Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Public Relations

Year: 2022 Runtime: 22 minutes Director/Writer: Elle Jae Stewart Actors: Elle Jae Stewart, Marcus Henderson, Chloe Paige Flowers By Valerie Kalfrin  Billed as the proof-of-concept pilot for a series, the short “Public Relations” packs a lot of soapy drama into 22-minutes but leaves little room for developing its characters or caring what happens next.  Creator Elle Jae Stewart (The American Theatre of BEing Documentary) stars as Chelsea, a … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Public Relations

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Frimas

Year: 2022 Runtime: 20 minutes Director/Writer: Marianne Farley Actors: Karine Gonthier-Hyndman, Chantal Baril, Kent McQuaid By Valerie Kalfrin A woman stands on a snowy street, tugging her hood over her head to hide her face from the passing police cars more than the cold. Within moments, a meat truck pulls over, the driver asking what she ate that morning.  “Water lilies,” she says. Satisfied, he … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Frimas

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Joutel

Year: 2022 Runtime: 15 minutes Director/Writer: Alexa-Jeanne Dubé Cast: Marie Tifo, Pierre Curzi By Joan Amenn Joutel was a mining town in Canada and the title of this film includes the dates 1965-1998, which was the duration of the community’s existence. By drawing a metaphor for the lifespan of a place being similar to that of a human being, “Joutel” is a touchingly somber and … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Joutel

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: L’autre rive

Year: 2022 Runtime: 17 minutes Director/Writer: Gaëlle Graton Actors: Judith Baribeau, Rosalie Fortier By Dominic Corr The humanitarian crisis across the world continues.  If anything, it worsens.  From filmmaker Gaëlle Graton, their debut film “L’autre rive” (A Shore Away) is a passion project from the storyteller who seeks to create and engage with the awareness of social issues: particularly homelessness.  Shot on location in a working emergency … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: L’autre rive

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Hot Singles

Year: 2022 Runtime: 9 minutes Written/Directed: Laura Jean Hocking Actors: Shannon Walton By Dominic Corr At the end of all things, as the planet burns and is battered by the winds of climate chaos – one thing will persist, one eternal message: ‘hot singles in your area.’ It’s a humorous and all too crushing reality. That in a not-too-distant future where temperatures skyrocket and the … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Hot Singles

Femme Filmmakers Festival Review 7: Freedom Swimmer

Year: 2022 Runtime: 15 minutes Director: Olivia Martin-McGuire By Joan Amenn “Freedom Swimmer” (2022) is a gut-wrenching film about fleeing oppression as well as a lyrical visual poem. This ying yang of narration combined with montage and animation creates a unique and powerful documentary that will haunt you long after the last frame. As the film recounts, from 1950 to 1980 two million refugees swam … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival Review 7: Freedom Swimmer

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Chute (Strangers)

Year: 2022 Runtime: 21 minutes Director/Writer: Nora Longatti Actors: Agathe Lecomte, Barbara Kurth, Fhunyue Gao, Julian Gyphens, Jeff Nsingi Ambassi, Yevgenia Korolov By Juli Horsford Chute is twenty-one minutes long. There are several intriguing aspects about Chute and one of them is that there is almost no dialogue at all. We witness some muffled background conversations that are incomprehensible and a phone call with a … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Chute (Strangers)

Bones Of Crows: TIFF Review

Year: 2022 Runtime: 120 minutes Writer/Director: Marie Clements Actors: Grace Dove, Philip Lewitski, Remy Girard, Alyssa Wapanatahk, Gail Maurice, Jonathan Whitesell, Cara Gee By Joan Amenn That the Native people of the United States and Canada have suffered horrific treatment at the hands of the respective governments of each country is well known. What is not acknowledged until recently is that innocent children by the … Continue reading Bones Of Crows: TIFF Review

A black woman in her fifties stands on a battlefield at night in African dress. She wears a sword at her waist and a fierce look.

The Lineup: Films We’re Eyeing in September

By Valerie Kalfrin and Tom Moore This month, In Their Own League launches a new feature, “The Lineup,” a listing of films released this month featuring underrepresented stories, women directors, and where you can view them. Click through to find the trailers, courtesy of IMDB.com. – Joan Amenn, Editor in Chief As we head into a jam-packed fall movie season filled with plenty of big … Continue reading The Lineup: Films We’re Eyeing in September

30 Years Later, “A League of Their Own” Still Wins

By Brian Skutle When “A League of Their Own” was in theatres in 1992, I remember my mom and grandfather and I going to see it. I thought it was a good movie, and it was something we taped off of HBO to watch. I was going on 15, though, and relatively new to really starting to watch movies on a regular basis, so the … Continue reading 30 Years Later, “A League of Their Own” Still Wins