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Fort Tilden, a new film by rising directors/writers Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers, just won the grand jury prize at the SXSW film festival in Austin. Allie (Clare McNulty) and Harper (Bridey Elliott) are my next door neighbors back home in Brooklyn... or they could be. Like a good post-Seinfeld New Yorker, I don't actually know my neighbors very well. The truth is, the writers/directors of this film should be commended for their tongue-in-cheek accuracy ... Read More
Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of interviewing writer/director Jill Soloway, whose first feature film, Afternoon Delight, is set for release today (A.K.A. we just made your weekend plans for you). The 47- year-old writer, former showrunner, and BUST contributor is a serious feminist inspiration. Afternoon Delight showcases the life and self-realization of a Los Angeles mother named Rachel (Kathryn Hahn). In the film, the thirty-something mom finds ... Read More
While Diablo Cody’s known for writing Juno, Jennifer's Body and Young Adult, Paradise is her first feature film that she’s written and directed! The film stars Julianne Hough, in which she transitions from a “good girl” to “bad girl,” after surviving a plane crash. She starts to re-examine her life by challenging her religion, and even declares in her church that she might vote Democrat in the next election. Can ... Read More
  At a time when most loyal moviegoers are either Latin American or female (or both), it’s taken a hell of a while for the film industry to catch up with the changing scene. This week, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) released its star-studded list of invited members, and they’ve made some improvement from last year. Those who accept membership make up the elite class of film industry pros that decides who gets Oscars next ... Read More
Women have always been unrepresented in the creation of film and media. In fact, in the past 85 years, women directors have only been nominated for an Oscar four times. Fandor, an independent film streaming service, has recently put together an infographic that reveals the extent of Hollywood’s current challenge: the lack of women directors. Mira Nair on the set of Mississippi Masala Check out the infographic below which shows the true statistics ... Read More
Fractured fairy tales have dominated this year’s box office, but most of the stories are pretty far removed from the real world. Enter The Brass Teapot, a topical spin on this formula that follows neither witch hunters nor giant slayers, but a couple of broke kids. Married protagonists Alice (Juno Temple) and John (Michael Angarano) find a shady solution to their debt in a teapot that responds to pain by filling itself with cash. It’s not long ... Read More
Amy Heckerling is the greatest. Not only is she responsible for national treasures like Clueless (1995) and Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), but she is one of the few female directors working in Hollywood, period. As an aspiring movie-maker, her awesomely quirky comedies give me a reason to get up in the morning. So when I saw that the trailer for her new movie Vamps (2012) had been released, I flipped out.Starring BUST cover girl Krysten Ritter as well ... Read More
Alison Klayman is 27 years old. She's graduated from Brown University, written for NPR, moved to China and made a feature length documentary. Oh, and she won the Sundance Special Jury Prize this past January. I, for one, feel like a slacker compared to the multi-hyphenated journalist.  Klayman's award winning film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry hit theaters last week on July 27 via IFC Films. The 27-year-old spent years with her subject  Weiwei, 54, trying to ... Read More
Barnard College’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies is celebrating women in film, both behind and in front of the camera. Paying tribute to female directors, writers, and producers (as well as the female characters they help create), the second annual Athena Film Festival is “A Celebration of Women and Leadership.” The festival, running from February 9-12 at Barnard’s campus, focuses on diversity in both the real world and the film ... Read More
                                          Television has always been a place for creative women. This fall alone there is a slew of new female-centric shows from the adorkable comedy The New Girl starring Zooey Deschanel to the Maria Bello ass-kicking cop drama based on the original BBC series Prime Suspect to the controversial The Playboy Club, which ... Read More
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