Watching films not for overindulgence, but to develop my taste buds: bite-sized reviews to whet your appetite, bon appétit

Last year I edited a video (video also featured at bottom of this piece) with scenes from some of my favorite films I’d seen over that year correlated with my … Continue reading Watching films not for overindulgence, but to develop my taste buds: bite-sized reviews to whet your appetite, bon appétit

See Jane Salon: Kris Rey on representation of pregnancy on film and her own journey as a mother

Recently I attended a member event of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, as part of their “See Jane Salon” series, which enables GDIGM CEO Madeline Di Nonno … Continue reading See Jane Salon: Kris Rey on representation of pregnancy on film and her own journey as a mother

Pouring myself a cup of ambition: ‘9 to 5’ meets #MeToo

Before #MeToo there was “9 to 5.” It wasn’t a hashtag, but it was a movement nonetheless. Dolly Parton wrote the song “9 to 5”, which shared the same title … Continue reading Pouring myself a cup of ambition: ‘9 to 5’ meets #MeToo

Feminist filmmaker and ‘Maniac’ actor Ariel Kavoussi brings raw female characters onscreen with ‘The Poet and The Professor’ and ‘Birdshit’

I heard about Ariel Kavoussi through one of our featured filmmakers, Haroula Rose. Not directly, but through socials, I saw they did some collaborative work and had been featured on … Continue reading Feminist filmmaker and ‘Maniac’ actor Ariel Kavoussi brings raw female characters onscreen with ‘The Poet and The Professor’ and ‘Birdshit’

Transcending Gender: Chloe Baldwin on her web series ‘Like What You Like’

It was no surprise that when Chloe Baldwin met me at Chicago’s Bourgeois Pig for her Cinema Femme interview two months ago, her sandwich of choice was the Hamlet. Her … Continue reading Transcending Gender: Chloe Baldwin on her web series ‘Like What You Like’

Hilda Somarriba elevates independent cinema in the film festival market and media with ‘The Rider’ and ‘Paradise Hills’

There is power in media. A good review, a great interview, getting the right onscreen exposure makes a difference in the trajectory of a film. Hilda Somarriba understands that as … Continue reading Hilda Somarriba elevates independent cinema in the film festival market and media with ‘The Rider’ and ‘Paradise Hills’

Maura Delpero reveals the beauty of imperfect motherhood with ‘Maternal’

When I turned thirty everything changed for me. My boyfriend of three years was not ready to make the kind of commitment I desired and was definitely not ready to … Continue reading Maura Delpero reveals the beauty of imperfect motherhood with ‘Maternal’

Maria Sødahl reveals how her personal struggle with cancer gave birth to ‘Hope’

“Hope” is based upon filmmaker Maria Sødahl’s experiences as a working woman in a blended family whose life is forever changed when her cancer is no longer in remission. Over the … Continue reading Maria Sødahl reveals how her personal struggle with cancer gave birth to ‘Hope’

Rising star and third generation actor Thomasin McKenzie discusses her character in ‘Jojo Rabbit’

“Jojo Rabbit,” based on the book Caging Spies by Christine Leunens, pushes the boundaries in satirical storytelling in ways that only director Taika Watiti can do.  His bold and daring satire about … Continue reading Rising star and third generation actor Thomasin McKenzie discusses her character in ‘Jojo Rabbit’

Filmmaker Louise Archambault brings cinematic beauty to love and life with ‘And the Birds Rained Down’

Louise Archambault writes and directs the film “And the Birds Rained Down” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.  The movie is based on the novel by Jocelyne Saucier … Continue reading Filmmaker Louise Archambault brings cinematic beauty to love and life with ‘And the Birds Rained Down’

Imagine This Women’s International Film Festival: a conversation with founders Patrice and Susie Francois

Mother and daughter power team, Patrice (daughter) and Susie (mother) Francois, are making an impact for women in the film community. Their annual international female-directed film festival and Girl Power … Continue reading Imagine This Women’s International Film Festival: a conversation with founders Patrice and Susie Francois