Rebecca Martin is the founder of Cinema Femme magazine. Rebecca’s true passion has always been film. She founded the Chicago Film Lover Exchange in 2011, which has grown to over 6,000 members. She has worked with various publications, including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Lawyer magazine, and Chicago Bar Association’s CBA Record. Rebecca is also the podcast cohost of “Fresh Perspective,” featured on the Now Playing Network, with her film lovin’ friend Jeff Broitman. Along with film, Rebecca is passionate about empowering and encouraging other women to follow their dreams and passions.

Veronica Miles on the healing power of making “Bess”

This is my first year running a film festival, and I’m honored and blown away by all the amazing womxn from all over the world that showcased their films. All … Continue reading Veronica Miles on the healing power of making “Bess”

Justine Triet takes an intimate look into a mind of a woman in her film “Sibyl”

What a beautiful thing to see a film about a woman full of layers and dimensions in a way that I hadn’t seen onscreen before. In Justine Triet’s film “Sibyl” … Continue reading Justine Triet takes an intimate look into a mind of a woman in her film “Sibyl”

Kristin Peterson subverts the family holiday comedy with “Ringolevio”

It was a pleasure to interview Kristin Peterson about her debut “Ringolevio”, a film that touches on the truths of what it is like to meet your significant others family … Continue reading Kristin Peterson subverts the family holiday comedy with “Ringolevio”

Isabel Sandoval beautifully elevates the marginalized in “Lingua Franca”

“Every image or sound is a vessel for emotion: rapture, despair, sensuousness, fury, a combination of these. That makes cinema a kind of legerdemain: the art of sculpting such seemingly … Continue reading Isabel Sandoval beautifully elevates the marginalized in “Lingua Franca”

“We were both big voices in the room for each other”: Megan Griffiths on Lynn Shelton and the “Of a Certain Age” Grant

It started on the set of “We Go Way Back” in 2006. Lynn Shelton was directing her first feature at the age of 39, and Megan Griffiths was her first … Continue reading “We were both big voices in the room for each other”: Megan Griffiths on Lynn Shelton and the “Of a Certain Age” Grant

“I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” celebrates the persistence of Michelle McNamara

My journey into becoming a film journalist started with my love and obsession with films, and the making of these films. That followed with me becoming more aware of the … Continue reading “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” celebrates the persistence of Michelle McNamara

Maya Hawke, Rachel Hilson, Charlotte Hornsby, Rhianon Jones, Nicolaia Rips and Haroula Rose on Their Sublime Short Film, “As They Slept”

On the eve of Cinema Femme’s inaugural short film festival, it seemed fitting to post my feature with a team of talented and amazing womxn. I felt so honored to … Continue reading Maya Hawke, Rachel Hilson, Charlotte Hornsby, Rhianon Jones, Nicolaia Rips and Haroula Rose on Their Sublime Short Film, “As They Slept”

Elyse Steinberg, co-director of “The Fight,” focuses her lens on ACLU’s heroic humanity

Following the Women’s March in January 2017, I was witnessing a power in the collective, a power I hadn’t seen before in my lifetime. Though I didn’t have a name … Continue reading Elyse Steinberg, co-director of “The Fight,” focuses her lens on ACLU’s heroic humanity

Christina Raia subverts genre through her horror and comic shorts

During quarantine, a series of amazing cat videos have been produced once a month on Instagram by CongestedCat Productions. I encourage you all to check them out. That kind of … Continue reading Christina Raia subverts genre through her horror and comic shorts

Natalie Erika James infuses horror and a beautiful darkness in her female-led debut “Relic”

I love meeting and speaking with female filmmakers who bring a unique style to the screen, especially if it’s in a way that I’ve never seen before. Aussie based Natalie … Continue reading Natalie Erika James infuses horror and a beautiful darkness in her female-led debut “Relic”

“Little Woods” sets the stage for Nia DaCosta’s anticipated follow up “Candyman”

Who’s excited for “Candyman”? It’s an understatement how thrilled I am about Nia DaCosta’s remake coming out this fall. I’m a fan of the original, but I see how DaCosta’s … Continue reading “Little Woods” sets the stage for Nia DaCosta’s anticipated follow up “Candyman”