Currently Browsing: 2008

New Talk.In Site Live!

Women’s Media Group has launched the new Talk.In website with homepage art by Nicole Hollander (creator of SYLVIA).  I’ll let you know as soon as they’ve posted the podcast of their Nov 17th Kick-Off program at THE SPACE in Evanston, IL (starring extraordinary Chgo schvesters Sara Paretsky, Hedy Ratner, & June Sochen).  Meanwhile, log on […]

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See OPERATION FILMMAKER on PBS!!!

Download Jan’s Chat with Nina Davenport as a pdf.           OPERATION FILMMAKER premieres tonight on PBS!!! Here’s the basic story: An American film crew brings a young Iraqi man named Muthana to their shoot in the Czech Republic.  They’re offering him a great “learning opportunity,” but he has no clue what it really means to […]

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Film Review: OPERATION FILMMAKER

Award-winning documentarian (Nina Davenport) gets stuck in the middle when cultural misunderstandings derail Iraqi student’s internship on an American movie set. Many truths about the war in Iraq are revealed thru this microcosm, but Davenport’s compelling narrative also carries huge moral & epistemological weight well beyond current headlines.  Click here for FF2 haiku.

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Jan Rants about THE READER

Click HERE to download Jan’s FULL Rant as a pdf file. . As a Jewish Feminist, I am absolutely outraged by this film.  Since THPP is a Feminist Blog, let me just direct your attention to this still (above).  Here we have “Hanna” (Kate Winslet) & “Michael” (David Kross) in Hanna’s kitchen.  Notice how the […]

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CRITCAL CONCENSUS?

Jan Sings Her Annual Oscar Blues!      Reuters just eBlasted an article from the Hollywood Reporter into cyberspace: “Critics weigh in on year’s best films.”  Fair enough, but who are these critics? Ken Turan, Peter Rainer, David Ansen, Leonard Maltin, & Bob Strauss.  Notice anything?  You’ve got it: NO WOMEN NEED APPLY!!!  Oh, & need […]

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Read “SLUMDOG’s Mysterious Co-Director”

Follow the SLUMDOG Brouhaha on Awards Daily.  Curious how all the people saying Loveleen does NOT deserve recognition for her contributions to this film are… you guessed it… guys! I doubt it was intentional, but the quote that accompanies this graphic is quite amusing in context.  Ladies: It hurts, but the trick is not minding!!!  (FYI, […]

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Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due!

Click here to download letter to the HFPA. According to the Internet Movie Database, Danny Boyle is the director of Slumdog Millionaire and Loveleen Tandan is his “co-director,” but this morning the Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominated Danny Boyle, and Danny Boyle alone, for a Golden Globe award in the “Best Director” category. Question: If […]

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SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE: Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

Slumdog Millionaire is the first great film of the new “flat world.” “Jamal” (Dev Patel), the hero of Slumdog Millionaire, is a Mumbai teenager who becomes a contestant on the Indian version of the TV game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”. The plot is as simple as can be: every time “Millionaire’s” host asks […]

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12/10/08: Happy Jane Addams Day!!!

Hey, it’s not all doom & gloom here in Chicago.  Today, citizens of Illinois are also celebrating our second annual Jane Addams Day (in recognition of the day Jane Addams became the first American woman to receive a Nobel Peace Prize).  For LOTS more about Jane Addams, follow this thread &/or visit the AAUW-Illinois website!

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Gregory replaces Russert on MEET THE PRESS

     Yesterday, NBC announced that David Gregory would replace Tim Russert as the new host of their venerable Sunday AM talk show MEET THE PRESS.      A couple of years ago, while serving as guest host during one of Mr. Russert’s vacations, Mr. Gregory facilitated one of the most infuriating exchanges in recent memory.  Reuel Marc […]

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11/22/08: Meet “Sylvia” in Person :-)

Click HERE to download details as a pdf.  Meet Chicago’s beloved cartoonist NICOLE HOLLANDER in person!!! Sat, Nov 22nd from 2:00 to 5:00 Gallery Pink: 149 Harrison; Oak Park, IL

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A More Perfect Union…

Click here to download “Jan’s Inauguration Kit” as a pdf.       I have updated my Café Press items for Inauguration Day.  Enjoy J

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I Love Belle Barth!

     “There was two little minks in the woods. A hunter comes by and shoots one and aims at the other. The first mink turns to his friend and says, ‘See you in shul.’”  Belle Barth’s Borscht Belt humor typically involved body parts, so this may well be the cleanest joke she ever told, but […]

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See Ibtisam Mara’ana in Amsterdam

     Palestinian filmmaker Ibtisam Mara’ana will be in Amsterdam this week to screen LADY KUL EL-ARAB at IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam).  Click here to read more about Ibtisam’s recent trips to Chgo & NYC.  You Go, Girl J

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Bravo, Martha Lauzen!

Read Melisssa Silverstein’s article about Lauzen’s important new recent research!  Women in the audience are NOT a “niche.”  We are approximately half of humanity & therefore approximately half of all potential ticket buyers, so it’s time we demand the kind of films WE want to see!!!

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New YENTL DVD Coming in Feb!!!

     Last year, when lyricists Alan & Marilyn Bergman came to the 2007 Chicago Humanities Festival, they told me plans were underway for a new DVD version of Yentl—a special 25th anniversary release.  Since that time I’ve checked Amazon faithfully to no avail, but today: HOORAY!!!  It’s scheduled for 2/3/09 & available for pre-order!!!  For […]

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11/6/08: So proud to be Jewish!!!

     The results are in & the answer is clear: despite overwhelming pressure from well-intentioned Republican activists & smear-meisters of darker intent, Jewish-Americans all across the USA embraced the candidacy of Barack Obama.  Meanwhile, here in Metro Chicago, a nice crowd turned out to greet Ibtisam Mara’ana at the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema.  I […]

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See Ibtisam Mara’ana in NYC (11/7 + 11/9)

     Ibtisam Mara’ana, an incredibly courageous young filmmaker, will be at “The Other Israel Film Festival” in NYC this week to screen her new film LADY KUL EL-ARAB (“Lady of All the Arabs”).  This is her next stop after the 11/5 screening at the Wilmette Theatre in suburban Chicago. Click here to read more info about LADY KUL EL-ARAB. 

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See Ibtisam Mara’ana on Weds 11/5 in Wilmette

    Ibtisam Mara’ana, an incredibly courageous young filmmaker, will be at the Wilmette Theatre this Weds PM to screen her new film LADY KUL EL-ARAB (“Lady of All the Arabs”).  The screening begins @ 6 PM, followed by a Q&A (to be moderated by me). Click here to read more info about LADY KUL EL-ARAB.            This […]

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Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema

Click HERE to download my CFIC ’08 Speaking Schedule      Read my JUF News guide to this year’s Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema including, recommendations & top picks.

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10/30/08: CIFF ’08 BEST OF FEST

My “Best of Fest” List from this year’s CIFF… Best English-Language Feature: Sita Sings the Blues Written & Directed by Nina Paley  Best Non-English Feature: Native Dancer Written & Directed by Gulshat Omarova (Kazakhstan) Best English-Language Doc: Pressure Cooker Directed by Mark Becker & Jennifer Grausman  Best Non-English Doc: Be Like Others Directed by Tanaz […]

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10/30/08: CIFF ’08 Summary

     Last night was the final night of the 2008 Chicago International Film Festival.  According to CIFF publicists, a record 18 of this year’s major films were directed by women (more when they also counted Shorts), & 36 were written by women (including most of those directed by women).  I saw 33 films this year, […]

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11/20/08 Preview: DINNER AT JANE’S in Edwardsville, IL

Click here to read more about DINNER AT JANE’S. I’m scheduled to do a screening of Suzanne Lacy‘s wonderful film DINNER AT JANE’S @ Edwardsville Public Library on Thurs PM 11/20.  Four AAUW-Illinois branches are co-sponsoring this program: Alton, Jerseyville, SIU-E & Wood River.  Join us in celebrating the second annual Jane Addams Day in Illinois […]

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10/18/08: Come Meet Kathryn Millard @ CIFF ’08

Click here to download 10/18 eVite with RSVP instructions.      “A small desert town on the edge of western India’s famous salt plains is the unlikely home of the world’s largest population of Charlie Chaplin impersonators…”  WITASWAN invites you to come see acclaimed Australian filmmaker Kathryn Millard’s new doc The Boot Cake at this year’s […]

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Galesburg Film Fest Invitation

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Family Dynamics and Body Politics: Women Directors of the Spanish-Speaking World October 24-26th, 2008 The Orpheum Theater; Galesburg, IL ********** Fri, Oct 24th @ 7pm: Opening Night Introduction by Jan Lisa Huttner Followed by the Spanish film Te Doy Mis Ojos (Take My Eyes) Directed by Icíar Bolláin Click here […]

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10/6/08 Rant: David Ansen on Paul Newman

    “His most successful long-term relationship was with us.”      Excuse me?!?!?  More phallocentric tripe from NEWSWEEK film critic David Ansen.  In his Oct 6th tribute to Paul Newman, Ansen writes: “With men he was a great buddy, partner in crime, leader of the pack. But you can count the love stories he made […]

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9/26/08: Paul Newman RIP

     The world lost a truly great man on September 26th.  Like me, you are no doubt reading many eulogies this week about a great actor & humanitarian, as well as a devoted friend & family man.  But I’d like to remind you here of his astounding FIFTY YEAR artistic collaboration with wife Joanne Woodward, the […]

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9/22/08: Univ of Chgo Magazine Update

     Hard copies of the Sept/Oct ’08 issue of University of Chicago Magazine are now arriving in snail mail boxes.  If you’ve got one but you don’t know where to look for Ruth Kott’s profile of yours truly, just turn to page 52!  A very good friend of mine said something truly wonderful this evening: […]

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To My “Camp Obama” Friends

     To all my Chicago friends who couldn’t make yesterday’s HOUNDDOG reception because you were working hard in support of Barack Obama’s campaign: We are fighting this good fight together! When you see HOUNDDOG, you will see a beautiful young girl cruelly abused. If John McCain & Sarah Palin rule the world, then a child […]

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9/21/08: HOUNDDOG Reception

Huge thanks to everyone who came to yesterday’s HOUNDDOG reception at O’Briens Restaurant on Wells! Here are some of the comments entered in the sign-in book after the screening: “Great, heartfelt work;” A very profound film—keep up the good work;” “Loved it—you captured the essence of what it feels like to be a little girl;”  […]

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