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Patti Vasquez brings representation onstage and behind the mic

Patti Vasquez is a renaissance woman: She’s the host of “The Patti Vasquez Show” on Chicago’s WGN Radio, a stand-up comedian, and the founder of With Kind Words, a consulting company for health care providers. Patti brings her passion and love for people into her comedy, her radio show on WGN, and her writing. I

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Comedy Issue Cover Artist: Tavi Veraldi

Tavi Veraldi is talented Chicago-based illustrator, film buff, and overall stellar person. With her edgy, comic-book style, horror-inspired art, and pop art look, Tavi’s style is distinctive and reminds me of Chicago neighborhoods like Logan Square and Wicker Park. Her work is infused with her love for film, and we’re so happy she was available

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A cult classic is in our midst with Jennifer Reeder’s teen noir “Knives and Skin”

In April, I spoke with director Jennifer Reeder about her film “Knives and Skin,” which had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival and its US premiere at Tribeca Film Festival. “Knives and Skin” is Reeder’s second feature, and it’s produced by Jan and Brian Hieggelke, founders of Newcity magazine and the Chicago

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From Hollywood to Chicago, Katherine O’Brien is helping aspiring screenwriters

Katherine O’Brien is a brilliant, comedic, down-to-earth individual. For fifteen-plus years, she’s thrived in Hollywood and throughout the international marketplace as a screenwriter, filmmaker, and story consultant. As a faculty member at Second City’s Harold Ramis Film School and a teacher at DePaul University and Columbia College Chicago, Katherine O’Brien has mentored and supported young

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Cinema Femme’s Comedy Issue — Editor’s Letter

With our fifth issue, the Comedy issue, we wanted to honor and celebrate iconic films and TV shows that have changed the face of comedy. There has been so many strong, hilarious, and female-led films that have come out recently, including “Booksmart,” “Family,” “Being Frank,” “Sword of Trust,” “The Farewell,” “About A Donkey,” “Knives and

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Caitlin Parrish and Erica Weiss’s “The Red Line” explores a police shooting and its aftermath

I recently spoke with Chicago playwrights and filmmakers Erica Weiss and Caitlin Parrish about their new CBS drama “The Red Line,” which premieres this Sunday, April 28 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) with four two-hour blocks as a limited event series on CBS. “It will also stream on CBS All-Access, so people will be able to watch

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Dancing with the camera: an interview with cinematographer Valentina Caniglia

I first met cinematographer Valentina Caniglia at the 2019 Girl Power Film + Media Summit in Brooklyn, NY, where she was on a panel about the female gaze. Valentina’s story is truly inspirational, from skating competitively in Italy, to NYU film school, to traveling all over the world shooting films, TV series, and commercials. I

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Pamela B. Green’s documentary honors filmmaking pioneer Alice Guy-Blaché

I met Pamela B. Green at a coffee shop/diner prior to her “Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché” (2018) film screening for the opening night of the Chicago Feminist Film Festival at Columbia College Chicago. Meeting Pamela, I could feel the force of nature of Alice Guy-Blaché through her passionate words and her

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Assistant editor Erin Wolf on the artistic process of editing a TV show

When I met assistant editor Erin Wolf back in January in LA, I instantly felt like we were friends. She is so laidback. Our conversation was fluid and organic. I think maybe our styles are similar when it comes to our work, by being curious about people and their stories. Erin has worked on the

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Dr. Caroline Heldman on #MeToo and representation

Back in January during my trip in Los Angeles, I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Caroline Heldman, research director at the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, associate professor of politics at Occidental College, and executive director of The Representation Project. Dr. Heldman also cofounded the New Orleans Women’s Shelter and the Lower

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