BY Hannah Baxter
on Dec 16, 2014
2014 was, by most accounts, a pretty rad year for the ladies in the crowd. Politically, we’ve got more woman than ever before in Congress (100 to be exact), the first African-American Republican Congresswoman, and a blatant smack down of extreme anti-abortion laws. Women have thoroughly flexed their social media muscles, creating trending hashtags like #YesAllWomen, #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft that united women and allies against violence, misogyny ... Read More
BY Julia Zdrojewski
on Dec 09, 2014
“What Happened, Miss Simone?” has been named as the opening film for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The documentary follows the life of artist and activist Nina Simone, and is directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus (The Farm: Angola, USA and Bobby Fischer Against the World). It will air as part of Netflix’s original programming and be available for streaming in 2015.
Lisa Nishimura, VP of Original Documentary Programming on ... Read More
BY Natalia Hadjigeorgiou
on Dec 02, 2014
Zero Motivation is a new film about two young women who perform their mandatory military service as office workers in an army base under a rigid Israeli leader. Tayla Lavie’s black comedy tackles a new approach to the very male-dominated genre of war films, namely a military movie from a female perspective that is also written and directed by a woman.
The film is broken into three chapters and centers on the power struggles of three females. Two ... Read More
BY Audrey Cerchiara
on Nov 18, 2014
Vampires don’t die easily.
Especially vamps that grossed $3.3 billion worldwide.
The Twilight saga continues now that Lionsgate is sponsoring “The Storytellers -- New Voices of the Twilight Saga,” a Facebook-based competition to find and fund five Twi-verse short films written and directed by women.
Fans are currently voting to decide which characters the films will ultimately develop. The stories must be canonical ... Read More
BY Audrey Cerchiara
on Nov 18, 2014
Josephine Decker is an actor, writer, performance artist and filmmaker. Her most recent creations are two fearless feature-length films, Butter on the Latch and Thou Wast Mild and Lovely. These evocative movies defy expectations of narrative and rely on alternative styles of storytelling to illuminate the lives of young women. I got a chance to ask Decker some questions about her filmmaking process, feminism and fantasy. She is currently taking a ... Read More
on Aug 19, 2014
When it comes to female directors we often think of BO$$ ladies like Sofia Coppola, Kathryn Bigelow, and Sarah Polley, but then…we begin to get stumped. This isn’t because there aren’t passionate women in the film industry, but more so the fact that those women aren’t being put in positions of power.
According to the website womenmakemovies, the statistics about female directors in Hollywood are depressing. In 2013, only 16% of directors, ... Read More
on Jul 15, 2014
It was your average summertime Friday night, when a lack of money and available activities led to another sweat-band-hair-tie-chillin-with-no-makeup-on movie night. After scanning through the available selections, my friends and I decided on “The To Do List” the “Valentines Day”-esque movie, that seemed to feature a character from almost every single Emmy-nominated TV series. The Comedy stars Parks and Recs’ Aubrey ... Read More
BY Gwen Berumen
on Jul 01, 2014
Early last week, I had the pleasure of speaking with Brooklyn-based indie filmmakers Rémy Bennett and Émilie Richard-Froozan, the BFF directors behind the upcoming film Buttercup Bill.
The film can best be described as a dream sequence, a vibrant story of two childhood friends, Patrick and Pernilla, more akin to siblings separated at birth, who reunite after a tragedy. “The genre is doomed love,” Rémy told me, “like people ... Read More
on Jun 05, 2014
Rocks in My Pockets is an animated movie for adults that poses the question, “How do you stay sane in this crazy world?” While this particular line of thinking is nothing new, the film, funded by over 800 Kickstarter contributions, searches for answers via five women and their personal battles with depression and suicide.
Creator Signe Baumane, a Latvian-born, New York-based artist, uses both hand-drawn and painted animation paired ... Read More
BY Claire Filipek
on Jun 03, 2014
Summer is the perfect time for movie theater refuge. When your air-conditioning cruelly breaks in the middle of a heat wave, there is nothing better than fleeing to the movies to watch March of the Penguins (or was that just me?) However, The Wrap has revealed that out of 39 movies being released this summer, only one, Jupiter Down, is directed by a woman. Excuse me, CO-DIRECTED by a woman, Lana Wachowski with her brother, Andy.
In 2009, The New York ... Read More