Pamela Powell has been reviewing big blockbuster films as well as independent gems for nearly a decade. She writes film reviews for The Daily Journal and FF2 Media, and appears weekly with film critic Chuck Koplinski on review show “Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam” on WCIA-3. With a graduate degree from Northwestern in Speech-Language Pathology, Pamela has tailored her writing, observational, and evaluative skills to encompass all aspects of film. With a focus on women in film, Pamela also gravitates toward films that are eye-opening, educational, and entertaining with the hopes of making this world a better place.

‘Maiden’: How an all-women sailing team fought sexism and made history

“Maiden” (2019) is the harrowing true tale of how Skipper Tracy Edwards pushed against the acceptable gender tides of racing in 1989–1990 and then changed the boat racing world and … Continue reading ‘Maiden’: How an all-women sailing team fought sexism and made history

The Women of Tribeca

Film festivals afford you an opportunity to meet filmmakers from all over the world who are involved in the industry in many different capacities. And this year, at the 2019 … Continue reading The Women of Tribeca

Ten Years Later, the World is Ready for “Booksmart”

There are two main reasons Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut “Booksmart” is getting such high praises: Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever. While the premise isn’t original, at least on the surface, … Continue reading Ten Years Later, the World is Ready for “Booksmart”

Director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre on animal therapy, rehabilitation, and second chances

  Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre has written and directed a uniquely evocative and stunning film that reassesses humanity and our need for connection seen through the lens of a hopeless and … Continue reading Director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre on animal therapy, rehabilitation, and second chances

Director Gillian Greene on comedy “Fanboy” and finding humor in everyday life

Hollywood appears to be ground zero for #MeToo and #TimesUp which has opened the eyes of all and the doors for women, especially in creating director seats. While we still … Continue reading Director Gillian Greene on comedy “Fanboy” and finding humor in everyday life

Director Rebecca Stern combines her love for animals and filmmaking with “Well Groomed”

Rebecca Stern, director of the much-talked-about SXSW film “Well Groomed,” has married her love of animals and her passion, skills, and knowledge of filmmaking to create a visually entertaining film … Continue reading Director Rebecca Stern combines her love for animals and filmmaking with “Well Groomed”

With “Alice,” director Josephine Mackerras explores preconceived notions of independence, motherhood, and marriage

Josephine Mackerras debuted her first feature film, “Alice,” at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival. The story depicts how Alice, a wife and mother, reacts to her husband’s double life, leaving … Continue reading With “Alice,” director Josephine Mackerras explores preconceived notions of independence, motherhood, and marriage

Director Alison Klayman discusses her new documentary “The Brink”

Never in recent memory has there been such a volatile time in politics than today and one man has added his own fuel to the fire—Steve Bannon. Director Alison Klayman … Continue reading Director Alison Klayman discusses her new documentary “The Brink”

“Hail Satan?”: Interview with Documentary Filmmaker Penny Lane

“Hail Satan?” (2019) is not only an eye-catching title, the content is eye-opening! The upbeat, energetic, and talented documentary filmmaker Penny Lane gave Sundance audiences food for thought in this … Continue reading “Hail Satan?”: Interview with Documentary Filmmaker Penny Lane

Filmmaker Michal Aviad Talks with Pamela Powell About Her Film “Working Woman”

Michal Aviad’s newest film, “Working Woman,” premiered at TIFF and recently screened at the Chicago International Film Festival. “Working Woman” (2018) tells a remarkably timely tale of sexual harassment in … Continue reading Filmmaker Michal Aviad Talks with Pamela Powell About Her Film “Working Woman”