AWFJ Women On Film – Releasing December 2 and 4, 2009

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AWFJ highlights films made by and about women:

Wedenesday, December 2

  • Before Tomorrow – Igloolik Isuma Productions, 93 mins., limited, NY – Marie-Helene Cousineau and Madeline Ivalu direct this screenplay by Susan Avingaq, Marie-Helene Cousineau and Madeline Ivalu which is the third and final chapter in the Inuit film trilogy, The Fast Runner, set in ancient times when Inuit people lived a traditional life.
  • Made for Each Other – IFC, limited NY

Friday, December 4

  • Across the Hall – Image Entertainment, limited NY, LA
  • Armored – Screen Gems, 88 mins.
  • Brothers – Lionsgate, 110 mins. – Jim Sheridan’s update American remake of Susanne Bier’s Brødre, original Danish film.
  • Everybody’s Fine – Miramax, 100 mins

  • The Last Station – Sony Pictures Classics, 112 mins., limited NY, LA
  • Paa – Reliance Big Pictures, 133 mins., limited
  • Serious Moonlight – Magnolia Pictures, 84 mins., limited NY, LA – Cheryl Hines makes her directorial debut with Adrienne Shelly‘s screenplay, a dramady about a couple whose troubled marriage survives his affair and their being held captive in a home invasion and robbery that is, oddly, reminiscent of the real life incident during which Shelly was murdered in her New York apartment on November 1, 2006.
  • The Strip – Fortress Productions, 91 mins., limited
  • Transylmania – Full Circle Releasing, 92 mins., limited
  • Until the Light Takes Us – Variance Films, limited NY – Audrey Ewell and Aaron Aites directed this documentary about the history, ideology and aesthetic of a group of Norwegian black metal music makers who are associated with a series of church burnings and murders.
  • Up in the Air – Paramount Pictures, 109 mins., limited (expands Dec. 11; wide: Dec. 25)
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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).