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Danish Filmmaker Susanne Bier Leads with Strength & Tenacity

Five years ago today, Bird Box was released in theaters. This gripping psychological thriller about a mother determined to get her children to safety during an apocalypse, this film could only have been made by someone with equal amounts of strength and gumption as Sandra Bullock’s character in the film.read more.

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Add ‘Black Christmas’ to Your Watchlist This Holiday Season

With Christmas fast approaching, and on the anniversary of the release of Black Christmas, today is the perfect day to look back on the career of filmmaker Sophia Takal and add Black Christmas to your holiday watch list. 

Sophia Takal is an American filmmaker and actor known for her fresh and compelling performances, and for her feminist perspective on many film genres, but especially horror.read more.

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The Historical Connection Between Jane Addams & Kristin Lems

Today is Jane Addams Day in Illinois! In celebration, we’re taking look at the career of the fabulous musician, Kristin Lems, whose life and work is inextricably linked with Jane’s. 

Kristin Lems is a singer-songwriter, feminist, author,  and educator. Born in Evanston (Illinois), Kristin studied music from a young age, performing in choruses and orchestras.read more.

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Environmental Muralist Mona Caron is an Extraordinary “Artivist”

Today is the anniversary of the unveiling of the Duboce Bikeway Mural, a 6,000 square foot mural painted on buildings adjacent to the first street segment of San Francisco to be converted into a bike path. The painting celebrates the city’s reduced carbon footprint as it makes biking more accessible; it depicts a biker’s route from the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean, with homages to alternative transportation activists and movements throughout.read more.

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Filmmaker Jennifer Reeder Brings Genres Into the Future

On this day in 2019, the film Knives and Skin was released in theaters. Described by FF2 contributor Brigid Presecky as “Riverdale meets Carrie,” this high-school thriller is a punchy and entertaining mystery, all the while being inclusive with a diverse cast and LGBTQ+ characters; it’s everything a teen movie fan could want.read more.

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Krysty Wilson-Cairns Before & After Her ‘1917’ Breakthrough

Today, FF2 celebrates talented screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns on this, the fourth anniversary of the release of her hugely successful film 1917 (about World War I).  Co-written by Krysty in collaboration with director Sam Mendes, 1917 represents a towering achievement for the war genre. The film follows two soldiers across the decimated French landscape, their race against time captured in every great and terrible moment by a series of unbreaking, long shots.read more.

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