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Sally Potter compares dementia to the Odyssey in ‘The Roads Not Taken’

The Roads Not Taken is in theaters now, featuring dynamite performances from Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, and Laura Linney. I sat down with director Sally Potter, of Orlando and Ginger and Rosa, to talk about the dense literary inspirations for this film. GPG: Leo spends much of The Roads Not Taken on a journey through […]

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What Child-Trafficking Doc ‘The Rescue List’ Teaches Us

In today’s scary and uncertain times due to the coronavirus outbreak, it is important to highlight the work and stories of female filmmakers who make a difference.  In her documentary The Rescue List, which premiered on PBS on March 23, director Alyssa Fedele helps tell the story of former child slaves in Ghana who help […]

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Eliza Hittman talks Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Sidney Flanigan appears in Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Eliza Hittman spoke with FF2 Media in a phone interview about her new film, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, opening in theaters this weekend. Following festival screenings at both Sundance and Berlin, Focus Features opens the Never Rarely Sometimes Always in select theaters starting on March 12, 2020. Hittman wrote and directed the film, which stars […]

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Emily Ting talks autobiographical inspiration for ‘Go Back to China’

Lynn Chen, Anna Akana, and Richard Ng in Go Back to China directed by Emily Ting.

Writer-director Emily Ting spoke to FF2 Media over the phone about her new film, Go Back to China, being released in theaters and VOD on March 6. How exciting is it that Go Back to China is opening in theaters and VOD following its SXSW premiere last year and a run on the festival circuit? […]

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Chicago-set ‘Saint Frances’ a winner for writer Kelly O’Sullivan

Premiering at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, writer Kelly O’Sullivan’s Saint Frances won the Audience Award in the narrative feature competition and received special jury recognition for breakthrough voice. Set in Chicago, the film tells the story of a 26-year-old nanny dealing with the complicated emotions of having an abortion. Also winning Audience Award for […]

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Tanya Wexler talks unapologetic female characters in ‘Buffaloed’

Director Tanya Wexler on the set of Buffaloed.

Buffaloed director Tanya Wexler spoke with FF2 Media over the phone about her new film from writer Brian Sacca, starring Zoey Deutch, Judy Greer, Jermaine Fowler, Noah Reid and Jai Courtney. Magnolia Pictures released the film in theaters and VOD on Friday. Buffaloed just opened in theaters and VOD this weekend. At what point in […]

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Athena Film Fest founders Melissa Silverstein and Kathryn Kolbert are building an artistic community

Every year, the FF2 Media team goes up to Barnard College for three days of women-centered films at the Athena Film Festival. You’ll be seeing all our individual takes on this year’s offerings in the first weeks of March, but before the festival happens two weeks from now, I sat down with the two founders […]

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Director Kitty Green breaks down moral complexities of ‘The Assistant’: “We know what’s going on behind that door”

The Assistant, written and directed by Kitty Green, portrays Jane (Julia Garner) as a young assistant to a powerful entertainment executive who witnesses the abuse from within the company.  This introspective and personal story allows us to walk in her shoes as Jane attempts to wrestle with her stressful job filled with moral and ethical […]

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Sundance 2020: Lana Wilson talks ‘Taylor Swift: Miss Americana’

Taylor Swift in a still from Miss Americana

Lana Wilson sat down with FF2 Media during the 2020 Sundance Film Festival to discuss the recently premiered Taylor Swift documentary, Miss Americana. Following the Sundance premiere, Miss Americana will be available to stream on Netflix on January 31, 2020. How thrilled were you that Miss Americana was selected as an opening night film during […]

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Alison Reid and Anne Innis-Dagg help giraffes and women as a creative team

You may have already seen The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (playing in NYC until 1/23 and opening in LA on 2/21), in which case you’re probably as excited as me that I got to talk to director Alison Reid and scientist Anne Innis-Dagg in a double interview! Read on to hear a documentarian and her […]

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Laura Madalinski, Kelly Haas talk ‘Two in the Bush: A Love Story’

Laura Madalinski and Kelly Haas attend BFI Flare 2019

Co-writer/director Laura Madalinski and co-writer Kelly Haas spoke to FF2 Media about the recently released Two in the Bush: A Love Story. Two in the Bush: A Love Story focuses on a type of relationship that is rarely depicted in film: the polyamourous relationship. The film is available on Digital and VOD today. Two in […]

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Tara Wood talks ‘QT8: The First Eight’

QT8: The First Eight

Filmmaker Tara Wood recently spoke with FF2 Media over the phone about her Quentin Tarantino documentary, QT8: The First Eight. The film is currently available on Digital and VOD. QT8: The First Eight made its way to home video last week.  How did you go about approaching Quentin Tarantino in order to make the film? […]

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Director Jessica Hausner talks deep character study ‘Little Joe’

Jessica Hausner has been one of the rising Australian filmmakers for close to 20 years. In 2001, 2004 and 2014 she competed in the Cannes Un Certain Regard section with her features Lovely Rita, Hotel, and Amour Fou. This year, she moved into the Cannes Palm d’Or competition (one of two women in that part […]

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Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe talk wild comedy ‘Greener Grass’

Greener Grass writers-directors-stars Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe spoke with FF2 Media to discuss the film. Read our full review HERE. Greener Grass was one of the wildest experiences that I’ve had in a theater this year.  What was the process like in adapting the short film into a feature? Jocelyn DeBoer: Aww…Danielle, perhaps you’ve […]

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Lily Zepeda doc ‘Mr. Toilet’ raises awareness for proper sanitation

“Mr. Toilet: The World’s #2 Man”—the title itself is enough to catch your attention, but there’s so much more than meets the eye in this loaded documentary about one man’s endeavor to educate and find ways of providing safe, clean environments in which to do your daily duties.  Documentary filmmaker Lily Zepeda, over the course […]

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Jaye Fenderson talks working with husband on ‘Unlikely,’ electoral implications for the film

After seeing Unlikely, our contributing editor Giorgi Plys-Garzotto sat down with co-director Jaye Fenderson to talk more about the film’s urgent message about college admissions. Unlikely follows five students through college, showing how the struggle to get into good schools is only the beginning for first generation students. If you haven’t yet, read our review […]

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Alma Har’el talks ‘overwhelming’ response to ‘Honey Boy,’ LaBeouf’s career-best performance

Alma Har’el recently spoke to FF2 Media over the phone about Honey Boy. Amazon Studios will release the film for limited theatrical release starting on November 8. Honey Boy is a very personal and cathartic film for Shia LaBeouf.  What drew you to take on the project? Alma Har’el: What drew me really is that […]

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Minhal Baig tells story of “hyphenate” teenager with Pakistani-American ‘Hala’

The coming-of-age story, “Hala,” written and directed by Chicago-born Minhal Baig, looks at teenage life through a “hyphenate’s” lens; a Pakistani-American.  Starring Geraldine Viswanathan (“Blockers”), a teen navigates life in two worlds; home and school, attempting to balance both as she sees her parents for who they are and attempts to grow and find her […]

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Midge Costin is teaching people to listen in ‘Making Waves’

Walter Murch re-recording mixing Apocalypse Now 1979.

First-time feature filmmaker Midge Costin spoke with FF2 Media about her upcoming film, Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound. The film opens in select NY/LA theaters on October 25 before expanding into other markets. When did you decide to make this documentary? Midge Costin: I first attempted in early 2000. I had switched from […]

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Ebert Symposium Keynote Speaker Dr. Stacy Smith predicts major increase of female filmmakers for 2020

The Second Annual Chaz and Roger Ebert Symposium took place on Friday, Sept. 27, where panelists discussed important issues and solutions for diversity in film, including Keynote Speaker Dr. Stacy Smith who gave a presentation on extensive film analysis research. Founder & Director of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative (AII), Dr. Smith’s  research showed that, […]

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Second annual Chaz & Roger Ebert Symposium celebrates diversity 

The Second Annual Chaz & Roger Ebert Symposium will take place this Friday, Sept. 27 at the iHotel and Conference Center in Champaign. The event is free and open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend. This year’s symposium is titled “Creating an Inclusive Media and Cinema Ecosystem” and will feature speakers from […]

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New book draws attention to independent female filmmakers 

Dr. Michele Meek is the author of the new book Independent Female Filmmakers: A Chronicle Through Interviews, Profiles and Manifestos. The writer, professor and director features the work of multiple directors from Martha Coolidge to Jennifer Fox in the hope of raising awareness for film-going audiences about the impact of women in film. FF2 Media […]

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Chanya Button spotlights revolutionary women in ‘Vita and Virginia’

Almost a century ago, Virginia Woolf skyrocketed to fame with her iconic novel Orlando, and has remained one of the key figures in English literature ever since. Her contributions as one of the premiere modernist authors of her time has made her novels vital classics still studied and enjoyed today. But her name was relatively […]

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Nanfu Wang and Lynn Zhang focus on life in ‘One Child Nation’

Three years ago, Nanfu Wang emerged as a documentarian to watch with her highly praised Hooligan Sparrow, premiering at the Sundance Film Festival and ultimately winning the top documentary prize from the Independent Spirit Award. Hooligan Sparrow told the story of how the Chinese government targeted activists, and telling that story made Wang a target […]

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‘Otherhood’ director Cindy Chupack makes the leap from TV to film

Cindy Chupack already has two Emmy awards in her pocket (and eight nominations) as proof of her accomplishments as a writer. But after working for the last 25 years on shows like Everybody Loves Raymond, Sex and the City, Modern Family, I’m Dying Up Here, Divorce and Better Things, she’s finally making the jump to […]

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‘For Sama’ director gives call to action at 51Fest

Last weekend, For Sama screened at the IFC Center in 51/Fest, a new film festival by and about women, celebrating the female majority in front of and behind the camera. The riveting documentary is about director Waad Al-Khateab’s journey through motherhood while living through the siege of Aleppo. The screening included a Q&A with Al-Khateab, […]

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51fest at IFC Center screens 'A Girl from Mogadishu', a film of female resilience

On Sunday, July 21, IFC Center screened A Girl from Mogadishu as a part of 51fest’s inaugural run. It is a narrative feature based on the life of Ifrah Omar, directed by Mary McGuckian. Born into a refugee-camp in Somalia, Ifrah (portrayed by Aja Naomi King) treks a tumultuous journey to seek asylum in Ireland […]

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Director Ritu Sarin on challenges and triumphs of representing Tibet in Cinema

Director Ritu Sarin discusses her latest effort, The Sweet Requiem, which chronicles one young woman’s experience as she processes the aftermath of escaping Chinese-occupied Tibet.

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‘The Farewell’ director hopes demand for diverse storytelling isn’t temporary

The Farewell stars Awkwafina as Billi, a young adult struggling with life’s goals when she learns that her grandmother is dying of cancer. The family travels back to their homeland of China under false pretenses of a family wedding so they can gather to say goodbye to Nai Nai (Shuzhen Zhao).  Based on writer/director Lulu […]

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‘Ophelia’ director Claire McCarthy talks contemporary take on Hamlet

Director Claire McCarthy who earlier this month was named as one of 10 “directors to watch” in Variety Magazine, sat down to talk with me at the Sundance Film Festival just days before the world premiere of her film Ophelia.  

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