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Senior Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor

I am a Senior Contributor who writes film reviews and features. FF2 Media is important to me because I think it’s imperative to remind readers that women are a part of the creative industries, particularly as filmmakers. I graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Magazine Editing and Publishing. My work has been […]

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Roger Ailes leaves tarnished legacy

Former chairman and CEO of FOX, Roger Ailes, died May 19 of complications from a fall he suffered last week. He was 77. Ailes was known for being a political advisor for presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and is remembered as being a loving husband and father. An alleged offender of […]

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Pulchronomics plays prominent role with women in media

  Pulchronomics. What is it? It is all about how far physical attractiveness can get a person in life – especially at work. I did a two-part piece called Pulchronomics 101  back in 2011, focusing on how women used their looks to get what was needed or wanted in the workplace. Part two, Media Babes, detailed the […]

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Female filmmakers shine at Siskel Center’s Asian American Showcase

The 22nd annual Asian American Showcase ran from March 31 to April 12 at Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center and the Foundation for Asian American Independent Media. Read our “Best of the Fest” list below, ranked from highest to lowest. Number 1: The Tiger Hunter. USA. Lena Khan writes and directs a light-hearted and witty […]

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Women in media facing sexism, exclusivity

In my 2011 Pulchronomics 101 piece, I wrote about whether or not there was an advantage for women in media who were deemed attractive. Based on a Newsweek survey, the study found that attractive women had a greater advantage at work or finding jobs more so if they wore form fitting clothing. At the same […]

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‘Cézanne’ director calls out ‘strong, new generation’ of female filmmakers

Hosted by the Gene Siskel Film Center, the month-long Chicago European Union Film Festival (CEUFF) featured 15 films directed by women (15 out of 62 = ~ 25% = a record high for this event). Danièle Thompson, French director of Cézanne and I (Cézanne et Moi), recently sat down with FF2 Media Senior Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor […]

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Four takeaways from the 2017 Chicago European Union Film Festival

Hosted by the Gene Siskel Film Center, the month-long Chicago European Union Film Festival (CEUFF) featured 15 films directed by women (15 out of 62 = ~ 25% = a record high for this event). FF2 Media has compiled “Best of the Fest” lists from three Chicago team members, recommending films ranging from food documentaries […]

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Siskel Film Center receives increased Allstate grant

FF2 Media Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor detailed the $10,000 Allstate grant given to the Gene Siskel FIlm Center in support of the Black Harvest Film Festival’s youth filmmaker program in her January 9 article. The Siskel Center has received yet another grant from the nation’s largest personal insurance carrier which will help expand the Black Harvest Film […]

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Hidden Figures a hidden ‘white-wash’?

Hidden Figures, based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s non-fiction book, has grossed more than $145 million at the box office, becoming this year’s highest-grossing Best Picture nominee. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Oscar-nominated Octavia Spencer, the film tells the story of three Black NASA workers in segregated Hampton, Virginia in the early 1960s. Given the […]

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The Forest for the Trees (2005)

Director/writer Maren Ade makes viewers forget they are watching a movie with this wonderfully written film. Melanie Pröschle, a 27-year-old teacher who is insecure and desperate for friends, has a constant need for attention from her neighbor Tina. The Forest for the Trees is in German with English subtitles. (SAT: 5/5) Note that I was able to see this […]

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Siskel Panelists Predict Diverse Oscar Wins

FF2 Media Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor attended the Gene Siskel Film Center Oscars Panel last month, a five-panelist discussion on nominations, snubs and film recommendations. Following up with Pamela Powell of The Daily Journal and Sergio Mims of Shadow and Act, the two panelists reflected on #OscarsSoWhite and #OscarsSoBlue campaigns, as well as the diversity […]

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Siskel Center panelists talk Oscar noms, gender disparity

The Gene Siskel Film Center held the 89th Academy Awards Nominations Panel on January 24, 2017 in Chicago. The hour-long event included J.R. Jones of the Chicago Reader, Pamela Powell of The Daily Journal, Sergio Mims of Shadow & Act, Ray Pride of New City and Dean Richards of WGN-Radio. Moderator Alison Cuddy began the […]

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Filmmaker Q&A: Zeinabu Irene Davis

The 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival (BHFF), which takes place at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, Illinois, celebrates the history and heritage of black people, worldwide, through indie films and shorts.   While the focus is Black culture, there are several female directors and screenwriters at the festival this year, including Jerico 2016, Walk […]

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