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About the Author

Jan Lisa Huttner is an award-winning author/activist who writes regular columns as well as freelance articles for multiple print and internet outlets. After 35 years in Chicago, Jan now resides in Brooklyn, NY. In 2004, she was asked to coordinate a new AAUW-Illinois project called WITASWAN (“wit-uh-swan”): Women in the Audience Supporting Women Artists Now! In 2008, these activities lead to the creation of International SWAN Day, now celebrated annually on the last Saturday of every March all around the world. Jan received her B.A. from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland (the “Great Books” school), and Masters Degrees in Psychology from Harvard University and the University of Chicago. In addition to her commitment to AAUW (American Association of University Women), professional memberships include NFPW (National Federation of Press Women), NYFCO (New York Film Critics Online), NYWIFT (New York Women in Film & TV), and WFCC (Women Film Critics Circle).
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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: FF2 Media (December 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615564895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615564890
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,209,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Go back to silent films and early talkies and you'll find many women writers, directors, designers, and reviewers. Today they've all but disappeared. In "Penny's Picks" Jan finds and reviews some memorable films about women characters you can't forget. You may not agree with all her reviews, but you will be challenged by them. They left me wanting more.
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At last! That's what grateful readers will be saying after they've purchased and read PENNY'S PICKS:50 MOVIES BY WOMEN FILMMAKERS. This is an outstanding selection of essays and reviews of films written and/or directed by women.

Women artists and performers are well-known in many of the arts--music, art, film, theatre, literature--so it is a bit of a puzzle why women who write and direct movies have had such a hard time breaking through in Hollywood. Women make up a significant portion (half? more than half?) of moviegoers. This book does not focus specifically on the reasons why women are not fully represented in this art, but the book performs an exceedingly important function by identifying movies that have been created by women screenwriters and directors. The movies reviewed here include the well-known and highly praised--SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE and THE HURT LOCKER and WINTER'S BONE, for instance--as well as less well-known gems, such as FROZEN RIVER or LOOK BOTH WAYS.

I must admit that I did know many of the films mentioned in the book--and some, like THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HANK GREENBERG (one of my favorite documentaries), I had seen without realizing who had written or directed the film. That is another of the pleasures of this book: you will be introduced to an array of superb movies that you have not seen but will want to see.

Jan Lisa Huttner has been a film critic and supporter of women in the arts for many years. Her reviews are crisp, well-written, entertaining, personal, and perceptive. Each piece is worth reading, even if the film is not one that particularly suits your taste.

I can't say enough about how much I've enjoyed this book, or how much I appreciate that such a book now exists. It is terrific.
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For too many years, movies written and directed by women have been ignored or maligned. The number of nominations for major awards for female directors and screenwriters has been around 1% for the entire history of movies. Katherine Bigelow's win in 2010 was wonderful but only a small step forward for women artists. This deficit of recognition, however, is not because movies by women don't exist. You just don't hear about them. This book helps to bring awareness to 50 amazing movies by women. So take a read and of course, go off and watch them. Be amazed at the other viewpoints and world in these movies. Make a consumer choice to support women in the arts now.
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Jan Hutter's contribution to movie criticism is essential reading for anyone who loves film. Her book is thought- provoking, insightful and intelligently written. This book is completely unique, original and a lot of fun to read!!
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