AWFJ Women On Film – Releasing September 9 and 11, 2009

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AWFJ highlights films by and about women

Wednesday, September 9

  • 9 – Focus Features, 79 mins., limited release- Pamela Pettler co-wrote this post-apocalyptic nightmare in which all of humanity is threatened
  • Crude – First Run Features, 105 mins,, limited, NY with national roll out to follow.
  • Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies – Earthlight/White Castle Productions, 102 mins., limited. – This documentary about the life, times and influence of ‘America’s Sweetheart’ was scripted by Janelle Balnicke.
  • From Mexico with Love – Roadside Attractions, limited
  • Walt & El Grupo – Walt Disney Studios, 106 mins., limited
  • Disengagement – Sony Pictures Classics/IFC, 115 minutes, – Juliet Binoche stars in Amos Gitai’s political thriller about a French woman of Israeli origin who returns to the West Bank.

Friday, September 11

  • Beyond a Reasonable Doubt – After Dark/Autonomous Films, 105, mins., limited
  • The Red Canvas – Freestyle Releasing, 102 mins., limited
  • Sorority Row – Summit Entertainment, 101 mins., – Sorority sisters run muck when they try to cover up the death of their house-sister after a prank gone wrong, only to be stalked by a serial killer. (A femme-centric plot that really explores the nature and culture of contemporary coeds. Right?)
  • Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All by Myself – Lionsgate, 113 mins. – Another Madea adventure.
  • White on Rice – Variance Films, 83 mins,. limited, LA
  • Whiteout – Warner Bros, 101 mins., – Kate Beckinsale stars in this femme-centric detective story/action thriller set in Antarctica.
  • Broken Hill – Audience Alliance, 102 mins.
  • The Horse Boy (2009) – Zeitgeist Films, 93 mins.
  • Gogol Bordello Non-Stop – Lorber Films, 90 mins., – Margarita Jimeno directs this documentary about the gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello and front man Eugene Hütz.
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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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