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AMY BAER, PRODUCER

A brief conversation with Hollywood's feminist rainmaker

One of the best films to come out of Tribeca this year was “Mary Shelley.” The period biopic about a woman was not only directed by one, Haifaa Al Mansour, but also produced by one. For over two decades Amy Baer has been a creative force in entertainment. The former President and CEO of CBS Films spent seventeen years at Sony Pictures Entertainment where she helped develop various films, some that ... more >

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With “Mary Shelley,” Woman Behind Monster Directed by Woman Behind Camera

INTERVIEW with Haifaa Al Mansour
Ben Hardy, Elle Fanning and Maisie Williams

There were many films at the Tribeca Festival, many about women, and many others directed by women. “Mary Shelley,” starring Elle Fanning, is not only both, but perhaps was one of the best films at this year’s Tribeca Festival, which ended recently. As the title suggests, "Mary Shelley" tells the story of the nineteenth century-author who penned the horror classic “Frankenstein.” And in a case of ... more >

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TRIBECA | “State Like Sleep” proves that noir isn’t just a man’s game

A conversation with writer/director Meredith Danluck

Among all the films at this year’s Tribeca festival, the most stunning one was “State Like Sleep,” a modern-day film noir with all the suspense of a Hitchcock movie.  The story, set in the underbelly of Brussels, follows the widow of a deceased Belgian actor who one-year after his death decides to investigate the mystery behind his apparent suicide. The film’s heroine, Katherine Waterston ... more >

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TRIBECA 2018: Alysia Reiner and Marianna Palka tackle pregnancy in “Egg”

"Egg" had its world premiere at Tribeca

Tribeca 2018 was truly the year for female filmmakers. With “Egg,” actress and director Marianne Palka (“Glow”) proves that she’s just as talented behind the camera as she is in front of it. Fresh off the success of writing and directing her dark comedy “Bitch" (2017) Palka takes on a more dialogue-driven relationship story. In “Egg,” two art school friends and their husbands meet for an afternoon ... more >

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NILES RETROSPECTIVE: Mabel Normand gets day in the California sun

Retrospective will take place November 11-12
Normand helped Chaplin early on in his career

Over the years I’ve researched and written extensively ("Silent film star deserved to be heard," ScreenComment, 2012) on the underrated work of silent movie actress Mabel Normand, Hollywood’s first film comedienne and female director. I’m now happy to report that she is finally being recognized for her many accomplishments. During November 11-12 the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, located in ... more >

TRAILBLAZING WOMAN: Illeana Douglas on hosting a show on TCM and women in cinema

Musings on a changing film industry

When last year I spoke with Illeana Douglas we discussed her work highlighting the accomplishments of women behind the camera. We also talked about her involvement as executive producer of the Kino Lorber five-disc collection “Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers.” As I've discovered, Douglas is continuing her mission by hosting TCM’s annual “Trailblazing Women” series for the second year in a row. ... more >

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A conversation with recipient Kristin Fairweather about Ryan Murphy’s HALF Initiative

New mentorship program offers clear, forward-looking vision

There is always a time when the topic of Female Directors becomes pertinent. Kathryn Bigelow winning her Oscar for “The Hurt Locker” certainly raised the subject.  But that was seven years ago.  Now, Patty Jenkins’s recent “Wonder Woman” success is picking up the topic.  The problem seems to be continuing the trend.  In an effort do just that, writer/producer Ryan Murphy (“American Horror Story," ... more >