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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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Local SWAN Day 2012 Celebrations

After a month of exciting events including WITASWAN films at Gene Siskel Film Center, Harold Washington Library Center, Skokie Public Library, & the Showplace Icon, and the second annual SWAN Day at the Goodman (attending The Convert followed by dinner at Petterinos with Regina Taylor), plus my annual “If I Ruled the World” presentation at Harold […]

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Worldwide SWAN Day 2012 Celebrations

eBlast from Martha Richards: Happy SWAN Day 2012! Thanks so much to all of you who are participating in the Fifth International SWAN Day. Whether you are organizing an event, attending an event, spreading the word, or giving a gift to your favorite woman artist, you are part of a growing world-wide movement. (See this year’s […]

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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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5th SWAN Day Press Release

CHICAGO/SAN FRANCISCO (3/8/12)—On March 31, 2012, people in more than 20 countries around the world will celebrate women artists—from dancers to designers, from poets to playwrights, from actresses-on-screen to women-behind-the-camera—as women in international audiences join with women artists worldwide to celebrate their achievements. These events will come before, during, and after the 5th annual International […]

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Goodman SWANs 2012

3/28/12 Update –> Early feedback from some of our 3/24 participants: “The Convert was one of the best plays of this season. The subject was riveting, the players were excellent. The reception was great. Regina Taylor is a great playwright and an excellent speaker. I am truly looking forward to seeing Crowns. Thanks for 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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SWAN-Filled Vacation!

I’m back from my terrific vacation & guess what: way far away on the remote Shetland Islands (midway between Scotland & Norway in the middle of the North Sea & home of the famous “Shetland Ponies“), I found Shetland Jewellery.  And guess what: their logo is a swan!!! Here I am (below) with Master Jeweler Marina–who […]

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PRLF ’11 Pix

Had a table once again under the IWPA canopy at the Printers Row Lit Fest.  This year I sold SWAN Day buttons, magnets, & totebags & I even had a “proto-book” (review copies of a real book I will release later this summer through CreateSpace). Huge thanks to Alma Garcia and Julia Kulovitz for helping out (as well as […]

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YouTube Debut

Eek!  My summer intern (wonderful Brigid Presecky) has succeeded in posting pieces of my March Limmud presentation (celebrating the 4th International SWAN Day) on YouTube!  A weird & wonderful world awaits? So this is my introduction to my “multiple personalities” (as 1/2 of Films for Two plus Second City Tzivi & The Hot Pink Pen).  […]

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Charlotte Zwerin Day

This morning I awoke to NPR’s Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep asking filmmaker Lisa Cholodenko to recommend a few DVD favorites.  She named four: Ordinary People, Chinatown, Gimme Shelter, & Y Tu Mama Tambien. At first I was bereft: “Lisa,” I said outloud.  “Can’t you think of ANY films by women to recommend?”  But being “a […]

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Jane Addams Day #4!

Click HERE to download reservation form!  Celebrate Illinois’ fourth annual Jane Addams Day!!! Date: Dec 11th (Sat AM) Time: 11 AM to 1 PM Location: Petterino’s Restaurant (Chicago Loop) Cost: $10 per person with advance reservations Food: Light Brunch (Fruit & Pastries/Yogurt & Granola/Coffee & Tea) Speakers: Jan Lisa Huttner & Louise W. Knight Jan […]

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7/21/08: AAUW-Illinois Honors WITASWAN!

On July 21, 2008, Linda Henning Cohen, the new President of AAUW-Illinois, sent me a letter concluding as follows: “The AAUW-Illinois Board thanks you for your years of developing and promoting WITASWAN and wishes to acknowledge your outstanding accomplishments with the enclosed proclamation.” THANK YOU, AAUW-ILLINOIS!!! You will always be credited as the original incubator […]

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Follow the Breadcrumbs…

Click HERE to see location of Huttner/Miller Condo. …to Jan’s House 🙂      I live in Dearborn Park in Chicago’s South Loop–which is just west of the State Street/Roosevelt Road intersection.      If you drive here, you must enter the Dearborn Park One complex at State & 9th Streets.  There are no other entrances into the […]

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