AWFJ Women On Film – Releasing November 6, 2009

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AWFJ highlights films made by and about women:

Friday, November 6

  • Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire – Lionsgate, 110 mins., limited, expands November 13 and 20 – Based on the novel by Sapphire (Ramona Lofton), Lee Daniel’s highly anticipated feature is about an obese African-American teenage girl (Gabourey Sidibe) whose excellence in school is undermined by her home environment, where she is sexually abused and impregnated by her father, and emotionally abused by her mother (Mo’Nique). The film also features Mariah Carey and Paula Patton as a social worker and teacher respectively.
  • A Christmas Carol – Walt Disney Pictures 3D, 96 mins. – This animated version of the Charles Dickens’ classic is heavily marketed holiday fare for kids — so most moms will probably wind up seeing it.
  • The Box – Warner Bros, 115 mins.
  • Endgame – Monterey Media, 109 mins., limited NY – Paula Milne wrote the screenplay for this feature about the end of Apartheid in South Africa.
  • The Fourth Kind – Universal Pictures, 98 mins.
  • Men Who Stare at Goats – Overture Films, 93 mins.
  • Collapse – Cinetic Rights Management, 82 mins., limited, NY; LA release: Nov. 13)
  • That Evening Sun – Freestyle Releasing, 110 mins., limited NY; LA release: Nov. 20)
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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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