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Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin

Contributor Lesley Coffin is Editor-in-Chief of the online film journal Movies, Film, Cinema and host of the Chicago industry podcast “From Lakeshore Drive to Hollywood.” A writer with a masters degree from NYU’s Gallatin School in biographical studies and star theory. She wrote the biography on Lew Ayres (Lew Ayres: Hollywood’s Conscientious Objector) and Hitchcock’s Casting (Hitchcock’s […]

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Events/Festivals

2017 Human Rights Watch Film Festival to screen ‘remarkable’ films by women

Sexual exploitation, domestic violence, civic duty, and the rights of indigenous people are just some of the resonant topics that will be tackled in the films to be shown at NYC’s 2017 Human Rights Watch Film Festival (June 9-18). The festival will screen 21 topical and provocative feature documentaries, along with panel discussions that showcase courageous resilience […]

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Features

Paint It Black and L’Attesa use male characters to drive female relationships

A typical tactic to further a male character’s development, especially in the tidal wave of male superhero movies we’ve been getting for the past five years or so, is to take the guy’s girlfriend or daughter, and have her die. His resulting “manpain” is then milked at the dead female character’s expense to give an […]

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Senior Contributor Lisa Iannucci

Senior Contributor Lisa Iannucci has been writing about film and entertainment for years. She has interviewed hundreds of celebrities and is currently working on a film and travel book, The Film/TV Lover’s Travel Guide to be published in 2018. She is also working on a Literary Lover’s Travel Guide. 

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Arts Beyond Film

The Powder and The Glory: From PBS Doc to Tony-Nominated Broadway Musical!

The Powder & The Glory — a PBS documentary now available on DVD — depicts the feud between esteemed makeup icons Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubenstein. Why is this relevant now? Because War Paint — the new Broadway musical that has been nominated for FOUR Tony Awards — is based on this doc 🙂 The tale of these […]

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Senior Contributor Nora Lee Mandel

Contributor Nora Lee Mandel is a member of New York Film Critics Online and Alliance of Women Film Journalists; her reviews are counted in Rotten Tomatoes’ TomatoMeter.  She reviews films and television in Film Festival Traveler, Film-Forward, Lilith.  Her ongoing Critical Guide to Jewish Women in Movies and TV has been the basis for talks to audiences […]

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About

Senior Contributor Pamela Powell

Writing feature articles for FF2 Media and being a part of this strong and independent group of women is certainly a highlight of my film criticism career.  While women tend to be an underrepresented group in the film industry, this organization buoys female filmmakers, writers, and directors, allowing me to help them have a stronger […]

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Senior Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor

I am a Senior Contributor who writes film reviews and features. FF2 Media is important to me because I think it’s imperative to remind readers that women are a part of the creative industries, particularly as filmmakers. I graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Magazine Editing and Publishing. My work has been […]

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Interviews

First-time filmmaker Amanda Kernell takes on daunting ‘Sami’ history

Sami Blood — the first film from Sweden made partially in the south Sami language and depicting the sad history of the Sami people – was a daunting responsibility for first-time filmmaker Amanda Kernell to take on. In the 1930s, the indigenous Sami people were restricted by the Swedish government, educated in boarding schools (where they […]

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Events/Festivals

DocAviv ’17: Sneak Peeks from Israel’s world-renown documentary film festival

FF2 Media is proud to introduce Eti Or — our new Israeli contributor — with her report on Israeli women filmmaker screenings at this year’s DocAviv (Israel’s world-renown documentary film festival). Here are sneak peaks of Eti’s Top Picks from DocAviv ’17. Hopefully some of these films will make their way to festivals and theaters worldwide […]

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Events/Festivals

Does the future of films by women lie in shorts?

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival marvelously demonstrated new platforms for women filmmakers outside of conventional feature films, particularly those eligible for the Nora Ephron Prize. The continuously blurring the lines of shorts, web series, apps, sponsors and “television” could mean more opportunities for women directors. Since the inaugural collection in 2014, the women-directed N.O.W. (New […]

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Awards/Prizes

Swiss filmmaker Petra Volpe wins prestigious Nora Ephron Prize at 2017 Tribeca Film Festival

Petra Biondina Volpe from Switzerland is the winner of the 5th annual Nora Ephron Prize at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival! Volpe is the writer/director of The Divine Order (Die Göttliche Ordnung), which also received the Audience Award in the “Narrative” category, as well as a nomination for the Jury Award for Best International Narrative Feature. In addition, Marie Leuenberger […]

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Features

First-time screenwriter finds comedy, closure in ‘The Women’s Balcony’

​When first-time screenwriter Shlomit Nehama wrote The Women’s Balcony, she anticipated that making a universal film would be a losing battle. In order to capture the emotions of the characters and daily lives of a close knit Mizrahi community, she needed to use detail and specificity. The approach worked and Balcony become the number one […]

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Awards/Prizes

TFF’s Nora Ephron Prize Winners: Where are they now?

The Tribeca Film Festival just gave its 5th annual Nora Ephron Prize to Petra Biondina Volpe from Switzerland. Volpe is the writer/director of The Divine Order (Die Göttliche Ordnung), which also received two additional awards at TFF: Audience Award–Narrative and Best Actress (Marie Leuenberger) in an International Narrative Feature. The Divine Order was also nominated for […]

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Features

‘The Drowning’ director talks dark, ambiguous psychological thriller

After a private screening of The Drowning, Peter Travers, from Rolling Stone, gives a brief Q&A with director Bette Gordon. ***********Warning! Spoilers!*********** Bette Gordon, best known for her film Variety (1983), is a film director and professor at Columbia. In her new film, The Drowning, she goes deep into the psyche of a middle-aged psychiatrist as […]

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Features

Salima Koroma’s hip-hop documentary ‘Bad Rap’ promotes cultural inclusivity

Despite hip-hop’s history of increasing the visibility of black and Latino urban youth culture in America, it’s also struggled to include all minorities in the movement. Asian-American artists have struggled to find acceptance, even as hip-hop music found mainstream, commercial success on the global stage. Director Salima Koroma’s interest in this excluded minority group motivated […]

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Politics/Wider World

Roger Ailes leaves tarnished legacy

Former chairman and CEO of FOX, Roger Ailes, died May 19 of complications from a fall he suffered last week. He was 77. Ailes was known for being a political advisor for presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and is remembered as being a loving husband and father. An alleged offender of […]

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Awards/Prizes

Feminist Media Critic Jennifer Pozner wins 2017 Women’s Choice Award

Congratulations to Feminist Media Critic Jennifer Pozner (author of “Reality Bites Back“) for winning the 2017 Women’s Choice Award in the “Voice of Women” category last night in LA! From Jennifer’s Amazon Page: Jennifer L. Pozner is founder and executive director of Women In Media & News (WIMN), a media justice group that amplifies women’s […]

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Features

‘Heather Booth’ director highlights life of social activist

Change.  It’s vital to our growth as a nation.  Over the course of the last 50 years, one woman has been an integral part of momentous historical changes,  addressing injustices pertaining to women and minority groups.  Her name is Heather Booth.  While she is not a household name, she is the backbone of social change. […]

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Politics/Wider World

Pulchronomics plays prominent role with women in media

  Pulchronomics. What is it? It is all about how far physical attractiveness can get a person in life – especially at work. I did a two-part piece called Pulchronomics 101  back in 2011, focusing on how women used their looks to get what was needed or wanted in the workplace. Part two, Media Babes, detailed the […]

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Features

‘F-rating’ garners support from worldwide filmmakers

The next time you are searching for movies on The Internet Movie Database, more commonly known as IMDb, you may notice a new movie rating – an F. This doesn’t mean the movie is a box office bomb or that it belongs at the top of Rotten Tomatoes. It’s a new classification that means that […]

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Awards/Prizes

Athena film festival alums win Peabody awards

Three of the twelve documentaries honored in April with the prestigious Peabody Award are Athena Film Festival Alums. Congratulations to:  Mavis! by Jessica Edwards Excerpt from FF2 Media review: Jubilant new BioDoc about Chicago singer Mavis Staples. Her phenomenal career began in Gospel but her unique voice finds a home in multiple settings and her upbeat personality […]

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News

It’s Not Subtle! Below Her Mouth and the Heterosexual Gaze (Part 2 of 2)

This article is the second of a two-part series, so if you haven’t read the first part, click here For those of you who for some reason only want to read the end of this article: in the previous installment of my meditation/ rant on the representation and construction of lesbian sexual identity in probably-straight director […]

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Features

It’s Not Subtle! Below Her Mouth and the Heterosexual Gaze (Part 1 of 2)

I had never seen two women participate in a straight relationship before I saw Below Her Mouth. Directed by April Mullen, the film has been a hot topic on the queer film circuit due to its all female crew and notably, ahem, involved sex scenes; it has also been criticized for its flat characters and […]

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Features

U.K non-profit gets animated over gender imbalance

‘If she can see it, she can be it’ – Geena Davis While the role of women in film has become an increasingly prominent issue addressed in the media, and by the industry itself, little is reported on women in animation and visual effects. As more and more films and television shows utilize the power of […]

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Features

‘The Wedding Plan’ takes lighter approach to Orthodox Judaism

During our interview at the Tribeca International Film Festival last month, Rama Burshtein made the comment that she doesn’t make films for her community, she makes movies about her community. A member of the Orthodox Jewish religion since the age of 25, she’s well aware that showing the universal side of their own unique lifestyle […]

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Events/Festivals

Pride, Determination & Resilience at the 24th Annual New York African Film Festival

FROM THE FESTIVAL STATEMENT: The urge to reclaim stolen images and voices has been a motto for African filmmakers and artists since the 60s. Cinema has served as a megaphone for the African people to let the world know about their collective and individual struggles. As Frantz Fanon said: Each generation must, out of relative […]

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News

FF2 Media interns graduate, remember impactful films

The FF2 Media team congratulations interns Katusha Jin and Peier Shen, as well as Social Media Manager Georgiana Presecky on their 2017 graduations from New York University, Columbia University and Lewis University, respectively. Now FF2 Media Associates, each took time to reflect on their experience writing for FF2 Media, their goals for the future and […]

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Features

Rachel Israel earns praise, top honors for ‘Keep the Change’

At this year’s Tribeca International Film Festival, Rachel Israel took the top prize in the US Narrative Competition for her film Keep the Change. The film about adults on the autism spectrum looking for love in New York City debuted to high praise for its honest, funny and compassionate approach. Israel, a graduate of Columbia […]

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Features

‘A Walk to Remember’ screenwriter reflects on adaptation, Hollywood’s gender bias

“But you are not funny,” they said. “You cannot even tell a joke.” Getting accepted into the Warner Bros. Writers Television Comedy Workshop floored Karen Janszen’s parents. Science studies from UC Santa Cruz, Harvard and MIT may not have spelled out “comedy,” but this was an exceptional case. “I am not a joke teller,” said Janszen, […]

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