Sarah Jacobson: American Genre Film Archive Retrospective at Austin’s Fantastic Fest – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reports

Declaring herself as nothing less than “the queen of underground film” and having learnt the craft through revered underground filmmaker George Kuchar, Jacobson’s well-earned legacy as one of the most vital and original filmmakers of the late 20th century had until recently been hidden from view, This retrospective illuminates her work for cinephiles hungry genuine punk- feminist cinema.

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New York Film Festival 2018 Top Female Performances – Liz Whittemore reports

NYFF is reliable in presenting meaty roles for women. This year’s notable performances include Juliette Binoche and Regina King, an actress who is often underappreciated. Also on my list are Molly Shannon, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, among others presented here in no particular order.

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Horror Movies and Kids: A Scary Combination — Betsy Bozdech, Brandy McDonnell, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow and Liz Whittemore comment

It’s not realistic to expect that we can shield kids from scary or gory content forever. And, in fact, it can be counterproductive to prevent children from seeing any kind of conflict, loss, or trauma on screen. Far better to use these moments, when they come, as opportunities to help them through hard stuff in a safe place. Continue reading…

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Copyright and Fair Use, Part Two: Historical View and Contemporary Application in Nonfiction Film — Diane Carson

That the U.S. Constitution authorizes copyright AND fair use surprises many, but it follows. In order to encourage new works of any type, creators must be allowed to quote and comment an existing work in order to discuss, analyze, debate, or praise. The concept of “transformative” use has emerged as a guiding principle in ruling on the use of copyrighted assets in documentaries.

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Copyright & Fair Use, Part One: A Critic’s Concerns — Commentary by Diane Carson

The theft of intellectual property is one of the most serious crimes of our time. Balancing this (and equally important) is the creation of new works contributing to a vigorous marketplace of ideas involving the analysis and repurposing of existing works. As film critics, to advance analysis, we want to be quoted, accurately and with acknowledgement just as we may cite someone’s review for praise, discussion or debate.

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From Comic-Con: #FemaleFilmmakerFunko for #FemaleFilmmakerFriday — Leslie Combemale comments

As an avid supporter of women in film, producing the annual Women Rocking Hollywoodpanel at Comic-Con is the highlight of my professional year, especially because I’ve found Comic-Con to be receptive and progressive about recognizing women in film. Comic-Con has pushed me to become a better critic and a bigger fan. Over the years, I’ve become an obsessive collector of Funko Pops, those wonderful figures that memorialize the movie icons I love. Continue reading…

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