Cinema Femme Interview with Ukrainian filmmaker and journalist Elena Rubashevskaja

For International Women’s Day, we elevate Ukrainian filmmaker and journalist Elena Rubashevska (Ukrainian/Russian/international translation issues) by sharing our interview. Elena opens up about her journey that began on February 24th, with her escape from Ukraine to Poland. We talked about what she left behind and […]

Sundance 2022 Interview: Filmmaker Rachel Lears views the climate crisis through the eyes of the younger generation in “To the End”

The idea is to look at women, and young women of color in particular in this case, as leaders that are really representing everyone. Rachel Lears, Director of “To the End” “To the End” goes behind the scenes of a social and political movement where […]

Sundance 2022 Interview: Rita Baghdadi’s Sundance premiere “Sirens” celebrates women who dare to revolt against their family and country’s expectations of them

“There needs to be more nuanced portrayals of women in general. And not just nuanced, but raw, authentic women that may not be likable characters” says filmmaker Rita Baghdadi. Her new documentary follows the Middle East’s first female metal band, Slaves to Sirens, as they […]

Breaking through the cliché of Poly Styrene: An examination of Celeste Bell’s documentary on her mother

Punk, also called punk rock, is an aggressive form of rock music that coalesced into an international (though predominantly Anglo-American) movement in 1975–80. Often politicized and full of vital energy beneath a sarcastic, hostile facade, punk spread as an ideology and an aesthetic approach, becoming […]

Mariem Pérez Riera on her inspiring documentary about the first Latina EGOT winner, “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It”

“Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It” is the latest documentary from filmmaker Mariem Pérez Riera (“Lovesickness”, “Croatto”, “la huella de un emigrante”). The film uses clips from Rita Moreno’s acting career, combined with intimate interviews and stop-motion animation to tell […]

Marilyn Agrelo on Her Must-See Documentary “Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street”

Sixteen years after her debut feature, 2005’s crowd-pleasing documentary, “Mad Hot Ballroom,” showed us how the art of dance transformed the lives of elementary schoolers throughout New York City, filmmaker Marilyn Agrelo has returned with the definitive cinematic portrait of the most beloved children’s television […]

Abby Greensfelder is making a difference in non-fiction media with Everywoman Studios and the Realscreen Propelle Accelerator

Abby Greensfelder is my new hero. She shares our mission at Cinema Femme of elevating emerging female-identifying creators and connecting them with seasoned womxn in the industry with the goal of leading them into sustainable careers. Abby and her company, Everywoman Studios, takes that mission […]

Shalini Kantayya shows how sci-fi is becoming reality in her AI doc “Coded Bias”

I have found myself in the midst of discovering another hero of mine. Shalini Kanyayya is my hero because she elevates, through her own work, trailblazing womxn in the AI industry. “Coded Bias” follows Joy Buolamwini through her investigation of implicit bias in face recognition […]

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 with a compelling underlying narrative arc. Featuring four women who compete in the arena of creative dog grooming, Stern brings us into this relatively unknown world and tells a story of art and friendship.