Kelly O’Sullivan’s debut script ‘Saint Frances’ brings an authentic look into womanhood

I had the pleasure of interviewing Kelly O’Sullivan shortly after her film “Saint Frances” opened at the Chicago Critics Film Festival at the Music Box Theatre this May. O’Sullivan wrote … Continue reading Kelly O’Sullivan’s debut script ‘Saint Frances’ brings an authentic look into womanhood

Director Rebecca Stern combines her love for animals and filmmaking with ‘Well Groomed’

Rebecca Stern, director of the much-talked-about SXSW film “Well Groomed,” has married her love of animals and her passion, skills, and knowledge of filmmaking to create a visually entertaining film with a compelling underlying narrative arc. Featuring four women who compete in the arena of creative dog grooming, Stern brings us into this relatively unknown world and tells a story of art and friendship.

With ‘Alice,’ director Josephine Mackerras explores preconceived notions of independence, motherhood, and marriage

Josephine Mackerras debuted her first feature film, “Alice,” at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival. The story depicts how Alice, a wife and mother, reacts to her husband’s double life, leaving … Continue reading With ‘Alice,’ director Josephine Mackerras explores preconceived notions of independence, motherhood, and marriage

Cinema Femme Women’s History Month/Sexual Assault Awareness Month Issue — Editor’s Letter

If you’re not having a good time, find something else that gives you some joy in life. —Penny Marshall (October 15, 1943–December 17, 2018) When there is a passion inside … Continue reading Cinema Femme Women’s History Month/Sexual Assault Awareness Month Issue — Editor’s Letter

(Left to right) 2019 Sundance Ebert Fellows Niani Scott, Whitney A. Spencer, and Tiffany Walden, and Cinema Femme founder Rebecca Martin

2019 Sundance Ebert Fellows

Chaz Ebert introduced me to the 2019 Sundance Ebert Fellows Niani Scott, Whitney A. Spencer, and Tiffany Walden via Instagram as they were on their way to Park City, Utah, to cover Sundance Film Festival. I read up on these intelligent and extremely talented women, and I was so inspired by their drive and past experience. During our interview in March, we talked about their Sundance experiences, their favorite films from the festival, and the importance of having diverse voices in film criticism.

A conversation between Cinema Femme founder Rebecca Martin and film critic Danielle Solzman

“This past season, GLAAD did their report, and there’s been an increase of trans actors in series, but a lot of that is because of “Pose” (2018). So it would be nice to see more trans actors taking on roles. But I’d like to see, not so much because of the story, but casting directors being like, “Hey, you don’t necessarily need to write this character as cis; it can be a trans person.” “The Sisters Brothers” (2018) and “Colette” (2018) both had trans actors playing cisgender characters.”

A conversation between Cinema Femme founder Rebecca Martin and filmmaker Laura Moss

I had the pleasure of interviewing Laura Moss, NYC-based filmmaker. I met Laura last year at the Chicago Critics Film Festival, where I saw her short film “Fry Day.” I … Continue reading A conversation between Cinema Femme founder Rebecca Martin and filmmaker Laura Moss