Sarah Timberman, Susannah Grant, and Lisa Cholodenko on UNBELIEVABLE – Nell Minow interviews

Unbelievable Netflix’s truth based series about a vulnerable young woman who was wrongfully charged with filing a false rape complaint, is brought to life by an exceptional ensemble. The three women who helm the show speak about casting and the players.

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TIFF 19 Ron Howard talks DADS, Bryce Dallas and Women in Film – Sarah Knight Adamson interviews

Ron Howard beams when he’s asked to comment on his daughter’s directing debut. In Dads, Bryce Dallas Howard’s documents anecdotes, humor and wisdom told by famous Hollywood fathers Will Smith, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Judd Apatow, Neil Patrick Harris and Ron Howard, among others, who answer the question, “What does it mean to be a dad in today’s society?”

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Kim Farrant on acting, emotional health and ANGEL OF MINE – Leslie Combemale interviews

Kim Farrant’sAngel of Mine is an intense thriller about a woman whose tenuous emotional health is jeopardized when she encounters a girl she believes to be her daughter, whom she thought died in a fire years before. Farrant worked with the actors on expressing the enormity of grief and the power of healing in this gripping film with a big surprise ending.

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Latresia D Bobo on Memphis Film Prize, Acting Aspirations and Motherhood – Sarah Knight Adamson interviews

At this year’s Memphis Film Prize awards ceremony, when Latresia D Bobo’s name was announced as Best Actress for her starring performance in the short film Pages, she responded with a heartfelt acceptance speech that produced an emotional reaction from the crowd, some of whom even teared up. Latresia, who is a Memphis native, conveyed her thankfulness to her supporters. I, serving as a member of the Memphis Film Prize jury, was among them. Latresia a has a bright future, and I’m pleased to be in her corner.

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Memphis Film Prize Top 10 finalist Lauren Cox talks WITHOUT A ROOF, domestic violence and homelessness – Brandy McDonnell interviews

While she was pregnant with her second child, Lauren Cox also wrote, produced, directed and starred in her third short film. “Without a Roof,” starring Cox as a pregnant woman who resorts to homelessness to escape her abusive marriage, was one of the Top 10 finalists earlier this month for the Memphis Film Prize, where Cox also was a nominee for best performance by an actress.

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Memphis Film Prize winners Abby Meyers and Kevin Brooks talk A NIGHT OUT and Sexual Violence – Brandy McDonnell interviews

A Night Out was primarily shot in the twisty hallways and narrow staircases of the Mollie Fontaine Lounge, an old Victorian mansion that has been converted into a trendy Memphis night spot. The short literally follows Jessica (Rosalyn Ross) as she wanders through the corridors and encounters an admiring stranger (Bertram Williams) who takes flirtation too far.

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Jennifer Kent on THE NIGHTINGALE and Witnessing Violence -Jessica Zack interviews

Sexual violence is excruciating to watch. So is any violence motivated by racism. And with her new film The Nightingale, an elemental, near-mythic 19th century revenge tale told from a woman’s perspective, Jennifer Kent wants to remind us that they absolutely should be.

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Gurinder Chadha on BLINDED BY THE LIGHT, Human Dignity, Brexit and the Boss – Leslie Combemale interviews

Writer/director/producer Gurinder Chadha is one of the UK’s most beloved, prolific filmmakers. The fact that she’s female seems incidental. She landed on Hollywood’s radar with Bend it Like Beckham (2002), which threw Keira Knightly’s career into hyperdrive. Among her films is the Jane Austin fan cult favorite, , Bride and Prejudice. She’s developing an animated musical series, Pashmina, for Netflix. I spoke to Gurinder about her new film, Blinded by the Light, about the joy that carries through the movie, the universal power of Bruce Springsteen, and how she believes being a woman impacts her work as a filmmaker.

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Waad al-Khateab, Hamza al-Khateab, Edward Watts Talk FOR SAMA – Sarah Knight Adamson interviews

For Sama has been championed as, “One of the most important films you’ll ever see in your life.” At the age of 21, Wadd al-Khateab, a college student in Aleppo, began filming the uprising in Syria. She continued filming for five years, capturing over 500 hours of film. “For Sama” is a love letter to her daughter Sama, a record of war conditions that presents Waad and husband Dr. Hamza al-Khateab’s reasons for staying in Aleppo until the end. Sarah Knight Adamson interviews Waad, Hamza and co-director Edward Watts about For Sama.

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Isabel Peppard and Josie Hess on MORGANA and Feminist Porn – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas interviews (World exclusive)

Morgana Muses is living proof that not only can the feminist pornography movement provide an empowering, creative space for women to express their desires, but it has also demonstrably changed the life of at least one woman for the better. Isabel Peppard and Josie Hess’s documentary Morgana is a dazzling portrait of an unforgettable woman. This fearless story about its eponymous filmmaker/porn star is almost guaranteed to stun even those who pride themselves on already having an open mind.

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