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Add Pamela Pettler’s Films to Your List This Spooky Season

With Halloween approaching, we’re all looking for films to watch during our scary movie marathons. Why not support a female screenwriter at the same time, and add Pamela Pettler’s films to the list? Today we’re taking a look at Pamela Pettler’s impressive and spooky screenwriting career, worthy of any Halloween movie night.read more.

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‘Bottoms’ Lets Queer Girls Be Mean and It’s Awesome; Why Do I Care?

Bottoms (raunchy, gory, and R-rated-ly glorious) is not what I expected. I knew I had to write about it as soon as I saw the trailer for a teen comedy about two queer high schoolers who start an after-school fight club for girls. I had a plan: I would watch a list of iconic high school movies from the last 30-ish years (about as long as I’ve been alive) to clock what’s changed and what hasn’t.read more.

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STRIKE: The Sarah Kernochan Cult Classic That Never Was

Strike!, the 1998 film written and directed by Sarah Kernochan, was not supposed to be titled that. And, sometimes, it’s known as All I Wanna Do. 

“The original title, my title, was The Hairy Bird,” Sarah Kernochan introduced at a rare and recent screening at the Metrograph in New York, “which was a euphemism in the 60s at boarding schools for penis.read more.

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Leesa Evans’ Iconic Costumes: From ‘Clueless’ to ‘Bridesmaids’

On this day in 2011, the iconic movie Bridesmaids was released. Taking a quirky cast of characters through pre-wedding celebrations and eventually to the big ceremony, the world of Bridesmaids would not be possible without the costumes designed by the brilliant Leesa Evans. 

Leesa Evans is an American costume designer who has contributed to some of the most iconic films of the past few decades, and whose designs remain memorable to viewers for years after watching one of her films. read more.

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Amy Heckerling’s Classic Comedies Transcend Time

Happy birthday, Amy Heckerling! Born in the Bronx on May 7, 1954, the acclaimed filmmaker and Jewish American writer is best known for directing hit teen classics such as Clueless (1995) and Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). Though raised both in the Bronx and Queens, Amy attended the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan, where she first discovered a passion for directing which would lead her to enroll at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.read more.

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With ‘Fast Times’ and ‘Clueless’ Amy Heckerling is a Persistent, Resistant Filmmaker

When we look back at the 1980s and 1990s, it seems like Hollywood was a lot more open to having women direct mainstream comedies. Even more so than now. Many of the women at the time were known in other areas before being entrusted with a position behind the camera, including the likes of Nancy Meyers, who directed The Parent Trap, and Nora Ephron, who directed Sleepless in Seattle.read more.

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