About Christina Kotlar

One Woman Director in Cannes Palme D’Or Competition

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by Christina Kotlar (doddleNEWS) Amid last year’s furor that there were no female directed films in competition for Cannes' fiercely coveted Palme D’Or prize, the 66th Festival de Cannes caved in to the pressures of outraged women’s groups and so, there’s ONE woman director out of 22 … [Read more...]

12th Tribeca Film Festival Wrap-Up


by Christina Kotlar (doddleNEWS) A request was sent by the PR group handling Tribeca Film Festival local, national and international media to hear our experiences. A daunting task. I write not only about the films but about the film festival experience. While access to online and film library was … [Read more...]

ESPN’s Nine for IX Film Series at Tribeca Film Festival

Pat Summitt

By Christina Kotlar (doddleNEWS) Tribeca Film Festival Sports Initiative presented by ESPN Films and espnW premiered four documentary films in the “Nine for IX” series, about women in sports and a take on the groundbreaking Title IX, (an Amendment to the Constitution in 1972), Pat XO, Let … [Read more...]

Tribeca Film Festival Movie Review – Alias Ruby Blade


By Christina Kotlar (doddleNEWS) Tribeca Film Festival - Romance. Revolution. He was Xanana, a guerrilla leader and the symbol of the fight for freedom for his country, East Timor. She was Kirsty, an Australian, a teacher, a human rights activist. They both loved the country and its people and … [Read more...]

Tribeca Film Festival Movie Review – Wadjda


By Christina Kotlar (doddleNEWS) Wadjda, a film at Tribeca so unexpected and so beautifully made, captured my heart, instantly making it a soul searching experience. The opening scene alone made me feel a camaraderie with this young girl in the title role when all you see are the black hightop … [Read more...]

Tribeca Film Festival Week Begins

mariel hemingway

by Christina Kotlar (doddleNEWS) After a hectic weekend, the Tribeca Film Festival week starts off Monday with a stop at the Cadillac Lounge before heading to the next film screening. Yuri sat across from me and casually looked up from his Variety magazine and remarked, “That looks just like … [Read more...]

Tribeca Film Festival Overload


By Christina Kotlar (doddleNEWS) Tribeca Film Festival started Thursday, April 18, 2013 with a slew of films–  an overload  until a screening schedule falls into place– waiting to be seen by  a New York  audience. Along with current films, programs highlighting the anniversary of beloved … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Blue Caprice


by Christina Kotlar (doddleNEWS) Drama, mystery and suspense, special interest? How do you categorize this film, Blue Caprice that says it’s not about the 2002 Beltway Sniper shootings, yet in the opening scenes the stage is set for this look at the relationship between the two killers who … [Read more...]

New Directors/New Films a NY Festival Flying High


By Christina Kotlar (DoddleNEWS) Opening night at New Directors/New Films festival, presented jointly by the Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC) and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), introduces New York audiences to the work of first time directors and films from around the world as well as the … [Read more...]

Sundance 2013: New Heights for The Crash Reel

Crash Reel

By Christina Kotlar (doddleNEWS) While the closing weekend is upon the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, additional screenings for films that are being talked about filled the venues and worth the buzz that elevate media attention. The Crash Reel by director Lucy Walker is a … [Read more...]

Women at Sundance On Top

From left: Francesca Gregorini, Jendra Jarnigan, Stacie Passon, Christina Kotlar, moderator Lynn Shelton, Kimberly Skyrme

By Christina Kotlar (doddleNEWS) On January 22, an early chilly, Tuesday morning Day 6 of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Women in Film & Television International (WIFTI) board members Kimberly Skyrme and Christina Kotlar hosted a morning breakfast panel Women@Sundance at the New York Film … [Read more...]

Sundance 2013: Austenland is Fantasyland


By Christina Kotlar (doddleNEWS) Belly laughs and slapstick abound as audiences at Sundance Film Festival screening venues for Austenland followed the adventures of an obsessive Jane Austen fan. Jane Hayes (Keri Russell), plays a 30-something woman obsessed with finding a Mr. Darcy of her own. … [Read more...]

Sundance Premiere: Don Jon’s Addiction

don jon's addiction

by Christina Kotlar (doddleNEWS) The logline description for Don Jon's Addiction in the Sundance film guide is too short an unassuming: In Joseph Gordon Levitt’s charming directorial debut, a selfish modern-day Don Juan attempts to change his ways. Very little to go on for this and it was a … [Read more...]

Athena Film Festival: A Line Up of Women in Leadership Roles


by Christina Kotlar (doddleNEWS) Set within a prestigious academic setting at Barnard College Columbia University ,New York City, the Third Annual Athena Film Festival is rooted in a solid place to incubate, be nurtured and cultivated with programming central to its mission– a celebration of … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Hyde Park On Hudson

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By Christina Kotlar (doddleNEWS) It’s been a while since I saw Bill Murray on the big screen but FDR? Okay, I think. Let’s see what happens –and he comes through with a good performance as Hyde Park on Hudson delves into a previously unknown situation of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s … [Read more...]

Women Directed Films in Competition Reach 50/50 Mark in Upcoming Sundance Film Festival

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by Christina Kotlar (doddleNEWS) The announcement that 8 out of 16 films in Dramatic Film Competiton for Sundance Film Festival 2013 are directed by women brought a cheer from the Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI) Board Meeting held on Thursday, November 29 just before the start … [Read more...]

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