A Wonder Woman fan film that blazed across the Internet this week has women everywhere cheering the possibility of a female superhero movie. It also raised the intriguing question: What might our culture be like if we had more grand, epic movies about the lives of women? And what if female filmmakers were writing and directing them? Read more>>
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Nuts, protein bars, gummi bears and coffee. Lots of coffee. These are the things that the survival kit of a festival visitor in Toronto might contain. I know mine does. There is so little time and so much to watch! Read more
An ad for the Toronto International Film Festival (in short TIFF) says “Find out who this Benedict Cumberbatch guy is”
Indeed, the 38th festival which kicks off on September 5th will introduce the British actor to everyone who missed the big hype during summer when he was seen as the villain in Star Trek Into Darkness. Read more
2013 marks the 20th Anniversary of Sheffield DocFest and they chose to celebrate it in style. Read more
During June, 2013, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, a nonprofit association of leading professional critics and feature writers who work in print, broadcast and online media in the U.S., U.K. and Canada, has presented four EDA Awards to women directors for their outstanding achievements in documentary filmmaking. Read more>>
The Alliance of Women Film Journalists announced seven nominees for a special EDA award, created to celebrate POV’s 25th anniversary. The winner will be announced at POV’s 26th-season launch party at its headquarters in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Thursday, June 6, 2013.
With this EDA award, the AWFJ will honor the best female-directed film from the curated program MoMA Selects: POV, a 25th Anniversary Retrospective, presented at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in February and March of 2013. A jury of five AWFJ members selected the nominees. Read more>>.
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 more
Hard times continue for female directors — not only in Hollywood, but at film fests,l Read more>>
Here’s a cheat sheet for the roster of female directors who should have made the 2013 list of Oscar nominations, starting with Kathryn Bigelow, whose latest military film is clouded by controversy over its depiction of torture. Read more>>
Assorted real world influencers, including journalists, filmmakers and public officials, are giving unusual scrutiny to Zero Dark Thirty, asking the question “How much truth is too much truth in a fiction film — especially when the film purports to be truth-based?” Read more>>