Abigail Fuller’s latest doc “Shepherd’s Song” embraces visual cinematic approaches to non-narrative storytelling

Filmmaker Abigail Fuller (“Chef’s Table”, “Do You Dream in Color?”) was the recipient of the 2019 The North Face’s Move Mountains Film Makers Grant that empowered her to hire female department heads in her newest documentary, “Shepherd’s Song”. This female-backed film focuses on Jenya, a […]

ChiFilmFest 2022: Interview with Mercedes Kane about her doc “Art and Pep” that elevates the Chicago LGBTQIA+ community

Buy your tickets: https://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/film/art-and-pep/ Cinema Femme kicks off its 2022 ChiFilmFest coverage by speaking with filmmaker Mercedes Kane about her doc “Art and Pep”. We talked about why this film is so important, especially now as our government has been stripping away some of our […]

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

We take a look back at our Sundance coverage of the documentary “Sirens” directed by Rita Baghdadi (@ritaamal). The film will be kicking off their theatrical release this Friday (9/30/22) in NYC . “There needs to be more nuanced portrayals of women in general. And not […]

Tribeca 2022: “Battleground” Director-Producer Cynthia Lowen discusses her approach to documentary filmmaking  

Driven by curiosity and a passion for social justice, Emmy-nominated filmmaker Cynthia Lowen uses the power of story to investigate difficult issues that often go overlooked; her debut documentary feature, 2011’s “Bully”, investigated a crisis of suicide motivated by bullying in American schools. It was nominated for two […]

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 […]

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 […]