10/17/07: Campaigning for ’08 Oscars Begins!

The campaign for the 2008 Oscars officially began yesterday (10/17/07).  How do I know?  Because yesterday I received my first “For Your Consideration” letter.  In the next three months, my e-mail & snail mail inboxes will be flooded with letters, screeners, & chum of many varieties, all of which I will receive because I am a member… Continue reading 10/17/07: Campaigning for ’08 Oscars Begins!

CFIC ’07: Sneak Peak

The 2007 Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema opens tomorrow night (Thurs 10/18) at the Pipers Alley Theatre in Old Town & several wonderful films by Israeli schvesters are on the schedule.  My top pick in the shorts category is EMPATHY a terrific new film by first time director Adi Refaeli (showing on Sat 10/27 @… Continue reading CFIC ’07: Sneak Peak


Director/Screenwriter John Sayles & Producer/Partner Maggie Renzi show their new film HONEYDRIPPER to an exuberant CIFF crowd at the Music Box Theatre on 10/15. FF2 Haiku: Deep South circa 1950: dawn of electrified R&B. Huge ensemble cast is uniformly excellent with breakout performance by Gary Clark Jr., augmented by period songs knit together by Mason… Continue reading HONEYDRIPPER: CIFF ’07 Review


First time director Jennifer Sharp “SWANs Up” after the Q&A for her screening of I’M THROUGH WITH WHITE GIRLS at the 2007 Chicago International Film Festival.  This is a terrific film which definitely deserves distribution.  Hey, Spike Lee: your Sista needs you to give her a boost! Read FF2 haiku. (Photo: Jan Lisa Huttner)

CIFF ’07 Event: JUMP! Screening & Reception

WITASWAN members welcome Helen Hood Scheer to Chicago on October 10th. Photo in the middle shows Helen, director of the new doc JUMP!, with her editor Scott Morgan during the Q&A session right after their first screening at the 2007 Chicago International Film Festival. Additional screenings are scheduled for Friday 10/12 @ 4:15 PM & Saturday 10/13 @… Continue reading CIFF ’07 Event: JUMP! Screening & Reception

07 Oscar Chat with Engster

“A year ago we visited with Chicago Film Critic Jan Huttner, who was not at all happy about the Oscar nominations of 2006; and here is it 2007. Everything went as planned for DREAMGIRLS, except the eight nominations did not include one for Best Picture. We’ll talk about this and much more. The Oscar nominations… Continue reading 07 Oscar Chat with Engster

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Jan’s Oscar Picks for 2005

Follow link to read Jan’s Oscar Picks for 2005   http://www.films42.com/oscar_picks/2005_oscar_globes_picks.asp

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Jan’s Reflections on Oscar 2004

THIS WAS THE CRITICAL YEAR! Read all the details contained in Jan’s Reflections on Oscar 2004, then read Jan’s award-winning article in Women’s eNews. Thanks to coaching from WeN’s excellent editor Alexandra Poulos, this article took first place in the “Best News Writing for the Web” category at the 2005 NFPW Annual Meeting. The judges were particularly… Continue reading Jan’s Reflections on Oscar 2004

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