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Unlike HFPA and SAG, Chicago Film Critics nominate women

Although female filmmakers were shut out of this year’s Golden Globe nominations and subsequently underrepresented in the Screen Actors Guild nominations, the Chicago Film Critics Association announced their more gender-balanced categories for the 2019 Awards Nominations.  While ignored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Greta Gerwig leads the pack of female nominees on the CFCA […]

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Tara Wood talks ‘QT8: The First Eight’

QT8: The First Eight

Filmmaker Tara Wood recently spoke with FF2 Media over the phone about her Quentin Tarantino documentary, QT8: The First Eight. The film is currently available on Digital and VOD. QT8: The First Eight made its way to home video last week.  How did you go about approaching Quentin Tarantino in order to make the film? […]

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Director Jessica Hausner talks deep character study ‘Little Joe’

Jessica Hausner has been one of the rising Australian filmmakers for close to 20 years. In 2001, 2004 and 2014 she competed in the Cannes Un Certain Regard section with her features Lovely Rita, Hotel, and Amour Fou. This year, she moved into the Cannes Palm d’Or competition (one of two women in that part […]

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Women directors shut out of Golden Globes for fifth consecutive year

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its nominations for the 77th Golden Globe Awards early Dec. 9. No women are nominated for Best Director or Best Screenplay, despite buzz surrounding films like A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, The Farewell, Hustlers and Little Women.  All four films were recognized with acting nods for Tom Hanks, […]

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Why we need Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’

Late in the story of Louisa May Alcott’s March sisters, first published in 1868, old friends Theodore Laurence and Josephine March are reunited after being separated by years and continents. “‘How good it sounds to hear you call me Teddy,’” Alcott writes. “‘No one ever calls me that but you,’” and Laurie sat down with […]

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Watch at Home: ‘QT8: The First Eight’ & more from female filmmakers

QT8: The First Eight

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services. Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 12/6/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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Sundance Film Festival nears gender parity in 2020

Of the 65 directors in Sundance’s four competition categories, 46 percent are women. The lineup of the festival – which will run from January 23-February 3- was announced this week, sparking social media trends for Taylor Swift and her highly-anticipated documentary Taylor Swift: Miss Americana along with director Julie Taymor’s Gloria Steinem biopic, The Glorias. […]

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1917, Queen & Slim honored by National Board of Review 

The National Board of Review announced its picks for best movies of 2019 Dec. 3, the first of many organizations who will roll out their awards season winners throughout the month of December.  Very few awards went to female filmmakers, the most notable being Melina Matsoukas winning Best Directorial Debut for Queen & Slim, her […]

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DuVernay, Dern honored at Gotham Awards

The 29th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards were held Dec. 2, featuring a myriad of female winners. This kickoff to awards season featured not only tributes to legendary women in film Ava DuVernay and Laura Dern, but a number of awards for female filmmakers for their outstanding achievement in 2019. The Mustang director Laure de […]

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Women dominate Thanksgiving box office

It’s a beautiful day at the box office for women in film. Three of the five movies dominating late-November ticket sales are directed by women.  Frozen 2 won Thanksgiving weekend, earning more than $85 million domestically. The film directed by Jennifer Lee has already broken box office records, opening at #1 in all markets November […]

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Watch at Home: ‘Hustlers’ & more from female filmmakers

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services. Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 11/29/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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Rebecca Sugar’s ‘Steven Universe: The Movie’ a retrospective on emotionally intelligent series

March, 2015. I’m home for spring break from NYU, feeling more alone and confused than even a Millennial usually does. My first two or so years of college have felt like a wash, specifically an acidic wash of vodka and vomit, and I’ve reached the point of looking ahead into my post-college years and have […]

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FF2 Media contributor is a CJA award finalist

Earlier in October, I entered the Chicago Journalists Association (CJA) Annual Awards competition for the first time. Right off the bat, knocking a hundred entries out in mid-November, I was named a finalist in the Sarah Brown Boyden Awards Arts category, winning Second Place for my piece, “Perma Red: The True Story of Missing Indigenous […]

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Watch at Home: ‘Blinded by the Light’ & more from female filmmakers

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services. Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 11/22/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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‘Honey Boy,’ ‘Hustlers’ lead Film Independent Spirit Award nominations

The Film Independent Spirit Award nominees were announced Nov. 21, featuring several nominations for women in film. Voted on exclusively by Film Independent members, the awards will be held February 8, broadcast on IFC. Two films directed by women are nominated for Best Feature: The Farewell (Lulu Wang) and Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu). Alfre Woodard is […]

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‘The Kingmaker,’ ‘My Home India’ remind us of the legacy we leave

Maybe this is something writers think about more than other people, but I spend a lot of time considering what impact I’m making on the world, and how I will be remembered when I’m gone. If I didn’t think my actions impacted others, I’d be living my life much differently than I do now–I’d probably […]

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Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe talk wild comedy ‘Greener Grass’

Greener Grass writers-directors-stars Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe spoke with FF2 Media to discuss the film. Read our full review HERE. Greener Grass was one of the wildest experiences that I’ve had in a theater this year.  What was the process like in adapting the short film into a feature? Jocelyn DeBoer: Aww…Danielle, perhaps you’ve […]

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Annabelle Attansio tells female-centric coming-of-age story ‘Mickey and the Bear’

Known to the public as an actress, Annabelle Attansio has been making short films for years before becoming one to watch feature debut, Mickey and the Bear. Debuting at South by Southwest, the film stars Camila Morrone and James Badge Dale as Mickey and Hank, a daughter-father team in Montana. But for some time Mickey […]

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Watch at Home: ‘The Farewell’ & more from female filmmakers

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services. Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 11/15/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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55 women-directed documentaries submitted for Oscar contention

159 documentaries were submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar contention. 55 are directed by women. AMPAS will announce a documentary shortlist of 15 finalists Dec. 16. Both the Directors Guild of America and the Academy have a history of recognizing gender parity for women in the documentary category, despite […]

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Lily Zepeda doc ‘Mr. Toilet’ raises awareness for proper sanitation

“Mr. Toilet: The World’s #2 Man”—the title itself is enough to catch your attention, but there’s so much more than meets the eye in this loaded documentary about one man’s endeavor to educate and find ways of providing safe, clean environments in which to do your daily duties.  Documentary filmmaker Lily Zepeda, over the course […]

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Jaye Fenderson talks working with husband on ‘Unlikely,’ electoral implications for the film

After seeing Unlikely, our contributing editor Giorgi Plys-Garzotto sat down with co-director Jaye Fenderson to talk more about the film’s urgent message about college admissions. Unlikely follows five students through college, showing how the struggle to get into good schools is only the beginning for first generation students. If you haven’t yet, read our review […]

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Female Eye Film Festival features 75 films directed by women

The 17th Annual Female Eye Festival (FeFF) began Nov. 7, featuring more than 75 films directed by women. Running through Nov. 10 at the ScotiaBank Theatre in Toronto, the festival is a proud showcase for “so many talented women, most of whom are writers, directors and producers,” according to FeFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie […]

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Watch at Home: ‘The Kitchen’ & more from female filmmakers

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services. Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 11/8/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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Alma Har’el talks ‘overwhelming’ response to ‘Honey Boy,’ LaBeouf’s career-best performance

Alma Har’el recently spoke to FF2 Media over the phone about Honey Boy. Amazon Studios will release the film for limited theatrical release starting on November 8. Honey Boy is a very personal and cathartic film for Shia LaBeouf.  What drew you to take on the project? Alma Har’el: What drew me really is that […]

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Less than one percent of movies on Disney+ are directed by women

The wonderful world of Disney isn’t so wonderful for female directors. Streaming service Disney+ will launch Nov. 12. Users can stream hundreds of Disney titles dating back to 1940, including new original content, for $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year.  Of the more than 500 films that will be featured on Disney+, only 36 […]

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Minhal Baig tells story of “hyphenate” teenager with Pakistani-American ‘Hala’

The coming-of-age story, “Hala,” written and directed by Chicago-born Minhal Baig, looks at teenage life through a “hyphenate’s” lens; a Pakistani-American.  Starring Geraldine Viswanathan (“Blockers”), a teen navigates life in two worlds; home and school, attempting to balance both as she sees her parents for who they are and attempts to grow and find her […]

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Watch at Home: ‘Them That Follow’ & more from female filmmakers

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services. Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 11/1/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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‘Varda’ tribute leads women directors at 2019 NY Film Festival

For 57 years, New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center has been U.S. flagship of “auteur” cinema.  Writer/directors who dominate their films were presumed male – with the exception of Belgian-born Agnès Varda.  Every decade, the Festival selected a film by her. She died March 29 at age 90. In tribute, the September 27 – […]

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Apple TV+ features diverse work from women

Apple TV+ launches Nov. 1, featuring a diverse lineup of content from female directors. The first all-original video subscription service will be available on the Apple TV app in more than 100 countries at the price of $4.99 per month.  “With Apple TV+, we are presenting all-original stories from the best, brightest and most creative […]

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