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FF2 Media Co-Sponsors Nadine Labaki Film in NYC on 6/7/19

NYC Shout-Out: In 2019, Nadine Labaki’s film “Capernaum” was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, thrilling those of us have cherished her work for years now. Labaki’s breakout film “Caramel” was firmly set in contemporary Beirut. Her second film “Where Do We Go Now?” is Magical Realism. A mythical Lebanese village, surrounded by […]

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Boycott Oscar? Take These 3 Positive Steps Instead!

Friday, Soraya Chemaly posted a passionate cri de coeur urging us to boycott Sunday’s Oscar broadcast. Soraya, I felt your pain! Furthermore, the situation was even worse than you described it. Not only was the only female contender with buzz swiftboated (making this the 81st year out of 85 in which all Best Director nominees […]

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What You Will Not See in Zero Dark Thirty

Oscars 2013: What You Will Not See in Zero Dark Thirty – Debunking the Myth that Kathryn Bigelow Endorses Torture The first time I saw Zero Dark Thirty was on December 3, 2012. It was a Monday night, and I was at a screening for New York-based film critics. No one I knew had seen […]

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Why the Academy Passed on Kathryn Bigelow

Oscars 2013: Director Kathryn Bigelow Gets Swiftboated I went to bed last night totally sure what today’s lead would be: “What a difference one year makes,” I wrote in my draft. I went on: Last February, I posted a piece on Huffington Post (“Oscars 2012: Where Are the Women?“) about how the absence of women […]

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What Would Nora Do? One Last Look at Nora Ephron’s “Successful” Film Career

Nora Ephron died on Tuesday, June 26, at the age of 71. Although she had been very ill for several years, she kept her condition a secret, so her “sudden” death came as a shock to many people. Tributes began flowing into the Blogosphere, and the avalanche of anecdotes swelled as famous people with well-known […]

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Jan Chats with Writer/Director Lorene Scafaria

]Jan Chats with Writer/Director Lorene Scafaria Chicago Press Day for ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’ (First posted in 2012) You wake up one morning, turn on the news, and learn that a huge asteroid is heading toward earth. Facing certain destruction in a matter of days, what would YOU do? Lorene Scafaria […]

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