MOVIE OF THE WEEK March 25, 2022: MOTHERING SUNDAY

Based on the same-named novel by Graham Swift, director Eva Husson’s lush, languid drama Mothering Sunday feels in some ways like the cinematic equivalent of reading another English writer’s work. Introspective, melancholy, and finely observed, it’s reminiscent of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse in the way it hones its focus on a very specific set of events and the way those events affect the people at the center of them.

Read more

MOVIE OF THE WEEK March 18, 2022: THE HATER

In a world plagued by political polarization and ideological opposition, The Hater is a refreshing reminder of the power of empathy. The story of fiercely idealistic activist Dorothy (writer/director/star Joey Ally) and her crusade against her childhood-tormentor-turned-smarmy-politico Brent (Ian Harding) promotes understanding of both the dismayed outrage of liberal progressives and the staunch independence of born-and-bred conservatives. The resulting comedy is more likely to provoke thoughtful laughter than knee-slapping guffaws.

Read more

MOVIE OF THE WEEK February 18, 2022: THE AUTOMAT

Lisa Hurwitz’ affectionate documentary The Automat is the best kind of history lesson: informative, approachable, and as refreshing as a hot cup of coffee and a piece of apple pie. As it traces the rise and fall of iconic restaurant chain Horn & Hardart — which at one time served as many as 500,000 customers a day at its many locations in New York City and Philadelphia — the film offers a nostalgic look back at America during much of the 20th century.

Read more

MOVIE OF THE WEEK February 11, 2022: HERE BEFORE

Is it really possible for those we’ve loved and lost to return to us? That’s the question that grieving mother Laura (Andrea Riseborough) finds herself obsessed with in Irish filmmaker Stacey Gregg’s moody and compelling drama/thriller Here Before. Still mourning the tragic loss of her daughter, Josie, years before, Laura finds herself drawn to young Megan (Niamh Dornan) when the girl’s family moves in next door. Could Megan be more than she seems? The film seems determined to show that love, loss, and other big feelings are part of the everyday experience, for better or worse.

Read more

MOVIE OF THE WEEK February 4, 2022: POLY STYRENE: I AM A CLICHE

Documentaries don’t get much more personal than Celeste Bell and Paul Sng’s poignant, revealing Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliche. Like Bell’s 2018 book, Day Glo: The Poly Styrene Story, it tells the fascinating story of the memorable but too-short life of Bell’s mother, British punk pioneer Marianne Joan Elliott-Said (aka Poly Styrene), who fronted the band X-Ray Spex in the 1970s and earned recognition for songs like “Oh Bondage! Up Yours!”

Read more

MOVIE OF THE WEEK January 28, 2022: THE CONDUCTOR

Tenacious, focused, persistent, and tireless in her pursuit of her dream, Marin Alsop is the subject of Bernadette Wegenstein’s upbeat documentary The Conductor. The first woman to lead a major American symphony orchestra, Alsop has fought tooth and nail for every achievement in her impressive career, subverting the patriarchy as often as possible and using her success to lift others from traditionally marginalized groups up along with her. Her story is absolutely compelling.

Read more

MOVIE OF THE WEEK January 14, 2022 – WHO WE ARE: A CHRONICLE OF RACISM IN AMERICA

Once more, for those in the back: The United States is a racist country. As lawyer Jeffrey Robinson, the deputy legal director and director of the Trone Center for Justice & Equality at the ACLU, clearly and eloquently reminds viewers in Sarah Kunstler and Emily Kunstler’s must-see documentary Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America, the U.S. was founded by White men who enslaved Black people, and that legacy has had an impact on everything that has come since.

Read more

MOVIE OF THE WEEK December 31, 2021: THE VELVET QUEEN

Introspective and breathtakingly beautiful, Marie Amiguet and Vincent Munier’s documentary The Velvet Queen is about much more than tracking down the elusive snow leopard — although the quest to film that majestic beast is central to the story. In capturing the musings of Munier, an award-winning wildlife photographer, and novelist Sylvain Tesson as they pursue the leopard in the mountains of Tibet, the film offers insight into the power of patience, resilience, and determination.

Read more

MOVIE OF THE WEEK December 24, 2021: PARALLEL MOTHERS

Pedro Almodovar is no stranger to telling compelling stories about complex women, from Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown to All About My Mother to Volver and more. His streak continues with Parallel Mothers, an emotional drama about connection, coincidence, and the ties that bind us. Penelope Cruz and Milena Smit star as two women whose lives are irrevocably entwined after they give birth in the same hospital on the same day.

Read more

AWFJ Announces Winners of EDA Awards @ Whistler Film Festival 2021 – Jennifer Merin reports

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists and the Whistler Film Festival are pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 AWFJ EDA Awards @ Whistler Film Festival. In our ninth consecutive year of partnering to recognize and honor female filmmakers. This year, Sarah Fortin, Robin Hauser, and Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers + Carmine Pierre-Dufour make waves as AWFJ’s Best Female Directors.

Read more