When I first met Meryl, I was in Manhattan setting up my cameras in a private apartment. I was very excited to engage in a very brilliant dialogue with one of my heroes.
Jacob Bernstein's HBO documentary about his mother, Nora Ephron, proves the inside-the-box life is not worth living, as it gives you little material to work with. Probably the most famous Ephron line is "I'll have what she's having." It also sums up how many of us feel about Ephron. I'll have what she's having: the ambition, the wit, the genre-crossing, the credits, the confidence, the recipes, the large and talented circle of friends.
The patron saint of smart New York women, Nora Ephron is sorely missed. We have not seen her like since 2012 when she died at age 71 of pneumonia and ...
These stories of people from China, Somalia, Mali, Sudan, and Tunisia -- testaments to the impact, importance and diversity of global cinema -- have been smothered in the U.S. by the volume of attention given to five words of mine at an opening press conference, which is too bad.
Can a film change the world? If we believe in the power of one, that ability each human being carries around to make the environment around them better by simply adjusting their behavior, then films have the potential to change the world.
In 2016, the F-word is dirtier than ever, and sadly, "feminism" is even tougher to utter for some than it is to use the curse word. It seems these days, not only do women struggle with self-identifying as a feminist (I'm a feminist but...), but there are legions of anti-feminists.
A still from Gianfranco Rosi's Fuocoammare, featuring Samuele Pucillo Every year, at every festival, there is a film that shuts it down for me. I co...
The Coen brothers are always interesting, their cinematic choices bold and featuring hidden messages. Hail, Caesar! is no different; there are so many sub-themes and inside jokes in the film, it would take at least three viewings to get about half of them.
Imagine if 18 time Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps' mother never took him to swimming practice, or if three time Oscar winner Meryl Streep was told not to audition for the school play.
When PBS announced their American Masters documentary on Mike Nichols, I was relieved. Like so many admirers of his work, I grieved when he died in November of 2014.
Created and hosted by ArcLight's Executive Vice President Gretchen McCourt, the Women In Entertainment Summit will feature keynotes by Academy Award winner Geena Davis, founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and Women In Film President Cathy Schulman.
Thanks to performers like Streep, Wilson and fellow actors who were called "actresses" to differentiate them from men, women in filmmaking are getting the attention in 2015 that's long overdue. If only earning equal pay was part of the package.
While we haven't seen a massive shift in female roles or pay equality yet, something is happening. Women are being louder than ever before, and not making apologies for it.
Surely every American knows that women have the same decision-making capacity as men, and that our right to participate in elections was long overdue. Don't they?
By Katie Chambers The Writers Lab founders, mentors and participants at Wiawaka (Photo by Kim Turner) Bonfires...swimming in the lake...early-...
After the film's abrupt ending, audiences may wonder why Pankhurst or suffrage martyrs such as Emily Wilding Davison were not the subject of this well-intentioned and well-crafted production.