AWFJ Women On Film – Releasing October 14, 2009

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AWFJ highlights films made by and about women:

Friday, October 14:

  • Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution – First Run Features, 107 mins. – A documentary following an experiment in a small French village, where the mayor makes the school lunch menu organic in order to improve local children’s health and create a blueprint for the growing organic food revolution.
  • The Maid – Elephant Eye Films, 95 mins., limited NY – Starring Catalina Saavedra, this sharply comedic drama is about a live-in maid who’s desperate to hold on to her status in the home of a well-to-do family in Santiago, Chile.
  • The Ministers – Maya Entertainment, 90 mins. – A female NYPD detective attempts to avenge the death of her father, but unwittingly becomes involved with one of his killers.
  • Black Dynamite – Apparition, limited
  • Law Abiding Citizen – Overture Films
  • New York, I Love You – Vivendi Entertainment /Palm Pictures, 110 mins. – Faith Akin, Mira Nair, Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman are among the women who‘ve directed sequences for this 12-segment feature focusing on New York City as the film’s main character.
  • The Stepfather – Screen Gems
  • Where the Wild Things Are – Warner Bros., – Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book brought to the screen.
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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).