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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women Review: Great Hera, it’s Hot!

By Leslie Combemale | February 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Such timeliness!  Such hotness! Such consent!  Yes, the story of the man and women behind the making of Wonder Woman, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, written and directed by Angela Robinson, is being released this weekend. Wow, is it a fun, fascinating look at folks in the 1940s getting their freak on!  Well, not really. It’s true that …

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TROPHY: A Great but Gut-Wrenching Documentary Explores the Complicated, Controversial World of Trophy Hunting

By Leslie Combemale | February 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Trophy, an exploration of the economics and conservational impact of big game hunting, recently released in theaters, is not easy viewing. This is especially true for those predisposed to having a strong opinion on the subject. Co-directors Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau aim, however, to get a conversation going with conservationists and animal lovers around …

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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 Panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2017

By Leslie Combemale | August 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Women Rocking Hollywood 2017: Women Directors Changing the Face of Film and Television Wonder Woman broke all records in Hollywood for a film helmed by a female director. Now what? While there’s still a long way to go to equal the number of women behind the camera with women, who make up 51% of the …

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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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