Chosen “Family”

There is nothing that is considered normal. These are the words that I repeated to myself throughout middle school. In recent years, we have had a sea of coming-of-age stories … Continue reading Chosen “Family”

Emily Lape brings a rawness to filmmaking and the acting process with “Mercy’s Girl”

Emily Lape, where do I start? Our relationship seems to be serendipitous. I was introduced to Emily by a filmmaker friend, Michael Glover Smith, who told me that Emily would … Continue reading Emily Lape brings a rawness to filmmaking and the acting process with “Mercy’s Girl”

“Girls Trip” – A Dose of Black Girl Magic

When one discusses female comedy films, invariably “Bridesmaids” (2011) and “Mean Girls” (2004) are mentioned. This is not it. “Girls Trip” (2017) is new and different. There is the usual … Continue reading “Girls Trip” – A Dose of Black Girl Magic

Why was “Thelma & Louise” such an impactful film? Jennifer Townsend’s documentary explores why

When Jennifer Townsend first saw “Thelma & Louise” (1991) when it came out in theaters, she was blown away. “It made a huge dent in my life,” she said. “In … Continue reading Why was “Thelma & Louise” such an impactful film? Jennifer Townsend’s documentary explores why

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

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 … Continue reading Patti Vasquez brings representation onstage and behind the mic

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

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 … Continue reading The Women of Tribeca

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

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 … Continue reading Cleveland comedian Sam Dee is creating spaces for women in comedy

“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 … Continue reading “Booksmart”: Class of Gen Z

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 … Continue reading Filmmaker Christina Raia is creating empathy through film