Author: Rebecca Martin

Dancing with the Camera: An Interview with Cinematographer Valentina Caniglia

I first met cinematographer Valentina Caniglia at the 2019 Girl Power Film + Media Summit in Brooklyn, NY, where she was on a panel about the female gaze. Valentina’s story is truly inspirational, from skating competitively in Italy, to NYU film school, to traveling all over the world shooting films, TV series, and commercials. I

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Anya Camilleri’s powerful short film “A Girl of No Importance” brings awareness to human trafficking and sex slavery

In March, I had the opportunity to interview British filmmaker Anya Camilleri. Camilleri’s award-winning short film “A Girl of No Importance,” made in partnership with agency Stella’s Voice, brings awareness to human trafficking and sex slavery. “A Girl of No Importance” is about a teenage prostitute who escapes from her traffickers but finds herself lost

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Pamela B. Green’s Documentary Honors Filmmaking Pioneer Alice Guy-Blaché

I met Pamela B. Green at a coffee shop/diner prior to her “Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché” (2018) film screening for the opening night of the Chicago Feminist Film Festival at Columbia College Chicago. Meeting Pamela, I could feel the force of nature of Alice Guy-Blaché through her passionate words and her

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“The systemic failures drive this story”: Juliana Roth on Title IX and sexual assault

Juliana Roth and I spoke on the phone in February 2019 about her first feature film currently in development, “What We Know.” The film is based on “Middlebrook,” an educational web series Roth wrote that covers the aftermath of sexual assault on a college campus. Her script for “What We Know” was a semifinalist in

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Assistant Editor Erin Wolf on the Artistic Process of Editing a TV Show

When I met assistant editor Erin Wolf back in January in LA, I instantly felt like we were friends. She is so laidback. Our conversation was fluid and organic. I think maybe our styles are similar when it comes to our work, by being curious about people and their stories. Erin has worked on the

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Dr. Caroline Heldman on #MeToo and Representation

Back in January during my trip in Los Angeles, I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Caroline Heldman, research director at the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, associate professor of politics at Occidental College, and executive director of The Representation Project. Dr. Heldman also cofounded the New Orleans Women’s Shelter and the Lower

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Why saying “Get off the internet” is terrible advice for victims of online harassment

I spoke with actor, writer, and intimacy coordinator Michela Carattini about her film “Remote Access,” which she cowrote and coproduced with screenwriter Leanne Mangan. Penelope Berkemeier directed the film. Michela, the daughter of a Panamanian-American military intelligence officer and an Australian ballerina, grew up in Germany, where she developed an interest in languages, obscure autobiographies,

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Cinema Femme Women’s History Month/Sexual Assault Awareness Month Issue — Editor’s Letter

“If you’re not having a good time, find something else that gives you some joy in life.” —Penny Marshall (October 15, 1943–December 17, 2018) When there is a passion inside you, you can’t deny it. When there is a dream and a passion inside you that you achingly want to exist, you will do everything

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2019 Sundance Ebert Fellows

(Left to right) 2019 Sundance Ebert Fellows Niani Scott, Whitney A. Spencer, and Tiffany Walden, and Cinema Femme founder Rebecca Martin

Chaz Ebert introduced me to the 2019 Sundance Ebert Fellows Niani Scott, Whitney A. Spencer, and Tiffany Walden via Instagram as they were on their way to Park City, Utah, to cover Sundance Film Festival. I read up on these intelligent and extremely talented women, and I was so inspired by their drive and past experience.

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International Women’s Day: Storytellers

The immensity of the world is humbling, and the amount of women on this planet is empowering. What’s amazing about this world is that we are always evolving, and it’s exciting! With this evolvement, we see changes in ourselves and in our world. Personally, I’d like to think that the changes in my life stem

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