AWFJ PRESENTS: Inaugural curated film series on KinoMarquee – Jennifer Merin reports

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The Alliance of Women Film Journalists and Kino Lorber have partnered on AWFJ PRESENTS, a curated film series that offers movie lovers access to great films by some of the world’s finest women directors. AWFJ PRESENTS is streaming on demand on Kino Lorber’s digital platform KinoMarquee. Selected by a curatorial team of AWFJ members from Kino Lorber’s vast catalog of hundreds of important titles, the inaugural selections include exceptionally entertaining and relevant films by women directors.

          A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Mustang, Nowhere in Africa

Each film on the AWFJ PRESENTS slate is available for rent on the KinoMarquee streaming platform under the AWFJ PRESENTS banner. In addition, pre-recorded, 20-minute discussions of each film by members of AWFJ’s curatorial team can be found on AWFJ’s YouTube channel. Revenue from the sale of every series pass will be shared with the AWJF, supporting the organization’s work.

AWFJ is very proud and honored to partner with Kino Lorber for the inaugural AWFJ PRESENTS series to highlight truly outstanding films that tell stories that are true to women’s experiences and represent women’s perspectives, but also have universal appeal. We are also beyond appreciative of Kino Lorber’s enthusiasm and generosity regarding the partnership.

In speaking of the partnership, Kino Lorber SVP Wendy Lidell comments “It is as important to increase the number and presence of female film critics as it is to increase the presence of women filmmakers – in fact the two go hand in hand. Which is why we are especially gratified to be partnering with AWJF on this initiative to present just a sampling of our deep catalog of great films by women.”

The slate of films covers a variety of genres—comedy, horror, drama, contemporary, period, domestic and international. They are all finely crafted, original, and entertaining. And, they created passionate debate among the curators who chose them from the 161 female-helmed films in Kino Lorber’s catalog.
 

          Daughters of the Dust, Peppermint Soda, Between the Lines

AWFJ PRESENTS inaugural selections

Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust (1991)
Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang (2015)
Diane Kurys’ Peppermint Soda (1977)
Caroline Link’s Nowhere in Africa (2001)
Joan Micklin Silver’s Between the Lines (1977)

The AWFJ PRESENTS curators are an international consortium of well-respected film critics: Ulkar Alakbarova, Margaret Barton-Fumo, Betsy Bozdech, Sandie Angulo Chen, Leslie Combemale, Marilyn Ferdinand, Pam Grady, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Jennifer Merin, Kristen Page-Kirby, Jeanne Prisyazhnaya, and Susan Wloszczyna.

The cost to stream films individually is $8, or viewers can buy a pass to the whole series for $30. To book individual films or purchase a pass for the entire series go to AWFJ Presents page on KinoMarquee.com

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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 About.com. 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 also a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. For her AWFJ archive, type "Jennifer Merin" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).