AWFJ Women On Film – Releasing September 21, 23 and 25, 2009

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AWFJ highlights films made by and about women:

Monday, September 21

  • Rage – Adventure Pictures, 98 mins. (limited) – Sally Potter wrote and directed this cutting edge in which a schoolboy blogger using his cell phone to capture behind-the-scenes interviews at a seven-day New York fashion show during which an accident on the catwalk turns into a murder investigation. Dame Judi Dench, Lily Cole, Adriana Barraza, Jude Law, Steve Buscemi and Eddie Izzard are among the cast who play interviewed characters.

Wednesday, September 23

  • Capitalism: A Love Story – Overture Pictures, 120 mins. (NY and LA; opens wide October 2)

Friday, September 25

  • Blind Date – Variance Films, 80 mins. (limited) – Stanley Tucci directs himself and Patricia Clarkson in this very equal opportunity role playing drama between a married couple grieving the death of their daughter. Blind Date was adapted by Tucci and screenwriter David Schechter from filmmaker Theo Van Gogh’s 1996 film of the same name, and is dedicated to the controversial Dutch director who was killed by a Muslim extremist in Amsterdam November 2004.
  • The Blue Tooth Virgin – Regent Releasing, 80 mins. (limited)
  • The Boys Are Back – Miramax, 104 mins. (limited)
  • Brief Interviews with Hideous Men – IFC Films, 80 mins. (limited) – John Krasinski directs this drama about a doctoral candidate in anthropology (Julianne Nicholson) who, after her boyfriend dumps her with little explanation, tries to find out what went wrong by interviewing men to the secret thoughts that drive their behavior.
  • Coco Before Chanel – Sony Pictures Classics, 105 mins. (NY and LA) -French filmmaker Anne Fontaine directs this biopic about Coco Chanel during the years leading up to her breakthough to success and fame as a designer. The little known story is fascinaring, and Audrey Tautou is brilliant as the young, fiesty and determined Coco.
  • Fame United Artists
  • I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell – Freestyle Releasing, 105 mins (limited)
  • The Other Man – Image Entertainment, 90 mins (limited)
  • Pandorum Overture Films
  • Paranormal Activity – Paramount pictures 99 mins. (limited)
  • The Providence Effect – Slowhand Cinema Releasing, 92 mins (limited) – Rollon Binzer’s documentary is about the Providence St. Mel, a school on Chicago’s impoverished, high crime West Side, that is defying America’s education crisis. For the past 30 years Providence St. Mel has been sending 100% of graduating seniors to four year colleges and universities for 30 years. More than half the kids are accepted by tier one schools and the class of 2008 received more than $4.5 million in scholarships. Seeing how Providence St Mel does what other schools don’t is an education for all.
  • Surrogates – Touchstone Pictures, 88 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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