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Ephron Award Winner Sets notable Firsts for Female Director

Rania Attieh won the 7th Annual Nora Ephron Award, with $25,000 prize, at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival for her World Premiere Initials S.G.  Hers is the first win for: co-writer & director (her fourth feature film collaboration with Daniel Garcia); Lebanese-born; film shot in South America (Argentina); male lead; and exudes jazz.read more.

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FILMMAKER Q&A: MELINDA JANKO

By FF2 Contributor Lindsy M. Bissonnette

Filmmaker Melinda Janko has always been attracted to stories about “the triumph of the human spirit” and her work on 100 Years: One Woman’s Fight For Justice is no exception. Ms. Janko’s dedication and passion is evident in the deeply moving and disturbing story of Elouise Cobell’s fearlessness while taking on the United States government in the largest class action lawsuit in history.… read more.

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FILMMAKER Q&A: ANNA BILLER

By Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin

One of the best-reviewed indie films of 2016, The Love Witch, marks a breakthrough for filmmaker Anna Biller. Besides receiving credit as both writer and director, Biller also produced, edited, designed costumes and sets, and composed music for the film. It results in a finely crafted, beautifully layered feature film which demonstrates her design and cinematic knowledge.read more.

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Woodstock Film Festival ’16: Melissa Finell

By: Senior Contributor Lisa Iannucci

Every time I go to a film festival, I try to find that one film that I absolutely love and would see again. I also hope to find a director that I feel is on the verge of making it “big.” Meet director Melissa Finell, who wrote and directed “Sensitivity Training,” a romantic comedy and coming-of-age film that stars Jill Alexander (“Silicon Valley,” “Mad Men”) and Anna Lise Phillips (“Revolution,” “Animal Kingdom”).read more.

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Filmmaker Q&A: Sophie Goodhart

By Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin

More than a decade ago, Sophie Goodhart wrote and directed a hit comedy short titled My Blind Brother, about two brothers (one blind) competing in a charity swimming competition. The film debuted in the short categories at South by Southwest and Cannes in 2003, making a name for Sophie Goodhart as a comic director on the rise…but struggled to get scripts beyond development hell.read more.

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Filmmaker Q&A: Kate Lyn Sheil

By FF2 Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin

Interview: Kate Lyn Sheil

At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, one of the most talked-about young actresses,Kate Lyn Sheil,  arrived with the narrative Kate Plays Christine, a docudrama about the making of a movie about Christine Chubbuck, the Florida newswoman who shot herself live on television during a report.read more.

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