Rama Rau Talks HONEY BEE and Trafficking- Jennifer Merin interviews

In Rama Rau’s Honey Bee, Natalie is an underage truck stop hooker working for a pimp who claims to love her, but regularly abuses She is stopped by authorities and sent to a home, actually a working farm, run by a tough love matriarch played with authority by Martha Plimpton. Honey Bee is a moving and credible drama that points out the dead-end choices that many young women are given little option but to make. The film won AWFJ’s EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Feature at 2018 Whistler Film Festival. The film is releasing online November 10.

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Sarah Megan Thomas on A CALL TO SPY and Female Stories – Sandie Angulo Chen interviews

Sarah Megan Thomas is a filmmaker dedicated to telling women’s stories, especially in cinema genres where they’ve been left out of the canon. Thomas wrote, produced and stars in her latest film, A Call To Spy, a truth-based narrative about women in the Special Operations Executive (SOE), a secret British intelligence organization that embedded spies in occupied France during WWII. The film focuses on three women who gathered intelligence essential to the defeat of Germany. Their gripping story is important. So are Thomas’ comments about how the female perspective differs and how to get more of it on screen.

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Rick Rowley talks KINGDOM OF SILENCE and Revealing Hidden Truths – Nell Minow Interviews

Kingdom of Silence is a new documentary about the relationship of the United States and Saudi Arabia. It is a powerful film with two unforgettably shattering scenes. In one, we see the transcript of the cold-blooded murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the killers sounding like Mafia hit men. Director Rick Rowley talks about telling this complicated and murky politically entrenched story and what his top priority would be for whomever wins the Presidential election on November 3.

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Marc Ostrick on STRIPPED: LOS ANGELES and Women’s Choices – April Neale interviews

Elite dancers and sex workers in Los Angeles are given a closeup and a platform in Marc Ostrick’s new documentary, Stripped: Los Angeles, where they share their own unique career paths and their attitudes toward the adult entertainment industry. Ostrick, an Emmy®-nominated filmmaker with over 25 years of producing and directing documentaries, was interested in exploring the motivations of women who took to the stage, not as actors but as sensual performance artists.

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Gloria Steinem on THE GLORIAS, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Women’s Right’s Now – Gill Pringle interviews

Gloria Steinem was still numb with disbelief when we spoke just hours after the death of her old friend, Ruth Bader Ginsberg. The purpose of our chat was for a very different and joyous reason – to talk about Julie Taymor’s adaptation of Steinem’s memoir, My Life on the Road, into a dazzling feature film starring Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander. “I was so moved that they wanted to do it,” she says of the illustrious actors playing the activist at various ages in The Glorias.

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Julie Taymor on THE GLORIAS and Female Collectivity – Leslie Combemale interviews

Julie Taymor has been making films in Hollywood since way before the recent uptick of (finally) hiring female filmmakers, so she knows a thing or two about fighting, or perhaps better to say, subverting the patriarchy. Her new film The Glorias takes audiences through the life (so far) of political activist, writer, and feminist organizer Gloria Steinem. Given the p*ssy-grabbing hot mess America has become in the last 4 years, the film is landing right on time.

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Jane Lynch on THE WEAKEST LINK, Personal Branding and Being Mean – Jeanne Wolf interviews

Jane Lynch is now hosting The Weakest Link a game show where the contestants can win a million bucks, if they can come up with the right answers to absurdly difficult trivia questions about any and every obscure thing under the sun. As host, Lynch has the intimidation factor down, But Jeanne Wolf wants to know how she’d fare if she were competing and having to answer those touch questions instead of asking them.

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April Wright chats STUNTWOMEN: THE UNTOLD HOLLYWOOD STORY – Sarah Knight Adamson interviews

April Wright’s Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story covers a topic that needs both awareness and recognition. Based on Mollie Gregory’s eponymous nonfiction book, the documentary is a historical look at female stuntwomen, with a modern take on today’s filmmaking environment, in which stunt coordinators rehearse multiple viewpoints of a stunt, mapping out all of the moves before the camera begins to roll.

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Tracey Deer on BEANS, a Personal Story – Pam Grady interviews

Tracey Deer draws from her own life in Beans. Rocks pelting a car she was riding in created a defining moment in Mohawk filmmaker Tracey Deer’s life. It was 1990 and Deer was just 12, a youngster growing up in the Kahnawake First Nations Reserve riding in a caravan of women, elders, and children when stones and racist invective rained down on the group as they crossed the Mercier Bridge.

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Genesis Rodriguez on CENTIGRADE – Tara McNamara interviews

Genesis Rodriguez stars in Centigrade, a chilling thriller that’s loosely based on a true story which occurred in 2002 in arctic Norway, in the dead of winter, when a young couple and their newborn child were trapped inside a rented vehicle that was buried in snow during a blizzard. With little to eat and only layers of clothing to keep them from freezing to death, the pair struggled for survival. Centigrade was shot in chronological order and has a convincingly claustrophobic ambiance and a gripping authenticity that makes you wonder just what the actors endured while making the film.

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