AWFJ Women On Film – Releasing August 7, 2009

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AWFJ highlights films made by and about women:

Friday, August 7

  • Cold Souls – Samuel Goldwyn – Sophie Barthes wrote and directed this quirky dramady which features several terrific female performances, including that of Katheryn Winnick as Sveta, a woman who transports souls while trying to keep her own in tact.
  • G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra -Paramount, 118 mins.
  • Julie & Julia– Columbia, 123 mins. – Writer-director Nora Ephron’s feature focuses on two strong women–Julia Child and Julie Powell–as played by two exceptional actresses, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, respectively.
  • Paper Heart – Overture Films, 88 mins., limited NY – Newcomer Charlyne Yi co-wrote and stars in this road trip comedy about a young woman (Yi) who sets off to make a documentary about not believing in love but finds herself in a romance.
  • A Perfect Getaway – Rogue Pictures, 97 mins.
  • Shorts – Warner Bros, 89 mins.
  • Beeswax – Cinema Guild, 100 mins. – Andrew Bujalski’s film revolves around identical twin sisters, one of whom has been a wheelchair-bound paraplegic since childhood, played by newcomers Tilly and Maggie Hatcher
  • Bliss – First Run, 128 mins. – A Turkish drama that involves the near killing of a women accused of giving up her virginity.
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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 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 a member of the Critics Choice Association in the Film, Documentary and TV branches and a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. For her AWFJ archive, type "Jennifer Merin" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).