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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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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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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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Collins WGA

Lily Collins graduates this week from ingénue to leading lady as the star of City of Bones, the first installment in the new series The Mortal Instruments. So this week we turn our spotlight on lovely young Lily Collins! Enter our contest for your chance to win a DVD starring Lily Collins: The Blind Side Mirror […]

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WINFREY WGA

Oprah Winfrey stars in the terrific new film Lee Daniel’s The Butler, so this week we turn our spotlight on the amazing Oprah Winfrey! Enter our contest for your chance to win a DVD starring Oprah Winfrey: The Color Purple Beloved The Princess and the Frog Photo Credit: Dennis Van Tine/ZUMA Press/Newscom About The Butler […]

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Seyfried WGA

Amanda Seyfried stars in the new film Lovelace about controversial porn star Linda Lovelace… So this week we turn our spotlight on daring young actress Amanda Seyfried! Enter our contest for your chance to win a DVD starring Amanda Seyfried: Jennifer’s Body (Directed by Karen Kusama/Screenplay by Diablo Cody) Mama Mia Red Riding Hood (Directed […]

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Hawkins WGA

Sally Hawkins is winning rave reviews for her role as Jasmine’s sister “Ginger” in Woody Allen’s terrific new film Blue Jasmine (expanding into new theatres nationwide on Friday 8/2). So this week we turn our spotlight on Golden Globe-winning actress Sally Hawkins! Enter our contest for your chance to win a DVD starring Sally Hawkins: […]

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Cate Blanchett WGA

Cate Blanchett is already getting Oscar-buzz for her lead performance in Woody Allen’s new film Blue Jasmine (opening in theatres nationwide on Friday July 26th). So this week we turn our spotlight on Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett! Enter our contest for your chance to win a DVD starring Cate Blanchett: Oscar & Lucinda (Directed by Gillian […]

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Kristen Wiig WGA

Kristen Wiig’s new movie, Girl Most Likely, opens in theatres nationwide on Friday July 19th. So this week we turn our spotlight on Oscar-nominated actress Kristen Wiig! Click HERE to enter our Facebook contest for your chance to win a DVD starring Kristen Wiig! Choices are: Friends with Kids Bridesmaids Whip It FYI Girl Most […]

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Bullock WGA

Sandra Bullock used to partner with the likes of Keanu Reeves, but now, in the new buddy movie The Heat, she has a new partner: Melissa McCarthy! So this week we turn our spotlight on Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock. Follow link below to enter our Sandra Bullock DVD Contest: https://www.facebook.com/FF2Media/app_314484381993270 Enter our contest for your chance […]

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Delpy WGA

Julie Delpy’s new film Before Midnight (which she co-wrote) continues to expand into art houses nationwide. So this week, we turn our spotlight on Julie Delpy: Enter our contest for your chance to win a DVD starring Julie Delpy! Before Sunset (co-witten by Kim Krizan) 2 Days in Paris (written & directed by Julie Delpy) […]

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Coppola WGA

Oscar-winning filmmaker Sofia Coppola releases a new movie this week: The Bling Ring. So this week, we turn our spotlight on Sofia Coppola! Enter our Facebook contest for your chance to win one of three DVDs written AND directed by Sofia Coppola:   * Lost in Translation * Marie Antoinette * The Virgin Suicides Click […]

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Marling WGA

Hooray for Brit Marling, the Indie film world’s new treasure. After one week in NYC, her latest film The East opens in major metros all across the USA today. The East is Brit’s best film to date and my first “5 Star” review of 2013. So this week, we turn our spotlight on Brit Marling! Enter our […]

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