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: Polished

Year: 2022 Runtime: 6 minutes Director/Writer: Colleen Dodge Actors: Jane Stiles By Dominic Corr Six minutes. That’s all it takes for Colleen Dodge’s “Polished” to communicate a vulnerable glimpse in decisions, everyday decisions, but decisions only half of the world is making. And within these six minutes, nothing is taken at second value; it speaks true and forthright with a stellar cinema verité framework. Aiming … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Polished

How Black Widow Depicts themes of dehumAnization and human trafficking

By Jillian Chilingerian When Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) first appeared on the screen in “Iron Man 2”(2010), Tony Stark referred to her as “I want one” and that is how she was characterized throughout her entire 10-year run. Dressed in her skintight catsuit and every shade of red hair, her onscreen role was to have sexual tension with every member of the Avengers whom she … Continue reading How Black Widow Depicts themes of dehumAnization and human trafficking

Sheffield Doc Fest Exclusive Review: Mother-Child (Niña mamá)

Shot in black and white, “Mother-Child” is beautifully stark and honest. There are no fancy, dramatic camera angles. Instead, cinematographer Gustavo Schiaffino, makes the decisions to shoot in simple mid-shots and the rare close-up, but there’s so much power and intense beauty in these shots. Our focus should solely be on these mothers and their children. Continue reading Sheffield Doc Fest Exclusive Review: Mother-Child (Niña mamá)

AFI Documentary Film Festival, Review- 9to5: The Story of A Movement

The phrase “9 to 5” spurs thoughts of a catchy Dolly Parton song from the wry 1980 comedy where Parton, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda played secretaries wanting revenge against their sexist boss.

But that film actually took its inspiration from the real shoe-leather efforts of female office workers in the 1970s who took to the streets to demand better pay, benefits, and respect on the job. The documentary “9to5: The Story of A Movement,” part of the 2020 AFI DOCS Film Festival, includes Fonda’s admiration for these women and puts these organizers front and center. Continue reading AFI Documentary Film Festival, Review- 9to5: The Story of A Movement

“Marriage Story”: A Feminist Fairy Tale

“Marriage Story” is actually a tale about a divorce – that of two successful theatre artists, Charlie (Adam Driver) and Nicole (Scarlett Johansson). Initially, the film appears to be entirely Charlie’s story but without Nicole, there would be no movie. In the beginning, he is unable to see his wife for who she really is but he grows to see her so clearly that he can fully appreciate the extent of what he’s lost. That theme – of appreciating women as fully formed human beings, equal to their male partners and counterparts – is what makes “Marriage Story” a feminist love story. Continue reading “Marriage Story”: A Feminist Fairy Tale