Currently Browsing: February 2019

Intern Farah Elattar – FF2 Media

As an intern at FF2 Media, since January of 2018, I watch films written and/or directed by women every week and write reviews about them.

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Women Supporting Women: FF2 Media Backstage at Oscars

Women won a record of 15 Oscars this year at the 91st Academy Awards, which makes history for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. FF2 Media contributor Nikoleta Morales was backstage in the press room, hearing first-hand how the female winners continue to support other women and spoke about a much-needed change. Read […]

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Oscars ‘19: Omission of women still a glaring reality

Oh, Oscar. Women in film have all had a crush on that guy for a very long time. Did the 2019 Oscars mark a seismic shift in the entertainment world for women? I mean, after all, when a short film about menstruation, produced by two women, wins the coveted prize, have we finally made it? […]

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‘To the Stars’ among best of the fest from female filmmakers

Now that the 2019 Sundance Film Festival has ended, I’ve had some time to sit down and reflect on the many films that this year’s festival had to offer. In terms of women-directed or women-written films, the festival had so much to offer. Even taking the indie episodics into account, there are some very talented […]

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Lina Wertmuller’s ‘Seven Beauties’ and other female Oscar winners

Note: This is the second part of a six-part series on the five women who have been nominated for Best Director by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) The history of the five women nominated for Best Director Oscars begins with the 1975 film Seven Beauties, written and directed by Italian auteur […]

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Academy maintains ‘disturbing lack of recognition’ for female talent

In the 89-year-history of the Oscars, only five women have ever been nominated for Best Director, and. . . only one woman has ever won. While recent high-profile nominees like Sofia Coppola—or the one winner in the case of Kathryn Bigelow—have gained attention, not enough films by women have been elevated to smash that celluloid ceiling. […]

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Columbia College Chicago showcases ‘Where the Future Came From’

Columbia College Chicago Glass Curtain Gallery showcased the Where the Future Came From exhibit on February 12, featuring the president of the Chicago Women’s History Center, Mary Ann Johnson, as guest speaker. Johnson shared excerpts of interviews from female artists who were members of the Artemisia Gallery (now closed), a feminist collective founded in 1973. […]

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New romantic comedy festival to debut in LA

Nothing says romance more than Valentine’s Day…except for maybe a good romantic comedy!  Thanks to the efforts of Miraya Berke, the first ever Rom Com Fest will be taking place on June 20-23 in Los Angeles at the Downtown Independent (251 S. Main St.) to not only celebrate rom-coms, but to shed a new light […]

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Watch at Home: ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ & more from female filmmakers

Saoirse Ronan stars as Mary Stuart in MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, a Focus Features release.

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 1/25/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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

Left to right: Christian Slater as Nathaniel, Glenn Close as Joan and Jonathan Pryce as Joe in The Wife.

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 2/1/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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

Emma Stone in the film THE FAVOURITE.

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 2/15/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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Living with the consequences of rape today in short film ‘Lullaby’ (Part 2)

Camille Kane and her largely female key crew team up with production company NINE X THREE FILMS to bring to life her debut self-written and directed short film Lullaby.

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Living with the consequences of rape today in short film ‘Lullaby’ (Part 1)

Camille Kane and her largely female key crew team up with production company NINE X THREE FILMS to bring to life her debut self-written and directed short film Lullaby.

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Miranda Tapsell gets the rom-com right with ‘Top End Wedding’

The Rom-Com genre is certainly an entity unto itself, but to do it right is no easy task. Top End Wedding, co-written by Miranda Tapsell and Joshua Tyler, is a prime example of how to do it right.  This exceptionally well-balanced, funny, dramatic and heartfelt film takes place in the Tiwi Islands in the Northern […]

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Penny Lane pushes boundaries, finds humor in ‘Hail Satan?’

Boldly daring filmmaker Penny Lane returns to Sundance with her third feature-length documentary Hail Satan? The title itself is certainly eye-catching.  And quite surprisingly, after seeing this film, I was shocked by my changed perspective about the topic.  In fact, I dare you not to have a different outlook, too. Lane, a self-proclaimed rebel herself, delves […]

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Powerful ‘Twilight Bowl’ features female cast, playwright and director

Twilight Bowl previews began February 8 at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, from playwright Rebecca Gilman and director Erica Weiss. The powerful story follows six young women at a bowling alley in small-town Wisconsin as they contemplate their past choices and future paths. “The first time I read this play I was, first of all, blown away […]

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Sundance shines on women

The Sundance Film Festival continues to be a frontrunner in paving a path for new voices and the 2019 festival is no exception to this observation.  With nearly half of the director seats occupied by women (45 percent) and more than 70 percent of the awards presented to women, it’s obvious that women are finally […]

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

Liam Neeson and Viola Davis in Twentieth Century Fox’s WIDOWS.

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 2/4/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews […]

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