“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

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

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”

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 … Continue reading Cinema Femme’s Comedy Issue — Editor’s Letter

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

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 … Continue reading Dancing with the camera: an interview with cinematographer Valentina Caniglia

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

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

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 … Continue reading Dr. Caroline Heldman on #MeToo and representation

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 … Continue reading Director Rebecca Stern combines her love for animals and filmmaking with “Well Groomed”