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    Guest Post: American Mary Sets Out to Modify the Way You Think About Women in Horror

    In short, our film American Mary proclaims that she is the story of medical student Mary Mason who is growing increasingly broke and disenchanted by medical school and the surgeons she once admired. The allure of easy money and notoriety brings Mary into the messy world of body modification and unde...

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    Interview with Julia Loktev - Writer and Director of The Loneliest Planet

    Women and Hollywood: Where did you get the idea for this film?

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    Guest Post: Looking at Real Women With Real Life and Body Issues in Yogawoman

    With the presidential debate including talk once again of women getting equal pay, it seems surreal to me that we are still having this discussion. In the 70’s, when I was a teenager reading books like Marilyn French’s The Women’s Room, I was so inspired and imagined how fast it wa...

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    Trailer Watch: The Central Park Five - Co-Directed by Sarah Burns, Ken Burns and David McMahon

    Recently nominated for a 2012 IDA Documentary Award for Best Feature and on the roster for the upcoming 2012 AFI Film Festival, The Central Park Five is based on Sarah Burns' best-selling book. In 1989, five black and Latino teens were arrested and charged for brutally raping a white woman in Ce...

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    Must Watch: Lana Wachowski Speaks About What It Means to Be Transgendered

    What ever happens with Cloud Atlas (which opens this Friday) what Lana Wachowski has done in coming out as a transgendered person will go down as a seminal moment in Hollywood culture.  She is a high profile successful action director talking about being transgendered and gay, in a town where t...

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    Women Nominees at the 2012 IDA Documentary Awards

    The International Documentary Association announced their nominees for their 2012 IDA Documentary Awards. It’s really exciting to note that 4 of the 5 shorts are directed by women as well as 2 of the 5 features (and one of the other features nominated is The Invisible War).

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    Ava DuVernay Talks About The Gotham Nominations

    I was in LA yesterday and already had a meeting set up with Ava DuVernay to just say hi in between her press appearances.  I was able to chat with her a couple of hours after her two Gotham award nominations.  Her film Middle of Nowhere received two nominations as did Beast of the Southern...

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    Interview with Coley Sohn – Writer and Director of Sassy Pants

    Sassy Pants is, yes, a sassy movie starring the breakout star of MTV's show Awkward Ashley Rickards. She plays Bethany Pruitt who is basically held prisoner in her home by her overprotective mother. She's home schooled and graduated first in her class, and the next step for her is to go to...

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    Guest Post: Labor of Love: How Women are Changing Documentaries

    In 2010, I finished my first feature documentary, Living Downstream. Based on the book by ecologist and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, the film follows Steingraber as she tries to ring the alarm bell about cancer and its environmental links. By the time the film was done, I had spent four inte...

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    Ava DuVernay's Middle of Nowhere Has Big Opening Weekend

    Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere opened with the top per screen average this past weekend.  As Indiewire reports, opening on just 6 screens, the film made $78,030—about $13,005 per theater.  Taken 2, which was at the top of the box office with $22 million had less than half the...

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