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SPOTLIGHT July, 2014: Karen Konoval, Actress, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

awfjspotlightsmallsmallIt was one of those phone calls where Karin Konoval wasn’t sure whether her agent was just being goofy by asking her if she wanted to audition to play a chimpanzee in an untitled feature film.

“I’d played a wide range of roles but I thought this is really pushing it,” the actress joked on the New Orleans set of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes where she was shooting the blockbuster last year.

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She decided to give it a shot since it was unusual and felt like something new.

Knowing that it would be a challenge, she went to the casting call and encountered “20-somethings who were doing splits in the hallway” in preparation, some of them were even acrobats. But, with her nuanced and soulful interpretation of the character she capture the role of Maurice.

So, who is Karen Konoval, the actress who was able to portray a male Orangutan and make him so memorable? Read on…

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Gender @ the Movies: On-line Film Critics and Criticism – Dr. Martha Lauzen Reports Latest Stats

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Martha Lauzen

Recent events indicate that gender often plays a role in popular film criticism. In February of this year, Rex Reed, film critic for the New York Observer, made an issue of Melissa McCarthy’s weight in his review of Identity Thief. This incident followed closely on the heels of a (now former) male editor at the Niagara Falls Reporter ordering a critic to refrain from reviewing films with strong female characters. While such anecdotal stories are attention getting, they reveal little about the relationship between gender, film critics, and movie reviews. Read on…

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AWFJ’s 2012 EDA Awards in The News!

The 2012 EDA Awards received monumental media recognition, with coverage in Time, Variety, USA Today, Thompson On Hollywood, Movie City News and dozens of other esteemed journals and blogs. With sincerest thanks to all, here’s a sampling of the media coverage we’ve received.

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AWFJ Announces 2012 EDA Awards Winners

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is delighted to reveal the winners of its 7th Annual EDA Awards. Starting with Best Film, “Zero Dark Thirty” swept the AWFJ EDA “Best of” categories with five awards, took another two in the female-centric EDA Focus Awards, and earned its eighth win in the EDA Special Mention section. See the full list of winners.

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AWFJ’s Top Ten 2012

In alphabetical order, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ top ten films of 2012 are:

Amour

Argo

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Life of Pi

Lincoln

The Master

Moonrise Kingdom

Silver Linings Playbook

Skyfall

Zero Dark Thirty

AWFJ’s Top Ten 2012 list is a compilation of our members’ individual top ten lists, which are also available on our Website.

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AWFJ EDA Award Presented At Salem Film Fest

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) is pleased to announce that the winner of our juried EDA Award for the Best Female-Directed Film at the 2012 Salem Film Fest is WISH ME AWAY, directed by Bobbie Birleffi & Beverly Kopf.

AWFJ also presented a special award for Synthesis of Theme and Form to ALL ME: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF WINFRED REMBERT, directed by Vivian Ducat.

The jury for the EDA Awards presented at Salem Film Fest 2012 included AWFJ members Cynthia Fuchs (Popmatters.com), Jennifer Merin (Documentaries.About.com and Womens eNews), Erin Trahan (The Independent), Susan Wloszczyna (USA Today) and Jeanne Wolf (JeanneWolfsHollywood.com and PARADE Magazine).

All jurors participated in the nominating process, selecting from all female-directed films programmed at the festival, the five following titles as EDA Award nominees:

•ALL ME: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF WINFRED REMBERT – Director: Vivian Ducat

•IN HEAVEN, UNDERGROUND – Drector: Britta Wauer

•SKYDANCER – Director: Katja Esson

•WE STILL LIVE HERE: AS NUTAYUNEAN – Director: Anne Makepeace

•WISH ME AWAY – Directors: Bobbie Birleffi & Beverly Kopf

The EDA Award winner was announced and the award certificate was presented on Saturday March 3, at 1:30 pm, during an AWFJ-facilitated panel discussion about “How does media cover documentary film?.”

Salem Film Fest 2012 took place from March 1-8, 2012, in Salem, MA.

AWFJ commends Salem Film Fest selection committee for its high ratio of female-directed films and for helping to facilitate this award process. AWFJ thanks the qualifying filmmakers and distributors for submitting their films for consideration, and our jury members for their participation in presenting this AWFJ EDA Award.

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2011 EDA Awards Nominees

The members of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists are pleased to announce our nominees for the 2011 EDA Awards, which will be announced on January 10, 2012.

As in years past, the awards categories include all of the standard bests, plus AWFJ’s unique Female Focus Awards and Special Mention awards. Check the complete list to see our nominees for Best Nudity, Actress Most In Need of A New Agent and Most Memorable Moment.

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AWFJ Welcomes Twelve New Members in 2011

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is pleased to announce its 2011 slate of new members, invited from among the top news media covering the content and business of film. The additions bring the number of leading women journalists on the organization’s roster to 70.

Listed in alphabetical order, the AWFJ welcomes:

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2010 EDA Awards In The News

Of the thousands of items writen about the 2010 EDA Awards, these are some of our favorites. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – AWFJ’s Top Ten Films of 2009

Tallied from the individual lists of AWFJ members, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ top ten films of 2009 are, in alphabetical order:

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AWFJ Women On Film – 2009 EDA Award Winners

Katheryn Bigelow receives five EDA Awards, including best film (The Hurt Locker), Best Director and Perseverance Awards. Carey Mulligan wins two, and guess who’s most in need of a new agent! Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – 2009 EDA Awards Celebration – Mrs. Rich’s Crisps

Very easy and sugary and delicious! These chocolate saltine toffee crisps are from the cookbook cache of Katey Rich’s mom, and they’re worthy of their own celebration. Here, in response to universal requests, Katey geneously shares the recipe.

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2009 EDA Awards Nominees

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2009 EDA Awards. Read more

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2008 AWFJ EDA Awards in the News

AWFJ’s 2008 EDA Awards and Top Ten lists received global coverage in consumer and industry media, and at fan and special interest Websites. Here, selected from thousands of items available on the Internet, is a rather randomly organized list with links to of some of our favorites, Read more>>

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AWFJ Members In The News!

It’s time for AWFJ to exercise our bragging rights! We’re proud to report that AWFJ members have been making news, and congratulations are in order:

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AWFJ Women On Film – Releasing July 29 and 31, 2009

AWFJ highlights films made by and about women:

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AWFJ Women On Film – Releasing July 24, 2009

AWFJ highlights films made by and about women:

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AWFJ Women On Film – Releasing July 15 and 17, 2009

AWFJ Women On Film highlights movies made by and about women:

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AWFJ Women On Film – Releasing July 10, 2009

AWFJ highlights films made by and about women:

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AWFJ Women On Film – Releasing July 1 and 3, 2009

AWFJ highlights films made by and about women

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AWFJ Women On Film – Releasing June 19, 2009

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists highlights films made by and about women

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AWFJ Women On Film – Releasing June 11 and 12, 2009

AWFJ highlights films made by and about women:

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AWFJ Women On Film – Releasing June 3 and 5, 2009

AWFJ highlights films that are made by and about women:

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AWFJ Women On Film – Releasing May 27 and 29, 2009

AWFJ highlights films made by and about women

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AWFJ Women On Film – Releasing May 15, 2009

AWFJ highlights films made by and about women:

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