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Film Review: BULLY is a wake up call to action





Our host, Stefanie Alleyne, meets up with today’s panelists,  Deborah Kirschner, a screenwriter and filmmaker; Amanda Adams-Louis, a photographer and teaching artist; and Helene Abrams, a filmmaker, actress and educator, at Forty Weight Cafe, a co-op coffee shop and restaurant located in Park Slope, Brooklyn to review the heartfelt and critically acclaimed documentary, “Bully.”

“Bully,” the feature documentary directed by Lee Hirsch and co-written with Cynthia Lowen, is an alarming vision of the state of bullying in our schools across America today. Part documentary and part advocacy, it is a true wake-up call to action Continue reading

Film Review: FRIENDS WITH KIDS plays well with others





Today’s panelists, Jessy Blanchard, the owner of her own cupcake company; Danielle Winston, a screenwriter and yoga instructor; and Shirley Joel, a retired advertising veteran who currently executive produces a bi-monthly cable television program; hook up with our host, Stefanie Alleyne, at the Wix Lounge, a free work and event space for creative professionals in the Flatiron District in New York City to discuss the thoroughly modern romantic comedy, “Friends with Kids.”


Based on her own life experiences with friends having kids and falling off the radar, Jennifer Westfeldt’s directorial debut, “Friends with Kids,” grapples with a number of contemporary parenting scenarios. Expect shrewd observations on age and gender as well as Continue reading

Film Review: A SEPARATION connects us with its gripping authenticity




Our host, Stefanie Alleyne chats it up with today’s panelist, Yahaira Pulino, at the Bedford-
Stuyvesant urban country cafe, Peaches Hothouse, to review and discuss the amazing film, “A
Separation.”

A classic tale of cause and effect, it’s easy to understand why the Iranian film, “A Separation” has had endless major accolades globally (46 wins and 20 nominations) bestowed upon it in the past year. And, as this year’s Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film, this masterpiece’s dexterity to mesmerize forges on. Flawlessly written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, the film succeeds on every level. Continue reading