AWFJ Women On Film – Releasing December 11, 2009

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AWFJ highlights films made by and about women:

Friday, December 11

  • According to Greta – Greta Productions, limited – Nancy Bardwell directs Hillary Duff, Ellen Burstyn and Melissa Leo in this drama about a rebelious teenager sent to her grandparents’ home for the summer.
  • A Single Man – – The Weinstein Company, limited
  • Invictus – Warner Bros., 134 mins.
  • The Lovely Bones – Paramount Pictures, 135 mins., limited expands Dec. 25 and goes wide Jan. 15) – With screenplay by Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, and based on Alice Sebold’s best-selling novel, the film is about a murdered girl who watches her family’s response to her death from heaven. Starring Rachel Weisz, Saoirse Ronan and Susan Sarandon.
  • My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? – Unified Pictures, 93 mins., limited NY
  • Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year – Yash Raj Films, 150 mins., limited
  • The Slammin’ Salmon – Anchor Bay Films, limited
  • Tenderness – Lionsgate, 101 mins, limited
  • The Vicious Kind – 72nd Street Productions, limited
  • Yesterday Was a Lie – E1Entertainment, 89 mins., limited LA – The plot of James Kerwin’s drama revolves around Hoyle, a young woman detective on the trail of a reclusive genius, and finds herself facing mysterious psychological challenges. Produced by actress Chase Masterson who won “Best Feature Film Producer” at the 2009 LA Femme Film Festival.
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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).