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Drifter film ‘D-Love’ a balancing act for director Elena Beuca

D-Love, has received a lot of love lately with two Audience Awards from U.S. Film Festivals.  This news is no surprise as Elena Beuca’s directorial debut left me speechless after seeing it at Dances With Films. D-Love is a wonderfully heartfelt story, reminding us that people come into our lives for a reason.   Beuca, while […]

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Zoe Lister-Jones pulls triple duty for ‘Band Aid,’ enlists all-female crew

Zoe Lister-Jones not only stars alongside Adam Pally (Ben) and Fred Armisen (neighbor Dave) in Band Aid, she also dons her writer and directors’ hats with this film.  Lister-Jones tackles marriage through music as a young couple hits a dead end in their relationship.  In a last-ditch effort to reconnect, they turn their fights into […]

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‘To the Moon and Back’ tackles politics of Russian Adoption Ban

Now in its 20th year, the Los Angeles-based film festival, Dances With Films (DWF), lives up to its words of conception: a festival where ‘who you know’ doesn’t matter, but the quality of your work does. To the Moon and Back by Susan Morgan Cooper is a heartbreaking look at two intersecting narratives about the […]

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‘Wink’ director tests waters of short films

Now in its 20th year, the Los Angeles-based film festival, Dances With Films (DWF), lives up to its words of conception: a festival where ‘who you know’ doesn’t matter, but the quality of your work does. First-time writer and director of a narrative short film, German-born Monika Petrillo jumps into the filmmaking waters with Wink. Her […]

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UPDATE: Sly ‘Foxes’ wins well-deserved Tony Award for Cynthia Nixon

MONDAY UPDATE: Jan Lisa Huttner here, the morning after the 2017 Tony Awards. Congratulations to Cynthia Nixon, winner of the 2017 Tony Award for “Best Actress for a Featured Role in a Play” in the role of “Birdie” in Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes. Kudos as well to Jane Greenwood who also won a Tony for […]

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2017 Human Rights Watch Film Festival to screen ‘remarkable’ films by women

Sexual exploitation, domestic violence, civic duty, and the rights of indigenous people are just some of the resonant topics that will be tackled in the films to be shown at NYC’s 2017 Human Rights Watch Film Festival (June 9-18). The festival will screen 21 topical and provocative feature documentaries, along with panel discussions that showcase courageous resilience […]

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Paint It Black and L’Attesa use male characters to drive female relationships

A typical tactic to further a male character’s development, especially in the tidal wave of male superhero movies we’ve been getting for the past five years or so, is to take the guy’s girlfriend or daughter, and have her die. His resulting “manpain” is then milked at the dead female character’s expense to give an […]

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The Powder and The Glory: From PBS Doc to Tony-Nominated Broadway Musical!

The Powder & The Glory — a PBS documentary now available on DVD — depicts the feud between esteemed makeup icons Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubenstein. Why is this relevant now? Because War Paint — the new Broadway musical that has been nominated for FOUR Tony Awards — is based on this doc 🙂 The tale of these […]

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DocAviv ’17: Sneak Peeks from Israel’s world-renown documentary film festival

FF2 Media is proud to introduce Eti Or — our new Israeli contributor — with her report on Israeli women filmmaker screenings at this year’s DocAviv (Israel’s world-renown documentary film festival). Here are sneak peaks of Eti’s Top Picks from DocAviv ’17. Hopefully some of these films will make their way to festivals and theaters worldwide […]

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Does the future of films by women lie in shorts?

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival marvelously demonstrated new platforms for women filmmakers outside of conventional feature films, particularly those eligible for the Nora Ephron Prize. The continuously blurring the lines of shorts, web series, apps, sponsors and “television” could mean more opportunities for women directors. Since the inaugural collection in 2014, the women-directed N.O.W. (New […]

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Swiss filmmaker Petra Volpe wins prestigious Nora Ephron Prize at 2017 Tribeca Film Festival

Petra Biondina Volpe from Switzerland is the winner of the 5th annual Nora Ephron Prize at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival! Volpe is the writer/director of The Divine Order (Die Göttliche Ordnung), which also received the Audience Award in the “Narrative” category, as well as a nomination for the Jury Award for Best International Narrative Feature. In addition, Marie Leuenberger […]

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First-time screenwriter finds comedy, closure in ‘The Women’s Balcony’

​When first-time screenwriter Shlomit Nehama wrote The Women’s Balcony, she anticipated that making a universal film would be a losing battle. In order to capture the emotions of the characters and daily lives of a close knit Mizrahi community, she needed to use detail and specificity. The approach worked and Balcony become the number one […]

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TFF’s Nora Ephron Prize Winners: Where are they now?

The Tribeca Film Festival just gave its 5th annual Nora Ephron Prize to Petra Biondina Volpe from Switzerland. Volpe is the writer/director of The Divine Order (Die Göttliche Ordnung), which also received two additional awards at TFF: Audience Award–Narrative and Best Actress (Marie Leuenberger) in an International Narrative Feature. The Divine Order was also nominated for […]

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‘The Drowning’ director talks dark, ambiguous psychological thriller

After a private screening of The Drowning, Peter Travers, from Rolling Stone, gives a brief Q&A with director Bette Gordon. ***********Warning! Spoilers!*********** Bette Gordon, best known for her film Variety (1983), is a film director and professor at Columbia. In her new film, The Drowning, she goes deep into the psyche of a middle-aged psychiatrist as […]

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Salima Koroma’s hip-hop documentary ‘Bad Rap’ promotes cultural inclusivity

Despite hip-hop’s history of increasing the visibility of black and Latino urban youth culture in America, it’s also struggled to include all minorities in the movement. Asian-American artists have struggled to find acceptance, even as hip-hop music found mainstream, commercial success on the global stage. Director Salima Koroma’s interest in this excluded minority group motivated […]

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‘Heather Booth’ director highlights life of social activist

Change.  It’s vital to our growth as a nation.  Over the course of the last 50 years, one woman has been an integral part of momentous historical changes,  addressing injustices pertaining to women and minority groups.  Her name is Heather Booth.  While she is not a household name, she is the backbone of social change. […]

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‘F-rating’ garners support from worldwide filmmakers

The next time you are searching for movies on The Internet Movie Database, more commonly known as IMDb, you may notice a new movie rating – an F. This doesn’t mean the movie is a box office bomb or that it belongs at the top of Rotten Tomatoes. It’s a new classification that means that […]

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It’s Not Subtle! Below Her Mouth and the Heterosexual Gaze (Part 1 of 2)

I had never seen two women participate in a straight relationship before I saw Below Her Mouth. Directed by April Mullen, the film has been a hot topic on the queer film circuit due to its all female crew and notably, ahem, involved sex scenes; it has also been criticized for its flat characters and […]

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U.K non-profit gets animated over gender imbalance

‘If she can see it, she can be it’ – Geena Davis While the role of women in film has become an increasingly prominent issue addressed in the media, and by the industry itself, little is reported on women in animation and visual effects. As more and more films and television shows utilize the power of […]

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‘The Wedding Plan’ takes lighter approach to Orthodox Judaism

During our interview at the Tribeca International Film Festival last month, Rama Burshtein made the comment that she doesn’t make films for her community, she makes movies about her community. A member of the Orthodox Jewish religion since the age of 25, she’s well aware that showing the universal side of their own unique lifestyle […]

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Rachel Israel earns praise, top honors for ‘Keep the Change’

At this year’s Tribeca International Film Festival, Rachel Israel took the top prize in the US Narrative Competition for her film Keep the Change. The film about adults on the autism spectrum looking for love in New York City debuted to high praise for its honest, funny and compassionate approach. Israel, a graduate of Columbia […]

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‘A Walk to Remember’ screenwriter reflects on adaptation, Hollywood’s gender bias

“But you are not funny,” they said. “You cannot even tell a joke.” Getting accepted into the Warner Bros. Writers Television Comedy Workshop floored Karen Janszen’s parents. Science studies from UC Santa Cruz, Harvard and MIT may not have spelled out “comedy,” but this was an exceptional case. “I am not a joke teller,” said Janszen, […]

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Siskel Center showcases female directors, contemporary Palestinian life

The 16th annual Chicago Palestine Film Festival, in collaboration with the Gene Siskel Film Center, screened a variety of films focusing on contemporary Palestinian life. The festival, which runs through May 4th, was made possible by the Crossroads Fund and volunteers. Three of FF2 Media’s Chicago team members (Stephanie A. Taylor, Brigid K. Presecky and […]

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Three women filmmakers featured at 2017 New York African Film Festival

New York City is a hotbed for movie premieres and film festivals and, this week, there’s another film festival that deserves some attention. The 24th annual New York African Film Festival — with the theme of “The People’s’ Revolution” — begins May 3rd and runs through May 9th at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The festival […]

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Sophie Brooks embraces romantic comedies with ‘The Boy Downstairs’

It could be argued that the romantic comedy is one of the most difficult genres to execute with finesse. Too heavy or moody, the film will sink into melodrama. Too wacky or frivolous, the film loses its emotional pull. Like a pastry, a romantic comedy requires perfect technique to avoid the dismissive labels it’s been […]

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Laurie Simmons follows in daughter Lena Dunham’s footsteps

We’ve seen plenty of film festivals introduce the next generation from an artistic family. But Laurie Simmons is that rare artist making her feature film debut as a writer-director (and star) after her daughter, Lena Dunham, set the path. Not that she’s been waiting. Simmons is one of America’s more successful contemporary artists with works […]

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Female directors win top categories at Tribeca Film Festival

The 16th Annual Tribeca Film Festival announced the top winners in all five feature categories were presented to women-directed films, including Keep the Change (Best U.S. Narrative) Son of Sofia (Best International Narrative) and Bobbi Jene (Best Documentary). The festival, which runs through April 30, also awarded the 5th Annual Nora Ephron Prize to Petra […]

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Fifteen years in the making, Garcia releases ‘One Percent More Humid’

After 15 years with a script she wrote at the tender age of 25, Liz W. Garcia finally saw her film One Percent More Humid hit the screens as part of the US Narrative Competition at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. The sun-soaked drama tells the story of two college-aged girls (played by Juno Temple and […]

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Female filmmakers play key role in UK movie boom

The backdrop of countless Bond films, Hugh Grant rushing to yet another wedding and endless period dramas, London is well and truly a cinematic staple. Indeed, the city is brimming with talented filmmakers and, thanks to a substantial film tax credit and the plunging pound (Thank you, Brexit!), it has become a hotbed of international […]

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‘Bend It Like Beckham’ director fights for change

Like New York, there is always something to do in London. Fancy afternoon tea on a double decker bus, playing miniature golf while sipping a cocktail, or diving into an adults-only glow in the dark ball pit? London’s got you covered. Unsurprisingly then, when it came to celebrating International Women’s Day, the city did not […]

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