Director Clermont-Tonnerre makes room for second chances in ‘The Mustang’

Director Clermont-Tonnerre makes room for second chances in ‘The Mustang’

Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre creates “The Mustang,” a revelatory film about a hopeless, isolated incarcerated man (Mattias Shoenaerts) who enters into a horse training rehabilitation program.  Gorgeously shot, this evocative and soulful film delves into our penal system as it draws parallel lines between all creatures. Premiering at Sundance Film Festival, “The Mustang” is now playing…

'I'm Not Here' director Michelle Schumacher defines own success

'I'm Not Here' director Michelle Schumacher defines own success

Broadway actress Michelle Schumacher’s been busy building her multi-hyphenated resume. Starting her career on the stage as an actress-dancer-singer, she began perusing filmmaking after marrying and starting a family with fellow actor J.K. Simmons. She studied writing, editing, producing, and directing at UCLA, and now has a second feature film in release, I’m Not Here.…

SXSW Grand Jury winner ‘Alice’ questions concepts of marriage, motherhood

SXSW Grand Jury winner ‘Alice’ questions concepts of marriage, motherhood

*Updated for March 12, 2019: "Alice" wins SXSW Narrative Feature Competition Award-winning writer and director Josephine Mackerras’ first feature film, “Alice,” premiered at the SXSW Film Festival recently. Living around the world, this NYU educated filmmaker delves deeply into how one woman, a wife and mother, reacts to her husband’s double life, leaving them in debt…

Columbia College Chicago showcases 'Where the Future Came From'

Columbia College Chicago showcases 'Where the Future Came From'

Columbia College Chicago Glass Curtain Gallery showcased the Where the Future Came From exhibit on February 12, featuring the president of the Chicago Women's History Center, Mary Ann Johnson, as guest speaker. Johnson shared excerpts of interviews from female artists who were members of the Artemisia Gallery (now closed), a feminist collective founded in 1973.…

Penny Lane pushes boundaries, finds humor in 'Hail Satan?'

Penny Lane pushes boundaries, finds humor in 'Hail Satan?'

Boldly daring filmmaker Penny Lane returns to Sundance with her third feature-length documentary Hail Satan? The title itself is certainly eye-catching.  And quite surprisingly, after seeing this film, I was shocked by my changed perspective about the topic.  In fact, I dare you not to have a different outlook, too. Lane, a self-proclaimed rebel herself, delves…

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…

Time’s Up issues 4 Percent Challenge to support female directors

Time’s Up issues 4 Percent Challenge to support female directors

Time’s Up and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative announced the #4PercentChallenge at Sundance Film Festival this weekend to increase the number of women directors making top-grossing films. According to research from the Inclusionists, only four percent of the 1,200 highest-grossing films from 2007 to 2018 were directed by women. “It’s time for a change -…