For Your Consideration: Wonder Woman, Best Picture

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman, the film, mercifully ticks all the big screen entertainment boxes here. Gracefully progressing from one crucial sequence to the next, the comic book revival picture is a milestone as well as an experience. Joining the awards season debates early, it is of course one of many movies of 2017 that was tagged with […]

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Free To Watch On MUBI Now: 7 Movies You Haven’t Seen

The undiscovered world of film for many of you will include the movie on demand website MUBI. This is more than just a streaming service. Not only does MUBI allow you to watch so many off-the-radar films, but it is also a vast community of film-lovers, an endless movie catalog, as well as an abundance […]

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More Innovation And Inspiration With The Women Film Critics Circle Nominations

Forgiving them for not updating their website since last year’s roll of honor, the choices by this cluster of film-minded women from all over the shop still demonstrate much to celebrate about women in film. Behind the camera as well as in front. Here are the nominations for the 2017 Women Film Critics Circle: BEST MOVIE […]

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Review: Dee Rees’ Essential Mudbound

Mudbound is many things at once: A demonstration of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a portrait of racial tensions in rural America, and a universal telling of everyday people trying to live through the trials of today to build a better tomorrow. Yet the film is one thing as well: Poetic. Despite its heavy subject matter, it […]

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Review: Kristen Stewart’s Directorial Debut Short ‘Come Swim’

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. — Norman Cousins Many of us have a fear of the water, there is something unnerving about what lurks beneath us and the threat of being pulled under. Kristen Stewart’s (yes, that Kristen Stewart from Twilight) […]

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Why It Is Important To Have A Femme Filmmakers Festival

I recently began writing my first screenplay. My story, which centers on a male protagonist, is not only something I love to tell, but I’ve never had more fun writing anything in my life… that was, until I started developing the main female protagonist. I approached her first scene-stealing moment filled with excitement, but almost […]

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Anna Kerrigan And Minhal Baig Dominate Roll Of Honor At Femme Filmmakers Festival

Well, the four other members of the jury and I debated over the eight short films in the ten categories as described in the prior post – and here are the announcements. The two big winners were Anna Kerrigan, who wrote and directed Hot Seat, and Minhal Baig, writer- director of Hala (Baig also had After […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival 2017: Roll Of Honor

To close this magnificent #FemmeFilmFest I have assembled a small jury of film-lovers to honor a select few of these outstanding new short films. There are 5 of us in the jury, who will contest on the official selection and come to a (very difficult) decision as the top merit in each of the 10 […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival 2017: Day Ten Program

Femme Filmmakers Festival — Day Ten Program — Sunday 10th September 2017 And there we have it. The final day of the Femme Filmmakers Festival has arrived – too soon, like a brilliant holiday that is almost over. These female filmmakers and their movies have thrilled me during these ten days – and I know […]

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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic #33

Agnès Varda. A name synonymous with a film revolution still, astonishingly, under-recognized. A name that reminds us of rich, fluent, and oh-so varied cinema. Stayed tuned for the remainder of the Femme Filmmakers Festival, Vagabond closes the the whole affair Sunday. Anyway, I’m only rippling the surface with the following links, but click away all […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival 2017: Day Nine Program

Femme Filmmakers Festival — Day Nine Program — Saturday 9th September 2017 Well here we are at the penultimate of the Femme Filmmakers Festival, and I won’t lie, I am pretty broken up about it. But that wont halt my enthusiasm and excitement for these female filmmakers. It is, of course, Directors’ Weekend too, and […]

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Watch: Rachel Israel’s Short Film Keep the Change

A representation of reality with which too few of us are familiar, Rachel Israel’s Keep the Change is a beautiful, earnest depiction of blossoming love. In miniature format, and with an unconventional choice in protagonists, Israel crafts an emotional sculpture on the screen, not merely a flat rendering of romantic tropes but a complex, surprising […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival 2017: Day Eight Program

Femme Filmmakers Festival — Day Eight Program — Friday 8th September 2017 Day Eight of the Femme Filmmakers Festival sees the first day of the Directors’ Weekend with three films from the legendary Agnès Varda. Two features coming Saturday and Sunday, and a 30 minute short coming today. Don’t forget you can hit the links […]

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Billimarie Robinson Talks Filmmaking, Box-Heads, And Being Multiracial

There’s an earnest, smart filmmaking brain in the young head of Billimarie Robinson, whose diverse short films over the years have perhaps allowed her to carry the weight of the world on her shoulders through creative expression. When we first interacted a couple of years ago, having seen and reviewed Corrugated Hearts, I swore to myself […]

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Watch: Alex Burunova’s Short Film Lonely Planet

A single travel writer undergoes a personal conflict on an unexpectedly extended stay in Barcelona in Alex Burunova’s Lonely Planet. A young American woman long estranged from her home country, and from any close source of immediate human affection, engages in a romantic encounter with a disarming local – they are of similar age and […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival 2017: Day Seven Program

Femme Filmmakers Festival — Day Seven Program — Thursday 7th September 2017 Women’s rights are the direct subject of one of the feature films coming in Day Seven of the Femme Filmmakers Festival. And a smart, young filmmaker has two short films in the selection, and we had a hefty chat about many aspects of […]

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Young Filmmaker Sofija Sztepanov Talks Personal Experiences, Short Films, And Tinder

Talented 24 year-old filmmaker Sofija Sztepanov appears to have a humble yet dynamic perspective on her corner of the film world. There is also an excitement about the Femme Filmmakers Festival from her, as we discuss, in a thankfully encouraging manner, the online format of film watching and publicity. It doesn’t take long, by definition, to […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival 2017: Day Six Program

Femme Filmmakers Festival — Day Six Program — Wednesday 6th September 2017 Welcome to the second half of the Femme Filmmakers Festival. Day Six has a mixed bag of tricks once again of the short and feature variety. We venture to New Zealand and France for the feature films, women directors with a gentle, loving, […]

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Watch: Margaret Tait’s 4 Minutes Of ‘A Portrait of Ga’

This four-minute portrait of the filmmaker’s mother combines the texture of 1970s-color-saturated found footage with an oddly avant-garde structure. The editing rhythms are distinctly recognizable for anyone who has watched 70s home movies; the Kodak would often linger and jerk-pan for about twenty seconds, then (because the film ran out, because only so much could […]

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