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, January 6 to 12: HIDDEN FIGURES

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, August 8 – August 12: Florence Foster Jenkins

florence_foster_jenkins_poster Meryl Steep adds another character in her pantheon of infamous dames — be it Margaret Thatcher, Julia Child, or Emmeline Pankhurst. This time it is an actual operatic grande dame in the form of Florence Foster Jenkins. The indomitable Jenkins came to fame (or more correctly, infamy) as an operatic soprano of highly dubious talent but soaring amounts of hubris and delusions of grandeur on a Wagnerian scale. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, August 1st to 5th: SUICIDE SQUAD

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The latest comic book adaptation to hit summer screens is David Ayer’s hyperbolic super villain extravaganza. You would have to be in a coma to miss the veritable onslaught of marketing. Whether it’s strange stories about Ayer’s directorial methodology (read: manipulation) of his cast members, or the fact that the production had an on-set therapist — the film differentiates itself with a focus on the villains of the story. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 24 – July 30: EQUITY

Equity_27X40_OS_Final_061416.inddOpening July 22, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Equity, the new film from Meera Menon (Farrah Goes Bang) which shines a damning light on what it means to be female in the cut-throat world of Wall Street. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 3 – July 9: CAPTAIN FANTASTIC

captain fantastic posterOpening June 24, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Captain Fantastic, the sophomore film from actor-turned-filmmaker Matt Ross following his well-received 2012 directorial debut 28 Hotel Rooms. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, April 11 – April 17: SING STREET

sing_street_posterOpening April 15, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Sing Street, the uplifting new film from writer/director John Carney (Once, Begin Again).

Set in 1980s Dublin, it stars impressive newcomer Ferdi Walsh-Peelo as young teen Cosmo who, looking for a way out of his difficult family life and impress the girl of his dreams, starts a New Wave band with his mates; a venture which eventually sees him start a new life in London. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, March 28 – April 3: MILES AHEAD

milesahead_poster copyOpening April 1, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Miles Ahead, an exploration of the life and music of legendary jazz musician Miles Davis, directed by and starring Don Cheadle. Cheadle takes the director’s chair for the first time, as well as the lead role of Miles Dewey Davis III who, as a jazz musician, expert trumpet player, band leader and composer, reshaped the landscape of American music and continues to be one of its greatest influencers. Cheadle also co-wrote the screenplay with Steven Baigelman, who previously penned James Brown biopic Get On Up (2014). Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, March 21 – March 27: I SAW THE LIGHT

isawthelight poster Opening March 18, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is I Saw the Light, the new music biopic which stars Tom Hiddleston as country-western legend Hank Williams who wowed Fifties America with songs including ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ and ‘Cold Cold Heart’. 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 22-28: EDDIE THE EAGLE

Eddie_posterOpening Feb. 26, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Eddie the Eagle, the big screen biopic of unlikely British sporting hero Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, who took the world of ski jumping by storm in the 1980s. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, February 8-14: HOW TO BE SINGLE

how to single posterOpening Feb. 12, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is How To Be Single, the new female-centric comedy from director Christian Ditter (Love, Rosie) featuring a stellar ensemble cast of some of today’s greatest young actresses. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, January 4-10: ABOUT RAY

about ray posterOpening Dec. 31, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is About Ray, which stars Elle Fanning (Malificent, Trumbo) as a young woman who makes the decision to transition from female to male. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, December 21 – 30 : 45 YEARS

45years posterOpening Dec. 23, and highlighting the holiday season, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is 45 Years, British writer/director Andrew Haigh’s follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2011 film Weekend Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, December 15 – December 21 – STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

star wars posterOpening Dec. 18, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a film which surely needs no introduction other than to say it’s the latest instalment in the classic sci-fi franchise, helmed by JJ Abrams. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, December 8 – December 14: BLEEDING HEART

bleeding hert posterOpening Dec. 11, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Bleeding Heart, writer/director Diane Bell’s second film which tells the tale of two sisters caught up in the dangerous world of prostitution. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, December 1 – December 7: HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT

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Opening Dec. 2, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Hitchcock/Truffaut, filmmaker Kent Jones’ documentary about director Francois Truffaut’s 1966 book Cinema According to Hitchcock, and how it has influenced the work of myriad filmmakers. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, November 24-November 30: JANIS: LITTLE GIRL BLUE

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Opening Nov. 27, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Janis: Little Girl Blue, the new documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Amy Berg which looks at the life and work of legendary blues singer Janis Joplin. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, November 17-November 23: CAROL

carol posterOpening Nov. 20, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Carol, director Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, I’m Not There) sumptuous new drama staring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as two women who are drawn to each other in the strict moral landscape of 1950s New York.

Adapted by debut feature screenwriter Phyllis Nagy from the novel by Patricia Highsmith, Carol is an exquisite example of an awards contender which more than lives up to the high expectations of the season. This is thanks to both the quality of the material and its telling; Nagy’s script is perfectly pitched, as is Haynes masterful direction, but the real strength – and joy – of this film is found in its two lead performances. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, November 10-November 16: INGRID BERGMAN: IN HER OWN WORDS

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Opening Nov. 13, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words, the intimate biopic of the legendary siren of the silver screen by Swedish writer, director and film critic Stig Bjorkman. 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, October 27-November 2: OUR BRAND IS CRISIS

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Opening October 23, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Our Brand Is Crisis, director David Gordon Green’s new comedy drama based on Rachel Boynton’s 2006 documentary of the same name which looked at the tactics and consequences of American political campaigns. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, October 20-26: SUFFRAGETTE

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Opening October 23, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Suffragette, British director Sarah Gavron’s phenomenal portrait of the brave women at the vanguard of the rights to vote campaign in the early 20th century in Britain. Specifically, Gavron and master screenwriter Abi Morgan (Shame, The Iron Lady) have chosen to set their film in the seminal year of 1912 when, disheartened by the lack of progress, movement leader Emmeline Pankhurst (a commanding cameo by Meryl Streep) decreed that words should become action. And so it was that peaceful protest and political machinations turned into guerilla warfare, bands of women creating civil unrest to draw attention to their cause; and, often, ending up behind bars, isolated from their families, subject to the most heinous public shame and physically tortured. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, October 5-11: THE FORBIDDEN ROOM

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Opening October 2, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is The Forbidden Room, artist filmmaker Guy Maddin’s latest experimental work set in the claustrophobic confines of a marooned submarine deep below the ocean’s surface. Read on…

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