From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media LLC)
Five films written &/or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week:
This week, I saw four of these five films: the animated comedy Ugly Dolls, the pop comedy Long Shot, and two of the documentaries Decade of Fire and Knock Down the House.
I can honestly say — with some amazement — that I liked all four very much (including Ugly Dolls which would ordinarily be a bit of a stretch for me).
But my rules say I have to make a choice, so my Top Pick for May 3rd (drumroll please!) is Decade of Fire — an excellent micro/macro doc which explores the urban decay of the early ’70s from the point of view of people living in the Bronx. The intimate details of daily life are deeply distressing and the excellent explanation of “red lining” should enrage anyone with a conscience.
Kudos to activist Vivian Vazquez who tells this story in the first person and to filmmaker Gretchen Hildebran who backs Vivian up off camera. Together, Gretchen and Vivian share director/screenwriter credits.