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.

Dawn Porter captures an awe-inspiring legacy in “John Lewis: Good Trouble”

Black Lives Matter. There is a man named John Lewis, who has fought for that for over 60 years, and is still fighting for that in a way that creates … Continue reading Dawn Porter captures an awe-inspiring legacy in “John Lewis: Good Trouble”

Australian filmmaker Shannon Murphy’s “Babyteeth” washes over you with exuberant music, love and beauty

At the end of “Babyteeth”, and this does not spoil the film at all, you are on a beach staring at the ocean waves. You’re on the beach rather than … Continue reading Australian filmmaker Shannon Murphy’s “Babyteeth” washes over you with exuberant music, love and beauty

Tamar-kali bewitches us with her magical score for “Shirley”

There was no doubt that this wasn’t tokenization. I thought that was so important because- I mean nothing is perfect, a lot of stuff is flawed, that’s humanity. But you … Continue reading Tamar-kali bewitches us with her magical score for “Shirley”

Sabrina Doyle shows the beauty of embracing change through ‘Lorelei’

Before we got into speaking about her film “Lorelei”, director Sabrina Doyle and I couldn’t help talking about the trying times we are in, and how difficult it is for … Continue reading Sabrina Doyle shows the beauty of embracing change through ‘Lorelei’

Filmmaker Amy Goldstein Defies Stereotypes With ‘Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl’

Going into this film, I only knew Kate Nash from “GLOW”, and a couple of her songs from the early 2000s. After watching “Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl,” directed by … Continue reading Filmmaker Amy Goldstein Defies Stereotypes With ‘Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl’

Filmmaker Jaclyn Bethany breaks through with Emmy nominated series ‘The Rehearsal’, ‘Indigo Valley’, and more

There is no shortage of ideas, talent, and direction when it comes to Jaclyn Bethany. After initially pursuing theater, she was inspired to take the leap into filmmaking when she … Continue reading Filmmaker Jaclyn Bethany breaks through with Emmy nominated series ‘The Rehearsal’, ‘Indigo Valley’, and more

Alexandra Serio’s horror short ‘Tingle Monsters’ shines a light on violence against women on the internet

Horror is not my genre of choice, but when I see that a female identifying filmmaker is behind the lens, my interest is peaked. Especially if the genre is used … Continue reading Alexandra Serio’s horror short ‘Tingle Monsters’ shines a light on violence against women on the internet

Lynn Chen flips the gender perspective in her directorial debut “I Will Make You Mine”

Imagine that you are listening to a record. It’s a good tune, one that you really savored during a particular time in your life. Then you return to the song. … Continue reading Lynn Chen flips the gender perspective in her directorial debut “I Will Make You Mine”

Filmmaker Layne Marie Williams shows us her insides with “Scutly”

We did it because we had to. Layne Marie Williams Layne Marie Williams is a filmmaker and leader in the industry. A womxn of strength and tenacity. A womxn who … Continue reading Filmmaker Layne Marie Williams shows us her insides with “Scutly”

Lara Jean Gallagher heightens visual storytelling in her first feature “Clementine”

You can’t watch Lara Jean Gallagher’s film without thinking of the 1966 classic “Persona”, directed by Ingmar Bergman, especially one scene, when Bibi Andersson is talking to Liv Ullmann about … Continue reading Lara Jean Gallagher heightens visual storytelling in her first feature “Clementine”

Filmmaker Anna Kerrigan takes us on the heartfelt journey of a father and his trans son in “Cowboys”

I like that idea that when you’re in nature you can be your true self, and not influenced by the constructs of your society. It’s a really interesting way to … Continue reading Filmmaker Anna Kerrigan takes us on the heartfelt journey of a father and his trans son in “Cowboys”

Sandra Lipski inspires us to look at the world differently with The Festival Key

Walk with me to the island of Mallorca, an island of Spain. Mallorca is a place of paradise: rays of sun, vast cerulean oceans, a gorgeous mix of European cultures … Continue reading Sandra Lipski inspires us to look at the world differently with The Festival Key