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

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…

Time’s Up issues 4 Percent Challenge to support female directors

Time’s Up issues 4 Percent Challenge to support female directors

Time’s Up and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative announced the #4PercentChallenge at Sundance Film Festival this weekend to increase the number of women directors making top-grossing films. According to research from the Inclusionists, only four percent of the 1,200 highest-grossing films from 2007 to 2018 were directed by women. “It’s time for a change -…

Chicago film critics talk Oscar snubs, surprises

Chicago film critics talk Oscar snubs, surprises

Four Chicago film critics provided their thoughts about the 91st Academy Award nominations January 22. FF2 Media Contributor Pamela Powell joined WGN’s Dean Richards, WCIU’s Brandon Pope and Hollywood and Chicago’s Patrick McDonald at the CMX Cinemas in Skokie to discuss their favorite films, along with snubs and surprises. The critics unanimously agreed that Roma…

Golden Globes acceptance speeches laud female creators

Golden Globes acceptance speeches laud female creators

There were many triumphant moments for women at the 76th Golden Globe Awards, despite very few female writers and directors being represented in film categories. Many winning actresses used their acceptance speeches as an opportunity to champion female creators. On the television side, Best Actress Rachel Brosnahan of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel thanked many women…

WGA nominates one woman and 20 men for feature film writing

WGA nominates one woman and 20 men for feature film writing

The Writer’s Guild of America announced nominees for its annual awards January 7. Writers of 10 feature films are nominated for best screenplay, but Can You Ever Forgive Me? co-writer Nicole Holofcener is the only woman of 21 writers. The documentary screenplay category is a slight improvement, with Lauren Greenfield (Generation Wealth) and Dava Whisenant…

‘Saving Daisy’ seeks to raise awareness for trauma survivors

‘Saving Daisy’ seeks to raise awareness for trauma survivors

Ella Fairon will direct the short documentary Saving Daisy, following sexual assault survivor Daisy Coleman through treatment for her post-traumatic stress disorder. Viewers first met Coleman in the Netflix documentary Audrie & Daisy, which told parallel stories about the trauma associated with sexual assault. Saving Daisy will largely focus on eye movement desensitization reprocessing, a…

Lewinsky has last word in female-directed docuseries

Lewinsky has last word in female-directed docuseries

The A&E docuseries The Clinton Affair premiered November 18, the first in a six-part series reexamining the former president’s controversial affair with Monica Lewinsky. The show marks 20 years since Clinton’s impeachment process began in December 1998, in which he was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice for lying under oath about his relationship…

New database gives history's women artists ‘A Space of Their Own’

New database gives history's women artists ‘A Space of Their Own’

The Advancing Women Artists Foundation will launch A Space of Their Own, an online database of more than 600 female artists working from the 15th and 19th centuries. The illustrated online space “will become something of a virtual museum, providing the public with access to paintings that might otherwise languish in museum storage,” according to…

Hulu streams the year’s best from female filmmakers

Hulu streams the year’s best from female filmmakers

Streaming service Hulu isn’t just for rewatching every new episode of The Good Place for the third time (although I highly recommend doing that). In addition to its same-day streaming of network and cable shows, premium original content like the Stephen King-inspired series Castle Rock and the award-winning phenomenon The Handmaid’s Tale, a Hulu subscription…

This week in WIF: recapping the week for women in film

This week in WIF: recapping the week for women in film

There’s a lot to catch up on from the world of women in film. Recapping October’s biggest moments for female directors and characters: #IfAWomanDirected: The Twitter account for the streaming service FilmStruck prompted its followers with this tweet Oct. 22: “#ifawomandirected _______, then ________.” The hashtag quickly took off, with Twitter users looking at films…

Nobel Peace Prize winners the focus of award-winning documentaries

Nobel Peace Prize winners the focus of award-winning documentaries

Both winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize are the subject of recent documentaries from female filmmakers. Dr. Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad are recipients of the 2018 award, according to Thursday’s announcement from the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Mukwege is a gynecologist who co-founded a treatment center in the Congo to help women in post-rape…

'Troll Inc.' sheds light on malicious Internet users

'Troll Inc.' sheds light on malicious Internet users

Director George Russell’s Troll Inc. is available on VOD May 22, putting the focus on Internet trolls who have become commonplace in today’s “fake news”-fueled media market. The foundation of the documentary is an extended interview with Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer, a well-known hacker who was charged with multiple computer crime felonies and is known for…