Athena film festival alums win Peabody awards

Athena film festival alums win Peabody awards

Three of the twelve documentaries honored in April with the prestigious Peabody Award are Athena Film Festival Alums. Congratulations to:  Mavis! by Jessica Edwards Excerpt from FF2 Media review: Jubilant new BioDoc about Chicago singer Mavis Staples. Her phenomenal career began in Gospel but her unique voice finds a home in multiple settings and her upbeat personality…

Hidden Figures a hidden 'white-wash'?

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…

Siskel Panelists Predict Diverse Oscar Wins

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…

FYC '17: Jan Lisa Huttner

FYC '17: Jan Lisa Huttner

Dear AMPAS: FF2 Editor-in-Chief Jan Lisa Huttner asks you to consider these fourteen films by women writers &/or directors (from the full list of films released in NYC theatres in 2016) for Oscar nominations next month. (Note that this list is dated 12/1/16 & will be updated after 12/31/16.) Jan's Favorite Feature Films of 2016 (Yes! All four of these feature films…

FYC '17: Rachel Kastner

FYC '17: Rachel Kastner

FF2 Intern Rachel Kastner asks you to consider these six films by women writers &/or directors (from the full list of films released in NYC theatres in 2016). Note that this list was created in November & will be updated after December 31, 2016.   My Favorite Feature Films of 2016 (2) American Honey (Writer and Director Andrea Arnold) Maggie's Plan (Writer and…

FYC '17: Amelie Lasker

FYC '17: Amelie Lasker

FF2 Intern Amelie Lasker asks you to consider these seven films by women writers &/or directors (from the full list of films released in NYC theatres in 2016). Note that this list was created in November & will be updated after December 31, 2016. My Favorite Feature Films of 2016 (2) American Honey (Writer and Director Andrea Arnold) Mia Madre (Writer Valia Santella)…

FYC '17: Georgi Presecky

FYC '17: Georgi Presecky

FF2 Social Media Manager Georgi Presecky asks you to consider these six films by women writers &/or directors (from the full list of films released in NYC theatres in 2016). Note that this list was created in November & will be updated after December 31, 2016. My Favorite Feature Films of 2016 (2) Into the Forest (Writer/Director Patrica Rozema) Fantastic Beasts…

FYC '17: Lesley Coffin

FYC '17: Lesley Coffin

FF2 Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin asks you to consider these six films by women writers &/or directors (from the full list of films released in NYC theatres in 2016). Note that this list was created in November & will be updated after December 31, 2016. My Favorite Feature Films of 2016 (2) The Dressmaker (Director Jocelyn Moorhouse) Queen of Katwe (Director…

FYC '17: Nora Lee Mandel

FYC '17: Nora Lee Mandel

FF2 Senior Contributor Nora Lee Mandel asks you to consider these six films by women writers &/or directors (from the full list of films released in NYC theatres in 2016). Note that this list was created in November & will be updated after December 31, 2016. My Favorite Feature Films of 2016 The Dressmaker (Director Jocelyn Moorhouse) Equity (Director Meera Menon) My…

#MakeOscarGold

Last year, when Selma was nominated for Best Picture & Best Song but nothing else, 2 hashtag campaigns were born. One was ‪#‎OscarSoWhite‬ (protesting the fact that David Oyelowo was not nominated for Best Actor & all of the acting nominees in all 4 categories were white). One was ‪#‎StopBlueOscar‬ (protesting the fact that Ava DuVernay was not nominated…