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‘RBG’ documents extraordinary life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen have done just that with their new documentary RBG.  Their subject certainly has a lot to do with all of these qualities as it is the “Notorious” Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  

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Number of women directors steady at CFCA Film Festival

The 6th Annual Chicago Film Critics Association Film Festival, taking place from May 4-10 at the historic Music Box Theatre in Chicago, will present 24 feature films, nine of which are written or directed by women.

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‘We’re listening:’ Founders of Cherry Picks Reviews to launch site for female film critics

Cherry Picks Reviews (CPR) is the much-anticipated upcoming critical site for all things women-in-media launching this fall!  

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Ebertfest paving a new path of equality

“We have the Queens of Cinema, not just three, [but] six women directors coming to the festival…” including Ava DuVernay (13th).

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Director Anne de Mare to premiere ‘Capturing the Flag’ at Full Frame

The 21st Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina runs from Thursday, April 5 through Sunday, April 8.

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Hauntingly visceral tale of ‘The Miner’ a highlight at European Union Film Festival

Having seen all nine films, I loved each and every one for their own unique contributions to storytelling, cinematography, and filmmaking itself.  

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Female-directed documentaries set for Chicago’s DOC10 festival

The 2018 DOC10 Film Festival, presented by Chicago Media Project (CMP), brings powerful nonfiction films to the robust Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago for one weekend, April 5-8.  The third annual festival “…is designed to be an intimate and highly engaging experience for the Chicago community” and curates the films from festivals such as Sundance […]

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Female directors featured at CEUFF, down from last year

Hosted by the Gene Siskel Film Center, the month-long Chicago European Union Film Festival (CEUFF) will feature 10 films directed by women (9 out of 61 = ~ 14.8 percent, down from last year’s record high of 25 percent).

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‘Ophelia’ director Claire McCarthy talks contemporary take on Hamlet

Director Claire McCarthy who earlier this month was named as one of 10 “directors to watch” in Variety Magazine, sat down to talk with me at the Sundance Film Festival just days before the world premiere of her film Ophelia.  

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Froehle champions women, brings nine films to Sundance

Froehle has and continues to do for women in film what Redford has done for the independent filmmaker…provide opportunities for great storytellers.

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Nadia Jordan’s ‘For the Love of George’ wins at CCFF

On a whim, Poppy hops a flight to L.A. from England in search of her perfect man—George Clooney.

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Founder Jessica Hardy preps Chicago Comedy Film Festival for seventh year

Taking place at the New 400 Cinema in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago on November 9-11, the festival is one of the few comedy festivals in the country and will screen more than 50 short- and feature-films with Q&As with the filmmakers and talent after each showing.

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Women writers and directors dominate Portland Film Festival

How does the Portland Film Festival program 59 percent of its films with women writers and directors?  It’s easy…they screen films blindly and just play the better films.

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‘The Sound’ director breaks the mold of horror genre

Chicago-born filmmaker Jenna Mattison is seated in the director’s chair for the first time, bringing viewers down to an ominous and dangerous place in the intensely chilling film, The Sound. We follow Kelly Johansen (Rose McGowan) on her treks to debunk the myth of ghosts and hauntings. This driven author and blogger finds her newest […]

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‘High Fantasy’ a giant social experiment for director Jenna Cato Bass

South African-born Jenna Cato Bass premiered her second feature film, High Fantasy, at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Bass, the professionally trained magician-turned-filmmaker, to learn about how she found her actors and the hopes she has for her film.

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Chloe Zhao redefines life for rodeo cowboy in ‘The Rider’

Zhao tells a fictional tale of horse trainer and rodeo cowboy Brady Blackburn (Brady Jandreau) in the Badlands of South Dakota who attempts to redefine his life after a near fatal head injury.

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‘Miami’ director examines complicated sisterhood in new thriller

The Finnish dramatic thriller film Miami premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).  Co-written and directed by Zaida Bergroth (The Good Son), it’s an intense and richly complex film that addresses the relationship between two estranged sisters now reunited.

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NYC’s Film Society of Lincoln Center presents “Jane Campion’s Own Stories” Retrospective

Jane Campion, the pioneering New Zealand-born filmmaker known for her Oscar-winning film The Piano (1993) and now Sundance TV’s “Top of the Lake” series, is being honored with a retrospective look at her innovative film career. “Jane Campion’s Own Stories,” will run from September 8th through September 17th at the Film Society of Lincoln Center […]

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‘Whose Streets?’ documents aftermath of Ferguson riots, media coverage

Whose Streets? opens in theaters August 11, perfectly timed with Kathryn Bigelow’s film Detroit as the two films address racial violence and police brutality.  While Bigelow’s film depicts a conflict from 50 years ago, Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis’ film, Whose Streets? is a documentary, delving into the riots in Ferguson, MO following the murder […]

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Director Amanda Lipitz finds her ‘Step’ in new documentary

Broadway producer and first-time documentary feature filmmaker, director, and producer Amanda Lipitz has made her way from the Sundance Film Festival to a 200 theater opening of her passion project, Step. The Baltimore native captured an inspirational story about three young women from the inner-city of Baltimore, all with various backgrounds, who attend the Baltimore […]

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‘Landline’ creators talk family dynamics, fidelity and all things ’90s

Landline, the sophomore feature from filmmakers Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm, created buzz at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and continues to make quite a stir in theatrical release.  Starring Jenny Slate, Abby Quinn, John Turturro, and Edie Falco, Robespierre also directed the film, set in New York City in the 1990s.   The film looks […]

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Drifter film ‘D-Love’ a balancing act for director Elena Beuca

D-Love, has received a lot of love lately with two Audience Awards from U.S. Film Festivals.  This news is no surprise as Elena Beuca’s directorial debut left me speechless after seeing it at Dances With Films. D-Love is a wonderfully heartfelt story, reminding us that people come into our lives for a reason.   Beuca, while […]

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Zoe Lister-Jones pulls triple duty for ‘Band Aid,’ enlists all-female crew

Zoe Lister-Jones not only stars alongside Adam Pally (Ben) and Fred Armisen (neighbor Dave) in Band Aid, she also dons her writer and directors’ hats with this film.  Lister-Jones tackles marriage through music as a young couple hits a dead end in their relationship.  In a last-ditch effort to reconnect, they turn their fights into […]

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‘To the Moon and Back’ tackles politics of Russian Adoption Ban

Now in its 20th year, the Los Angeles-based film festival, Dances With Films (DWF), lives up to its words of conception: a festival where ‘who you know’ doesn’t matter, but the quality of your work does. To the Moon and Back by Susan Morgan Cooper is a heartbreaking look at two intersecting narratives about the […]

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‘Wink’ director tests waters of short films

Now in its 20th year, the Los Angeles-based film festival, Dances With Films (DWF), lives up to its words of conception: a festival where ‘who you know’ doesn’t matter, but the quality of your work does. First-time writer and director of a narrative short film, German-born Monika Petrillo jumps into the filmmaking waters with Wink. Her […]

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Senior Contributor Pamela Powell

Writing feature articles for FF2 Media and being a part of this strong and independent group of women is certainly a highlight of my film criticism career.  While women tend to be an underrepresented group in the film industry, this organization buoys female filmmakers, writers, and directors, allowing me to help them have a stronger […]

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‘Heather Booth’ director highlights life of social activist

Change.  It’s vital to our growth as a nation.  Over the course of the last 50 years, one woman has been an integral part of momentous historical changes,  addressing injustices pertaining to women and minority groups.  Her name is Heather Booth.  While she is not a household name, she is the backbone of social change. […]

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Miranda Bailey discusses director’s vision, unique style of ‘Norman’

Joseph Cedar, an Oscar-nominated filmmaker from Israel, brings us an exceptional tale about an ordinary man in Norman, starring Richard Gere and Lior Ashkenazi. Norman is a small-time businessman in New York City, always hustling for the next big deal. His connections are suspect and his exaggerations quite humorous, but his motivations come into question […]

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Niki Caro delves into the pain, beauty of ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’

Unknown stories of war heroes, particularly WWII, seldom are unearthed, but the stories of heroines of that era seem to be even more rare.  The name Antonina Zabinski will soon be a recognizable name thanks to the film “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” based on the book by Diane Ackerman of the same name. The film, starring […]

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SXSW highlights outstanding female filmmakers

Female filmmakers have always been better represented at festivals than in mainstream Hollywood and SXSW this year is no exception. What is exceptional, however, are the three women who have given us outstanding films at the Austin, Texas film festival: Laura Terruso (“Fits & Starts”), Miao Wang (“Maineland”) and Jessica M. Thompson (“The Light of the […]

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