AWFJ Women On Film – Releasing September 1, 2 and 4, 2009

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AWFJ highlights films by and about women

Tuesday, September 1

  • Rage – Babblegum Online, 98 mins. – Sally Potter directs this fashion world drama and mystery that delves into the effects of globalism in the age of the Internet and cell phones.

Wednesday, September 2

  • Adventures of Power – Variance Films, 89 mins.
  • American Casino – Argot Pictures, limited NY – Leslie Cockburn directs this documentary that attributes America’s financial meltdown to failure to regulate financial institutions that gambled with $8 trillion of their clients funds, and lost.
  • A Beautiful Life – New Films International, limited – Screenplay by Wendy Hammond and Deborah Calla A love story about the encounter of two drifting souls. Escaping her abusive past, a woman stays the night with an illegal immigrant friend of a friend. The two get closer and fall in love, but face turmoil.

Friday, September 4

  • All About Steve – 20th Century Fox, 89 mins. – In her latest rom-and-road-trip comedy, Sandra Bullock plays a briliant crossword creator who’s obsessed with a CNN cameraman and stalks him across the country.
  • Amreeka – National Geographic Cinema Ventures, 95 mins. – Cherien Dabis directs this drama about a divorced Palestinian woman who, having won the lottery for a green card, immigrates with her son to rural middle America, and faces issues of stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination.
  • Carriers – Paramount Vantage, 84 mins., limited
  • Extract – Miramax Films, 90 mins.
  • Gamer – Lionsgate, 95 mins.
  • Tickling Leo – Barndoor Pictures, 90 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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