and highly engaging experience for the Chicago community” and curates the films from festivals such as Sundance […]

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‘A Suitable Girl’ looks at India’s modern-day arranged marriages

Saying goodbye to their families and fearing the prospect of losing their individuality is an upset aspect of life in Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra’s new documentary A Suitable Girl.

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Spring Fling Screening: Free tickets available for Kay Cannon’s ‘Blockers’

Cannon (known for writing the Pitch Perfect series) makes her directorial debut with ‘Blockers.’

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Netherlands doc ‘Miss Kiet’ best of Chicago European Union Film Festival

Nine films were directed by women (roughly 14.8 percent, down from last year’s record high of 25 percent).

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Coming-of-age romcom ‘All I Wish’ defies Hollywood ageism

Sharon Stone remembered the script and said, “Why make a coming-of-age comedy about someone turning 30? Why not make it about someone turning 50?”

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Previewing Social Relevant Film Festival’s closing night film ‘Darcy’

Every year, the SR Socially Relevant (TM) Film Festival New York highlights films using the medium to raise awareness for vital social issues of the day. This year they will close there festival with a screening of Darcy, co-directed by Heidi Elizabeth Philipsen.

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Human Stories at Malmö’s Arab Women Film Festival

Malmö’s Arab Women Film Festival aims to increase tolerance and gender equality by showing some of the many diverse stories about, and by, Arab women.

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Women filmmakers versatile at 2018 Chicago European Union Film Festival

Gene Siskel Film Center’s 18th annual European Union Film Festival, the largest showcase for the European Union nations in North America, began March 9 and will end April 5.

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Farah’s Athena ’18: “A life-altering experience..!”

Born and raised in Egypt, a country that only recently started valuing its independent art, I had never been to a film festival before attending Athena in 2018. After taking the time to reflect on my three-day experience at Athena, I can confidently say that I was far from disappointed.

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All-female team behind ‘Fever and the Fret’ gets creative with limitations

Writer-director Cath Gulick is set for the world premiere debut of her narrative film The Fever and the Fret starring Ivory Aquino and Adelina Amosco.

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Paul Feig champions female voices in film with ‘Powderkeg’ digital company

Film producer Paul Feig (Spy, The Heat, Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters) will continue to do his part of representing new voices through a digital content company called Powderkeg to be run by Laura Fischer.

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‘I’m the boss’: Ava DuVernay gets standing ovation at ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ screening

On March 6, the FF2 Media team had the chance to watch a private screening of A Wrinkle in Time directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Jennifer Lee and Jeff Stockwell (based on the novel of the same name by Madeleine L’Engle).

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Female directors featured at CEUFF, down from last year

Hosted by the Gene Siskel Film Center, the month-long Chicago European Union Film Festival (CEUFF) will feature 10 films directed by women (9 out of 61 = ~ 14.8 percent, down from last year’s record high of 25 percent).

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Siskel Center receives increased Allstate grant for Black Harvest Film Festival

The Allstate Corporation has granted the Gene Siskel Film Center $18,000 for the 24th annual Black Harvest Film Festival, the largest and longest-running Black Film festival in the Midwest.

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Roza’s Athena ’18: “I had never felt prouder to be a woman…”

From the moment I walked onto Barnard’s campus, I knew that The Athena Film Festival wasn’t your average film festival. This was a coming together of some of the best recently released films that women had to offer to the community. I had never felt prouder to be a woman. 

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Director Michelle Walshe talks ‘Chasing Great’

Contributing Editor, Lindsy M. Bissonnette had a chance to talk to Chasing Great co-director, Michelle Walshe, on the importance of documentary filmmaking and her experiences following All Black captain Richie McCaw.

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How women nominees fared at the 90th Academy Awards

Although there was talk and hype of “Time’s Up” and female equality in film, this year’s winners were a washout, with each female winner working as a co-writer with their male counterpart. Even the female actress winners won for roles in films that were written and/or directed by men. Here’s hoping next year’s Oscars will walk the walk.

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Kathy’s Athena ’18: “Every high felt higher …”

This weekend marked my first time at the Athena Film Festival, but definitely not my last. I saw a myriad of amazing female-oriented films and have never felt so inspired by the amazing women in front of and behind the camera.

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Director Elizabeth Rohrbaugh talks ‘Becks’

After watching Becks, Contributing Editor, Lindsy M. Bissonnette had a Q&A with Elizabeth Rohrbaugh, co-writer/director to talk about what it was like working on this film.

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Sally Potter gets personal and political with ‘The Party’

Since 1983, English director Sally Potter’s been a director worth keeping an eye on.

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Jan’s Athena 2018: Bigger & Better Every Year at Barnard’s AFF

What did Swiss filmmaker Petra Volpe say that made me laugh so hard that I almost peed my pants in front of a full auditorium? I can’t remember. I just know that in a weekend of superlative moments, my Q&A with Petra after our FF2 Media-sponsored screening of The Divine Order (see featured photo above) […]

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