Currently Browsing: September 2018

“Spartacus Moments” Part II: Why do they Matter?

In the now routinely mind-numbing news cycle, Republican politicians and pundits have mocked the concept of a “Spartacus Moment.” Attempting to use this reference to denounce the ripple Senator Booker set off, they jabbed at the democratic actions in places like twitter and the news. Well, they were wrong to do so. For even one […]

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Silenced in reality, sexual assault survivors tell their stories on screen

How our culture accepts these stories matters. The people making these stories matter. The more women that push through the door to tell their stories by writing, directing and producing films, the more their messages will be spread throughout the country and into the minds of people who live, grow and vote in America.

Read below as the FF2 Media team reflects on works of fiction (in both film and television) and nonfiction that have respectfully and dutifully depicted sexual assault survivors.

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Eva Vives shares own real-life survivor story in fictional ‘All About Nina’

In the 15 years between her first feature and new film, All About Nina, Eva has added director to her resume on two short films. But for a debut feature, Vives comes out swinging.

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Becca Gleason looks back to ‘Summer 03’ in new teen comedy

While summer is officially over, films are still enjoying the warmth of the sun, including writer-director Becca Gleason’s teen comedy Summer ’03. The film, starring Joey King, is set during the week 16-year-old Jamie loses her grandmother Dotty (June Squib)…but only after Dotty reveals some truths to her family on her deathbed.

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Thai director tells her story as ‘Sad Beauty’ makes Midwest premiere

Thai actress-turned-filmmaker Bongkod Bencharongkul debuts her first feature film, Sad Beauty, in Chicago on Wednesday, September 26 at AMC River East. Included in this year’s New York Asian Film Festival, held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City in July, is now making its way to the Midwest. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

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‘Pick of the Litter’ team talks journey of making guide dog documentary

The documentarian team of Dana Nachman and Don Hardy have collaborated for their fourth time with Pick of the Litter to give viewers an inside look at how a litter of pups vie for the opportunity to become a guide dog for the blind.

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Judy Greer faces her fears with ‘A Happening of Monumental Proportions’

Greer’s film focuses on the terrible days of two men: a widowed single father who loses his job on Career Day (played by Common) and a suicidal music teacher (played by Anders Holm) … all happening on the same day that the principal (Oscar-winner Allison Janney) finds a dead body at her school.

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Chicago International Film Festival increases list of female directors

With more than 6,000 film entries, 36 out of 123 chosen feature films are directed by women, just under 30 percent. In the shorts category, it’s an equal representation of 50 percent.  

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Reed Morano talks twisty apocalypse drama ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’

Along with two upcoming films, she has I Think We’re Alone Now in theaters now, a relationship drama set just after the apocalypse, starring Elle Fanning and fellow Emmy winner Peter Dinklage.

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“Spartacus Moments” Part I: What is a Spartacus Moment?

On the heels of the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination hearings, the powerhouse of media messages continue their divisive output of opinions, scrutiny and attitude towards sexual assault victims.

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‘That Time of Year’ director talks frustrating family bonds

Despite happening in September, a multitude of films this year were set during and around Christmas at the Toronto International Film Festival. After all, many can relate to the high pressure that comes with the holidays, especially holidays you celebrate with your family. That sense of frustration and love is key to Paprika Steen’s new film That Time of Year, a dramedy set on Christmas.

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‘Float Like a Butterfly’ director: “There’s no such thing as a natural-born misogynist”

At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics was awarded to Carmel Winters for Float Like a Butterfly, who attended the festival with her stars, Hazel Doupe (Francis) and Dara Devaney (Michael).

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“If she can see it she can be it”: A personal look at #ShareHerJourney rally

Geena Davis, the founder of Geena Davis Institute of Gender in Media, is one of the first speakers at #ShareHerJourney.

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Marley Clements and Laura DuBois sound a political alarm in ‘Active Measures’

What makes The Year of Spectacular Men so special is the fact that the film stars a real-life Hollywood family, Madelyn “Maddie” Deutch, Zoey Deutch and their mother Lea Thompson, all of whom took major roles behind the camera for the first time.

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Sam Taylor-Johnson returns to indie world to make dream project a reality

Back to her indie-roots, with her husband Aaron Taylor-Johnson (the star of her first feature Nowhere Boy) alongside her once again to star and co-writer, they adapted James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces into a new film which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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‘Out of the Blue’ star Patricia Clarkson at TIFF: “We need more female critics”

This understanding of the direct connection is part of the reason director Carol Morley was compelled to make her own version of Martin Amis’ 1997 novel “Mystery Train.” Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, Out of the Blue stars Patricia Clarkson as Detective Mike Hoolihan.

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Women behind horror-western ‘The Wind’ hope to subvert familiar genres

The only human beings for miles, the two women develop a close but contentious relationship, made all the worse by the fear that something supernatural is among them. I spoke with the film’s writer, director, and leading actress Gerald about creating historical accuracy in genre and joining what has traditionally been a boys club.

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Amma Asante on making controversial ‘Where Hands Touch’

Since being announced as Amma Asante’s follow-up to A United Kingdom, the British director best known for her 2013 film Belle has been fighting the immediate controversy for her new film, Where Hands Touch.

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‘The Land of Steady Habits’ looks at male psyche with critical, empathetic eye

Adapting Ted Thompson’s novel The Land of Steady Habits, Holofcener focused her dramatic-comedy on a male protagonist.The film stars character-actor Ben Mendelsohn, taking a break from villainous roles, as newly retired Anders Hill,

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‘I Am Not a Witch’ a fairytale spin on human rights issues

Exploited and imprisoned for life, Nyoni was particularly interested in the practice in Zambia, a traditionally matriarchal society. While dealing with a heavy human rights issue, Nyoni’s I Am Not a Witch using aspects of fairytales and satire to tell the story of a child accused and brought into one of these communities.

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Modern fairytale ‘Lost Child’ a personal journey for Ramaa Mosley

A dark, modern fairytale, the film is also remarkably personal for Mosley, dealing with the aftermath of family trauma and the loss of her brother.

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‘City of Joy’ director talks Netflix pickup, bringing Congo into global conversation

Documentarian Jane Mukanilwa followed the first year’s “class” of women, documenting both their unthinkable stories of violence, as well as their remarkable steps made towards recovery at City of Joy.

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Amy Scott’s ‘Hal’ celebrates life and career of Hollywood icon

Simply titled Hal, Scott uses clips from his films and interviews with those who knew him well (along with directors of today who consider him an influence) to explore the brief life and career. Like Ashby himself, Scott’s career as an editor turned director, making Hal an ideal fit of director and subject.

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‘Women Directors and Creators Film Festival moves closer toward Israeli equality

In its third year, The Women Directors and Creators Film Festival spotlighted women in the film and television industry. The festival, which ran from September 1-9 at Tel-Aviv Cinematheque, featured films on the verge of commercial distribution or broadcast – each created by women directors.

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Nine inspiring quotes from TIFF’s #ShareHerJourney rally

The Share Her Journey rally for women in film was held Saturday morning at The Toronto International Film Festival. Share Her Journey is TIFF’s five-year commitment to increase opportunities for women to develop skills and create films through various programs.

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Publisher Richard Bayard Miller

Richard Bayard Miller traveled the world at an early age, moving around often for his father’s position as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer. He found his love for film in the early 1970s while attending Oberlin College in Ohio (note the 1974 release of The Godfather Part II). Rich spent the next few years moving […]

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Editor-in-Chief Jan Lisa Huttner

Jan Lisa Huttner was born and raised in New Jersey, where Million Dollar Movie and The Late Late Show were daily television staples & she and her dad would snuggle up to historical epics and Roman spectaculars featured on Picture for a Sunday Afternoon. At an early age when most kids were sneaking into parties, […]

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Vice President and Managing Editor Brigid K. Presecky

Now serving as Managing Editor, I have witnessed the company’s growth – as well as my own – over the last 10 years. It is a privilege to edit and oversee the daily contributions from our diverse writers. I am proud to be a part of the journey from a small team in Chicago to worldwide representation.

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Contributing Editor Georgiana E. Presecky

As FF2 Media’s Contributing Editor/Social Media Manager, I post daily on Twitter (@FF2_Media) and Facebook, not only to promote our reviews, interviews and feature stories, but also to connect with our audience and the filmmakers we support. Expanding our audience and finding people who are just as passionate about supporting women in film as we […]

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Contributing Editor Rachel Mosely

As Contributing Editor for FF2 Media, Rachel edits and writes reviews and features, and aims to contribute to the visibility of underseen filmmakers. She is inspired by the position FF2 Media occupies at the crossroads of entertainment and progress, and by its core mission: getting the work of female filmmakers in front of as many eyes as possible.

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