Currently Browsing: May 2018

An appreciation of Carla Simón’s ‘Summer 1993’

It’s so impressive to me, the delicacy with which filmmaker Carla Simón presents these facts of the human heart. In Summer 1993, people hardly talk about anything directly: they feel things out, they rely on the constancy of each other’s company that allows for problems never to be fully acknowledged.

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Abbie Reese documents life and sacrifice of cloistered nuns in ‘Chosen’

Director Abbie Reese, an Illinois native and dual citizen of Luxembourg, documents Rockford’s Corpus Christi Monastery in her debut film Chosen: Custody of the Eye. The film unveils the hidden lives of the monastery nuns and their sacrifice, purity, divine life and commitment to God.

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Reclaim the Frame: How a British initiative is championing female filmmakers

In the U.K., Birds Eye View (BEV) has been spotlighting and celebrating films by women for 15 years and continues to do so with the recent launch of Reclaim The Frame. We spoke with curator and program producer Jo Duncombe about this fantastic new initiative, the diversity of the female gaze and how a grassroots network of influencers could very well be the answer to shaping the future of women in film.   

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Lauryn Kahn’s girls trip inspires new comedy ‘Ibiza’

Summer has arrived and it’s that time of year for travel. But if you’re using this holiday weekend for a staycation, Netflix’s Ibiza is just in time. The new film about a business trip for Harper (lead Gillian Jacobs) turning into a girls trip with her two best friends (Vanessa Bayer and Phoebe Robinson) comes from Lauryn Kahn; It is based on a trip she took to Spain that she financed with the sale of her first screenplay. Although Kahn has been in the business for more than a decade, including writing and directing shorts for Funny or Die, this is the first screenplay she has had produced and released. Appropriately enough, Ibiza is bit of return home for Kahn who selected fellow Funny or Die alumni Alex Richanbach to direct the film (it is also produced by her former boss and mentor, Adam McKay).

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Carla Simón’s debut film ‘Summer 1993’ a family affair

In Summer 1993, writer-director Carla Simón tells her own story of grief and adoption.

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Where are all the female Italian filmmakers?

Open Roads: New Italian Cinema 2018 brings 17 contemporary Italian films to New York City’s Lincoln Center from May 31 to June 6,. However, the number of women filmmakers represented on the list is not ‘molto bene’ (very good). Why?

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