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Women’s History Month: Female filmmakers offer range of diverse protagonists 

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the all-female team of film critics at FF2 Media were assigned to write about their favorite female artists – and where to watch their work. When you are stuck inside the house during social distancing and isolation, one thing you can do is watch films made by women. That […]

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Coming Soon: Malgorzata Szumowska’s ‘The Other Lamb’ test a woman’s strength

Malgorzata Szumowska’s horror film The Other Lamb will be available to stream on VOD and other digital platforms April 3 and is a part of our Women’s History Month series – films that can be watched at home in an effort to support female filmmakers. The Other Lamb is the test of female strength; a […]

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What Child-Trafficking Doc ‘The Rescue List’ Teaches Us

In today’s scary and uncertain times due to the coronavirus outbreak, it is important to highlight the work and stories of female filmmakers who make a difference.  In her documentary The Rescue List, which premiered on PBS on March 23, director Alyssa Fedele helps tell the story of former child slaves in Ghana who help […]

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Nikoleta’s SWAN Day 2020: Costume Design

If you haven’t seen the film Little Women yet you will be blown away by the incredible script, acting, directing and costume design. All done by women. The costume design in the film is classy, relevant, and unique for the time. 

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14 women take home Oscar gold

Although the list of nominees for Best Director at the 2020 Oscars was entirely male, 14 women were awarded Oscar gold at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards on February 9 at the Dolby Theatre.  According to the Women’s Media Center, only 30 percent of all non-acting Oscar nominations went to women this year. Of the […]

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Calls for sisterhood, solidarity at 2020 Academy Awards

For the second year in a row, I covered the 92nd Academy Awards for FF2 Media. What made it more special, this year, is that I was wearing a red dress especially designed for me for the event by Mario and Jorge Designs, and I wore a red pin to go with it, saying, “Support […]

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Film Scorecard: Women are directing the most anticipated studio films this year

As the controversial topic about women directors and film remains ongoing (see: Rebel Wilson’s commentary on the all-male directors nominated at the BAFTAs), Hollywood is opening the doors to more female directors who will direct films ranging from animation, to documentaries to horror. Here are the most-anticipated studio films for 2020 (followed by individual studios): […]

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Haifaa Al-Mansour, Zeina Durra and other female filmakers make Sundance ‘best’ lists

This year’s Sundance Film Festival featured 48 percent of films (in competition) made by women, from features to shorts to documentaries. The Perfect Candidate directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour, follows Maryam, a young Saudi doctor, who runs for city council after the male incumbent repeatedly ignores her request to fix the muddy road leading to her […]

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FF2 Media contributor is a CJA award finalist

Earlier in October, I entered the Chicago Journalists Association (CJA) Annual Awards competition for the first time. Right off the bat, knocking a hundred entries out in mid-November, I was named a finalist in the Sarah Brown Boyden Awards Arts category, winning Second Place for my piece, “Perma Red: The True Story of Missing Indigenous […]

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Ebert Symposium Keynote Speaker Dr. Stacy Smith predicts major increase of female filmmakers for 2020

The Second Annual Chaz and Roger Ebert Symposium took place on Friday, Sept. 27, where panelists discussed important issues and solutions for diversity in film, including Keynote Speaker Dr. Stacy Smith who gave a presentation on extensive film analysis research. Founder & Director of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative (AII), Dr. Smith’s  research showed that, […]

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Second annual Chaz & Roger Ebert Symposium celebrates diversity 

The Second Annual Chaz & Roger Ebert Symposium will take place this Friday, Sept. 27 at the iHotel and Conference Center in Champaign. The event is free and open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend. This year’s symposium is titled “Creating an Inclusive Media and Cinema Ecosystem” and will feature speakers from […]

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CEUFF: ‘Little Harbor’ and ‘The Ex-Wife’ show inner worlds of broken women

There are many great films to see at Chicago’s European Union Film Festival (CEUFF), which takes place March 8 through April 4 at the Gene Siskel Film Center. This is the largest festival in North America that shows films from various parts of Europe. There are a total of 60 films this year. What amazes […]

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My Dream Comes True: An Oscars “Cinderella” story

My dream has always been to go to the Oscars and walk the red carpet. This February, my dream came true – I was accepted to attend and cover the Oscars for the first time in FF2 Media’s history. When I arrived in Hollywood, the streets were packed with gift shops, small restaurants, tourists and […]

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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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Sundance ‘Breaking Barriers’ panel highlights women filmmakers

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) hosted a much-needed panel at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in front of an eager and excited crowd. Women Breaking Barriers: Where Are We Now? took place on Jan 26 at the Packed Sundance TV Lounge, moderated by HFPA members Elisabeth Sereda and Silvia Bizio, including award-winning producer Cassian […]

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Films by women top ‘Best of the Fest’ at Sundance

This year’s Sundance Film Festival is a breakthrough for women in film. More and more female directors, writers and producers are accepted into the festival and audiences are able to see and experience a great collection of female-made films. In addition to exceptional films, the opening days of the festival included many panels focused on […]

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Sundance increases number of women directors

This year’s Sundance Film Festival (Park City/Salt Lake City, Utah) will be different. What makes it different is the presence of female-directed movies – close to 42 percent, according to Women and Hollywood report. With a four percent overall increase from last year, female-directed films will be featured in various categories, including large percentages in […]

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Danish director Pernille Fischer talks inspiration behind ‘Becoming Astrid’

Swedish author Astrid Lindgren is mostly remembered for Pippi Longstocking and Karlsson-on-the-Roof book series. Her numerous titles have been translated into 85 languages and published in more than 100 countries. Now, everyone will have a chance to see what teenage Astrid’s life was before she became this literary giant – Becoming Astrid opened November 23 in LA and NY. The film was directed by female writer-director Pernille Fischer Christensen.

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Alicia Malone’s ‘The Female Gaze’ highlights essential movies from female filmmakers

Film reporter and author Alicia Malone highlights 52 female-directed films in her new book, “The Female Gaze.” She argues that the male lens and perspective is objectifying women in film rather than showing women as they are.

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Historic SWAN Day brings women and organizers together at Statera Conference

For the first time, the SWAN torch was passed on to StateraArts who will continue the movement under their umbrella. Many of the original SWAN organizers were there to witness this historical event – Christine Young from University of San Francisco, Sophie Doolan from Kenya, Jennifer Hill from Connecticut, Vanessa Gondron from Prague, and many others.

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Future bright for International ‘Support Women Artists Now’ Day

The historic International SWAN Day gathering took place in Milwaukee at the Statera Arts Conference (Oct. 4-7) where women from all over the world met to discuss the future of SWAN Day and witness “the swan” being passed on to Statera Arts (read more here).

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Historic International SWAN Day gathering to be held at Statera Conference

WomenArts will sponsor a gathering of SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now Day) organizers as part of the Statera Foundation’s Third National Conference for women in theatre  on Thursday, October 4 in Milwaukee. As part of the three-day conference, the historic gathering will transition SWAN Day from WomenArts to the Statera Foundation.

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Lack of female film critics inspiration behind International SWAN Day

The creative force behind that movement was Jan Lisa Huttner whose goal was to increase the power for women in movies and theater, and help them get their voices heard.

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AMPAS invitees represent 77 countries

This year, the the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited 928 new members, 49 percent are female filmmakers from all over the world (up from last year’s 683 invitees).

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Diverse female directors invited to AMPAS

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has invited 928 new members; 49 percent are women. According to Variety, this class will bring the total AMPAS membership to 31 percent female, up from 25 percent in 2015. This year there is a very diverse and international female representation of filmmakers from around the world.

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Diverse female screenwriters invited to AMPAS

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has invited 928 new members; 49 percent are women. According to Variety, this class will bring the total AMPAS membership to 31 percent female, up from 25 percent in 2015.

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Sonja O’Hara talks filmmaking, breaking stereotypes and not waiting for permission

Writer, director and actress Sonja O’Hara is a filmmaker to watch – at least according to Independent Magazine. Born in Nova Scotia, Canada and pursuing an acting career by age 17, she has created work that is bold, original, provocative and meant to change the way Hollywood and audiences see films.

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Abbie Reese documents life and sacrifice of cloistered nuns in ‘Chosen’

Director Abbie Reese, an Illinois native and dual citizen of Luxembourg, documents Rockford’s Corpus Christi Monastery in her debut film Chosen: Custody of the Eye. The film unveils the hidden lives of the monastery nuns and their sacrifice, purity, divine life and commitment to God.

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