Currently Browsing: April 2013

HFFF ’13

Huge thanks to Mary Howard & the High Falls Film Festival Team (Bree, Chris, Kate, Tony, etc, etc) for a fabulous festival… returning the festival to Rochester’s historic commitment to women filmmakers. Susan B. Anthony would be so proud! I went to Rochester on Thurs AM (taking the train from Penn Station for the first […]

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ARTHUR NEWMAN

Unbelievably excruciating film by first time director Dante Ariola based on a screenplay by Becky Johnson. Colin Firth as “Arthur” intends to create a fresh start for himself, but then he picks up damaged girl (Emily Blunt in faux Audrey Hepburn mode) as a traveling companion. Egregious waste of time & talent. Click HERE for FF2 […]

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MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN

Deepa Mehta’s radiant film Midnight’s Children is based on a sprawling novel by Salman Rushdie, and Rushdie (although never seen on screen) contributes the voice-over narration of the main character “Saleem Sinai.” This is a huge historical epic spanning the years from 1917 all the way to 1977, years in which the Asian subcontinent transformed […]

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THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST

Mira Nair’s new film The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a near perfect masterpiece which tries hard to sprint on three legs but ultimately stumbles due to the weakness of its fourth one. The main character is a young Pakistani man named Changez (chahn GEZ) from a socially prominent but cash-poor family. Adored by his parents, Changez […]

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Sarandon WGA

See Oscar-Winning actress Susan Sarandon in theatres now in her new film The Company You Keep directed by Robert Redford. To celebrate this amazing actress, Susan Sarandon is this week’s honoree on my FF2 Media Facebook site! Click HERE to read my review of The Company You Keep for the JUF News. Enter this week’s contest […]

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IWWG Spring ’13

The International Women’s Writing Guild Presents SPRING BIG APPLE CONFERENCE April 13-14, 2013 Scandinavia House on Park Avenue Had a wonderful time last weekend at IWWG’s Spring Conference. Met talented women writers from all over (local women from Queens and Staten Island, as well as travelers from Boston and Baltimore). Eunice Scarfe and Amy Ferris […]

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NO PLACE ON EARTH

Experienced spelunker Chris Nicola discovers remains in a Ukrainian cave that start him searching for Holocaust survivors. Amazing story told thru a combination of contemporary interviews and staged reenactments. Altho scheduled for theatrical release, it has a TV feel, but go in expecting something made for the History Channel, and you’ll come out sated. Click HERE […]

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Chicago Pearl

Huge thanks to filmmaker Pearl Gluck for coming to Chicago to for two International SWAN Day screenings of Divan! Pearl Gluck (left) with Joan Pomaranc: Wednesday Night (3/13/13) at the Berghoff Restaurant following the 6 PM screening at the Harold Washington Library Center (Chicago Loop). Photo taken by Jan Lisa Huttner. Pearl at Max & Benny’s Deli: […]

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THE BRASS TEAPOT

Try as she might, Alice can’t turn her expensive Art History degree into gainful employment, but it sure helps when she spots an old teapot in a roadside antique shop. Turns out the teapot is even more magical than she knew, so Alice goes wild for a while before coming to her senses. Sweet silly comedy with […]

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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Penny salutes Ruth Prawer Jhabvala From the obituary by Anita Gates in yesterday’s New York Times: “Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, the German-born screenwriter and novelist who, as the writing member of the Merchant Ivory filmmaking team, won two Academy Awards for adaptations of genteel, class-conscious E. M. Forster novels, died on Wednesday at her home in […]

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NYWIFT Swans

This year, I celebrated my first International SWAN Day as a resident of Brooklyn with NYWIFT (New York Women in Film & Television). Turns out NYWIFT has been celebrating International SWAN Day every year–from the beginning–but of course I didn’t know that because I was–d’uh–celebrating with folks in Chicago! Anyway, huge thanks to Terry Lawler […]

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