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Asian Pop-Up Cinema Film Fest Season 15: Hoi Yeung on Hong Kong’s “The First Girl I Loved,” co-directed with Candy Ng

Last week Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema Film Festival wrapped up its 15th season showing eight Hong Kong productions. I was fortunate to interview one of the filmmakers behind one of these movies, Hoi Yeung, about the coming-of-age gem “The First Girl I Loved”, which he […]

Dina Amer takes us on a transformative experience in “You Resemble Me,” now playing in select theaters

I was very fortunate to interview “recovering journalist” and producer (“The Square”) Dina Amer about her feature directorial debut “You Resemble Me,” inspired by a story she first got wrong. The story is about a Muslim woman in France named Hasna who got mixed up […]

Cinema Femme’s 225 Essential Films to see directed by women and non-binary people: Part Two (1982 – 2004) The emergence and discovery of indie gems during the pandemic

The list has been generated by Cinema Femme contributors, and the titles are listed chronologically on our Letterboxd HQ account. Here we highlight some of these films, breaking them down by theme. Today we feature Part Two, highlighting independent films directed by women and non-binary […]

You Can Never Tell What Private Tragedies People Have Had: Filmmaker Marian Mathias on her feature debut, “Runner”

“The world stands out on either sideNo wider than the heart is wide;Above the world is stretched the sky,—No higher than the soul is high.The heart can push the sea and landFarther away on either hand;The soul can split the sky in two,And let the […]

Cinema Femme’s 225 Essential Films to see directed by women and non-binary people: Part One (1906 – 1972) “The Silent Era”, “The Experimental”, and “The Early Auteurs (Agnès Varda, Ida Lupino, and Elaine May)”

The list has been generated by Cinema Femme contributors, and the titles are listed chronologically on our Letterboxd HQ account, here we highlight some of these films breaking them down by theme. Today we feature Part One, highlighting films from 1906 – 1972 titled “The […]

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 […]

Look back: A vintage that gets better with age: a celebration of ‘Jennifer’s Body’ 10 years later

Originally posted August 16, 2019. Google “Jennifer’s Body” and let the panning of 2009 begin, from the in–the–gutter critic reviews to the 44% Rotten Tomatoes score. Go on Letterboxd (a site for film geeks like myself who write their own reviews), and you will read passionate, glowing reviews from over […]

NYFF 2022: Filmmaker Elisabeth Subrin Spotlights “Last Tango in Paris” actress Maria Schneider in Her Experimental Short “MARIA SCHNEIDER, 1983”

When 19-year-old actress Maria Schneider agreed to perform the leading role in Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1972 film, “Last Tango in Paris”, there was no rape scene in the original script. The actress told The Daily Mail in 2007 that the particularly brutal scene was added last-minute […]