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    Sarah Polley, Wadjda director Haifaa al-Mansour Among National Board of Review's Best-of-Year Picks

    Directors Sarah Polley (Stories We Tell) and Haifaa al-Mansour (Wadjda) and actress Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color) were the only awardees among the National Board of Review's end-of-the-year picks in categories not designated for women.

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    Sundance US Competition List a Disappointing Tumble from Last Year's Equality Benchmark

    At last year's Sundance, the future looked rosy, with half of all U.S. narrative features and documentaries on the Park City festival lineup coming from female filmmakers. It was a promising benchmark -- and sadly, not one to be reached next year.

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    Director Anna Condo: "Cosmetic Surgery is Ruining Cinema"

    Merry Christmas director Anna Condo writes an ode to her muse, septuagenarian actress Alexandra Stewart -- and explains what makes an actress truly great.

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    Chicken & Egg Pictures Helped Fund 23 Documentaries by Women Directors This Year

    Chicken & Egg Pictures, the "only nonprofit film fund devoted solely to supporting women documentary directors," announced last week that it would help support 23 nonfiction features this year.

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    Teen Heroines Kick Box-Office Ass During Holiday Weekend

    Move along, Black Friday. Thanksgiving weekend belonged to Katniss Everdeen and Frozen's Anna, who helped propel female heroines to the top of the box office. Not only did The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen land on everyone's must-see list, but they shattered plenty of records along the...

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    Gender Inequality in Film: In Infographic Form

    Following the record-breaking opening of "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" last weekend, the New York Film Academy decided to take a closer look at women in film and what, if any advancements women are making in film-- and create an infographic based on their findings.

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    The Punk Singer Director Sini Anderson: "It's Not Hard to be Drawn to Kathleen Hanna's Story"

    An in-depth interview with documentary filmmaker Sini Anderson, whose latest film, The Punk Singer, about Bikini Kill and Le Tigre frontwoman Kathleen Hanna, opens on November 29.

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    Black Nativity Director Kasi Lemmons Talks About Langston Hughes, Making a Musical

    Kasi Lemmons adapts Langston Hughes' musical retelling of the Nativity story in her new film Black Nativity. Lemmons spoke with Women and Hollywood about her attachment to Langston Hughes' work, the new songs she co-wrote for the film, and this year's bumper crop of films about the black experie...

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    Kathleen Hanna and 'The Punk Singer' Director On New Doc, Riot Grrl and Why People Hate on Feminism

    Debuting this week in limited release and VOD Friday November 29 is "The Punk Singer," Sini Anderson's film about riot grrrl legend Kathleen Hanna, the front woman of Bikini Kill who went on to make music with Le Tigre and her current band The Julie Ruin.

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    With Frozen, Director Jennifer Lee Breaks the Ice for Women Directors

    It has taken 53 films, starting with 1937's 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,' for the Magic Kingdom to reach this historic point. But Walt Disney Animation Studios has finally placed a woman in the director's throne: Jennifer Lee. Happily, her touch is definitely on display in 'Frozen,' which is co...

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