AWFJ Women On Film – Releasing November 25 and 27, 2009

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AWFJ highlights films made by and about women:

Wednesday, November 25:

  • The End of Poverty? – Cinema Libre Studio, 106 mins., limited
  • Kassim The Dream – IFC Films, 87 mins., limited
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox – 20th Century Fox, 87 mins.
  • Me and Orson Welles – Freestyle Releasing, 114 mins., limited – Screenplay by Holly Gent Palmo and Vincent Palmo Jr.
  • Ninja Assassin – Warner Bros, 99 mins.
  • Old Dogs – Walt Disney Pictures, 88 mins.
  • The Princess and the Frog – Walt Disney Pictures Disney Digital 3-D, 97 mins., limited NY and LA – A femme-centric fairy tale centered on a young girl named Princess Tiana — Disney’s first African-American leading female animated character — who lives in New Orleans’ French Quarter during the Jazz Age.
  • The Road – Dimension Films/The Weinstein Co., 119 mins.

Friday, November 27:

  • The Private Lives of Pippa Lee – Screen Media Films, 93 mins., limited – Rebecca Miller wrote and directed this drama about a woman (Robin Wright Penn) who escapes the bondage of her unhappy conventional married servitude to discover her own personal path.
  • Home – Lorber Films, 98 mins., limited NY – Ursula Meier wrote and directed this dramady starring Isabelle Huppert as a happy housewife who maintains a happy home in the middle of nowhere.
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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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