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AMPAS ’16: Sam Taylor-Johnson

AMPAS ADDS WOMEN DIRECTORS: With our commitment to reviewing all new releases written and/or directed by women, FF2 Media now plays an important role in breaking down barriers. AMPAS invited 683 new members this year, 49 of whom are female directors. Who are they? What are their stories? We already know them, and we are […]

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AMPAS ’16: Margarethe von Trotta

AMPAS ADDS WOMEN DIRECTORS: With our commitment to reviewing all new releases written and/or directed by women, FF2 Media now plays an important role in breaking down barriers. AMPAS invited 683 new members this year, 49 of whom are female directors. Who are they? What are their stories? We already know them, and we are […]

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AMPAS ’16: Lana Wachowski

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AMPAS ’16: Lana and Lilly Wachowski

AMPAS ADDS WOMEN DIRECTORS: With our commitment to reviewing all new releases written and/or directed by women, FF2 Media now plays an important role in breaking down barriers. AMPAS invited 683 new members this year, 49 of whom are female directors. Who are they? What are their stories? We already know them, and we are […]

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Q&A with Director Susanna White

By FF2 Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin Director Susanna Whites’s sophomore feature film, Our Kind of Traitor, has arrived in theaters as a smart, witty and action-filled alternative to the big box-office movies. Based on one of John le Carre’s most recent novels, the film tells the story of a vacationing English couple who get wrapped up […]

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HIFF ’16: Career Impacts

Fourth in Series by Lisa Iannucci

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Subrin at BamCinemafest

Interview with Elisabeth Subrin By FF2 Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin BamCinemafest is one of the film festivals which makes it their aim to showcase unique and emerging voices outside Hollywood. Sunday Elisabeth Subrin’s feature debut A Woman, A Part will make its US premiere (it premiered earlier this year at Netherlands’ Rotterdam Film Festival), starring character […]

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HIFF ’16: Film Selection

Second in a series by Lisa Iannucci explaining film festivals from the insider’s POV. Part Two: Film Submissions/Film Selections! Special for FF2 Media by Lisa Iannucci Covering my mouth so no one could hear me scream, I watched as a sadistic clown tied a young man to a board. While the young man fought for his […]

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On Seeing Ourselves

” I started to notice more disparities between genders in my favorite movies… which really sucked. There’s nothing like seeing your favorite movie and having it ruined by subtext.” On Seeing Ourselves: Why is it so difficult to show a woman who is smart? By Ori Marcu  (Special for FF2 Media) Recently I watched Project […]

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TFF ’16: Nora Ephron Award

Rachel Tunnard’s funny and touching Adult Life Skills wins the Nora Ephron Prize at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival! Special for FF2 Media by Nora Lee Mandel Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) touts that one-third of the films–fiction and documentary–screened at this year’s 11-day event in Lower Manhattan were directed by women (the highest percentage in its […]

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HIFF ’16: HIFF Series Intro

First in a series by Lisa Iannucci explaining film festivals from the insider’s POV. Part One: Kenneth Del Vecchio’s brainstorm! Special for FF2 Media by Lisa Iannucci It was 4 o’clock in the morning and Kenneth Del Vecchio’s wife was sound asleep, but not for long. “I woke her up and told her that I was […]

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A Jewish Perspective on #OscarsSoWhite

Jews control the media. Jews own Hollywood. Jews run the show. These are common statements made about the disproportionate number of Jews with prominent and active roles in the Hollywood movie-making machine. While often times these comments are twinged with underlying anti-Semitic opinions, there is no doubt that Jews enjoy a freedom and opportunity in […]

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New FF2 Logo

When Jan Lisa Huttner and Richard Bayard Miller created their first website “Films for Two” in 1999, the acronym FF2 simply stood for “the online guide for busy couples.” Skip ahead 16 years, and their online presence has expanded to the fully multi-dimensional FF2 Media. Our new-and-improved logo signifies what we stand for: feminist energy breaking […]

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Meet Dana Brawer

FF2 Contributing Editor Jessica Perry chats with filmmaker Dana Brawer (Check out Jessica’s review of Dana’s film The Red Card over at The Hot Pink Pen) Jessica E. Perry (JEP): What was it that originally drew you to the subject of the film [sexual assault], which is one many shy away from talking about so candidly? […]

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#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 […]

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2016 Oscar Noms (JEP)

Contributing Editor Jessica Perry’s Take on the 2016 Oscar Nominations 🙂 This year at FF2 Media, we reviewed many of the films up for selection for the coveted 2016 Oscar nominations. Now that the nominations are in, and the uproar has begun over the lack of diversity amongst this year’s nominees, we must question the Academy’s […]

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2016 Oscar Noms (JLH)

Managing Editor Jan Lisa Huttner’s Take on the 2016 Oscar Nomination 🙂

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2016 Oscar Noms (BKP)

Associate Editor Brigid Presecky’s Take on the 2016 Oscar Nominations 🙂 With hundreds of eligible films (many of which were reviewed by FF2 Media) the final nominees are a well-deserved, if not surprising, list of immeasurable talent. Academy voters for the 2016 Oscar nominations apparently ‘never let go’ of their fondness for Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate […]

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Jess Chats with Director Laura Bialis

Interview with Rock in the Red Zone Director Laura Bialis Interview by Contributing Editor Jessica E. Perry Check out Jessica’s review of Rock in the Red Zone over at The Hot Pink Pen  JEP: What was your original inspiration for the film, where did it all start?  Well, I had been to Israel before and I had made […]

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Genderquake ’15: Intro

Women are continuously getting shut out of Hollywood. From Jennifer Lawrence’s open letter on the gender pay gap to Maureen Dowd’s New York Times Magazine exposé, “The Women of Hollywood Speak Out,” the fight for equality rages on. Read filmmaker Rachel Feldman’s response HERE. Part one of three by FF2 Media Associate Editor Brigid K. […]

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Genderquake ’15: Digression

Women are continuously getting shut out of Hollywood. From Jennifer Lawrence’s open letter on the gender pay gap to Maureen Dowd’s New York Times Magazine exposé, “The Women of Hollywood Speak Out,” the fight for equality rages on. [Read filmmaker Rachel Feldman’s response HERE]. Part two of three by FF2 Media Associate Editor Brigid K. […]

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Genderquake ’15: Next Steps

Why is Oscar Blue? In Part 3, we look at how the lack of women film critics affects who gets awards every year. Part 3 of 3 by FF2 Media Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky Why are the Oscars so male-centric? The award selection process begins with critical reviews and festival accolades. Film critics, mostly male, […]

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RAT: THE GREAT ESCAPE

Jarrod Emerson’s Tribute to Richard Attenborough Part 2: THE GREAT ESCAPE  (1963) Based on the personal experience of WWII Veteran, Paul Brickhill, The Great Escape follows a group of POWs imprisoned in Stalag Luft III.  Equipped with a barbed-wire fence, towers, and a full staff of armed guards, it has been declared Germany’s most secure prison […]

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Journalism: The Value of Institutional Memory

WHEN BRIGID MET BILL: PART ONE By FF2 Media Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky In today’s world of increasingly accessible information, with speed appearing to be more valued than accuracy, discernment is still needed … at least according to longtime Chicago Tribune reporter William F. Presecky. “Newspapers need somebody who sorts out information in a faithful, truthful […]

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Audre Lorde: A Radical Voice in a Progressive Movement

Feature by Contributing Editor Alma Garcia Audre Lorde always introduced herself as, “Audre Lorde, a Black lesbian feminist mother warrior poet.” No commas in between the words, and hardly a pause. Her confidence and courage shone through this self ­introduction, she never hesitated to let anyone, and everyone, know exactly who she was. She proved […]

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Richard Bayard Miller

Meet Publisher Richard Bayard Miller HERE IS THE TEXT FROM OUR ORIGINAL “MEET YOUR HOSTS” PAGE POSTED IN 2002!   Rich’s Dad was a Foreign Service officer, so Rich traveled the world as a kid, then he caught the movie bug when he arrived at Oberlin College in Ohio in 1971.  Rich spent the early […]

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Jan Lisa Huttner

Meet Managing Editor Jan Lisa Huttner HERE IS THE TEXT FROM OUR ORIGINAL “MEET YOUR HOSTS” PAGE POSTED IN 2002! Jan was born & raised in northern New Jersey, where MILLION DOLLAR MOVIE, THE LATE SHOW, THE LATE LATE SHOW, & THE LATE LATE SHOW II were daily television staples.  While other Dads watched sports, […]

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