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Moore WGA

Hooray for Julianne Moore who currently has not one but two feature films playing at the same time in art house theatres (as well as VOD): The English Teacher andWhat Maisie Knew. So this week, we turn our spotlight on beautiful, versatile Julianne Moore! Click HERE to enter our contest for your chance to win […]

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Washington WGA

It’s not even June yet, but already beautiful Kerry Washington has had quite a year! Kerry Washington was featured in the Oscar-winning film Django Unchained, her TV series Scandal made the cover of Entertainment Weekly, and now she stars in the new movie Peeples.  So this week, FF2 Media turns its spotlight on Kerry Washington! Click […]

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Mulligan WGA

This week, we turn our spotlight on Carey Mulligan, honoring her terrific performance as “Daisy Buchanan” in Baz Luhrmann’s amazing new adaptation of The Great Gatsby. So enter our contest for your chance to win a DVD featuring Carey Mulligan… & note that all 3 choices are either written or directed by women filmmakers! * […]

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Choudhury WGA

See Sarita Choudhury as “The Widow” (Indira Gandhi) in Deepa Mehta’s new film  Midnight’s Children. To celebrate the career of this groundbreaking actress, this week FF2 Media is giving away one of three films: * Mississippi Masala (directed by Mira Nair) * Kama Sutra (directed by Deepa Mehta) * A Perfect Murder (directed by Andrew Davis) Click […]

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Hudson WGA

Kate Hudson star in Mira Nair’s new film The Reluctant Fundamentalist. To celebrate the career of this wonderful actress, we are giving away one of three films: * Almost Famous * How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days * The Skeleton Key Click the link to enter this week’s contest on the FF2 Media page: https://www.facebook.com/FF2Media/app_314484381993270 […]

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Nair WGA

Award-Winning Director Mira Nair’s new film The Reluctant Fundamentalist opened in NYC theaters 4/26.  To celebrate the career of this amazing filmmaker, we are offering three of her best films: * The Namesake * The Perez Family * Vanity Fair Click the link below & enter our contest for your chance to win one of three DVDs directed by […]

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HFFF ’13

Huge thanks to Mary Howard & the High Falls Film Festival Team (Bree, Chris, Kate, Tony, etc, etc) for a fabulous festival… returning the festival to Rochester’s historic commitment to women filmmakers. Susan B. Anthony would be so proud! I went to Rochester on Thurs AM (taking the train from Penn Station for the first […]

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Sarandon WGA

See Oscar-Winning actress Susan Sarandon in theatres now in her new film The Company You Keep directed by Robert Redford. To celebrate this amazing actress, Susan Sarandon is this week’s honoree on my FF2 Media Facebook site! Click HERE to read my review of The Company You Keep for the JUF News. Enter this week’s contest […]

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IWWG Spring ’13

The International Women’s Writing Guild Presents SPRING BIG APPLE CONFERENCE April 13-14, 2013 Scandinavia House on Park Avenue Had a wonderful time last weekend at IWWG’s Spring Conference. Met talented women writers from all over (local women from Queens and Staten Island, as well as travelers from Boston and Baltimore). Eunice Scarfe and Amy Ferris […]

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Chicago Pearl

Huge thanks to filmmaker Pearl Gluck for coming to Chicago to for two International SWAN Day screenings of Divan! Pearl Gluck (left) with Joan Pomaranc: Wednesday Night (3/13/13) at the Berghoff Restaurant following the 6 PM screening at the Harold Washington Library Center (Chicago Loop). Photo taken by Jan Lisa Huttner. Pearl at Max & Benny’s Deli: […]

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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Penny salutes Ruth Prawer Jhabvala From the obituary by Anita Gates in yesterday’s New York Times: “Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, the German-born screenwriter and novelist who, as the writing member of the Merchant Ivory filmmaking team, won two Academy Awards for adaptations of genteel, class-conscious E. M. Forster novels, died on Wednesday at her home in […]

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VIDA 2012

Here are the VIDA Stats for 2012 (just posted). The 2012 VIDA Report begins as follows: “In a year kicked off by the Republican party fighting the Violence Against Women Act and a nationally-broadcasted song reducing Oscar-noteworthy actresses to “boob shots,” VIDA takes our annual look back to see if this regressive tenor is reflected […]

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Penny is Back!

Well time flies when you’re having fun… or something like that… Since my last post in August, Richard & I have packed up & moved to Brooklyn! This is bittersweet for both of us, leaving behind 35 years of friends, neighbors, & wonderful Chicago memories. But so it goes. Richard is now working at SUNY […]

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PRLF 2012 Wrap-Up

Another year at the Printers Row Lit Fest! This was my 9th year at the PRLF, & this year, for the first time, I finally had a book of my own to sell 🙂 First & foremost, my thanks to Art & Susan Brauer who served as coordinators of the IWPA Tent this year. Thanks […]

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6/9/12: Sat AM Pix

Many thanks to Monica Smith & Jim Drew for helping staff FF2 Media’s table under the IWPA canopy at this year’s Printers Row Lit Fest! Click HERE to “Look Inside” Anita Hill’s Book Reimagining Equality on Amazon. Click HERE to “Look Inside” my book Penny’s Picks on Amazon. Click here for handout about Jane Addams […]

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Printer Row Lit Fest (2012)

Change of Plan: IWPA tent at the Printers Row Lit Fest is further south on Dearborn… closer to Hackney’s Restaurant… almost at Polk Street corner!!! One must always be flexible 🙂   It’s time once again for the Printers Row Lit Fest. Sponsored by the Chicago Tribune, PRLF is the Midwest’s largest book fair, with […]

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PRLF: Penny’s Picks

I will be at the Printers Row Lit Fest this weekend (Sat 6/9 & Sun 6/10) signing copies of my new book Penny’s Picks: 50 Movies by Women Filmmakers (2002-2011). You can find me under the IWPA Tent. (Click HERE for map.) This year the IWPA Tent will be at location “D” just south of […]

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PRLF: Reimagining Equality

Copies of Anita Hill’s new book Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home will be available for sale this weekend (Sat 6/9 & Sun 6/10) under the IWPA Tent at the Printers Row Lit Fest (the Midwest’s largest book fair). These are special “commemorative editions” from Professor Hill’s visit to Chicago last December to […]

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FREE Labaki Screening

What’s New in the Pond? Allied-THA offers us FREE PASSES to a “Word of Mouth” screening of Nadine Labaki‘s wonderful new film Where Do We Go Now? which is already playing in NYC & opens here in Chgo (& elsewhere) on Friday 5/18. When: Thurs 5/17 @ 7:30 PM Where: Landmark Century @ 2828 North Clark […]

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AoC Release

Jan Lisa Huttner named 2012 “Agent of Change” by AAUW-Illinois Click to download Press Release as a pdf –> AgentOfChangeRelease CHICAGO—Chicago Film Critic Jan Lisa Huttner was honored with the 2012 “Agent of Change” Award from AAUW-IL, Inc. (the Illinois division of the American Association of University Women). Established in 1984, the award is presented […]

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Thanks Rick!

Early this morning, master interviewer Rick Kogan managed the impossible–he more or less kept me on track as I babbled away on his AM radio show “The Sunday Papers.” Here is the audio file (which lasts ~ 20 minutes) –> http://www.wgnradio.com/shows/sundaypapers/wgnam-kogan-120506-jan-lisa-huttner-pennys-picks-women-filmmakers,0,7194493.mp3file Rich & I signed in @ the Trib Tower @ 7:15 AM (ouch!). Here […]

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AAUW Naperville

Huge thanks to the members of AAUW Naperville for their warm reception of Penny’s Picks at their 2012 Annual Meeting yesterday! The questions they asked were terrific! And thanks too to my friend Chris Casper who took the pix! It will take Dana (my fabulous transcriptionist) a few days to get the Word file back […]

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Naperville eVite

Just received from the coordinators of AAUW Naperville’s annual meeting 🙂 Spring Awards Brunch Program Date: Saturday, May 5 Time: 9:30 AM–Noon Location: White Eagle Golf Club; 1400 Club Drive; Naperville, IL Topic: Ten Years in the Pond –> What is the Celluloid Ceiling and Why should YOU care? RSVP: http://www.aauw-il.org/naperville/events.htm PS: Copies of my new book […]

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Chicago “Advocate” :-)

Posted today in the Chicago Sun-Times: An advocate for films by and about women BY LAURA EMERICK In the menagerie that informs the life of Chicago-based film critic/activist/author Jan Lisa Huttner, there are lots of swans, especially pens. And March, which just happens to be Women’s His­tory Month, went roaring out with lions. Metaphorically speaking, […]

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PENNY’S PICKS Kick-Off

Huge thanks to everyone who came to Chicago’s famous Women & Children First bookstore in Andersonville on March 7th for my Penny’s Picks Kick-Off Event! The cake from Sensational Bites was scrumptious! And the folks @ the Pacific Garden Mission were very happy to receive their half once we were done 😉 If you are a […]

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Lacy Feasts: Suzanne Lacy at the Smart Gallery (University of Chicago)

Way back on July 22, 2006 (a hot Saturday in Bloomington, IL), I was handed a press release from then Lieutenant Governor (& now Governor) Pat Quinn explaining that beginning in 2007, Illinois would celebrate “Jane Addams Day” every year on December 10. In response, I began planning festivities for that date (12/10/07) with my fellow AAUW-Illinois Board […]

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Happy Anniversary FF2!

“Movies have a lot to teach us about each other. They enable us all be Cinematic Tourists—walking in the shoes of other people to see what life looks like from other points of view in different times and different places. That’s one of the great joys of going to the movies. It’s a joy that […]

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2011 TWOZIES

Winners of the 2011 TWOZIE Awards for Best Films of 2011: Meek’s Cutoff, Tyrannosaur, & We Need to Talk about Kevin. (Each one of these three superb films was on both of our “Top Ten” Lists for 2011.) In Category Two (on one “Top Ten” List & One “Near Miss” List):  Coriolanus, Gainsbourg, Project Nim, […]

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Penny’s Picks Published!

Last summer, way back when, I told you I was “road testing” a collection of reviews at Chicago’s Printer Row Lit Fest… Well, it’s finally here & you can order a copy from Amazon today! I know everyone tells you ePublishing is really easy, but of course it’s not. So huge thanks to FF2 interns Alma Garcia & […]

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Happy Birthday, Melissa!

From my ’08 Chat with Melissa Leo about Frozen River, the film that moved her from the fringe to Hollywood’s “A List“: “Women form alliances throughout time in odd and various ways. I’m thinking of people like Queen Elizabeth and her Ladies-in-Waiting. Who was really running that country? Was it Elizabeth and the men in the […]

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