Fifth Annual La Femme Film Festival – October 16-19, 2008

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LA Femme Film, running from October 16 -19 in Beverly Hills, includes independent features, shorts, music videos, commercials, special screenings and seminars. The four day event is held at the Fine Arts Theatre (8556 Wilshire Blvd.) and Wilshire Screening Room (8670

Wilshire Blvd.) LA Femme, which presents the films of emering artists to a wide audience, is dedicated to creating opportunities for female filmmakers to access the Hollywood’s A-List.

This years honorees include, Vivica A. Fox (Soul Food, Kill Bill: Vol.1, Independence Day), Erica

Gimpel (Fame), Tippi Hedren (The Birds), Daphne Zuniga (One Tree Hill, Melrose Place),

Lorraine Toussaint (Dangerous Minds, America’s Dream) and Daphne Ziman (Humanitarian). Awards are presented on October 19 at the La Femme Film Festival Award Ceremony at

Nirvana Beverly Hills (8689 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills 90211) at 9pm. Past La Femme Festival winners have gone on to achieve full theatrical distribution, domestic cable, representation and development deals at the major studios: “Green Street Hooligans” opened in 2,000 theaters nationwide, “The Colt” aired on The Hallmark Channel, “Moondance Alexander” had limited domestic theatrical release and “Christian” had international theatrical distribution, among others.

LA Femme Film Festival is open to the general public and tickets are available on the website www.lafemme.org or by calling (310) 441-1645. Tickets for individual films are $10.00; seminars are each $20.00 at the door on a first come basis, while a VIP pass for all events is $150.00. VIP passes include all screenings, parties, seminars, and the Closing Night Awards Ceremony. Students with a current ID can attend seminars for FREE.

The full schedule is available here.

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Jennifer Merin

Jennifer Merin

Jennifer Merin is the Film Critic for Womens eNews and contributes the CINEMA CITIZEN blog for and is managing editor for Women on Film, the online magazine of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, of which she is President. She has served as a regular critic and film-related interviewer for The New York Press and About.com. She has written about entertainment for USA Today, The L.A. Times, US Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Endless Vacation Magazine, Daily News, New York Post, SoHo News and other publications. After receiving her MFA from Tisch School of the Arts (Grad Acting), Jennifer performed at the O'Neill Theater Center's Playwrights Conference, Long Wharf Theater, American Place Theatre and LaMamma, where she worked with renown Japanese director, Shuji Terayama. She subsequently joined Terayama's theater company in Tokyo, where she also acted in films. Her journalism career began when she was asked to write about Terayama for The Drama Review. She became a regular contributor to the Christian Science Monitor after writing an article about Marketta Kimbrell's Theater For The Forgotten, with which she was performing at the time. She was an O'Neill Theater Center National Critics' Institute Fellow, and then became the institute's Coordinator. While teaching at the Universities of Wisconsin and Rhode Island, she wrote "A Directory of Festivals of Theater, Dance and Folklore Around the World," published by the International Theater Institute. Denmark's Odin Teatret's director, Eugenio Barba, wrote his manifesto in the form of a letter to "Dear Jennifer Merin," which has been published around the world, in languages as diverse as Farsi and Romanian. Jennifer's culturally-oriented travel column began in the LA Times in 1984, then moved to The Associated Press, LA Times Syndicate, Tribune Media, Creators Syndicate and (currently) Arcamax Publishing. She's been news writer/editor for ABC Radio Networks, on-air reporter for NBC, CBS Radio and, currently, for Westwood One's America In the Morning. She is also a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. For her AWFJ archive, type "Jennifer Merin" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).