AWFJ Women On Film – Releasing August 26 and 28, 2009

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AWFJ highlights films made by and about women

Wedesday, August 26

  • Taking Woodstock – Focus Features, 120 mins.

Friday, August 28

  • The September Issue – Roadside Attractions, 90 mins. – Documentary about Vogue Magazine’s prima fashionista, Anna Wintour.
  • The Final Destination – New Line, 82 mins.
  • Halloween II – Dimension Films, 101 mins.
  • Big Fan – First independent, 85 mins.
  • Still Walking – IFC, 114 mins. – Kore-Eda Hirokazu’s feature about a family gathering to commemorate the death of a beloved elder son features an exceptionally strong performance by the family’s matriarch, sister and sister-in-law.
  • At the Edge of the World – Endeavor Media, 90 mins.
  • We Live in Public – Interloper Films, 90 mins. – Ondi Timoner’s documentary looks at Josh Harris’ million dollar millennium party “Quiet,” which took place at an abandoned NYC loft with 90 Japanese hotel style pods where artists lived, played, worked, and partied under constant camera scrutiny.
  • St Trinian’s – NeoClassics Film, 101 mins. – Grils school faced with financial crisis. (POSTPONED UNTIL OCTOBER)
  • Play The Game – Play The Game, LLC, 105 mins.
  • Orgies and the Meaning of Life – Cinema Epoch, 90 mins.
  • This Beautiful City – Cinema Epoch, 85 mins.
  • Mystery Team – Roadside Attractions, 105 mins.
  • The Open Road – Anchor Bay, 91 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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