EDA Awards @ IDFA 2015 Filmmaker Interview: Alisa Kovalenko on ALISA IN WARLAND

alisa 1Alisa in Warland, one of ten films nominated for the AWFJ EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Documentary at IDFA 2015, is a film in which the director discovered that she was also the lead character. Just out of film school, Alisa Kovalenko and Liubov Durakova set out to document the war in their homeland, embedding themselves with soldiers on the front in Eastern Ukraine. Read what Alisa Kovalenko has to say about their experiences as first time filmmakers working under truly extraordinary circumstances on THE FEMALE GAZE.

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EDA Awards @ IDFA 2015 Filmmaker Interview: Ina Borrmann on EVERY 28 DAYS

inaEvery 28 Days, one of ten films nominated for the AWFJ EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Documentary at IDFA 2015, is a very personal and deeply moving documentary in which filmmaker Ina Bborrmann chronicles her efforts to become pregnant and bear a child. IDFA’s catalog description of the film is below. Read what Borrmann has to say about the challenges of making this documentary about herself and her own life choices on THE FEMALE GAZE.

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EDA Awards @ IDFA 2015 Filmmaker Interview: Mariana Viñoles on CAROLINA’S WORLD

carolinas mariana vinCarolina’s World, one of ten films nominated for the AWFJ EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Documentary at IDFA 2015, is filmmaker Mariana Viñoles’ portrait of Carolina, a 20 year old who loves to tango, and loves life and has Downs Syndrome, The film is up close and personal, entirely revealing and always respectful. Read what the filmmaker has to say about her experiences in making Carolina’s World on THE FEMALE GAZE.

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THE FEMALE GAZE: Stina Werenfels Talks DORA, Sexual Neuroses and Women in Film – Dana Knight interviews (Exclusive)

Filmmaker Stina Werenfels

Filmmaker Stina Werenfels


Dora or the Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents is Swiss director Stina Werenfels’ second feature film. It is a provocative drama that focuses on the awakening sexuality of a young, mentally disabled woman and the intense repercussions this event has for her family, and it has strong feminist overtones. Interviewing Werenfels at Belinale 2015, THE FEMALE GAZE contributor Dana Knight questions the filmmaker about Doras strong feminist overtones, female sexuality in film and women working in film in Switzerland. Read on…

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THE FEMALE GAZE: Shira Geffen on BOREG, Filmmaking and Israeli Women – Dana Knight Interviews (Exclusive)

Film Title: Les Meduses.Shira Geffen is an Israeli actress, screenwriter and film director. Her first feature Jellyfish (or Medzudot), which she co-directed with her husband Etgar Keret, won the Camera d’Or in Cannes 2007. Self Made (or Boreg), her second feature film, is a dark but humorous drama that tells the story of two women – one Israeli, the other Palestinian- who are trapped within their respective worlds. After a mix-up at a checkpoint, they find themselves living the life of the other on the opposite side of the border and their all-too human characteristics are revealed against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. THE FEMALE GAZE contributor Dana Knight interviewed Geffen at the !F Istanbul Film Festival in March, 2015. Read more>>

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Nancy Buirski Talks SIDNEY LUMET, Doc Form and Women in Film — Dana Knight interviews (Exclusive)

nancy buirski 1Filmmaker Nancy Buirski’s engaging documentary about filmmaker Sidney Lumet premiered at Cannes 2015, where THE FEMALE GAZE frequent contributor Dana Knight caught up with her to chat about her esteemed subject, other directors who’ve influenced her work, taking a turn at a narrative feature and the business of women in film. Read on…

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Frances McDormand Talks Cinema and Women @ Cannes – Dana Knight reports (Exclusive)

mcdormand1 upheadAt the 68th Cannes International Film Festival, Kering and the Festival de Cannes launched the first edition of the Women in Motion program, spotlighting women’s contributions to cinema. Frances McDormand, a featured guest: “By saying we need “help” we keep the conversation back a little bit. We don’t need “help”, we need money, we need platforms, we need voices but we don’t need “help”. AWFJ’s THE FEMALE GAZE contributor Dana Knight reports. Read on…

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CHAGALL-MALEVICH’s Kristina Schneidermann on Being Bella, Alexander Mitta and Moviemaking Coincidences – Interview by Dana Knight (Exclusive)

chagall posterChagall-Malevich blends fact and folklore in tracing the return of the iconic Jewish artist (Leonid Bichevin) to his childhood home of Vitebsk. Ending his immensely successful stay in Paris, Chagall returns to Russia in 1917, hoping to marry the love of his life Bella Rosenfeld, played by Kristina Schneidermann. The Female Gaze contributor Dana Knight talks to Schneidermann about playing the famous artist’s wife, working with legendary Russian director Alexander Mitta and the striking coincidences that occurred during the making of the fictionalized biopic. Read the interview…

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Amy Kohn on A COURTSHIP, Faith and First Time Filmmaking – Dana Knight interviews for The Female Gaze (Exclusive)

Filmmaker Amy Kohn

Filmmaker Amy Kohn

Amy Kohn’s debut documentary offers a peek into the practice of Christian courtship, wherein a woman hands over the responsibility of finding a husband to her parents and the will of God. Such is the path for Kelly, who after growing up happily in a secular family is prompted by her parent’s divorce to adopt a Christian couple as her spiritual-family who will guide her through courtship. A Courtship premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2015, where The Female Gaze contributor Dana Knight interviewed the director about her discoveries while making the film, gaining the trust of vulnerable subjects, and the tribulations of first-time filmmaking. Read more>>

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Paz Fabrega and Kattia Gonzalez on VIAJE – Dana Knight interviews for The Female Gaze (exclusive)

viaje1Costa Rican filmmaker Paz Fabrega and actress/producer Kattia Gonzalez chat with film journalist Dana Knight for THE FEMALE GAZE, talking about the New Cinema of Costa Rica, their personal approach to filmmaking and their desire to portray relationships more realistically in Viaje. Their conversation took place during the Tribeca Film Festival, in New York City, on April 4, 2015. Read on…

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The Female Gaze: Girls Negotiate Unfamiliar Spaces Through Film @ Berlinale 2015– Guest Post by Monty Majeed (Exclusive)

berlinaleThe magic of movies lies in the fact that they evoke in children — girls and boys, alike — a horde of emotional responses to onscreen images. Young women, in particular, are profoundly influenced by films that follow girl protagonists whose stories transport them to new cultures, environments and character circumstances beyond their personal experiences within their familiar realm. As Indian critic Monty Majeed discovered while interviewing girls at Berlinale 2015, this year’s festival’s expanded programming of films with young women protagonists projected horizon-broadening images that were as transformative and enlightening as they were disturbing. Read on…

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Unconscious Bias and Hollywood’s Arrested Development – Dr. Martha M. Lauzen comments (Exclusive)

Martha Lauzen

Martha Lauzen

As this year’s Oscar nominations attest, the film industry continues to suffer from an acute case of arrested development when it comes to gender diversity. The lack of women nominees as directors, cinematographers, and writers is a symptom of wider biases operating in the business. Read on…

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52nd New York Film Festival: IRIS – Review by Kathleen Carroll

In the ever so posh world of high fashion and design, Iris Apfel has always been thought of as a true original. In her view basic black is for sissies unless you add a vibrantly colored jacket. She simply adores Moroccan jewelry but just one necklace would never do for her. She loves to pile on her amber necklaces and bold cuff bracelets. Her signature look, which includes a huge pair of black-rimmed eye glasses (the kind of glasses the late Carol Channing used to use as her favorite accessory) is truly unique which is why she is still at age 98 a fashion icon. Read on…

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

Martha Lauzen

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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