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Film critics associations remain a boys club

Women remain the minority members of film critics associations in every state and region throughout the United States. Although women make up half the country’s population (50.8 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau), they represent approximately 22 percent of film critics associations.

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Women continue to fight for equality in communications field, film criticism

A new study by the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication at Florida International University found that men continue to dominate top management positions while women remain in the middle, likely to have less longevity in the field. Interruption in their full-time work, too, is increased for women as they experience “men only” culture in their companies.

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The Divine Secrets of Equality: Female Film Critics

Sixteen years ago, on June 2, 2002, The New York Times Editor Dana Kennedy published an article titled, “An Impatient Sisterhood.” Addressing Hollywood’s systemic exclusion of female film directors, the article highlighted the work of director Callie Khouri, an Academy Award winner for Thelma and Louise who was turned down repeatedly for 10 years before directing the soon-to-be-released The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.

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Women dominate specialty box office

With Betsy West and Julie Cohen’s documentary RBG in the top 10 (and playing in only 180 theaters nationwide), films directed by women are thriving at the specialty box office.

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Women take back the mic in new hashtag campaign

In honor of Michelle Wolf’s comments at the White House Correspondents Dinner, FF2 Media is launching the new hashtag #WomenTakeBackTheMic

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Women directors win top honors at Tribeca

The 17th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, announced the jury award winners – many of which were women including first-time directors.

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‘I Tita, A Life of Tango’ director screens film at Chicago Latino Film Festival

At the 34th Chicago Latino Film Festival, writer/director María Teresa Costantini will screen her film I Tita, A Life of Tango (YO SOY ASÍ, TITA DE BUENOS AIRES) on April 8 at 8:00 p.m. at AMC River East 21.

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Feeling Pretty: Re-examining the movie makeover

The plain-girl-turned-bell-of-the-ball plotline is common, creating a profitable well of storytelling for filmmakers. When a female protagonist morphs from not-to-hot, she is doing it for one of two reasons: for a man or for herself.

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Music industry director Hannah Lux Davis champions women behind the lens

Included in this year’s SWAN Day spotlight is director Hannah Lux Davis, known for directing Simply Complicated following famed singer/actress Demi Lovato.

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All-female team behind ‘Fever and the Fret’ gets creative with limitations

Writer-director Cath Gulick is set for the world premiere debut of her narrative film The Fever and the Fret starring Ivory Aquino and Adelina Amosco.

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Paul Feig champions female voices in film with ‘Powderkeg’ digital company

Film producer Paul Feig (Spy, The Heat, Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters) will continue to do his part of representing new voices through a digital content company called Powderkeg to be run by Laura Fischer.

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How women nominees fared at the 90th Academy Awards

Although there was talk and hype of “Time’s Up” and female equality in film, this year’s winners were a washout, with each female winner working as a co-writer with their male counterpart. Even the female actress winners won for roles in films that were written and/or directed by men. Here’s hoping next year’s Oscars will walk the walk.

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Supporting Women Filmmakers: A Guide to Valentine’s Day

You can still support female filmmakers by watching your favorite romantic comedies and dramas of past and present. If they’re not your favorite now, they will be!

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WomenArts partners with Statera Foundation for SWAN Day

The Statera Foundation is joining forces with WomenArts to organize the 11th Annual International SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now Day) celebrated on March 31, 2018.

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Pam Powell talks women filmmakers at Sundance: ‘We are making progress’

With an increase of women in the directors chair (timely, given the #MeToo Movement) Powell notes that conversation regarding opportunities for women were discussed immediately by Sundance founder Robert Redford.

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Recognize your favorite film? #SheDirectedThat

Since the first Academy Awards in 1929, only four women have been nominated for the best director Oscar. Tweet us @FF2_Media to let us know what your favorite female-directed movies are with the hash tag #SheDirectedThat.

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2017 Report: Percentage of women filmmakers stagnant for 20 years

Lauzen’s annual Celluloid Ceiling report reveals statistics that have virtually remained unchanged for 20 years.

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BAFTA nominations remain male, white

The 71st British Academy Film Awards nominations remain predominantly male, predominantly white. In the Best Director category, every nominee was a white male.

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Writers Guild nominations quadruple for women

In 2017, Allison Schroeder, nominated in the Best Adapted Screenplay category for Hidden Figures, was the stand alone woman  nominated for film writing last year. The 2018 Writers Guild Awards nominations, however, include a dramatic increase in female representation.

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Activist Recy Taylor dies at 97

FF2 Media mourns the news today about the death of Recy Taylor, a 97-year-old woman who fought for justice after being raped by six white men in 1944.

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Women directors shut out of Golden Globe race

Notable snubs include Patty Jenkins for Wonder Woman (the highest-grossing film ever directed by a woman), Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird (the highest-rated film on Rotten Tomatoes) and Dee Rees for Mudbound (the multiple award-winning film available on Netflix).

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Sofia Coppola honored at Gotham Awards

Director Sofia Coppola was honored at the IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards with a tribute video airing at the ceremony.

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‘Mudbound,’ ‘Lady Bird’ actors win Gotham Awards

The 27th annual IFP Gotham Awards were held on Monday, November 27 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Women-directed films were honored solely for their casts.

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Film Independent Spirit Awards nom women filmmakers

The following nominations are by women filmmakers, both writers and directors whose work has been critically reviewed and covered by FF2 Media.

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Chicago professor debuts thrilling embezzlement doc ‘All the Queen’s Horses’

All the Queen’s Horses, which premieres at the Gene Siskel Film Center for a two-week theatrical run beginning November 10, is a thrilling story fit for a fictional feature film.

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Gerwig, Coppola among few women in Oscar prediction polls

Director Sofia Coppola’s adaptation of The Beguiled and Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut of her original script Lady Bird are among the top picks for Gold Derby’s 2018 Oscar Predictions.

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Weinstein scandal creates divide

Actresses Lena Dunham, Amber Tamblyn and Rose McGowan have spoken out against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein amid the sexual harassment allegations detailed by the New York Times.

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‘Beijing Spring’ documents China’s forgotten struggle for freedom

Award-winning filmmaker Gaylen Ross, co-directing with Andy Cohen, is finalizing post-production on Beijing Spring, a feature-length documentary on how Chinese artists pushed the boundaries of freedom after the death of Mao Zedong in the late 1970s.

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‘Wonder Woman’ crosses $800M mark

Wonder Woman has passed the $800 million mark. As the summer blockbuster continues to dominate the worldwide box office, director Patty Jenkins has formally signed a contract with Warner Bros. to return for the sequel, making her the highest-paid female director in Hollywood. Grossing $404 million domestically and receiving unanimous praise from members of the […]

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Angelina Jolie’s ‘First They Killed My Father’ gets Netflix premiere date

Release Date: September 15th, 2017 Angelina Jolie directs this Cambodia-set feature film based on Loung Ung’s memoir, “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers.” Seen through the eyes of a five-year-old cut off from her family during the Khmer Rouge years (commonly known as the Cambodian Holocaust), script co-writer Ung details her […]

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