Female filmmaker wins top honor at CCFF for 'Saint Frances'

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…

Rom Com Fest to celebrate '10 Things' writers Karen McCullah and Kristen Smith

Rom Com Fest to celebrate '10 Things' writers Karen McCullah and Kristen Smith

Get ready to celebrate all your favorite romantic comedies at the inaugural Rom Com Fest, running from June 20-23 in Los Angeles. The lineup of films include anniversaries for beloved favorites from female filmmakers like Karen McCullah & Kirsten Smith’s 10 Things I Hate About You and Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein’s Never Been Kissed.…

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

'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,…

Roberta Grossman debuts 'Who Will Write Our History' at Lincoln Center

Roberta Grossman debuts 'Who Will Write Our History' at Lincoln Center

When director and filmmaker Roberta Grossman read Professor Samuel Kassow’s book Who Will Write Our History, she was fascinated, horrified and outraged that such a powerful and poignant story had received less media attention than other prominent histories of the Holocaust. She was inspired to turn Kassow's book into a blended documentary that captures the…

Sundance ‘Breaking Barriers’ panel highlights women filmmakers

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…

Chicago film critics talk Oscar snubs, surprises

Chicago film critics talk Oscar snubs, surprises

Four Chicago film critics provided their thoughts about the 91st Academy Award nominations January 22. FF2 Media Contributor Pamela Powell joined WGN’s Dean Richards, WCIU’s Brandon Pope and Hollywood and Chicago’s Patrick McDonald at the CMX Cinemas in Skokie to discuss their favorite films, along with snubs and surprises. The critics unanimously agreed that Roma…