Frances McDormand wins Best Actress

No surprises to be had this year, and thankfully so. Prizes were just and fair, and there were no envelopes mixups. The top prize went to “The Shape of Water,” Gary Oldman won Actor in a Leading Role for his Churchill in “Darkest Hour,” and Frances McDormand won Best Actress in a Leading Role for her turn in “Three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri.” "Shape" also won accolades for "Best ... more >

Adina Pintilie (courtesy : Berlinale)

BERLINALE : Golden Bear handed to Adina Pintilie for “Touch me not”

Willem Dafoe, Bill Murray and Wes Anderson take home awards

Intimacy and sex are essential elements to finding happiness in life, a theme found in this year's winning film. "Touch Me Not,” by Adina Pintilie, has won the Golden Bear prize at this year's Berlinale. The festival opened on February 15th and closed today and included around 400 films. Of those, nineteen were competing for the top Golden Bear prize. Romanian director Adina Pintilie said she ... more >


Upcoming Doc “Off Country” Lets Survivors and Opponents of Nuclear Testing Do the Talking

Documentary film as digital archive

Taylor Dunne and Eric Stewart’s forthcoming documentary “Off country” examines the devastating, still-lingering effects of atomic bomb testing on the communities around the White Sands missile range in New Mexico, the Nevada Test Site and the Rocky Flats Plant in Colorado, where plutonium triggers were manufactured until its 1992 shutdown (the latter facility was studied in the galling 1982 ... more >


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 >


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 >


NEWS – “Year by the sea” heading to theaters in limited release

Film was completed in 2016

“Year by the sea” is based on the New York Times best-selling memoir by Joan Anderson. It stars Karen Allen (“Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Animal House”). Executive-produced by Tony-award winners Daryl Roth (“Kinky Boots,” “Indecent”) and Terry Schnuck (“Beautiful”), “Year” was written, directed and composed by Alexander Janko. “Year” recounts empty-nester Joan Anderson’s decision not to ... more >