5 Must-See Feminist Films From Women Directors at the Top of Their Games

Inspired by similar feminist film weeks in London and Berlin, the co-founders of Woman With a Movie Camera are bringing New York Feminist Film Week to the city’s Anthology Film Archives. Designed to illuminate cultural and cinematic approaches to feminism — intersectional, transnational and everything in between — the first annual Nyffw features a hearty slate of films directed by filmmakers both known and rising, but you don’t have to be in attendance to catch up on some of the most seminal screenings on their calendar.

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The inaugural Nyffw has divided its slate into a series of thoughtfully curated programs which tackle topics as wide-ranging as “Dismantling Islamophobia,” “Trans/Action” and “Bodies,” along with a special tribute to Barbara Hammer and an entire program dedicated to “feminist film genealogies.” Animation fans and those who
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Jeffrey Hayden, Theater and TV Director, Dies at 90

Jeffrey Hayden, who directed a wide range of plays, films and TV shows including the first color specials for NBC, died in Los Angeles on Dec. 24, 2016, after a year of cancer treatment. He was 90 .

Born in 1926, the director began his career at NBC New York, where he directed first color specials like “Lady in the Dark,” and “The Chocolate Soldier,” before directing his wife, “On the Waterfront” and “North by Northwest” actress Eva Marie Saint, in the CBS series “Omnibus.”

Hayden was selected by producer Fred Coe to join the staff of The Philco Television Playhouse in 1954, and while there he directed live TV dramas with such stars as James Dean, Walter Matthau, and Paul Newman. His work attracted the attention of several film studios including MGM, and he went on to direct the crime drama “The Vintage,” starring Michèle Morgan, Pier Angeli, John Kerr, and Mel Ferrer.

Hayden and Saint performed together in both “Love Letters
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Inbox (1): An Interview Between Gina Telaroli and Kurt Walker

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Kurt Walker in the background of Hit 2 Pass / Gina Telaroli making her way to the foreground in Here's to the Future!As has been previously reported, Here's to the Future! and Hit 2 Pass, new feature films from Notebook contributors Gina Telaroli and Kurt Walker, is starting its roll out this month. Following an open call for screenings the films will be playing at New York's Spectacle Theater (starting this Thursday November 5th), Toronto's Mdff (November 4th), Philadelphia's public access channel (starting November 13th), and more. The open call for screenings is in conjunction with an online release being done independently by the filmmakers themselves on their own website starting November 9th: The release, online and in real life, is a follow-up to Telaroli's grassroots release of her 2011 feature film Traveling Light (done in conjunction with the Spanish film journal Lumière). The following is
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Beggars of Light: The Nitrate Picture Show 2015

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"The music seemed extraordinarily fresh and genuine still. It might grow old-fashioned, he told himself, but never old, surely, while there was any youth left in men. It was an expression of youth–that, and no more; with sweetness and foolishness, the lingering accent, the heavy stresses–the delicacy, too–belonging to that time."—"The Professor's House," Willa CatherHis last words, in a hospital four months later, are said to have been 'Mind your own business!' addressed to an enquirer after the state of his bowels. Friends got to the studio just before the wreckers' ball. Pictures, a profusion, piles of them, littered the floor: of 'a world that will never be seen except in pictures'"—"The Pound Era," Hugh Kenner***Heart Of FIREOften when I go to a movie, usually one made before 1960, I think about the opening scene of The Red Shoes, of Marius Goring and his
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The Real Housewives of New York City Recap: Go West, Old Woman

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There’s something about the American West that has always inspired creative genius, from the words of Willa Cather and the long-running Gunsmoke to the unfortunate sequels starring the likes of Marty McFly and Fivel. Alright, alright, not all of it is genius. In fact, when the Real Tumbleweeds of Tombstone Pizza Ranch head off to Montana, it was less High Noon and more A Million Ways to Kill Yourself With Boredom in the West. This was certainly the tamest Housewives vacation in recent memory, right? And there were cowboys involved!But because this is a Housewives trip, there are a lot of steps we have to take before they can even get on the plane. Yes, these things have become so ritualized and formulaic that they should take place at Stonehenge on the vernal equinox. Before we can go on the trip, we have to talk about the trip.
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Tom O'Neil: Happy New Year from my snowy mountain cabin

Tom O'Neil: Happy New Year from my snowy mountain cabin
Here's my favorite way to spend the New Year holiday – up at my snow-kissed cabin in the Pennsylvania Poconos where deer, pheasants and chickadees dart between the trees and across a frozen lake while I get snug before a dancing fire inside. I'm reading an old tradepaper book. Remember paper? It's "The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century," which includes short works by literary titans like Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, John Steinbeck, Willa Cather, James Thurber and Flannery O'Conner plus spookmeisters Ellery Queen, Harlan Ellison and Ross Macdonald. I'm surprised by who I think has the best work so far in my reading: Stephen King. His "Quitters, Inc." is … wow, yikes, yeowsa. I've made a sorry mistake underestimating this man till now. -Break- Such are the splendid discoveries I enjoy while I put aside my cyber-obsession and Oscarmania for a moment as 2013 winds down. I hope you're doing so.
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You Gotta See Her: Palloaro’s Debut Trite Yet Lyrical Odyssey of Familial Discord

Any familiarity with the Euripides’ classic Greek tragedy will have you already guessing what the outcome of Andrea Pallaoro’s directorial debut will yield, but that’s not to say it doesn’t take a quietly lyrical journey of meditative visuals to get us there. Neither a modernization nor necessarily influenced by the classical piece the title invokes, Pallaoro instead seems to use it as the sole dramatic flair to material that’s intended to be a multi-focal portrait of an imploding familial unit, and despite a predictable finale manages to lull us into a hypnotic state where passion and heartbreak are conveyed as quietly as whispering winds through haze filled fields.

We glimpse an idyllic familial unit warmly enjoying each other’s company one late summer afternoon, with patriarch Ennis (Brian F. O’Byrne) carousing
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Eiff 2013: C.O.G. Review

Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez.

Starring: Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare, Corey Stoll, Casey Wilson, Dean Stockwell, Troian Bellisario, Dale Dickey.

Running Time: 87 minutes.

Synopsis: Samuel (Jonathan Groff) is a self-assured twenty-something on the road to find himself. A metaphorical and physical journey, the Ivy League graduate finds himself challenged by all he meets.

Pretentious and socially awkward, Samuel buries his head in stories of the American Dream while trying to find his place after graduation and a succession of failed relationships. Parental issues may be hinted at, but Alvarez’s film focuses on the positives of self-discovery rather than the negatives of reminiscing.

The planting of Henry David Thoreau and Willa Cather may come across as obvious, but when Samuel emerges as a walking cliché of privileged youth, you expect nothing less. Bright-eyed but reserved in exuberance, Groff’s know-it-all wanderer is easy to dislike. Finding himself working in an
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Had enough of The Great Gatsby already? Try these books instead

An attempt to ease the pain of those who feel Baz Luhrmann has not made a film of 'the Great American novel'

Baz Luhrmann's critically panned adaption of The Great Gatsby has generated renewed interest in F Scott Fitzgerald's famed novel, ahead of the film's premiere on Friday.

At the peak of Gatsby fever, though, the inevitable backlash has hit. Impassioned spiels from those who insist that this "Great American Novel" isn't all that great are being raised across the internet – most notably, New York magazine's Kathryn Schulz has written 2,000-word explanation of why she "despises" Fitzgerald's novel.

It is an impressive accomplishment. And yet, apart from the restrained, intelligent, beautifully constructed opening pages and a few stray passages thereafter – a melancholy twilight walk in Manhattan; some billowing curtains settling into place at the closing of a drawing-room door – Gatsby as a literary creation leaves me cold. Like
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Morning Brew - Mon. March 25: Willa Cather's lesbian letters, Jane Lynch gets interviewed on a gay web show

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The Arrested Development documentary makers are seeking some finishing funds. I'm sure this will happen in no time.

Annie Clark, Cristine Prosperi and Degrassi producers Linda Schuyler and Stephen Stohn talked with EW and there are a lot of great tidbits about how Fiona wasn't intended to be a lesbian character but evolved into one, and the future of her relationship with Imogen. It's a must-read for Fimogen fans!

Jane Lynch went on Gwissues this week to talk about some upcoming roles. There's never enough of the Lynch.

Author Willa Cather's personal letters are about to be published and it sounds like lesbian rumors might be true. It also appears she was born on the same day as me, so clearly she must be gay. That's how it works.

Out comic artist Nicole Georges wrote about her teenage obsession with Kurt Cobain for NPR.
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Amy Adams: 'I'm so not the princess type'

Amy Adams has ditched the ingenue roles for unforgettable turns in classy awards fodder from big-name directors – and now she has worked with Clint Eastwood in Trouble With the Curve

It's an absolutely archetypal American face; you can read a multitude into it. Look long enough at Amy Adams' pre-Raphaelite cascade of orange-red hair, her pale complexion – with its susceptibility, no doubt, to freckles and sunburn – the upturned chin, the tough-cookie set jaw, and the slender sloping nose, and soon enough you will discern the possibilities: Anne of Green Gables, Annie, if she was still young enough, or one of Willa Cather's doughty Nebraska Plainswomen – Thea Kronberg, perhaps, from The Song of The Lark – Dorothea Lange's Migrant Mother, eyes fixed for ever on the middle distance, or any number of western farmwives or lady-gunfighters. Take names from Henry James or Edith WhartonDaisy Miller, Undine Spragg – and Adams
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Why David Geffen is Getting the 'American Masters' Treatment

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Why David Geffen is Getting the 'American Masters' Treatment
David Geffen is not a singer. Nor is he a movie star. Nor is he a writer. Thus he would seem an odd subject for "American Masters," a series devoted to artists ranging from Willa Cather to Woody Allen. Yet series creator Susan Lacy claims that the mogul has had a profound impact on American popular culture that equals any of those figures. She pleads her case in "Inventing David Geffen," which will be broadcast Nov. 20 on PBS. The documentary had its premiere in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. Also read: "Tom
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A Trailer Arrives for Short Story Collection Shadows: Supernatural Tales by Masters of Modern Literature

A few months ago we brought to your attention the short story collection Shadows: Supernatural Tales by Masters of Modern Literature, and to help refresh your memory, Uninvited Books has released a new trailer featuring editor Robert Dunbar reading from his introduction.


Shadows: Supernatural Tales by Masters of Modern Literature features terrifying explorations of the dark by many of the great writers who revolutionized dark fiction. These may be the finest, most evocative ghost stories ever written.

The authors include: Virginia Woolf, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster, Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, Henry James, Algernon Blackwood, Oliver Onions, Montague Rhodes James, and more.

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Two New Short Story Collections to Add to Your Summer Reading List

Since we know a lot of our Dread Central regulars are avid book readers, we're always on the lookout for new stories and anthologies to share with them. Today we have two collections of horror tales that sound like good candidates for a summer reading list: Decayed Etchings and Shadows: Supernatural Tales by Masters of Modern Literature.

Brandon Ford's Decayed Etchings contains 18 brand new, never before published tales of the dark, twisted, and macabre. Buried within these gnarled pages, you’ll discover jilted lovers, cheating spouses, bizarre fetishes, acid trips, and roaming sleepwalkers. You’ll meet noisy neighbors, struggling writers, vengeful females, and even a monster or two.

With Decayed Etchings, you’ll dive headfirst into a world of ghoulish delights that will surely satisfy even the most jaded gorehound. In this world there is always something lurid hiding beneath. You need only scratch the surface.

The official release date is July 4th,
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Does anyone want to be "well-read?"

"Death disports with writers more cruelly than with the rest of humankind," Cynthia Ozick wrote in a recent issue of The New Republic.

"The grave can hardly make more mute those who were voiceless when alive--dust to dust, muteness to muteness. But the silence that dogs the established writer's noisy obituary, with its boisterous shock and busy regret, is more profound than any other.

"Oblivion comes more cuttingly to the writer whose presence has been felt, argued over, championed, disparaged--the writer who is seen to be what Lionel Trilling calls a Figure. Lionel Trilling?

"Consider: who at this hour (apart from some professorial specialist currying his "field") is reading Mary McCarthy, James T. Farrell, John Berryman, Allan Bloom, Irving Howe, Alfred Kazin, Edmund Wilson, Anne Sexton, Alice Adams, Robert Lowell, Grace Paley, Owen Barfield, Stanley Elkin, Robert Penn Warren, Norman Mailer, Leslie Fiedler, R.P. Blackmur, Paul Goodman, Susan Sontag,
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Midnight at the oasis

Everywhere I go, as much as I can, I listen to National Public Radio. It's an oasis of clear-headed intelligence. Carefully, patiently, it presents programming designed to make me feel just a little better equipped to reenter the world of uproar.

I've written before about the disintegration of journalism, of the lowered standards everywhere in today's media. As a nation we once said, give us the facts and we'll make up our own minds. Now we say, spare us the facts and make up our minds for us. We have grown impatient, and the national attention span shrinks until even a 10-minute video on YouTube can seem unendurable. Nuggets of celeb gossip distract us on our way to oblivion. Studies document the way the internet is fragmenting our minds.

I'm part of this. I'm a promiscuous Tweeter. I don't read as many books as I once did. It is probably
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Ers Benefit Announces $30 Balcony Seats

Elevator Repair Service (Ers) is hosting their spring benefit on Monday, May 3rd, 2010. The company is currently finishing the third play in a trilogy of critically acclaimed plays based on great American novels by William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ernest Hemingway. This event will celebrate Ers's success with Frances McDormand (Burn after Reading, Fargo), Lili Taylor ("Six Feet Under"), Fred Armisen ("Saturday Night Live"), Frankie Faison ("The Wire"), and Ers company members in a one night only performance of loved, banned and mythologized American fiction. Authors include Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, and Edgar Allan Poe. Readings will be accompanied by Ers's unique signature sound design.
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Books do furnish a life

When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes. -- Erasmus

One afternoon in Cape Town I sat in my little room at University House and took inventory. This must have been in June, winter in the southern hemisphere, and it had been raining steadily for most of a week. I was virtually alone in the student residence; the others had packed off for vacation. With an umbrella and plastic slicker I'd ventured out once or twice to the Pig and Whistle, where I favored the Ploughman's Lunch, but to sustain life I'd laid in a supply of tinned sardines, cheddar and swiss cheese, Hob Nobs, apples, Carr's Water Biscuits, ginger cookies, Hershey bars, biltong, sausage and a pot of jam. I had a little electric coil that would bring a cup of water to a boil, a jar of Nescafe,
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American Opera Projects Hosts The Music Of Gregory Spears With Paul's Case 5/29

Over the past few years the music of composer Gregory Spears has become more prevalent around the new music and dance circuits. The Romantic and minimalist styles that define the Spears sound has hit critical mass this season with music by the young composer featured at Zankel Hall (American Composers Orchestra), Le Poisson Rouge (Mata Festival), Dance Theatre Workshop, and American Opera Projects (Aop); the latter will present a concert preview of Mr. Spears's upcoming first opera Paul's Case, based on a story by American literary icon Willa Cather.
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Photo Flash: Coming, Aphrodite! At La MaMa E.T.C. 2/26

La MaMa E.T.C. and Watson Arts will present the World Premiere of Coming, Aphrodite! beginning February 20. This new musical adaptation of a novella by Willa Cather is written and directed by Mary Fulham with lyrics by FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award winner Paul Foglino (Hercules in High Suburbia), and music written by Mark Ettinger. Opening night is Thursday, February 26.
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