Nora Ephron and a Baking Bible: Celebrating SWAN Day

Nora Ephron and a Baking Bible: Celebrating SWAN Day

To celebrate the 10th Annual International SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day on Saturday, March 25, 2017, the FF2 Media team is highlighting their favorite female artists.The holiday, also observed throughout the months of March and April, highlights the creative feats of female artists and their audiences. Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin: To celebrating SWAN Day,…

The (Blog) is Mightier Than the Sword: Celebrating SWAN Day

The (Blog) is Mightier Than the Sword: Celebrating SWAN Day

"Feminism isn't about making women strong. Women are already strong. It's about changing the way the world perceives that strength." —G.D. Anderson Dear FF2 Media Readers, As the 10th Anniversary of International SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day approaches, I prepared to write a tribute to my favorite female artists, maybe a heartfelt thank you…

BEACH RATS is the "Centerpiece" Film in NYC's 2017 New Directors/New Films Series

BEACH RATS is the "Centerpiece" Film in NYC's 2017 New Directors/New Films Series

Seen in New Directors/New Films (2017): Eliza Hittman follows up her acclaimed debut It Felt Like Love with this sensitive chronicle of sexual becoming. Frankie (a breakout Harris Dickinson), a bored teenager living in South Brooklyn, regularly haunts the Coney Island boardwalk with his boys—trying to score weed, flirting with girls, killing time. But he spends…

International SWAN Day celebrates 10th anniversary

International SWAN Day celebrates 10th anniversary

International SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now Day) will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday, March 25, 2017. The holiday, also observed throughout the months of March and April, highlights the creative feats of female artists and their audiences. The holiday encourages women to celebrate, appreciate and honor fellow women in their creative endeavors. It…

'The Last Laugh' director encourages humor, empathy in new documentary

'The Last Laugh' director encourages humor, empathy in new documentary

Are there topics too horrible or controversial to make jokes about? Abortion, slavery, race, 9/11. Should the Holocaust be considered off limits to comedians? According to Director Ferne Pearlstein and the comedians and subjects interviewed for her new documentary The Last Laugh, that’s the wrong approach. Humor can be empowering for survivors, and have a…

Siskel Film Center receives increased Allstate grant

Siskel Film Center receives increased Allstate grant

FF2 Media Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor detailed the $10,000 Allstate grant given to the Gene Siskel FIlm Center in support of the Black Harvest Film Festival’s youth filmmaker program in her January 9 article. The Siskel Center has received yet another grant from the nation’s largest personal insurance carrier which will help expand the Black Harvest Film…

European Union Film Festival sets record for number of female directors

European Union Film Festival sets record for number of female directors

The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago began in 1972 and since that time, it has been home to several cutting edge “film festivals that celebrate diverse voices and international cultures...”  One of those innovative festivals includes the upcoming Chicago European Union Film Festival (CEUFF), now celebrating its…

Ann Marie Fleming on 'Window Horses,' diversity in animation

Ann Marie Fleming on 'Window Horses,' diversity in animation

The annual New York International Children’s Film Festival is one of the premiere events to highlight “alternative” animation and family programming. Not only have they regularly highlighted Academy Award contenders in animation, but discovered new talents in independent cinema. Ann Marie Fleming was one of those filmmakers a few years ago when she premiered a…

Hidden Figures a hidden 'white-wash'?

Hidden Figures a hidden 'white-wash'?

Hidden Figures, based on Margot Lee Shetterly's non-fiction book, has grossed more than $145 million at the box office, becoming this year's highest-grossing Best Picture nominee. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Oscar-nominated Octavia Spencer, the film tells the story of three Black NASA workers in segregated Hampton, Virginia in the early 1960s. Given the…

Siskel Panelists Predict Diverse Oscar Wins

Siskel Panelists Predict Diverse Oscar Wins

FF2 Media Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor attended the Gene Siskel Film Center Oscars Panel last month, a five-panelist discussion on nominations, snubs and film recommendations. Following up with Pamela Powell of The Daily Journal and Sergio Mims of Shadow and Act, the two panelists reflected on #OscarsSoWhite and #OscarsSoBlue campaigns, as well as the diversity…