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    Guest Post: Why Make Babies When You Can Just Make Documentaries?

    Being a woman, I was told since I was a teenager, “just wait, it’ll hit you – you’ll suddenly be overcome by the rash, ridiculous desire to have kids.” This was presented as a certainty. No matter how much you resist, you are destined to do your part to keep the species...

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    Women Director News Roundup: Nancy Savoca, Christine Jeffs and Sarah Siegal-Magness

    Some new feature projects have recently been announced coming from Nancy Savoca, Christine Jeffs and the directorial debut of Precious producer Sarah Siegal-Magness.

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    Cross Post: Cloud Atlas Charts New Territory Between Women and Men With Halle Berry and Hugh Grant

    I was belatedly watching "Cloud Atlas" at my local Cineplex, catching up on movies that I hadn't seen because, thanks to Hurricane Sandy, I no longer had my Manhattan to upstate NY umbilical cord. I hadn't read all the reviews when "Cloud Atlas" premiered in Toronto becau...

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    Trailer Watch: West of Memphis - Directed by Amy Berg

    In 1994, three teenagers from Arkansas were convicted, despite lack of any physical evidence, of ritually murdering three 8 year old boys. Amy Berg's acclaimed documentary West of Memphis takes a closer look at the events of the crime and its aftermath including speaking with the supporters of t...

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    Guest Post: Into the Amazonian Jungle: Shooting in a Third World Country

    Festival of Lights marked my departure from the documentary tradition for the first time in my professional career. I had always been attracted to the works of Margaret Mead and Mary Leaky, and directing documentaries afforded me the opportunity to explore new worlds.

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    2 Women Directed Animated Features on Oscar Shortlist

    21 animated features have made it to the Oscar shortlist for best animated feature. Since over 16 films were submitted, a maximum of 5 films can be nominated. However, of these 21 animated features—that range from major animated features such as Wreck-It Ralph to independent animated films lik...

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    No Women Nominated for European Film Awards in Major Categories

    Last week The European Film Awards announced their nominees for their annual awards. Michael Haneke’s Amour and Steve McQueen’s Shame picked up a majority of the nominations.

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    Guest Post: An Epoch of Parity for Women Directors?

    It seems like everyone’s talking about women right now. With the 2012 presidential election just a day away with a demographic breakdown of male to female voters at 48% to 52%, women’s voices are more important than ever in American election history, and both parties are courting women a...

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    Guest Post: Cinema Eye Honors 2013 Nominations

    In her latest research, Independent Women: Behind-the-Scenes Representation on Festival Films (2011-2012), Martha Lauzen found that in selected film festivals 39% of documentary directors were women, compared with 28% in her similar survey from 2008-2009. This finding confirmed anecdotal evidence th...

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    Interview with Vamps Director Amy Heckerling

    This was originally posted on April 9, 2012. Vamps is in theaters now.

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