As The Women’s March, #metoo, #TimesUp and #blacklivesmatter generate new waves of feminist activism, Dallas VideoFest takes a look back at the ways women have used their creativity and passion behind the camera. In this program, they will screen films from the Women Make Movies catalog that highlights the power and persuasion of feminist cinemas across the ages and across the globe. [Read more…] about Dallas VideoFest presents Women and the Movies They Make
Valentine’s Day is the perfect chance to celebrate all things loving and romantic, and nothing says passion quite like a romantic chick flick. This genre of cinema allows us to relive all of the highs and lows of romance, from desperate heartbreak to the all-important happily ever after.
As February 14th looms yet again, here is a look at five of the best chick flicks available to celebrate the year’s most romantic date.
When it comes to fulfilling the rom-com brief, few movies can top Love Actually. Not only does Richard Curtis’s 2003 flick tug at the heartstrings, it’s also guaranteed to get a laugh out of even the most serious audience.
The film features a huge A-list cast and covers multiple characters in their quest for love, whether it’s a young boy or the Prime Minister in Downing Street. If you’re single on Valentine’s Day this is the perfect flick to watch with a group of friends over a tub of ice cream.
We all know chick flicks are renowned for wearing their heart on their sleeve. For Valentine’s Day viewing that can be enjoyed with your boyfriend, you need to choose a chick flick that strikes a healthy balance between action and romance.
Are you struggling to find the right man to share your favorite wartime romance flicks with? Pearl Harbor is a great example, with the World War II plot line perfectly masking a heart-wrenching love triangle subplot. Director Michael Bay also included plenty of excellent action scenes, including the high suspense bombing of Pearl Harbor.
There’s also a heart-warming bromance between buddies Rafe and Danny (Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett) that’s sure to keep your boyfriend pleased.
Chick flicks aren’t just a modern-day Hollywood creation, but rather as Casablanca shows us a genre that has been well-loved for decades. Casablanca is an iconic classic that’s as swoon-worthy today as it was during its first release in 1942.
Few leading couples can rival the chemistry created between Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart and the film’s famous script features iconic lines like “Play it again, Sam.” This traditional flick is one for all the hopeless romantics out there and few films are better suited for Valentine’s Day viewing.
With great romance often comes great tragedy, and such was the case for James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster hit Titanic. The story follows wealthy Rose and poor Jack as they discover love on board the ship during its fateful maiden journey.
Sadly their relationship is as doomed as the boat itself, yet the powerful soundtrack and some truly memorable images (the ‘flying’ scene and the steamy window scene come to mind) made for uplifting viewing nonetheless. This is a chick flick that balances out action, suspense and romance, making it ideal to watch with family, friends or even your boyfriend.
Spending this Valentine’s Day solo? Then why not escape reality with the ultimate chick-flick, Dirty Dancing. Enter a world where the rumba was still sexy, frizzy hair was appreciated and nobody ever left Baby in the corner! The tale of young Francis Houseman discovering love with bad-boy dance instructor Johnny is a favorite for all ages.
You can sing along to ‘Time of Your Life’ solo, or invite any single friends to join in on the chorus with you. For any Melbourne singles who really love their chick-flicks, why not head to the ACMI Museum in Australia to explore the latest romance exhibitions?
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Summer is a great time for film festivals. I’m excited about attending this local film festival in Dallas, TX which will focus on the movies of women working behind the camera.
The Women Texas Film Festival announces the addition of Patrick Chapman’s TOY, co-written by Alissa Kokkins, co-executive produced by Leigh Jones, and co-produced by Roberta Munroe to the schedule for the 1st edition of the film festival, August 19-21.
The theme of the Opening Night Party will be “Disco and Donuts”, kicking off the 3-day weekend highlighting the work of women behind the camera with a fun and sugar-filled flourish.
Women Texas Film Festival Highlights
Patrick Chapman’s TOY is a late addition to festival’s inaugural lineup, screening at the Texas Theatre in Dallas (231 W. Jefferson Blvd.) on Saturday, August 20.
WTxFF Founder and Artistic Director, Justina Walford, said, “There is a baffling enduring myth that women shy away from gritty projects. I aim to shine a light and promote the edgier, more projects of female producers, writers and directors. TOY fits that ambition to a T. Co-written by Alissa Kokkins, co-executive produced by Leigh Jones, and co-produced by Roberta Munroe, the film takes no emotional prisoners. We are thrilled to have it.”
Directed by Patrick Chapman, and written by Chapman, Andrew Hanson, and Alissa Kokkins, TOY is the story of a young, wealthy, talented but naive artist named Chloe (Briana Evigan). She inherited not only her late mother’s wealth, but also the thing that took her mother’s life and which she’s desperate to keep secret.
Chloe’s newest work leads her to Kat (Kerry Norton), a beautiful but aging sex worker. As Kat’s career options grow more desperate, and as Chloe fights her own demons, the two women grasp on to each other, offering one another second chances while trying to escape their inevitable decline.
TOY shows how sex is given and taken and bought and sold, out of love, lust, pain and desperation, and often just to survive. Briana Evigan and Kerry Norton give stunning, heartbreaking performances as the spiraling couple. The impressive cast also includes Daniel Hugh Kelly, Bre Blair, Matt O’Leary, Paul Rae, and Ana Foxxx.
TOY was executive produced by Leigh Jones and Ian Keiser, and produced by Lije Sarki and Roberta Munroe.
Disco and Donuts
WTxFF’s Opening Party theme is “Disco and Donuts” at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center to celebrate the screening of GIRL ASLEEP. Produced by Teresa Nguyen at the RED iD Agency, the party will combine two of the themes from GIRL ASLEEP to create a uniquely fun and celebratory event kicking off WTxFF.
“Every film festival has parties and galas, but we wanted to actually incorporate the film that everyone would have just seen and enjoyed into the party that follows,” Walford said. “GIRL ASLEEP is so inspired and fanciful, and it was simply obvious to extend the themes in the film to the following party. We are beyond fortunate to have Teresa come on board to put this party together because she is in a class by herself when it comes to these events. And dammit, I love donuts.”
Film festival passes and tickets are on-sale now, with VIP Festival Passes, and special Shorts Programs packages are available. Individual tickets are $11.
For more information on the Women Texas Film Festival, go to WomenTxFF.org.
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About The Women Texas Film Festival
The Women Texas Film Festival (WTxFF) promotes established and emerging female storytellers in film,TV, and VR, celebrating the grit and range of women’s voices. WTxFF screens qualified films that have women in at least one key creative role: Writer, Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer.
The WTxFF also organizes a host of activities for the festival and year-round focused on the craft and artistry of filmmaking, including moderated Q&As with filmmakers, panel discussions, networking events, and a gala night with filmmaker red carpet. For more information about Women Texas Film Festival, visit www.WomenTxFF.org.
This is a recap of Poldark: Season 1, Episodes 1-2. If you have not watch Poldark: Season 1, shame on you. Go watch it right now. This recap contains spoilers. Don’t say you I didn’t warn you.
Poldark: Episode 1
The Hero Returns
The dashing Ross Venner Poldark (played by Aidan Turner) finally returns home to Cornwall after three years of fighting in the American Revolutionary War. He hears the news about his father’s death, so he heads to his uncle Charles’ estate, Trenwith. It seems that Ross has interrupted the engagement party of his cousin to his beloved Elizabeth.
Everyone is happy to see that Ross is still alive, especially Elizabeth. Days later she is strolling around hoping that Ross will come over and save her from marrying boring Francis. Uncle Charles is afraid of the same thing. He knows that Ross’s return could mean a problem for Francis’ marriage, so he offers Ross enough money to move away and start a new life in London.
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Lost Love Unrequited
Ross’ love for Elizabeth kept him going during the war. She consumed his thoughts. Even though she married his cousin, Ross still loves Elizabeth. To be fair, Elizabeth thought he was dead. Forming a good marriage is the only option open to a girl in her circumstances. Frances is a good catch, yet she still has feelings for Ross. What’s a girl to do with two Poldarks?
The beautiful Icelandic actress, Heida Reed plays Elizabeth with subtly. We are not quite sure if Elizabeth really loves Francis, maybe she still loves Ross. I don’t think she really knows. But her mother is always reminding her what a good catch Francis is. AKA Francis is the Cornwall Ritchie Rich $$$
An Urchin and Her Dog, Garrick
What’s left for Ross? He must repair his estate, work his land and try to make a living from his derelict copper mine. So he heads to town with what few valuables Jud and Prudie haven’t stolen, hoping to raise some cash to buy supplies.
The locals have found what looks like a stray dog for their dogfight. But the mutt belongs to a street urchin, who we soon learn is a young girl named Delemza. Ross takes pity on her and instead of taking her back to her town, he offers her a job as a kitchen maid. A decision that will change his life in many ways.
One of Ross’ many flaws is that he is impulsive and doesn’t think things through. A man, especially a gentleman can’t just take in an underage girl without her father’s consent. He goes to ask his uncle’s advice on the matter and Elizabeth is there. Old feelings come to the surface and Ross confronts her.
“Did we not mean those things we said?”
When Ross returns to Nampara, Demelza is nowhere to be found. But Tom Carne, her father is waiting for him, along with his freakishly large brothers and a crowd of Illugan miners. Ross is already in a bad mood after dealing with Elizabeth and her ever-changing affections, so he blows off some steam in a fight with Demelza’s father.
Prudie convinces Demelza that she is nothing but trouble and should leave Nampara. So Demelza grabs Garrick and hits the road back to Illugan.
Ross’ roots are in Cornwall and he decides to stay. Unlike other men of his status, Ross is more comfortable with the miners and country folk he grew up with than in the company of the gentry. He somehow feels responsible for their sad lot in life. He makes up his mind to open his derelict copper mine, Wheal Leisure.
Poldark: Episode 2
Wheal Leasure: A Risky Business
Mining is a costly endeavor and like many of the other Cornwall mine owner, Charles Poldark has borrowed money from Warlerggan’s bank. When the money is not repaid, the Warleggan’s seize the property. If Ross is to reopen his mine, Wheal Leisure he’ll need cash. He calls upon his old friend and banker, Harris Pascoe for a loan. Ross doesn’t want the Warleggans involved, so he secretly finds investors to help reopen the mine.
Ross invites Francis to join him in reopening Wheal Leisure. But poor, weak-minded Francis lets his so-called friend, George Warleggan casts doubts about Ross’ loyalty.
The Ball: Gentle Folk is Strange
Verity asks Ross to accompany her to a fancy dress ball. At least she could get out of the house and away from her overbearing father for one night.
Ruth Teague and the other single ladies have their eyes on Ross. Broke or not, he’s a Poldark and that makes him a catch in Cornwall. But poor, lovesick Ross only has eyes for Elizabeth. They step out on the dance floor and it becomes obvious that Lizzie still has feelings for Ross too. [At least she enjoys his attention].
While the ladies are checking out Ross as prospective husband material, Verity attracts the attention of a sea captain, Andrew Blamey (a man with a past). It’s love at first sight! This is a miracle. For a plain, quiet girl approaching 30, husbands don’t come along every day.
Ross and Elizabeth have the Cornwall tongues wagging. And George Warleggan doesn’t help matters. He’s ever ready with a sly comment to Francis or a dig at Ross.
Ross has had enough of polite society and off he goes to The Red Lion Pub to seek more easy going company in the arms (and bed) of Margaret, the Ho.
The course of true love never did run smooth
Verity begins sneaking off to town to meet him. She even asks Ross if she and the Captain can meet at his home. But Uncle Charles and Francis care. They are not interested in having a possible wife-murdering sea captain as an in law.
Elizabeth comes running to Ross asking for his help. Ross rides off to Trenwith, mistakingly thinking that she was declaring her love for him…poor stupid Ross.
The poop hits the fan when Charles and Francis catch Verity and her man at Ross’ house. Family drama…name calling…crying and handkerchief-wringing ends in a duel between Captain Blamey (a trained navy officer) and Francis (the pampered Poldark).
I guess Blamey didn’t want to kill his future brother-in-law, no matter how much of a jerk Francis was being. He clipped on the neck.
All hell breaks loose…Prudie’s afeared of the blood… leaving Ross and Demelza to tend to Francis’ wound.
Now here comes Elizabeth looking all woeful and forlorn (she is the queen of woeful and forlorn) dropping the bomb that she is having a baby! Well, that tears it for Ross and he knows that he and Elizabeth can never be together. He has to make his fortune and his future without her.
I Belong Here
For a hilarious recap of Poldark, check out the Poldark Dish by Marlise and Elyse at The Anglophile Channel.
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