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Waitress on Broadway

NYC Shout-Out: Celebrate the 9th annual International SWAN Day on Broadway! Join us on Sunday, March 27 for opening weekend at the new Broadway musical Waitress! Tony winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful) stars as “Jenna” in this uplifting new musical celebrating female friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie. Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, […]

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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 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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Hooray for GLAMOUR (6/15)

Peek Inside the June ’15 Issue of Glamour Magazine Page 36: Interview with actress Judy Greer “Why should a man make more than me?” Page 38: Sidebar “Pop Quiz = Who Earned More?” Page 130: Chat with filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom Page 160: Cover Story on Anna Kendrick Glamour: The discussion about gender bias in […]

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Subscribe, Comment and Like: Documenting the real-girls of YouTube

By Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky Aside from crime-fighting heroines in dystopian worlds or century-old Disney princesses –  strong, relatable girl characters are almost nonexistent in the multiplex. Young girls are looking elsewhere for relatable entertainment: their phones, their tablets, and their laptops. YouTube has more than one billion users. Every minute, 300 hours of video […]

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3/29: At the Quad

Info coming soon…

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Meet Activist Kylie Angell

Exclusive Interview with University of Connecticut Alumna and Activist Kylie Angell by FF2 Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky ************************* BKP: How did you get involved with It Happened Here? KA: I started working with fellow activists at the end of my fifth year at UConn on the Title IX complaint and we were asked if we […]

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The Longevity of Mae Whitman: International Women’s Day

By Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky After venturing out to see The Duff for the second time, I have come to the realization that actress Mae Whitman has been a permanent fixture in the background of my 22-year-old life. As this week marks International Women’s Day, Whitman should be recognized for her outstanding acting in […]

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3/5/15: Art & Activism

This is the Title Page for the PowerPoint presentation I used when I spoke at John Jay College of Criminal Justice tonight in their International Women’s Day program on “Sexual Assault on Campuses.” I recorded it, so I should have the transcript back in a couple of days. If you would like a copy, just […]

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Women’s Work

Excellent program at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in honor of Black History Month. Author Carolivia Herron with filmmaker Ayoka Chenzira Photo Credit: Jan Lisa Huttner (2/13/15)

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NFPW Meets a Member

 NFPW Meet a Member: Jan Lisa Huttner Jan Lisa Huttner is an award-winning American film critic, journalist and activist. She is an outspoken advocate for women artists, particularly in cinema. She works hard to help bring women artists the visibility they deserve. She joined NFPW in Illinois and now lives in New York. She is a […]

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Athena FF (2015)

 The 2015 Athena Film Festival at Barnard College begins tomorrow (2/6/15) and goes all weekend! Lucky me, since I now I live in Brooklyn, I am able to attend the AFF, so I bought an “All-Access Pass” as soon as they went on sale. Last year, I saw so much that I barely had time […]

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FAREWELL HERR SCHWARZ

Opens tomorrow in NYC. Review coming soon…

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A SMALL SECTION OF THE WORLD

Review of A Small Section of the World by Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky Set in a poor, green mountain region of Costa Rica during the economic downturn of the 1990s, Lesley Chilcott’s documentary follows of a group of coffee manufactures and their journey of entrepreneurial success. With the men of their families off looking for work, […]

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New York SWAN Project (ESVB)

AAUW’s Empire State Virtual Branch (NY) kicked off its new SWAN Project at a program at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale. Special guests included Enid Zentelis, who screened her film Bottled Up and then lead a Q&A session, and Ellen Tejle, creator of Sweden’s A-Rating campaign. Top Photo: Enid Zentelis Middle Photo: With Ellen […]

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GONE GIRL

What begins as a thought-provoking examination of a made-in-heaven marriage undone by the Great Recession turns into a tedious, misogynist–& very long–riff on FATAL ATTRACTION. Bummer! Dickens is great in a big role & Sela Ward shines in a walk-on, but otherwise this latest Oscar Bait from Fincher reeks of desperation. Adapted by Gillian Flynn […]

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WITASWAN 10th Anniversary

August 16, 2014: 10th Anniversary Celebration of the WITASWAN Project at the CineMark in Evanston, Illinois (preceded by a brunch at Bravo Restaurant) Jan Lisa Huttner: Wow, it is so great to see so many old—and new—faces here today! Now I know that I’m big and loud and I make a lot of fuss, but WITASWAN […]

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Rendez-Vous 2014

This year’s eleven day Rendez Vous with French Cinema (which opened on 3/6 and ran thru 3/16) included ten  films directed by women filmmakers–the greatest percentage ever–and I saw every single one of them! Although events were spread across the city, I ended up seeing all the films on my list at the Walter Reade Theatre […]

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Oscar Blues (2014)

So now it’s official: Yet again, I am singing the Oscar Blues 🙁 Folks, the impact of women filmmakers on the 2014 Oscars is at its lowest level in five years. Let’s start with the numbers: This year, 2014, no women directors were nominated for Best Director, no films directed by a woman filmmaker were […]

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!WOMEN ART REVOLUTION

Congratulations to all the women just named as one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women’s eNews. I am especially thrilled about the inclusion of Lynn Hershman Leeson, who is described by WeN as follows: “Recording the stories of female artists who visited her during her career, prize-winning artist Lynn Hershman Leeson created […]

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Spirit Noms 2014

Congratulations to the ten women filmmakers nominated today for Independent Spirit Awards for the work they did in 2013: Julie Delpy: Best Screenplay Before Midnight Nicole Holofcener: Best Screenplay Enough Said Stacie Passon: Best First Feature Concussion Lucy Mulloy: Best First Feature Una Noche   Haifaa Al Mansour: Best First Feature Wadjda Lake Bell: Best First […]

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SJC 40th

St. John’s College 40th Reunion for Class of ’73.

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Doris Lessing RIP

FF2 Tribute to Doris Lessing FF2 Media dedicates this day to the memory of Doris Lessing, one of the great women of the 20th Century. In 2007, Lessing received the Nobel Prize for Literature making her the 11th woman to be so honored. Lessing died Sunday (11/17/13) at the age of 94. I first read […]

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Swedish Brouhaha

Sweden set off a firestorm today by announcing the introduction of a new rating system to combat gender bias: “To get an A rating, a movie must pass the so-called Bechdel Test, which means it must have at least two named female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man.” This […]

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus WGA

Julia Louis-Dreyfus! Enter this week’s Facebook contest (http://xyz) for your chance to win a DVD set starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus: Seinfield (Season One) The New Adventures of Old Christine (Season One) Veep (Season One) Julia Louis-Dreyfus opened last week in Enough Said, a new film written & directed by Nicole Holofcener. After years of starring in […]

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Keener WGA

Catherine Keener! Enter our contest for your chance to win a DVD starring Catherine Keener! Catherine Keener opens this week in Enough Said, a new film written & directed by Nicole Holofcener. This is the 5th time Keener has appeared in a Holofcener film, so this week we turn our spotlight on the Keener/Holofcener collaboration! • […]

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MMI Turns 25!

Spent Sunday Sept 15 in Astoria at the wonderful Museum of the Moving Image. As new members , we’ve arrived just in time to celebrate MMI’s 25th anniversary. On 9/15/13, a members-only Brunch was followed by a special screening of Singin’ in the Rain (which really holds up!!!) and a preview of Enough Said with […]

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Bosworth WGA

Kate Bosworth’s new film And While We Were Here opens Friday, so this week we turn our spotlight on Kate Bosworth! Enter our contest for your chance to win a DVD starring Kate Bosworth: Remember the Titans Blue Crush Straw Dogs (2011) Click HERE to enter contest 🙂 Photo Credit: © 2013 – Well Go USA

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Page WGA

Ellen Page has a new film Touchy Feely (opening in select theatres on Friday 9/6 & already available On Demand). So this week we turn our spotlight on Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page! Enter our contest for your chance to win a DVD starring Ellen Page: Juno The East Whip It   Click HERE to enter […]

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Bigelow WGA

This week, to celebrate topping 10K “Likes” on FB, we have a special contest! The winner will receive bonus films by Kathryn Bigelow (the first woman to win the Oscar for Best Director) as well as extra surprise stuff! Enter our contest for your chance to win 🙂

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