AWFJ Women On Film – Releasing August 19 and 21, 2009

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AWFJ highlights films made by and about women

Wednesday, August 19

  • The Headless Woman (La Mujer sin Cabeza) – Strand Releasing, 87 mins. – Lucrecia Martel wrote and directed this troubling tale of about a woman who may have killed someone while driving and tries to find out what happened.

Friday, August 21

  • Inglourious Basterds – Weinstein Company,152 mins. – Quentin Tarantino furthers his glorious record of creating strong female characters in Basterds, in which a young woman is pivotal to the story of a battalion of Jewish-American World War II soldiers who brutalize Nazis.
  • Fifty Dead Men Walking – Phase 4 Films, 117 mins. – Inspired by the remarkable true story of the British undercover agent who successfully infiltrated the IRA, writer/director Kari Skogland’s fact-based thriller takes it’s title from author Martin McGartland’s best-selling novel of the same name.
  • Five Minutes of Heaven – IFC, 90 mins.
  • My One and Only – Freestyle Releasing, 90 mins. – Based on George Hamilton’s memoir, the film focuses on George’s mother, Ann Defraud (Renee Zellweger), who leaves her philandering husband and takes off on an ‘adventure’ during which she establishes her independence.
  • Casi Divas – Maya Releasing, 107 mins., limited – Mexican director Issa Lopez’s film is a showbiz comedy in which four ambitious actresses try to out do each other to get cast in a hotshot producers new movie.
  • Art & Copy – 7th Art, 90 mins.
  • Post Grad – Fox Atomic, 89 mins – a femme-centric romcom about a college grad (Alexis Bledel) who moves back home to her quirky parents’ house while trying to figure out what to do with her life. Directed by Vicky Jenson (best known for her work on animated features such as “Shrek” and “Shark Tale”) and written by Kelly Fremon (whose script for “Streak” was directed by Demi Moore).
  • Shorts – Warner Bros., 89 mins.
  • World’s Greatest Dad – Magnolia Pictures, 99 mins.
  • X Games 3D The Movie – Walt Disney Pictures
  • The Baader Meinhof Complex (Der Baader Meinhof Komplex) – Vitagraph Films, 150 mins.
  • Sikandar – Big Picture, 110 mins.
  • Passing Strange: The Movie – IFC, 135 mins.
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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).

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