Currently Browsing: April 2018

Susanna White’s timely, gritty ‘Woman Walks Ahead’ honors Native American Lakotas

Woman Walks Ahead, directed by Susanna White and written by Steven Knight, stars Jessica Chastain and Sam Rockwell in a Western like no other. Set in the Dakotas in the late 1800s, Brooklyn-born artist Catherine Weldon (Chastain) ventures out to the West to paint Sitting Bull’s (Michael Greyeyes) portrait.  

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Emma Forrest talks beauty of modern, messy romance ‘Untogether’

Discussing her debut film during the festival Forrest touches on everything from the powerful influences of Cyndi Lauper and Pedro Almodóvar, the benefits of directing your ex, and why you shouldn’t get up until the very end of her movie.

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Nora Ephron Award Shines a Spotlight on Women Filmmakers at 2018 Tribeca Film Festival

Manhattan’s 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival (April 18 – April 29) touted that 46 percent of the feature films in 2018 were directed by women (including special one-time screenings), the highest percentage in the festival’s history.

The anticipated centerpiece for us at FF2 Media each year is the Nora Ephron Award which “recognizes a woman who embodies the spirit and vision of the legendary filmmaker and writer Nora Ephron.”

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‘RBG’ documents extraordinary life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen have done just that with their new documentary RBG.  Their subject certainly has a lot to do with all of these qualities as it is the “Notorious” Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  

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Capturing an icon in filmmaker Ondi Timoner’s ‘Mapplethorpe’

Director Ondi Timoner has made a career telling stories of artists driven to the edge by their creative pursuits…often to the detriment of their personal lives.

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Nora Ephron winner Nia DaCosta talks ‘Little Woods’

Starring Tessa Thompson and Lily James as sisters living in a North Dakota oil town which happens to be the further point on a map where a woman can obtain an abortion.

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Women directors win top honors at Tribeca

The 17th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, announced the jury award winners – many of which were women including first-time directors.

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Number of women directors steady at CFCA Film Festival

The 6th Annual Chicago Film Critics Association Film Festival, taking place from May 4-10 at the historic Music Box Theatre in Chicago, will present 24 feature films, nine of which are written or directed by women.

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Marvel in search of more female directors

Avengers: Infinity War is out today, the first meeting of dozens of characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This includes Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, who has appeared in six MCU films since Iron Man 2 in 2010. All six were directed by men, from Jon Favreau to Joss Whedon to Infinity War directors Anthony and […]

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‘Egg’ director Marianna Palka talks new film, female friendship and Trump voters

Directing her new film Egg, written by Risa Mickenberg, is much the same; the story of two art school friends now married and expecting children but following very different paths.

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‘Dead Women Walking’ an intimate portrayal of women on death row

The new film from Israeli born director Hagar Ben-Asher, her first English language/American made film, tells the agonizing final moments (some days, some literally minutes) of life for women on death row.

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‘Little Pink House’ director wants people to walk out angry

Writer-director Courtney Balaker is retelling the story from Kelo’s perspective with Little Pink House, a film based on Jeff Benedict’s book of the same name, hoping this cautionary story will lead to meaningful action.

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Sackler pulls double duty at Tribeca with prison documentary, feature

Emmy winner Madeleine Sackler, however, has the rare opportunity of screening two of her films at Tribeca this year: her latest documentary, It’s a Hard Truth, Ain’t It and her first narrative feature, O.G.

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Yolanda Ramke’s Australian horror film ‘Cargo’ kicks off Tribeca

Co-directed with Ben Howling, the film is a new take on the zombie-horror genre based on their well-received short film of the same name.

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‘I Feel Pretty’ team Kohn and Silverstein go for humor and heart in directorial debut

Altering the body-switching plot device, the film stars Amy Schumer as Renee, a body-conscious New Yorker who sees herself in a new light after hitting her head.

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Fact leads to fiction in Chloé Zhao’s ‘The Rider’

The Rider, a vérité narrative about a horse trainer who suffers a career-ending rodeo injury beautifully mixes stunning visuals of the American western with a deeply personal story of a young man’s life come undone.

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KINO! 2018 Sneak Peak: “The Impossible Picture”

Vienna 1956: Though the microcosm of one family’s joys and sorrows, first time filmmaker Sandra Wollner tells a haunting tale of daily life in the immediate aftermath of World War II. When her husband dies of a sudden heart attack, a grief-stricken mother moves her two young daughters back into her parents’ home. Teenage Johanna, recovering […]

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‘The Judge’ director Erika Cohn documents first female judge in Palestinian court

Erika Cohn’s new documentary, The Judge, is about the first female judge of a Palestinian Shari’a court in the West Bank.

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‘We’re listening:’ Founders of Cherry Picks Reviews to launch site for female film critics

Cherry Picks Reviews (CPR) is the much-anticipated upcoming critical site for all things women-in-media launching this fall!  

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‘Murder in the Woods’ an all-Latino labor of love

“It’s an all-American movie.” The film was a labor of love and, as Iga puts it, it all started by writing the movie down on a napkin.

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Ebertfest paving a new path of equality

“We have the Queens of Cinema, not just three, [but] six women directors coming to the festival…” including Ava DuVernay (13th).

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Leena Pendharkar’s nuanced look at abortion choice in ’20 Weeks’

As the debate surrounding abortion rages on (and restrictive laws increase), the complications and nuances of this subject can sometimes be lost in heated conversation.

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‘I Tita, A Life of Tango’ director screens film at Chicago Latino Film Festival

At the 34th Chicago Latino Film Festival, writer/director María Teresa Costantini will screen her film I Tita, A Life of Tango (YO SOY ASÍ, TITA DE BUENOS AIRES) on April 8 at 8:00 p.m. at AMC River East 21.

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Director Anne de Mare to premiere ‘Capturing the Flag’ at Full Frame

The 21st Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina runs from Thursday, April 5 through Sunday, April 8.

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NYWIFT Sponsors Celebrate 11th Annual SWAN Day

New York Woman in Film & Television (NYWIFT) hosted its 11th annual International SWAN Day program at SVA Theatre in collaboration with traditional co-sponsors HerFlix, ImageNation, SAG-AFTRA, WAM and WMM. This year, for the second year in a row, AAWIC also folded this event into their annual African American Women in Cinema Film Festival. As […]

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Five Netflix originals created by women set for April

Five new films distributed exclusively by Netflix will be available for streaming in April. Olivia Newman’s First Match dropped on the streaming platform March 30 after its initial premiere at Austin’s South by Southwest. Based on Newman’s original short film, the story follows Mo, the only girl on her high school wrestling team who uses the […]

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Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to host ‘Radium Girls’ premiere at Tribeca

Radium Girls, the feature film directorial debut of Ginny Mohler and Lydia Dean Pilcher, has been announced as a special premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival

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Olivia Newman’s ‘First Match’ offers fresh take on sports genre

Building off her award winning short film, Olivia Newman has found an original and inspiring coming-of-age story with her debut feature First Match.

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Feeling Pretty: Re-examining the movie makeover

The plain-girl-turned-bell-of-the-ball plotline is common, creating a profitable well of storytelling for filmmakers. When a female protagonist morphs from not-to-hot, she is doing it for one of two reasons: for a man or for herself.

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