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Women directors come of age at Chicago International Film Festival

The 55th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) kicks off this weekend, featuring more than 40 films directed by women during its 11-day lineup.  The festival has a history of striving toward gender equality, featuring more than 30 films directed by women in 2017 and 2018. Favorite films in previous years have included Greta Gerwig’s Lady […]

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Spanning Generations: 20 summer films by women

Ducking into an air-conditioned movie theater for a few hours is weaved into the fabric of summer, and many of our favorite summertime flicks were written and directed by women. From stories of aliens to superheroes to small towns, from Oz in the 1930s to Themyscira of 2017, these 20 stories are perfect for summer-night […]

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ATX Festival celebrates the power of female partnerships

The eighth season of the ATX Television Festival was held June 6-9 in Austin, Texas, celebrating all aspects of the television medium. The Power of Female Partnerships was one of the first panels on the four-day schedule, presented by Vanity Fair. Panelists included Good Girls creator Jenna Bens and star Retta, along with TV agents […]

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Female filmmaker wins top honor at CCFF for ‘Saint Frances’

The 2019 Chicago Critics Film Festival was held May 17-23 at the Music Box Theatre, featuring nine films written and/or directed by women. Of the 24 films in the festival lineup, these four stood out as especially memorable features from female directors. [Saint Frances wins Audience Award – Narrative Feature from Chicago native, writer and star […]

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‘Float Like a Butterfly,’ ‘Emma Peeters’ among films by women at CEUFF

The 22nd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival will run through April 4 at the Gene Siskel Film Center (GSFC), screening 22 films from female directors. CEUFF screened 60 premieres from 28 European Union nations throughout the month of March, making it the largest showcase of EU cinema in North America. “As we all know, […]

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Nia DaCosta’s ‘Little Woods’ the heart of Chicago International Film Festival

The Chicago International Film Festival wraps up today after featuring an excellent 12-day lineup, 30 percent of which was directed by women. Female characters and their creators played a central role in this year’s festival, from documentaries to foreign language features, but it was the following films directed by women that made the most impact. […]

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Netherlands doc ‘Miss Kiet’ best of Chicago European Union Film Festival

Nine films were directed by women (roughly 14.8 percent, down from last year’s record high of 25 percent).

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Time’s up: How women nominees fared at the 75th Golden Globes

Advocates in support of women were both heard and seen at last night’s 75th Golden Globe Awards. The nominees and presenters all wore black in support of sexual assault and domestic abuse survivors, and to send a message about ending gender inequality in the workplace.

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A forgotten force: Remembering ‘Empire Strikes Back’ writer Leigh Brackett

Fan favorite Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back was ranked number one – the only Star Wars film with a credited female screenwriter.

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Gerwig reigns supreme at Chicago International Film Festival

The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival was held in Streeterville Oct. 12-26, featuring films from more than 30 female directors from 29 countries.

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Television Academy increases Emmy noms for women writers, directors

The Television Academy announced its 2017 Emmy award nominees July 13, with a substantial number of female nominees in its writing and directing categories. Director Jamie Babbitt is nominated for the HBO comedy Silicon Valley, while Kate Dennis and Reed Morano are recognized for respective episodes of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Lesli Linka Glatter is […]

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Spanning Generations: 20 summer films by women

Ducking into an air-conditioned movie theater for a few hours is weaved into the fabric of summer, and many of our favorite summertime flicks were written and directed by women. From stories of aliens to superheroes to small towns, from Oz in the 1930s to Themyscira of 2017, these 20 stories are perfect for summer-night […]

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Feminism is funny: Writing team inspires a generation with female-led comedies

It has come to my attention that the maintenance staff is switching our toilet paper from Charmin to generic. All those opposed to chafing, please say ‘Aye.’ – Legally Blonde Feminism is funny. In researching our favorite funny films from the early 2000s, we found a surprising common thread – writing team Karen McCullah and Kirsten […]

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