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Bye Bye Heidi

The 2015 revival of The Heidi Chronicles closed early on Sunday, May 3rd … A shame, but not a total surprise… “Although Sofonisba was praised in the seventeenth century as being a portraitist equal to Titian, and at least thirty of her painting remain known to us, there is no trace of her or any […]

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To All My LHS ’69 Friends

  Very bummed about missing 40th high school reunion this weekend L  RB & I arrived @ O’Hare ~ 9:30 on Friday to board 11 AM flight, but by 3 PM after 2 cancelled flights, we realized some things are simply “not meant to be,” at which point we limped back to UNITED & begged […]

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IndieWIRE Box Office Report

     Based on mid-year stats, SUNSHINE CLEANING (directed by Christine Jeffs & based on an original screenplay by Megan Holley) is already one of ’09 big Indie winners: Hooray!  Hooray!  Open IndieWIRE article & read to the bottom, & you will see that THE HURT LOCKER is following a similar distribution path.      So do […]

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See TROUBLE THE WATER on HBO!

 One of last year’s best films premieres on HBO tonight!  TROUBLE THE WATER is a not-to-be-missed documentary by Tia Lessin & Carl Deal featuring footage shot by rap artist Kimberly Roberts as she faced the rising waters of Hurricane Katrina. TROUBLE THE WATER is a must-see film, included on our FF2 ‘08 TWOZIES List. Click HERE […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Sending best wishes to all our cyber friends!  Jan (& Rich) PS: I didn’t add the pink bow.  It came on the card.  How perfect!

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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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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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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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8/11/08: Happy Birthday, Eddie!

     Eddie Huttner would have been 86 today.  Planet Earth lost him in 1991, but he’s still here with me in spirit every single day.  One day in the late 80s, we were walking around Chicago during one of his periodic visits, & my father said to me: “Jan, I’ve made a lot of money in […]

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8/10/08: Happy Birthday, Richard!

   It’s one of my family’s favorite jokes: the great feminist went to graduate school & found… a husband!  But truly, the day I met Richard was one of the best days of my life, altho it was years before I realized just how lucky we were to have had an actual “meet cute” — at the University […]

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6/24/08: On Vacation

Rich & I leave tomorrow for a much needed vacation.  Back online next week.  Bye now, Jan

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6/13/08: Critical Weekend for SATC

     This is the weekend that SEX AND THE CITY will undoubtedly crack the $100M mark (which is a critical milestone in movie marketing), but note that both IRON MAN & INDIE 4 have already grossed well over $250M.      Per my prior postings, there are the only two points in this debate that really matter to […]

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6/8/08: WITASWAN Announces New Logo

PRBF ‘08 Flyer Batman, Ironman, Spiderman… Enough! Read more about WITASWAN (“wit-uh-swan”) & learn how YOU can impact cultural options for audiences all around the world. ***** BACKGROUND: Read Jan Lisa Huttner’s 2002 chat with Professor Martha Lauzen. (This conversation represents a key moment in the history of WITASWAN.) Click here for more information about International […]

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DINNER @ JANE’S in Chgo & Carbondale!

Read Article in Carbondale SOUTHERN SIU-C Program Description (pdf) Chicago Branch was the very first AAUW-Illinois branch to see DINNER AT JANE’S at a program hosted by the DePaul University’s Women’s Center on DePaul’s downtown campus. Our special guest speaker was Mary Ann Johnson who was the Executive Director of the Hull-House Museum in 1993 when […]

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FWA Posts Penny’s Reviews!

Thanks to FWA Executive Director Martha Richards, Penny is now posting full reviews of new films by women directors & screenwriters on the website managed by the FUND FOR WOMEN ARTISTS.  The first two reviews (of 2 DAYS in PARIS & THE NANNY DIARIES) are already live. Thanks, Martha!!!

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