MOVIE OF THE WEEK December 15: THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR

motw logo 1-35Using the horrific 1944 gang rape of a black woman by white men as a jumping-off point to examine systemic issues of race, class, and power in the United States, Nancy Buirski’s documentary “The Rape of Recy Taylor” is stirring and powerful. Like many other 2017 films, including “Detroit,” “Mudbound,” “Strong Island,” and more, “Recy Taylor” makes it abundantly clear that the complicated history and politics of race and gender are more relevant — and frustrating — than ever. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK December 8: THE TRIBES OF PALOS VERDES

motw logo 1-35In “The Tribes of Palos Verdes,” well-manicured lawns, sprawling houses, and groomed beaches can’t prevent family turmoil from wreaking havoc in the life of teenage Medina (Maika Monroe). Yet the melancholy drama, written by Karen Croner, features a particularly strong performance by Jennifer Garner, who plays against type as Sandy, Medina’s neurotic, insecure, emotionally unstable mother. Continue reading...

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK November 24: THE DANCER

motw logo 1-35Chances are, even people who wouldn’t describe themselves as “into dance” have heard the name Isadora Duncan and know something about her career and tragic death. But what about dancer and performance artist Loie Fuller, the innovator of modern dance who helped propel Duncan to superstardom in the early 20th century? Stephanie Di Giusto’s drama “The Dancer” remedies that by telling the story of Fuller’s complex, fascinating and often-heartbreaking life and career. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK November 17: THE BREADWINNER

motw logo 1-35The Breadwinner is a powerful, gorgeously animated film about Parvana, a remarkable little girl caught in untenable circumstances in Taliban-controlled Kabul, Afghanistan. From the studio and filmmakers who previously gave us The Secret of Kells and other animated gems, “The Breadwinner” isn’t your typical mainstream “cartoon” fare. Based on the same-named novel by Deborah Ellis (who has co-screenwriting credit with Anita Doron), director Nora Twomey’s remarkable film tells a deep, thoughtful story replete with elements of both pain and joy, despair and hope. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK November 10: MUDBOUND

motw logo 1-35Telling the intertwining stories of two families — one white, one black — living on the same piece of rural Mississippi farmland in the 1940s, Dee ReesMudbound blends strong performances, notable cinematography, and heartbreaking human drama. It’s clear things are going to get grim from the opening sequence, in which adult brothers Henry and Jamie McAllan (played by Jason Clarke and Garrett Hedlund, respectively) try to bury their father despite the onslaught of a torrential downpour, which leaves both men shaken and covered in mud. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK October 13, 2017: TAKE MY NOSE…PLEASE!

motw logo 1-35Any woman who’s ever felt dissatisfied with any aspect of her appearance — so, pretty much every woman — will find something to relate to in “Take My Nose … Please!” Documentarian Joan Kron (directing her first film at the age of 89!) blends her subjects’ personal stories with a broader survey of the media’s impact on female body image to create a film that’s simultaneously provocative and empathetic (as well as frequently laugh-out-loud funny). Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK October 6, 2017: FACES PLACES

motw logo 1-35Celebrated filmmaker Agnes Varda is no stranger to making films about everyday, relatable people — including herself. FACES PLACES, her collaboration with photographer/artist J.R. (he’s known only by his initials), chronicles the pair’s friendship and partnership while introducing audiences to a wide range of French people, who share their communities and fascinating stories with Varda and J.R. in exchange for powerful, personalized public art installations. Continue reading…

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It’s a Wrap: AWFJ Looks Back at 2016

AWFJ is completing our tenth anniversary year, and it’s time to take stock and evolve. What has our organization accomplished during 2016, and what are our goals for 2017. But as we look back to evaluate our accomplishments and before we set forth plans for a new year filled with worthwhile projects, let’s pause for a moment to give due credit to the AWFJ members who’ve contributed their ideas, time and energy to make our 2016 programs and enterprises so successful. Well done! And here’s round of applause and a virtual pat on the back to each of you in recognition of your collegiality and activism. Now on to the nitty gritty about what AWFJ has done curing 2016, with shout outs to individual members who helmed projects and made them happen. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 10 – July 16: GHOSTBUSTERS

ghostbusters posterOpening July 15, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Ghostbusters, the hotly-awaited new all-female reboot of the beloved sci-fi franchise from director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy). Read on…

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AWFJ NEWS: New Members for 2016 and AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is delighted to announce that Chaz Ebert, Candice Frederick and Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan have joined our organization. AWFJ accepts very few new members each year, and for 2016, we welcome these three outstanding women film journalists to our group.

Thelma Adams and Candice Frederick have joined AWFJ’s MOVIE OF THE WEEK panel, picking a best bet opening film that by and/or about women, or represents fully realized women characters on screen. MOVIE OF THE WEEK is a weekly weekly AWFJ.org feature written by Nikki Baughan and edited by Sandra Kraisirideja.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, February 29 – March 6: WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT

whiskey tango foxtrot posterOpening Feb. 26, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, a comedy set in the midst of Taliban-controlled Afghanistan and Pakistan starring the incomparable Tina Fey. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, February 1-7: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES

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Opening Jan. 29, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the big screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s popular novel, which envisions Jane Austen’s classic playing out in a world populated by the living dead. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, November 3-November 9: MISS YOU ALREADY

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Opening October 23, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Miss You Already, director Catherine Hardwicke’s (Thirteen, Twilight) drama about a lifelong female friendship put to the test by serious illness starring Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, September 21-27: THE KEEPING ROOM

the-keeping-room-posterThe Keeping Room, director Daniel Barber’s powerful Civil War drama which sees three women fighting to defend their isolated home from a pair of desperate rogue soldiers. Read on…

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AWFJ EDA Awards @ Salem Film Fest 2015

salemfilmfest2014logoThe Alliance of Women Film Journalists is partnering with Salem Film Fest to present the EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Film at this year’s festival, taking place in Salem, Massachusetts from March 5 to 12, 2015. This is the fourth consecutive year of the EDA Awards partnership. For the list of nominated films and jury members, read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Dec. 22-28: BIG EYES

Opening Dec. 25, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Big Eyes, the latest film from director Tim Burton (Corpse Bride, Alice in Wonderland, Frankenweenie). Here, he shifts his focus from the fantastical and otherworldy to real life 1950s housewife-turned-artist Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), who enjoyed huge success during the period with her paintings depicting spellbinding big-eyed children. The caveat, however, was that her husband Walter (Christoph Waltz) took credit for the work, arguing that paintings would sell better with a male signature attached. While Margaret first accepted his thieving of her talent, the pair would later enter into a vicious lawsuit. Read on…

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AWFJ Presents EDA Awards @ Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) has extended its EDA Awards festival program to include presentation of juried EDA Awards for best female-directed narrative and documentary features at the 2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival, held from June 18 to 30, 2014. The EDA Award winners were announced and EDA Award certificates presented by AWFJ President Jennifer Merin at EIFF’s awards ceremony on June 27, at Edinburgh’s FilmHouse. AWFJ jurors presented three awards to female-directed films at EIFF this year. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, April 7-11: ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE

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For this week’s pick, AWFJ Movie of the Week panelists found Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive to be deeply romantic, stylishly delicious, hilarious, gloriously photographed, sublime and a bitingly perfect fresh take on a worn out genre.

All that, plus superb performances by Tilda Swinton and Tim Hiddleston as stunningly humane vampire soul mates who face the extinction of their species due to the toxic contamination of their essential and no longer pure liquid of life. This brilliant film infuses the vampire genre with new life, however, and will surely last through the ages. Read on…

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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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