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NYFF: Preview Guide to Female-Directed Features

Preview Guide to Female-Directed Feature Films at the 2016 New York Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel     The 54th Annual New York Film Festival (NYFF) of the Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC) opens September 30, with a new documentary 13th by Ava DuVernay, renowned for Selma. (2014).  Running through October 16, the full […]

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Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Recently, I watched the new documentary And Still I Rise (2016) at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Telling the story about Maya Angelou’s fascinating life, I couldn’t take my eyes off of the screen. A definite must-watch. (SAT: 5/5) Review by Senior Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor Rita Coburn Whack and Bob Hercules’ new documentary And […]

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Filmmaker Q&A: Kate Lyn Sheil

By FF2 Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin Interview: Kate Lyn Sheil At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, one of the most talked-about young actresses,Kate Lyn Sheil,  arrived with the narrative Kate Plays Christine, a docudrama about the making of a movie about Christine Chubbuck, the Florida newswoman who shot herself live on television during a report. The […]

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Filmmaker Q&A: Amy Fox & Meera Menon

By FF2 Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin Interview: Amy Fox and Meera Menon, Writers-Directors of Equity When actresses Sarah Megan Thomas and Alysia Reiner founded Broad Street Pictures in 2015, their goal was to tell stories women are too often excluded from in film – like stories about Wall Street greed and competitiveness. In films such as Wall […]

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Filmmaker Q&A: Benzchawel

By Senior Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor The 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival (BHFF), which takes place at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, Illinois, celebrates the history and heritage of black people, worldwide, through indie films and shorts.   While the focus is Black culture, there are several female directors and screenwriters at the […]

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BHFF ’16: Kate Benzchawel

By Senior Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor The 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival (BHFF), which takes place at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, Illinois, celebrates the history and heritage of black people, worldwide, through indie films and shorts.   While the focus is Black culture, there are several female directors and screenwriters at the […]

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BHFF ’16: Walk All Night

By Senior Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor The 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival (BHFF), which takes place at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, Illinois, celebrates the history and heritage of black people, worldwide, through indie films and shorts.   While the focus is Black culture, there are several female directors and screenwriters at […]

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Black Harvest Film Festival

By Senior Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor The 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival (BHFF) begins August 5 at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, Illinois. It celebrates the history and heritage of black people, worldwide, through indie films and shorts. More than 40 movies are scheduled to be shown.   While the focus is […]

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Filmmaker Q&A: Sian Heder

By FF2 Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin Interview: Sian Heder, Writer-Director of Tallulah Sian Heder’s name is best known for her work on critically acclaimed shows such as Men of a Certain Age and Orange in the New Black. But she got her start in the business writing and directing her award-winning short Mother, about a wealthy, […]

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Filmmaker Q&A: Satoko Yokohama

By FF2 Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin Interview: Writer-Director Satoko Yokohama For the past 10 years, New York’s Japan Society has hosted Japan Cuts; the largest film festival showcasing Japanese films in North America. This year, the film festival closed its program with the new film by one of Japan’s freshest talents, Satoko Yokohama. The Aomori native […]

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HRW FILM FESTIVAL: WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE

Women Documentarians Reveal Injustice and Hope at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel http://MavensNest.net/movies.html I used to think of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival as “The Depressing Festival” in coverage over the past nine years.  But the programmers more and more balance artistic merit with the sponsoring NGO Human Rights […]

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HRW FILM FESTIVAL: OVARIAN PSYCOS

Women Documentarians Reveal Injustice and Hope at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel http://MavensNest.net/movies.html I used to think of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival as “The Depressing Festival” in coverage over the past nine years.  But the programmers more and more balance artistic merit with the sponsoring NGO Human Rights […]

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HRW FILM FESTIVAL: SONITA

Women Documentarians Reveal Injustice and Hope at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel http://MavensNest.net/movies.html I used to think of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival as “The Depressing Festival” in coverage over the past nine years.  But the programmers more and more balance artistic merit with the sponsoring NGO Human Rights […]

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HRW FILM FESTIVAL: P.S. JERUSALEM

Women Documentarians Reveal Injustice and Hope at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel http://MavensNest.net/movies.html I used to think of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival as “The Depressing Festival” in coverage over the past nine years.  But the programmers more and more balance artistic merit with the sponsoring NGO Human Rights […]

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HRW FILM FESTIVAL: TEMPEST (TEMPESTAD)

Women Documentarians Reveal Injustice and Hope at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel http://MavensNest.net/movies.html I used to think of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival as “The Depressing Festival” in coverage over the past nine years.  But the programmers more and more balance artistic merit with the sponsoring NGO Human Rights […]

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HRW FILM FESTIVAL: SOLITARY

Women Documentarians Reveal Injustice and Hope at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel http://MavensNest.net/movies.html I used to think of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival as “The Depressing Festival” in coverage over the past nine years.  But the programmers more and more balance artistic merit with the sponsoring NGO Human Rights […]

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HRW FILM FESTIVAL: JACKSON

Women Documentarians Reveal Injustice and Hope at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel http://MavensNest.net/movies.html I used to think of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival as “The Depressing Festival” in coverage over the past nine years.  But the programmers more and more balance artistic merit with the sponsoring NGO Human Rights […]

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HRW FILM FESTIVAL: INSIDE THE CHINESE CLOSET

Women Documentarians Reveal Injustice and Hope at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel http://MavensNest.net/movies.html I used to think of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival as “The Depressing Festival” in coverage over the past nine years.  But the programmers more and more balance artistic merit with the sponsoring NGO Human Rights […]

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HRW FILM FESTIVAL: HOOLIGAN SPARROW

Women Documentarians Reveal Injustice and Hope at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel http://MavensNest.net/movies.html I used to think of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival as “The Depressing Festival” in coverage over the past nine years.  But the programmers more and more balance artistic merit with the sponsoring NGO Human Rights […]

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Filmmaker Q&A: Corsini

By FF2 Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin Writer-director Catherine Corsini has gradually emerged not only as one of France’s top female directors, but one of their most respected auteurs of her generation. Although she originally pursued a career as an actress, writing and directing proved to be her true calling. And she’s been pursuing that ambition since […]

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AMPAS Adds Women Directors!

On Wednesday, June 29, 2016, AMPAS (the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) invited 683 new members into “The Academy,” 314 of whom are women. This action—adding 314 women including women from many different countries and a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds–is the result of the pledge made earlier in the year to […]

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HIFF ’16: Achievement Awards

Third in a series by Lisa Iannucci explaining film festivals from the insider’s POV. Part Three: Danny Aiello received annual Award for Excellence in Film & the Arts  Special for FF2 Media by Lisa Iannucci Legendary actor Danny Aiello stood in front of the audience at the Hoboken Film Festival on June 3rd to accept his Award […]

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HIFF ’16: Film Selection

Second in a series by Lisa Iannucci explaining film festivals from the insider’s POV. Part Two: Film Submissions/Film Selections! Special for FF2 Media by Lisa Iannucci Covering my mouth so no one could hear me scream, I watched as a sadistic clown tied a young man to a board. While the young man fought for his […]

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TFF ’16: Nora Ephron Award

Rachel Tunnard’s funny and touching Adult Life Skills wins the Nora Ephron Prize at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival! Special for FF2 Media by Nora Lee Mandel Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) touts that one-third of the films–fiction and documentary–screened at this year’s 11-day event in Lower Manhattan were directed by women (the highest percentage in its […]

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HIFF ’16: HIFF Series Intro

First in a series by Lisa Iannucci explaining film festivals from the insider’s POV. Part One: Kenneth Del Vecchio’s brainstorm! Special for FF2 Media by Lisa Iannucci It was 4 o’clock in the morning and Kenneth Del Vecchio’s wife was sound asleep, but not for long. “I woke her up and told her that I was […]

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Jess Chats with Director Laura Bialis

Interview with Rock in the Red Zone Director Laura Bialis Interview by Contributing Editor Jessica E. Perry Check out Jessica’s review of Rock in the Red Zone over at The Hot Pink Pen  JEP: What was your original inspiration for the film, where did it all start?  Well, I had been to Israel before and I had made […]

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Genderquake ’15: Intro

Women are continuously getting shut out of Hollywood. From Jennifer Lawrence’s open letter on the gender pay gap to Maureen Dowd’s New York Times Magazine exposé, “The Women of Hollywood Speak Out,” the fight for equality rages on. Read filmmaker Rachel Feldman’s response HERE. Part one of three by FF2 Media Associate Editor Brigid K. […]

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Genderquake ’15: Digression

Women are continuously getting shut out of Hollywood. From Jennifer Lawrence’s open letter on the gender pay gap to Maureen Dowd’s New York Times Magazine exposé, “The Women of Hollywood Speak Out,” the fight for equality rages on. [Read filmmaker Rachel Feldman’s response HERE]. Part two of three by FF2 Media Associate Editor Brigid K. […]

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Genderquake ’15: Next Steps

Why is Oscar Blue? In Part 3, we look at how the lack of women film critics affects who gets awards every year. Part 3 of 3 by FF2 Media Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky Why are the Oscars so male-centric? The award selection process begins with critical reviews and festival accolades. Film critics, mostly male, […]

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Spotlight on Truth: The Story Behind the Story

WHEN BRIGID MET BILL: PART TWO By Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky With the timely releases of Truth and Spotlight, FF2 Media chats with retired Chicago Tribune newspaperman William F. Presecky on these two films’ themes and depiction of reporters, as well as the future of investigative journalism. Q: Obviously both Truth and Spotlight center […]

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