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Fiction Is a Fine Line: Crowdfunding Picks

15 June 2017 2:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Split

We’ve all heard that art is an imitation of life. Painters, writers, and filmmakers alike transpose what they see and feel onto their medium of choice. Personal experiences and questions are considered vis-à-vis fictional characters and outcomes that may be controlled and, at times, altered. This ensemble of female-led projects explores how the real translates into fiction on the screen.

Writer and creator Yael Shavitt looks to explore concepts of destiny and choice in “Split.” This web series features an Lgbtq protagonist living in two parallel realities that surround her with the same group of influential people. Through various similarities across timelines, Shavitt seeks to emphasize both the autonomy and inevitability that we all face in life.

“Good Girls Gone,” a feature film written by Karina Padron, is a dramatic narrative based on true events. It follows a mother as she tries to find her daughter after she is kidnapped and trafficked. By bringing “faces and names to the countless young women who are trapped every year,” this film aims to bring awareness to “what is happening in our backyard, and yours.”

Sojourner Truth was a renowned abolitionist and women’s rights activist. Jency Griffin Hogan’s short film, “Seed of the Free,” focuses on her overlooked early years. By doing so, this project highlights the bravery and determination that helped her “become the seed that helped other slaves become free.”

Comedy web series “Female Friendly” is the hilarious way creators Taylor C. Baker and Chelsea Hunt-Rivera — much like their protagonists — are taking control of their “voices, bodies, sexuality, and power.” Following two best friends who decide to start a female-friendly porn production company, “Female Friendly” emphasizes the ins and outs of friendship, independence, and how to “put the Big ‘O’ back in porno.”

Finally, Eva Contis’ “Breasts” is also based on her own experiences. Following a new mother as she returns to work after maternity leave, “Breasts” highlights the challenges and stigmas attached to breastfeeding. In doing so, it explores the greater systematic marginalization that new mothers face in the workplace.

Here are our women-created and women-centric crowdfunding picks for June 2017.

Split” (Web Series) — Written and Created by Yael Shavitt; Directed by Molly McGaughey

Split” follows 13-turned-25-year-old Sammy as a crucial choice both fast-forwards and splits her world into two parallel realities. Unlike other “Sliding Doors” scenarios, Yael Shavitt’s work not only explores contrasting career and romantic paths; it also plays with the concept of sexuality. In one world, Sam battles the highs and lows of her chaotic relationship with her girlfriend, Emma. In the other, Samantha must re-evaluate her “stable and somewhat stale” relationship with her longterm boyfriend.

Shavitt’s web series offers various arcs of indistinguishable importance. In particular, it provides a space for members of society that much of the mass media does not. Out of the show’s five main characters, “three are women and three are Lgbtq.”

Additionally, behind the camera, “Split” features the voices of four women filmmakers and an all-female crew. If you ask us, this project is showing us a reality that we all should be living in.

Help “Split” explore new worlds by contributing to its Seed&Spark campaign.

“Good Girls Gone” — Written by Karina Padron; Co-Produced by Felicia Greenfield

“Good Girls Gone”

According to “Good Girls Gone” co-producer Felicia Greenfield, “there are more slaves in the world today than any other time in history.” The majority of victims are young women and children of various races and social statuses. By focusing on the true story of an American, middle-class teenage girl, “Good Girls Gone” emphasizes how this epidemic affects anyone and everyone. It also intends on featuring an all-female crew to further “send a message of strength and solidarity amongst women.”

Unlike other crowdfunding campaigns, donations will not be used for production costs alone. Padron, Greenfield, and their team will partner with human trafficking organizations, and a portion of proceeds will “directly help them in the fight against modern day slavery.”

Help “Good Girls Gone” shine a light on human trafficking on Indiegogo.

“Seed of the Free” — Directed by Jency Griffin Hogan; Written by Kay Landon

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“Seed of the Free” is director Jency Griffin Hogan’s fourth period film set during the American Civil War. It follows Sojourner Truth as she learns that her six-year-old son was illegally sold into slavery just months before New York emancipation. What begins as a mother’s journey transforms into a historical battle against racial and social boundaries; “Seed of the Free” explores just how Truth became the the first African American women to take a Caucasian plantation owner to court — and win.

“Seed of the Free” is written, directed, produced, and costumed by women. Griffin Hogan and her team are competing for the Louisiana Film Prize for the second time. Wouldn’t it be great to see such a historically significant and woman-led film walk away with the Grand Prize?

Check out how to help “Seed of the Free” by visiting its Seed&Spark campaign.

Female Friendly” (Web Series) — Written and Created by Chelsea Alana Rivera and Taylor C. Baker; Directed by Frankie Ingrassia

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When one friend gets dumped and the other gets fired, they decide to join creative forces to develop what the internet sorely lacks: female-friendly porn. That’s the obvious next step for anyone, right? Though hilarious in nature, don’t be fooled: “Female Friendly” is boldly tackling a neglected yet important topic. By commenting on — and challenging — the patriarchal exclusivity of the porn industry, it promotes female sex positivity and smashes gender stereotypes all too often associated with adult entertainment.

It’s important to note that its title accurately describes both its off and onscreen experience. “Female Friendly’s” crew is composed of 90 percent women; this includes a female director, director of photography, and editor. This project therefore industrially reflects exactly what it cinematically promotes — that “women get off pretty well on their own.”

Help “Female Friendly” finish their season by visiting their Seed&Spark campaign.

Breasts” — Written and Directed by Eva Contis

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To this day, women are continuously bullied at work for breastfeeding and pumping during office hours. “Breasts” is based on director Eva Contis’ personal experience with this issue. After explaining to a male co-worker that she must break from work to pump, the protagonist faces a sexual harassment claim. “Breasts” explores how she overcomes this workplace injustice and fights for her rights as both mother and employee. This project, therefore, emphasizes how “working mothers” and “career women” can be — and are — one and the same.

By telling this story, Contis and her predominantly female team also aim to stress both the necessity and physically demanding nature of breastfeeding. This is of particular relevance, as the right to breastfeed at work may very well be under attack once again.

Check out how “Breasts” needs your help by visiting its Seed&Spark page.

To be considered for Women and Hollywood’s biweekly crowdfunding feature, please write to womenandhollywoodinterns@gmail.com. All formats (features, shorts, web series, etc.) are welcome. Projects must be by and/or about women.

Fiction Is a Fine Line: Crowdfunding Picks was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

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Movie Review – Detour (2016)

24 May 2017 3:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Detour, 2016.

Directed by Christopher Smith.

Starring Tye Sheridan, Bel Powley, Emory Cohen, John Lynch and Stephen Moyer.

Synopsis:

Law student Harper’s mother is in hospital in a coma and he blames his stepfather, Vincent.  He’s not coping well with the situation, seeking consolation in drink.  After one especially heavy night, he awakes to find local bad boy, Johnny, on his doorstep. Apparently, the night before, Harper employed him to kill Vincent.  It means a trip to Vegas, where his step father has gone “on business”.  And, despite Harper’s efforts to get out of the deal, Johnny isn’t taking no for an answer.

British director, Christopher Smith, has done something of a volte face.  His previous film was seasonal comedy Get Santa in 2014, complete with Jim Broadbent, Rafe Spall and Warwick Davis as the proverbial Christmas elf.  Detour is a million dusty miles away from that.

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- Freda Cooper

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Detour review

23 May 2017 11:27 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Hannah Woodhead

The latest in the proud American tradition of road trip movies, Detour sees Tye Sheridan’s despondent Californian teen Harper bullied into a misguided mission to Las Vegas by the nefarious Johnny (Emory Cohen) and his wide-eyed accomplice Cherry (Bel Powley). Harper suspects his stepfather (Stephan Moyer) has had a hand in the accident that’s left his mother in a coma, and in a drunken moment of madness, hires Johnny to kill him. It’s a fairly formulaic plot that at first could be mistaken for Fargo in the desert – and although it lacks the nuance and brilliant dialogue found in the Coen Brother’s classic film, in Detour, director and writer Christopher Smith works hard way to breathe new life into a road oft-travelled, but there always feels like something’s off.

Combining the sluggish feel of the vast Californian highway with a sense of impending dread, »

- Hannah Woodhead

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‘Catfight’ Finds Both Brutality and Humanity In Its Bloody Brawls

25 April 2017 12:52 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

This Week in Home VideoPlus 20 more new releases to watch at home this week on Blu-ray/DVD.

Welcome to this week in home video! Click the title to buy a Blu-ray/DVD from Amazon and help support Fsr in the process!

Pick of the WeekCatfight

What is it? Two old college friends cross paths as adults and beat the ever-loving crap out of each other.

Why see it? Onur Tukel’s latest is also his best thanks in part to the lead performances by Sandra Oh and Anne Heche. They do a good job of manipulating our sympathies and concerns ensuring that our loyalties shift from act to act. Themes of female friendships, class distinctions, and redemption run through alongside a satirical look at modern life, and there’s a terrifically wicked streak throughout. Funny, smart, and brutal are all apt descriptors for this cynical look at our violent selves.

[Blu-ray/DVD extras: Commentaries, featurette, deleted scenes]

Catfight »

- Rob Hunter

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Scandal: Who Has Changed Most in Alternate-Reality 100th Episode?

13 April 2017 5:32 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.

The upcoming milestone 100th episode of Scandal features an alternate reality in which Olivia (Kerry Washington), Mellie (Bellamy Young), and Cyrus (Jeff Perry) never rigged the election, and most of the events that have taken place over the last six seasons likely never happened. How different is everyone in this alternate reality as a result? The cast cryptically teases what’s in store:

Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington)

Without a job in the White House or a group of associates working under her, where would Olivia be now? For one, as the promo revealed, »

- NATALIE ABRAMS

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Beatles movie gets UK deal

5 April 2017 4:04 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Kaleidoscope to release film about Sgt. Pepper album.

Kaleidoscope Entertainment will release Beatles documentary It Was Fifty Years Ago Today…Sgt Pepper & Beyond in the UK from late May.

The film examines why the band stopped touring in the mid 1960s, how their iconic Sgt Pepper album was conceived and its recording at Emi’s Abbey Road Studios.

It will feature archival footage and interviews with The Beatles’ original drummer Pete Best, John Lennon’s sister Julia Baird, Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein’s secretary Barbara O’Donnell, Steve Diggle of the Buzzcocks and Beatles associate Tony Bramwell, among others.

Alan G. Parker (Monty Python: Almost The Truth) directs. Producers are Reynold D’Silva and Alexa Morris.

The film will not include original music from the group but has a score composed by Andre Barreau (Sliding Doors) and Evan Jolly (co-composer Hacksaw Ridge) and features music from tribute band The Bootleg Beatles, which has existed »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Fare Thee Well, Mindy Lahiri! The Mindy Project Will End After Season 6

29 March 2017 9:21 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A version of this story originally appeared on EW.com.

Mindy Lahiri is hanging up her scrubs.

In the wake of the conjugal cliffhanger betrayed by the final moments of Tuesday’s fifth season finale of The Mindy Project, Entertainment Weekly can exclusively reveal some big news about Mindy Kaling’s treasured little bauble of a rom-com: The Mindy Project will return this September on Hulu for its sixth — and final — season.

It’s been almost five years since the series first premiered on Fox in 2012, and the show (which hit 100 episodes last November) remains the only surviving sitcom from that fall. »

- Marc Snetiker

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‘The Mindy Project’s’ Lang Fisher on Writing Mindy as a White Man in the Age of Trump

14 March 2017 3:20 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Mindy Project” writer Lang Fisher first wrote the episode “Mindy Lahiri Is a White Man” before President Trump was elected. In it, Mindy (Mindy Kaling) wakes up one morning to find herself in the body of a white man, played by Ryan Hansen, which opens her up to a whole world of privilege that she exploits to the best of her ability.

“I was honestly writing it during the campaigns… without knowing the results of the election,” Fisher told IndieWire in a phone interview. “I was absolutely channeling the fact that Donald Trump could do the worst possible things and get away with it. And Hillary [Clinton] had one email scandal and it tanked her. She’s the most capable person who’s ever been up for political office and people just hated her.

“So absolutely that played a part in this script,” she continued. “There was some initial concerns »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘The Mindy Project’s’ Lang Fisher on Writing Mindy as a White Man in the Age of Trump

14 March 2017 3:20 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The Mindy Project” writer Lang Fisher first wrote the episode “Mindy Lahiri Is a White Man” before President Trump was elected. In it, Mindy (Mindy Kaling) wakes up one morning to find herself in the body of a white man, played by Ryan Hansen, which opens her up to a whole world of privilege that she exploits to the best of her ability.

“I was honestly writing it during the campaigns… without knowing the results of the election,” Fisher told IndieWire in a phone interview. “I was absolutely channeling the fact that Donald Trump could do the worst possible things and get away with it. And Hillary [Clinton] had one email scandal and it tanked her. She’s the most capable person who’s ever been up for political office and people just hated her.

“So absolutely that played a part in this script,” she continued. “There was some initial concerns »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Detour review: Dir. Christopher Smith (2017)

27 February 2017 3:24 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Detour review: Horror maestro Christopher Smith returns with a thriller in the vein of True Romance.

Detour review by Kat Hughes, February 2017.

Detour review

Director Christopher Smith first caught our attention with Creep. The film saw Franka Potente trapped overnight within the bowels of the London Underground, stalked by something dangerous. He followed that with SeveranceTriangle and Black Death, a trio of films strongly within the horror genre. Next, he rather oddly made Christmas comedy Get Santa, an ill-advised career step, but his latest offering sees him step back into the darker heart of cinema.

Harper (Tye Sheridan) is a promising young law student. Sadly, his mother is in a coma following a car accident with his step father Vincent (Stephen Moyer). Worse still, she’s about to be taken off of life support and Vincent looks set to inherit everything. Believing that Vincent had a hand in the accident, »

- Kat Hughes

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Glasgow Frightfest 2017: Chris Smith Interview

20 February 2017 8:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Ahead of the UK premiere of his latest film Detour at Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow, Chris Smith tells us the importance of FrightFest, his love of ‘film Noir’ and  his hatred of reality TV…

FrightFest has premiered all your genre movies Creep, Severance, Triangle, Black Death, except Get Santa obviously. Is this positioning an important part of the rollout process for you?

Firstly let me apologise for being away for so long and thank you for having me back. I wrote Get Santa because I’d just had a son and was feeling like I wanted to do something that he could watch in the next 15 years. I expected the film to take a year to come together but it ended up taking four years. My son was by that time old enough to come to the premiere with a few of his class mates.

Back to the question, Frightfest is extremely important, »

- Phil Wheat

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Gina Carano has some people to kill in poster for post-apocalyptic action thriller Scorched Earth

8 February 2017 5:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The first poster has arrived online for Scorched Earth, the upcoming action thriller from director Peter Howitt (Sliding Doors, Johnny English), which stars Gina Carano as  Atticus Gage, a bounty hunting tracking down criminals in a post-apocalyptic Earth. Check it out here, along with the official synopsis…

The planet has suffered an environmental collapse; the air became dangerous to breathe, the water became toxic, and billions of people died. Generations later, mankind has finally re-established a rudimentary society, in an attempt to pick up the pieces that continue to blister in the sun. Gage (Gina Carano) is a bounty hunter and she has a chance at the bounty of a lifetime. She infiltrates a gang of outlaws in order to bring in their leader, and everything is going to plan until she meets a slave girl that reminds her of her dead sister. With her loyalty to only herself now tested, »

- Gary Collinson

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John Oliver Takes on the Trump Era: The Rolling Stone Interview

7 February 2017 7:13 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

On the wall facing John Oliver's desk, on the eighth floor of an office building so far on the West Side of Manhattan it's practically floating in the Hudson River, are 30 blue index cards. Each represents an episode of the 2017 season of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. And each and every one of them is blank. That's one reason Oliver is already arriving at the office before 8:30 a.m. each day, though he has weeks until the February 12th kickoff of the show's fourth season. But he »

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Giveaway – Win Paranoid on DVD

5 February 2017 6:48 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To celebrate the Home Entertainment release of the gripping ITV drama Paranoid, we have a DVD copy to giveaway.

Paranoid is the engrossing brainchild of Tom Sherry, the producer of Scott & Bailey, Prey and Ordinary Lies, that will leave you on the edge of your seat and holding your breath…

The sleepy town of Woodmere is devastated when a doctor is murdered in a children’s playground in broad daylight. Three detectives embark on what they initially believe to be a straightforward murder investigation, but when the main suspect is found dead in an apparent suicide, the police are drawn deeper. As the ever-darkening mystery leads the detectives on a dangerous and beguiling journey across Europe, personal demons are brought to the fore and the foe becomes increasingly formidable.

From Red Productions, one of the UK’s leading production companies, this exceptional TV mini-series stars Lesley Sharp (Scott & Bailey, The Full Monty, »

- Gary Collinson

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Neo-Noir ‘Detour’ Starring Tye Sheridan, Bel Powley And Emory Cohen Underwhelms [Review]

20 January 2017 12:57 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If any one of the ’90s Quentin Tarantino copycats remade “Sliding Doors,” this neo-noir would be the result, even down to the casting of John Lynch, who starred in the 1998 film. Filled with would-be-witty dialogue, “Detour” takes a Choose Your Own Adventure approach to its twist-filled narrative about a college student whose attempts for revenge go very wrong. Director Christopher Smith employs split screen to show what happens when his hero makes a decision and flips back in time when it wants to show the audience just how little they know.

Continue reading Neo-Noir ‘Detour’ Starring Tye Sheridan, Bel Powley And Emory Cohen Underwhelms [Review] at The Playlist. »

- Kimber Myers

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Film Review: ‘Detour’

18 January 2017 10:45 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It may be tempting, and not entirely inaccurate, to describe Christopher Smith’s “Detour” as “Sliding Doors” reimagined by Quentin Tarantino, but this cleverly twisty neo-noir thriller turns out to be more substantial and surprising than such logline shorthand might suggest. Indeed, some VOD viewers likely will desire an instant replay of the film, to more fully appreciate (or at least better understand) how its parallel plotlines contrast and converge to intriguing effect. The only real downside to a rerun: A few minor gaps in logic could be more annoying the second time around.

Tye Sheridan offers an engaging variation of the prototypical noir protagonist as Harper, a Los Angeles law student who blames Vincent (Stephen Moyer), his despised stepfather, for the auto crash that left his mother comatose. While drowning his sorrows in a seedy bar, Harper makes the mistake of chatting up Johnny Ray (Emory Cohen of “Brooklyn »

- Joe Leydon

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