Fork Films Funds 16 Femme-Helmed and/or Produced Documentaries — Jennifer Merin reports

fork films logoAbigail Disney’s Fork Films is dividng $625,000 in grants among 16 new documentaries that align with the company’s dedication to promoting peacebuilding, human rights, and social justice. All are directed and or produced by women. Selected from 500 applicants, the chosen films address topics ranging from refugee and immigration stories, to incarceration, civil rights, disability rights and media depictions of transgender people, as well as other timely topics. The unprecedented number of applications indicates growing demand for nonfiction storytelling in this turbulent time. Continue reading on CINEMA CITIZEN

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THE WONDERS, ARMOUR OF LIGHT, MAKING ROUNDS, OUR BRAND IS CRISIS, BARE and Other Oct 30 Openers – Reviews by Jennifer Merin

wonders posterAlice Rohrwacher’s second feature, The Wonders, is full of mystery and fully deserves it’s title. Abigail Disney’s Armour of Light, an enlightening documentary, follows an Evangelical minister and the mother of a slain teenage son to point out the contradictions between Evangelical Christian ideology and second amendment advocacy by Evangelical Christians. Muffy Meyers’ Making Rounds follows two highly regarded cardiologists as they train young doctors to listen to patients with heart and to diagnose them at their bedsides rather than at computers. Plus reviews of Our Brand is Crisis, Bare, Top Spin and Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. Read the reviews

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AWFJ Partners With ITVS on Women and Girls Lead Campaign

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is proud to announce its partnership with the Independent Television Service (ITVS) for its the three-year national PBS campaign Women and Girls Lead, the multiyear public engagement campaign, which aims to educate, focus, and connect viewers with more than 50 acclaimed documentaries, as well as through nationwide community and educational events.

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