Currently Browsing: July 2018

AMPAS invitees represent 77 countries

This year, the the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited 928 new members, 49 percent are female filmmakers from all over the world (up from last year’s 683 invitees).

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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again hits wrong note with representation of female sexuality

Sitting down before the larger than life IMAX screen, I’ll admit I was excited. A musical theater lover and ABBA appreciater, I’d been anxiously anticipating the release of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Let’s face it, we’re in the age of the Hollywood franchise, where building off of an existing IP is always preferential […]

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‘Good Manners’ a modern twist on classic horror story

Dutra and Rojas also created a stunning piece of cinema which fully embraces the genre traditions the film comes from. We spoke with Juliana about taking a modern approach to the werewolf story, incorporating current social issues, and her filmmaking partnership.

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AAIFF Panel—Women in Film: on the screen and behind the camera

The Asian American International Film Festival is running between July 25th – August 4th and one of the first events was a panel talking about women in film. Gathered together were four female Asian directors who discussed their experiences in creating their films, as well as their views on how women are navigating in the male-dominated film industry.

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Director More Raça: telling women’s stories, one film at a time (Part II)

Part II—Past experiences and journeying on to the feature film K: How has your experience with shorts prepared you for your first feature? M: I think this is the right time for my first feature. I have been involved in many shorts and have been going through this process for years. I have also worked […]

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Director More Raça: telling women’s stories, one film at a time (Part I)

Director More Raça grew up in Kosovo and currently resides in Pristina. She has directed numerous well-received shorts such as “Home”, “Ajo”, and “Amel”, and continues to spread awareness about the social issues that affect fellow women in her country. In our two-part interview, she talks about how she started out in film, why she tells the stories of women’s daily struggles, and where she is at with her first feature film.

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A ‘Dark Money’ Q&A: What would a groundswell look like?

Dark Money is more like an intellectual alarm bell. This movie is meant to elicit a tangible response. At the Q&A afterward, John Adams, the investigative journalist featured in the film, said he would like it to result in a “groundswell.”

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Paula Eiselt captures change from within in documentary ’93Queen’

Director of 93Queen, Paula Eiselt managed to capture the beginning of this new organization (Ezras Nashim) and they emerged from the ground up.

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‘Puzzle’ director Turtletaub talks female-centric film, collaborating genders

 Academy-Award-nominated director and producer Marc Turtletaub (Loving, Little Miss Sunshine) takes the director’s chair for this film as he deeply connected with this female-centric character-driven piece.

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MoMA presents ‘The Future of Film is Female’

Run, don’t walk, to The Future of Film Is Female – which should be everyone’s mantra – an event at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) that runs July 26 through August 2.

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Tiffany Bartok remembers ‘Larger Than Life’ inspiration

In her sophomore film, Larger Than Life: The Kevin Aucoin Story she’s once again tell the story of an artist gone too soon, but this time focuses on the personal and professional life of make-up artist legend Kevin Aucoin, using rare footage and stills and intimate interviews with those who knew him best.

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Dance on Camera Festival boasts sizable number of women-directed films

If you’re looking for something to do this rainy week in New York City, check out the Dance on Camera Festival at the Film Society at Lincoln Center. There are 16 programs over five days and you still have plenty of time to catch many of the great women-directed movies.

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‘Far From the Tree’ director Rachel Dretzin takes closer look at family and otherness

For more than two decades, Rachel Dretzin has been focusing her camera of American culture with her documentary films at Frontline. From her debut film Hillary’s Class, she’s won a Peabody (The Lost Children of Rockdale County) the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Prize (Failure to Protect) and Emmy (Growing Up Online). But now Rachel is […]

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Siskel Center readies for 24th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival

The Gene Siskel Film Center’s 24th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival will begin Saturday August 4 and run through Thursday August 30 in Chicago.

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New research reaffirms why gender matters in film criticism

Thumbs Down 2018: Film Critics and Gender, And Why It Matters reaffirms what most female critics already know – men comprise 68 percent of all reviewers.

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Diverse female directors invited to AMPAS

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has invited 928 new members; 49 percent are women. According to Variety, this class will bring the total AMPAS membership to 31 percent female, up from 25 percent in 2015. This year there is a very diverse and international female representation of filmmakers from around the world.

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Diverse female screenwriters invited to AMPAS

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has invited 928 new members; 49 percent are women. According to Variety, this class will bring the total AMPAS membership to 31 percent female, up from 25 percent in 2015.

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Documentarian Kimberly Reed brings ‘Dark Money’ to light

After her breakthrough film Prodigal Sons, documentary filmmaker Kimberly Reed has returned to her home state of Montana for her sophomore film, Dark Money.

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70th Emmy Awards: Female creative nominees down 18 percent from last year

The nominees for the 70th Emmy Awards were announced July 12 in Los Angeles with a lower number of female writers and directors recognized than last year. Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series nominated the most women in creative categories, with 43 percent female nominees. Stefani Robinson, the only woman on the writing staff of […]

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Patricia Chica talks cheeky short ‘Morning After’

“Life is a box of chocolates” is a phrase that has been spread far and wide since we heard it first from Forrest Gump’s mother. Put that box in the center of a welcome home party, replace ‘life’ with sexuality, add lots of French kissing, and here you have the start to Director Patricia Chica’s […]

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2018 New York Asian Film Festival: Korea leads pack of female directors

This year’s New York Asian Film Festival, which began June 29 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City, will screen 57 feature films over 17 days. Only six of those features — a paltry one percent — were directed by women.

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Womens’ empathy wins majority vote at Human Rights Watch Fest

 In this 29th year, an impressive 12 of the 15 features were the moving and illuminating work of female filmmakers; 11 documentaries and one autobiographical fiction.  Each film screened twice between June 14-21, 2018, at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the IFC Center.

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‘Little Women’ has cinematic staying power 150 years after book

News of Greta Gerwig’s rumored Little Women adaptation for Colombia Pictures lit up the Internet June 29, with a powerhouse cast of Oscar-nominated actors in talks to play the familiar characters.

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