Sunday, May 29, 2022

Cassandra Nicholson

Under the Radar: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers Seeks Empathy with “Kímmapiiyipitssini”

When Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, an award-winning writer, director, and actress, was developing her most recent feature documentary about substance-use disorders and harm reduction, she wasn’t sure whether she should also be the film’s narrator. It’s a dilemma many documentary filmmakers...

Cannes 2022 Women Directors: Meet Charlotte Vandermeersch – “The Eight Mountains”

Charlotte Vandermeersch is an acclaimed Belgian stage and screen actress. She also sings and writes for film and theater. In 2011 she wrote a version of the screenplay of “The Broken Circle Breakdown” with her partner Felix van Groeningen....

The People vs. Wendy Byrde: In Defense of the “Ozark” Antiheroine

There’s something inexplicable about a satisfying series coming to an end that evokes delightfully visceral responses from viewers, especially if that ending is controversial. “Ozark,” the sleeper Netflix show that, like its oft-compared predecessor “Breaking Bad,” skyrocketed to become...

Hot Docs 2022 Women Directors: Meet Kathryn Ferguson – “Nothing Compares”

Belfast-born Kathryn Ferguson is an award-winning director whose innovative and boundary-pushing documentary work has screened globally. She was nominated for the Grand Prix award at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival for her documentary short “Taking the Waters.” Ferguson’s other...

Hot Docs 2022 Women Directors: Meet Pauline Beugnies – “The End of Innocence” (“Petites”)

Pauline Beugnies is an author, photographer, and director from Belgium. For 10 years, she has been documenting the emancipation of youth in Egypt in multiple forms: photo exhibitions, 2012 web documentary “Sout El Shabab” (“The Voice of the Youth”),...

May 2022 Film Preview

Where one might expect a heavy slate of mom-centric films in honor of Mother’s Day, this month’s releases buck expectations, relying primarily on darker, sometimes more unsettling, themes — with a few uplifting rock-and-roll documentaries and light-hearted comedies added...

Hot Docs 2022 Women Directors: Meet Zaynê Akyol – “Rojek”

Zaynê Akyol’s first feature documentary, “Gulîstan, Land of Roses,” was selected by 80 international film festivals, earning 50 nominations and winning 12 awards, including the prestigious Doc Alliance Award given at the Locarno Film Festival. In her free time,...

Hot Docs 2022 Women Directors: Meet Lina Rodriguez – “Mis Dos Voces” (“My Two Voices”)

Colombian/Canadian filmmaker Lina Rodriguez is the writer-director of narrative features “Señoritas” and “This Time Tomorrow,” which have been showcased in festivals and cultural venues including TIFF, Locarno, and the Mar del Plata International Film Festival. Her credits also include...

May 2022 Television Preview

Mysteries and action series abound this month, with intrepid protagonists navigating dangerous worlds and overcoming all odds to complete their respective missions. Whether it’s a Jewish hairdresser fighting neo-Nazis in “Ridley Road” (May 1), a former British spy living...

Hot Docs 2022 Women Directors: Meet Hanna Polak – “Angels of Sinjar”

A producer, director, and cinematographer, Polish filmmaker Hanna Polak received an Academy Award and a News and Documentary Emmy nomination for the documentary short “The Children of Leningradsky.” Her other credits include the feature documentary “Something Better to Come,”...

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