AWFJ Women On Film – Releasing October 21 and 23, 2009

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AWFJ highlights films made by and about women:

Wednesday October 21

  • Rembrandt’s J’accuse – Submarine, 86 mins., limited NY

Friday, October 23

  • Amelia – Fox Searchlight, 111 mins. – Mira Nair directs this biopic about Amelia Earhart, starring Hilary Awank as the famed aviatrix who set standards for feminist self-determination, as well as records for long distance flying.
  • Motherhood – Freestyle Releasing, 90 mins., limited – Katherine Dieckmann wrote and directed this comedy starring Uma Thurman as a mom who’s overwhelmed by multitasking and discovers what she’s gaining and losing by being a parent.
  • Antichrist – IFC Films, 109 mins, limited NY and LA – Director Lars von Trier’s highly controversial ‘horror’ film is a violent assault on womanhood, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, who won best actress at the Cannes Festival, as a grief-crazed mother who smashes her husband’s penis until it spurts blood and cuts off her own clitoris. Misogynistic to the core.
  • Astro Boy – Summit Entertainment, 94 mins.
  • Cirque Du Freak: the Vampire’s Assistant – Universal Pictures, 108mins. – An adventure fantasy in which Salma Hayak plays a bearded lady!
  • Ong Bak 2: the Beginning – Magnet Releasing, 98 mins., limited
  • Nightmare Before Christmas (re-release) – Walt Disney Pictures, 76 mins.
  • The Wedding Song – Strand Releasing, 100 mins., limited – Karin Albou wote and directed this film two women, Nour (Olympe Borval) and Myriam (Lizzie Brochere), whose friendship is challenged by political circumstances resulting from the impending Nazi invasion of Tunis during World War II.

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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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