Miranda Bailey explores fractured father-son relationship with 'Being Frank'

Miranda Bailey explores fractured father-son relationship with 'Being Frank'

Miranda Bailey is all about looking at the inner lives of liars. Her first film as director, the documentary The Pathological Optimist, focused on the discredited doctor Andrew Wakefield (who authored the infamous study linking vaccines to autism). Bailey followed that up with the award-winning short Another Happy Anniversary, and now her feature debut, Being…

FF2 Media Co-Sponsors Nadine Labaki Film in NYC on 6/7/19

FF2 Media Co-Sponsors Nadine Labaki Film in NYC on 6/7/19

NYC Shout-Out: In 2019, Nadine Labaki's film “Capernaum” was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, thrilling those of us have cherished her work for years now. Labaki's breakout film “Caramel” was firmly set in contemporary Beirut. Her second film “Where Do We Go Now?” is Magical Realism. A mythical Lebanese village, surrounded by…

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…

'Little Woods' and other films that get sisterhood right

'Little Woods' and other films that get sisterhood right

While fiction has often portrayed sisterhood as a tumultuous relationship, Nia DaCosta’s new film Little Woods manages to portray the familial bond without stereotypical tropes of competition, resentment or envy. Tessa Thompson and Lily James star in the poignant story of two half-sisters, struggling together through life’s challenges of poverty, grief and single parenthood. Like…

Seder Masochism: Nina Paley's irreverent take on Passover/Easter Rituals

Seder Masochism: Nina Paley's irreverent take on Passover/Easter Rituals

Nina Paley released her new animated film Seder Masochism on the internet in January 2019, Like her stellar Sita Sings the Blues (released in 2008), Seder Masochism uses numerous animation styles including ancient Egyptian stylizations, and even embroidery. Seder Masochism is a satirical retelling of the Jewish Haggadah (traditionally recited every Passover at a meal…

Alison Klayman documents disturbing world of Steve Bannon in ‘The Brink’

Alison Klayman documents disturbing world of Steve Bannon in ‘The Brink’

In our current political climate, Steve Bannon has become a symbol of the conservative party. Since become a major player in Donald Trump’s presidential win and political strategist in the White House (until his public leave), he’s become a spokesperson for an ideology he defines as populism … and taken the message to global stages.…

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…