2007 Festival Films By and About Women

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Kim Voynar, who has attended a number of film festivals this year, provides a list of her favorites:

Teeth — about a young girl with vagina dentata; stars Jess Weixler (shared the Best Actress at Sundance with Tamara Podemski for Four Sheets to the Wind)

Four Sheets to the Wind — Directed by Sterling Harjo, won Best Actress at Sundance for Tamara Podemski (shared with Jess Weixler for Teeth)

4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days — Winner at Cannes, directed by Christian Mungui, is about friendship between women and an abortion.

Eve of Understanding — written and directed by Alyson Shelton, about a young woman’s personal journey following the death of her mother.

War/Dance — Doc about Ugandan war orphans, directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix-Fine

Blind Mountain — Chinese film about a young college graduate kidnapped and forced into marriage with the son of peasant farmers in a remote mountain village.

Secret Sunshine (Milyang) — Won the Best Actress award for star Do-yeon Jeon at Cannes–South Korean film about a woman who relocates to her recently deceased husband’s hometown, only to find more sorrow awaits her there.

Persepolis — Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novels about growing up in Iran during the revolution, brought to vivid life in this stark black and white animated film. Telluride and Toronto; France’s Best Foreign nominee. Co-written/directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Parronnaud The Tracey Fragments — Ellen Page stars as a young girl looking for

her lost brother.

An American Crime — Another Ellen Page starrer — Page plays a young girl murdered while in the care of a foster mother.

Red is the Color of — Written and directed by Anne Norda, strong female lead performances

Sweet Mud — strong performance by lead actress; film is about a young boy growing up on a Kibbutz with a mentally unbalanced mother (Ronet Yudkevitz in a standout performance)

Protagonist — Directed by Jessica Yu (Sundance) Ping Pong Playa — Directed by Jessica Yu (Toronto)

Hounddog — Controversial Dakota Fanning starrer (Sundance)

Rails & Ties — Directed by Alison Eastwood, written by Micky Levy, stars Marcia Gay Harden.

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Kim Voynar

Kim Voynar was an internationally recognized film critic for a decade, covering the film festival circuit and independent cinema for Movie City News, Cinematical, IndieWIRE and Variety, before transitioning into producing films in 2010. She has served on juries and expert panels for many prestigious film festivals, including the Seattle International Film Festival, SXSW, Sarasota Film Festival, Dallas International Film Festival, Miami International Film Festival, Oxford Film Festival, and deadCENTER Film Festival. After three years producing for a Seattle-based prodco, she's now producing and consulting independently under her boutique production shingle, Lateralus, and is working on some killer projects with avant-garde music group The Residents, Will Calhoun (Living Colour), and Ken Stringfellow (Posies, REM), and consulting on some projects in the VR space with Hollywood producing legend Scott Ross (Apollo 13, Benjamin Buttons, Titanic). Her hobbies include trendsetting Seattle street style, staying up late nights pondering post-apocalytpic survival techniques, and deep thinking on virtual reality and the mathematical perfection of logarithmic spirals and fractals.