Tag: cinema

“Clueless” broke down barriers and paved the way for today’s comedies

I was talking with a male friend of mine, who worked as an actor, and he gave me a strange remark regarding comedy scenes with women. “It’s hard for me to joke with a fellow actress during acting. Because she might not be able to keep up with the sense of humor or might overdo

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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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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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The Women of Tribeca

Film festivals afford you an opportunity to meet filmmakers from all over the world who are involved in the industry in many different capacities. And this year, at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, I spoke with writers on the red carpet, watched Q and As as an audience member, and literally bumped into or by

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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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Cleveland comedian Sam Dee is creating spaces for women in comedy

For the past several years, Sam Dee has been creating inclusive, creative spaces for comedians and audience members in Cleveland. She cocreated the comedy advice show Share-apy in 2017, cofounded the female-run comedy festival Mass Hysteria Comedy Fest and started the comedy competition Improv Death Match in 2018, and is part of the improv troupe

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Ten Years Later, the World is Ready for “Booksmart”

There are two main reasons Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut “Booksmart” is getting such high praises: Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever. While the premise isn’t original, at least on the surface, beneath the familiar exterior lies a clever and empowering message while it always maintains its lighthearted good nature. Dever and Feldstein create characters that are

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“Booksmart”: Class of Gen Z

When you say coming-of-age film, your mind is instantly drawn to cult classics like “Breakfast Club” (1985), “Pretty in Pink” (1986), “Clueless” (1995), and “The Princess Diaries” (2001). Not stories of straight-A girls going for a rowdy night out the day before high school graduation after realizing they wasted four years in suburbia having not

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Filmmaker Christina Raia is creating empathy through film

I met filmmaker and Seed&Spark’s head of education and outreach Christina Raia in March at the 2019 Girl Power Film + Media Summit, where she gave a presentation about film distribution. Hearing Christina talk about her passion for helping filmmakers get their projects funded and distributed was inspirational. We spoke in April on the phone

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CherryPicks founder and “Being Frank” director Miranda Bailey is paving the way for women in film

Miranda Bailey is not just one thing—she is Miranda Bailey, the producer, director, actor, founder of CherryPicks, mother, and inspiration to women in the industry. She’s produced over twenty films, including Oscar-nominated “The Squid and the Whale” (2005), the Spirit Award-winning “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” (2015), and the indie hit “Don’t Think Twice”

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