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FYC ’17: Brigid Presecky

FF2 Managing Editor Brigid Presecky asks you to consider these six films by women writers &/or directors (from the full list of films released in NYC theatres in 2016). Note that this list was created in November & will be updated after December 31, 2016. My Favorite Feature Films of 2016 (2) Jack of the Red Hearts (Director Janet […]

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Kickass Women Panel

The CBS Kickass Women Showrunner Panel Special Report by Managing Editor Brigid K. Presecky “It all comes back to Felicity,” Joan Rater joked into her clip-on microphone. The showrunner of new CBS drama Doubt relayed her journey of breaking into television with a spec script, much like the other four panelists at Ben Blacker’s CBS […]

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2016 Emmy Awards: Women Filmmakers Win!

FF2 Media congratulates Jill Soloway on Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series for Transparent and Susanne Bier for Outstanding Director in a Limited Series, Movie or Special for The Night Manager. With a range of diverse nominees and winners, the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards is a sign of the times: the Television Academy is the […]

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AMPAS Adds Women Directors!

On Wednesday, June 29, 2016, AMPAS (the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) invited 683 new members into “The Academy,” 314 of whom are women. This action—adding 314 women including women from many different countries and a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds–is the result of the pledge made earlier in the year to […]

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AMPAS ’16: Maren Ade

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 here […]

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Brigid: Best Films of 2015

  2015’s Top Picks from FF2 Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE FILMS 1.) Spotlight Between the impressive ensemble and outstanding script by Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight earns the top spot for my 2015 list. It tells the story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic […]

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Jan: Best Films of 2015

2015’s Top Picks from FF2 Managing Editor Jan Lisa Huttner BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE FILMS 1.) The Big Short Riveting story about the the “Subprime Mortgage Crisis” of 2008. The Big Short is told as a high octane comedy by filmmakers who trust their audience to understand that it’s actually a tragedy, with aftershocks that continue to […]

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AMPAS ’16: 60 Eligible Films

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just announced the list of 305 feature films which are eligible for Academy Award consideration in 2016. All told, 60 of the films on this list were either written and/or directed by female filmmakers. That’s roughly 20%. And although you probably have not seen or heard of […]

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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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Spotlight on Truth: The Story Behind the Story

WHEN BRIGID MET BILL: PART TWO By Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky With the timely releases of Truth and Spotlight, FF2 Media chats with retired Chicago Tribune newspaperman William F. Presecky on these two films’ themes and depiction of reporters, as well as the future of investigative journalism. Q: Obviously both Truth and Spotlight center […]

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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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MEET THE PATELS … You’ll be glad you did.

FF2 chats with with Geeta V. Patel, Ravi V. Patel and Vasant K. Patel  To read FF2 Media’s review of the Meet the Patels, click HERE. September 2015 Writer/Director Geeta V. Patel always wanted to be a storyteller. After graduating from Duke University with a concentration in Comparative Area Studies, her future in finance could […]

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