AWFJ Women On Film – Releasing October 27 and 30, 2009

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AWFJ highlights films made by and about women

Tuesday, October 27

Michael Jackson This Is It – Sony Pictures, 112 mins, limited

Friday, October 30

Endgame – Monterey Media, 109 mins. limited – Paula Milne wrote this political thriller about the end of Apartheid in South Africa.

Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day – Apparition, 87 mins, limited

Gentlemen Broncos – Fox Searchlight, limited – Jerusha Hess wrote this comedy about A teenager who attends a fantasy writers’ convention, only to discover his novel idea’s been stolen by an established novelist.

Turning Green – New Films International, 85 mins., limited NY, LA

House of the Devil – Magnet Releasing, 95 mins., limited – Jocelin Donahue and Greta Gerwig star in Ti West’s femme-centric horror thriller about a college co-ed who’s so desperate for cash for a deposit on an apartment, she accepts a babysitting job even after she finds out there is no baby and the job is located in a creepy Victorian mansion out in the woods.

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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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