Reviews, News, & Interviews

BIRTHRIGHT: A WAR STORY Review and Exclusive Interview

By Leslie Combemale | February 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Coming to an art house near you this weekend is the documentary Birthright: A War Story.  It is directed by award-winning journalist and filmmaker Civia Tamarkin, and co-written and produced by award-winning filmmaker Luchina Fisher.  Why do we need another documentary on what seems to be about the pro-life verses pro-choice argument?  Tamarkin, when I spoke to her, …

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Battle of the Sexes Movie Review: Learn How Billie Jean King Changed Tennis Forever

By Leslie Combemale | February 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

The film about the famed Riggs vs. King match shows how little has changed: This week brings Battle of the Sexes, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the team that brought us the Oscar-winning Little Miss Sunshine, about the 1973 tennis match between the best female player in the world at the time, Billie …

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DOLORES Documentary Review and Advice from The Lifelong Rebel and Activist

By Leslie Combemale | February 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Dolores, a new documentary about the co-founder of the United Farm Workers, sheds light on one of the many important female figures of change in the 20th century who have not gotten their due. You know who coined the famous slogan “Si se Puede”, or YES WE CAN? No, it wasn’t Cesar Chavez, and it wasn’t …

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Step review: Director Amanda Lipitz’s Documentary Shows What Committed Community Can Do

By Leslie Combemale | February 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

New this week in limited release is a documentary from director/producer Amanda Lipitz called Step.  In a new all female charter school called Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, or BLSYW, the step team is influencing the members’ lives both on and off stage. The film follows these girls as they are empowered by their families, …

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Kathryn Bigelow’s DETROIT elicits equal parts rage and heartache

By Leslie Combemale | February 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Director Kathryn Bigelow not only excels at leaning into difficult subjects from the recent past, she thrives on it.  With both The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, she knew she would be courting controversy by bringing to light aspects of the Iraqi War and the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and she did it anyway.  Here …

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Women Rocking Hollywood SDCC 2017 panel with Cinema Siren ROCKED HARD!

By Leslie Combemale | July 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Women Rocking Hollywood 2017 was Victoria Mahoney, Aurora Guerrero, Tina Mabry, Rosemary Rodriguez, Angela Robinson, Gina Prince-Bythewood, and Kirsten Schaffer. All Hollywood Powerhouses!  Such graciousness and talent. It’s incredible to me that at SDCC, in an environment full of famous people and A-listers, I would not trade for anyone within a 5 mile radius, the female directors I spent a day with …

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WOMEN ROCKING HOLLYWOOD San Diego Comic-Con 2017 panel announced!

By Leslie Combemale | July 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

We are pleased and so excited to announce our panel, date, and time of the 2nd annual Women Rocking Hollywood panel at SDCC!  We were thrilled to once again partner with Women in Film: LA, with executive director Kirsten Schaffer once again on the panel, OWN and the folks producing Queen Sugar to bring 2 …

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“Maudie” film review and interview with director Aisling Walsh

By Leslie Combemale | July 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

If you are Canadian, and you love art, you’ve heard of Maude Lewis.  If you love a story of determination, creativity, and fearlessness, you’ll love “Maudie”, the story of her artistic life that has been brought to the big screen.  Helmed by longtime director Aisling Walsh, and starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke as Maud and Everett …

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CINEMA SIREN INTERVIEW: Director of Megan Leavey Gabriela Cowperthwaite talks about female directors, female soldiers, the freedom of documentaries, and the gift of animal loyalty.

By Leslie Combemale | June 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

CINEMA SIREN INTERVIEW: Director of Megan Leavey Gabriela Cowperthwaite talks about female directors, female soldiers,  the freedom of documentaries, and the gift of animal loyalty. Coming this weekend is a film based on the real-life experience of a female marine and her canine companion. Review is HERE.  I spoke to director Gabriela Cowperthwaite about her experience: Leslie Combemale …

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Megan Leavey: A true-life story of love and heroism brought to film, directed by a woman

By Leslie Combemale | June 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

A powerful love story opens Friday, but it’s not a traditional romance or the usual Rom-Com fare. It’s the story of the love between a woman and her dog.  To be more specific, it’s the story of two war heroes who find the kind of love with each other that saves them both.  Megan Leavey is directed …

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