Brigid K. Presecky
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FF2 Media Vice President and Managing Editor Brigid Presecky began her career in journalism at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. In 2008, she joined FF2 Media as a part-time film critic and multimedia editor. Receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Bradley University, she moved to Los Angeles where she worked in development, production and publicity for Berlanti Productions, Entertainment Tonight and Warner Bros. Studios, respectively. Returning to her journalistic roots in Chicago, she is now a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and certified Rotten Tomatoes Film Critic.

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EQUAL MEANS EQUAL

From the brilliant minds of writer/director Kamala Lopez and co-screenwriter Gini Sikes, Equal Means Equal exposes the American government for the not-so-subtle misogyny that hides within its legislation. Policy jargon is broken down into simple facts as Lopez navigates and exposes the very laws that are designed to discretely discriminate against women. Despite women making […]

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THE SEASONS IN QUINCY

The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger is a non-linear look at the life of 90-year-old artist, writer and art critic, John Berger. Using the seasons as the backbone of the documentary, these four unique glimpses into his past and present life are equal parts captivating and heartwarming, particularly in Tilda Swinton’s opening […]

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SISTER CITIES

Opens today (09/02/16) in NYC. Review coming soon 🙂

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WHITE GIRL

It’s every parent’s nightmare. Yes. Your baby daughter who goes to college in New York is indeed doing drugs and being sexually harassed at her artsy internship this summer. And yes. Your hard-earned 200 bucks are not enough to cover all the weed and cocaine, or to bail her drug-dealing boyfriend out of jail. If […]

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Transition to Bechdel-Wallace Test!

FF2 Media is proud to announce the launch of The Bechdel-Wallace Test! Formerly known as “The Bechdel Test,” based on the 1985 comic strip by cartoonist Alison Bechdel, the measurement of female significance in film is now “The Bechdel-Wallace Test.” The change honors Liz Wallace, a friend of Alison Bechdel and the originator of the test. How […]

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THE WONDERS

Writer/Director Alice Rohrwacher tells a sweet (… no pun intended) story of a family running a beekeeping business in rural Italy. Seen through the eyes of 12-year-old “Gelsomina” (Maria Alexandra Lungu), The Wonders (also tited Le meraviglie) is a simple, heartfelt story of a family trying to keep their heads above water. (BKP: 4/5) Review […]

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I SMILE BACK

In a shockingly different role for Sarah Silverman, the stand-up comedian gives a dramatic, career-defining performance as a drug-addicted wife and mother of two children. Although the script by Amy Koppelman and Paige Dylan falters in its bizarre, grotesque depiction of suburban housewives, Silverman’s transformation is mesmerizing. (BKP: 3.5/5) Review by Associate Editor Brigid K. […]

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THE BECHDEL TEST FEST: 2015

Founder of The Bechdel Test Fest, Corrina Antrobus, was dismayed at the poor representation of women in film. In 2013, only 15% of the top 100 films released had a female protagonist. By June 2014, less than half of cinematic releases passed the Bechdel Test (a scene with two female characters talking about something other […]

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DUKHTAR

Writer/Director Afia Nathaniel captures a mother’s fierce protection of her 10-year-old daughter by escaping an arranged marriage and fleeing the oppressive cultures of Pakistan. Translated in English to Daughter, the heartfelt and hopeful story can resonate with audiences around the globe. (BKP: 4.5/5) Review by Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky Set in a small village […]

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FORT TILDEN

First-time directors Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers tell a humorous story of two best friends on their journey to the beach. The simplicity and relatability of the premise allows the comedy to take center stage, with Clare McNulty and Bridey Elliot perfectly executing their Brooklynite alter egos. (BKP: 4/5) Review by Associate Editor Brigid K. […]

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MERU

With breathtaking cinematography and a heartfelt message, Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth “Chai” Vasarhelyi document three friends and their treacherous, painstaking journey of climbing Mount Meru. (BKP: 4.5/5) Review by Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky September 2011. Northern India. Climbers Jimmy Chin, Conrad Anker and Renan Ozturk set out on a trek to reach The Shark’s […]

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MISTRESS AMERICA

Written by Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, the pair deliver a wonderful and original film about a lonely college freshman living in New York, whose life becomes a lot more eventful the moment she reaches out to her soon-to-be stepsister. (JEP: 4.5/5) Review by Contributing Editor Jessica E. Perry As a freshman at Barnard College, […]

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RETURN TO SENDER

On the heels of her infamous role in Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, Rosamund Pike steps back into a similar character – a vengeful, mentally-unstable woman who is grappling with trauma. The majority of the film is equal parts engrossing and disturbing, ultimately unraveling in Act Three. Nonetheless, screenwriters Patricia Beauchamp and Joe Gossett grasp your […]

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SHE’S FUNNY THAT WAY

Originally titled Squirrels to the Nuts – which would have been more fitting – Director Peter Bogdanovich and co-writer Louise Stratten make their screwball comedy comeback in She’s Funny That Way. Led by Owen Wilson and British beauty Imogen Poots, the film tells a slightly entertaining, slightly humdrum tale of a romantically entangled web of […]

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STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON

Straight Outta Compton follows the rise and fall of popular rap group NWA, some of whose member’s are still forces in the music industry today. The powerful and record-breaking film was written by Andrea Berloff and Jonathan Herman, and is an absolute must-see! (JEP: 4.5/5) Review by Contributing Editor Jessica E. Perry Directed by F. […]

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TEN THOUSAND SAINTS

Filmmakers Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini throw a lot of love–and an excellent cast–at Eleanor Henderson’s novel Ten Thousand Saints, but success eludes them. Unfortunately, their adaptation is a bit of a “paint by numbers” exercise that never manages to fully engage. (JLH: 3/5) Review by Managing Editor Jan Lisa Huttner (with additional two cents […]

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RICKI & THE FLASH

Written by Diablo Cody, Ricki and the Flash is a feel good film about an absentee rock star mother, who returns home to provide support for her daughter in her time of need. Upon returning home, Ricki must come to terms with the effects her absence has had on her children and make amends for […]

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THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL

Writer-director Marielle Heller brings a graphic novel to life, telling the engaging and  refreshingly funny story of 15-year-old Minnie Goetze. Newcomer Bel Powley shines in her starring role as the 1970s teenager during a sexually-charged transformation. (BKP: 4.5/5) Review by Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky “Minnie Goetze” (Bel Powley) just experienced an important milestone in […]

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KAHLIL GIBRAN’S ‘THE PROPHET’

Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet is in a realm all its own, transcending the familiar animated film platform and incorporating artistry from many different mediums. The film tells of an influential artist and poet who is released from imprisonment and exiled back to his homeland. The Prophet follows his subsequent journey and captures the importance of […]

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THE BABADOOK

“Amelia” (Essie Davis) comes undone in this excellent Australian drama about a young widow locked in a deteriorating co-dependency with her young son “Samuel” (Noah Wiseman). Is The Babadook a psychological thriller or a horror flick? I choose to think shrink because writer/director Jennifer Kent carefully sets the timeframe before events get nuts… But see The […]

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BAD HAIR

Writer/Director Mariana Rondón’s coming-of-age film Pelo Malo (also known as Bad Hair) is a Venezuelan tale about a boy in search of his identity. Originally screened in the at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, the film tackling homophobia, racism and poverty is worth the watch. (BKP: 4/5) Review by Managing Editor Brigid K. Presecky Set […]

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