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TheYoungFolks introduce their newest podcast, Finding Her Voice, a podcast dedicated to highlighting films directed by women. From films that are highlighted as significant to the overall film history canon to those that the hosts simply personally adore, the mission it to explore and identify themes in these films that speak to the audience and evoke a response be it positve or negative. Podcast creator Allyson is joined by Editor in Chief Gabrielle Bondi and fellow film and television writer Alana Jane Chase. Listen to hear about your favorite films be spoken about at length and/or to add a film to what hopefully is your always growing "to watch" list for the 52 Films by Women challenge. (Learn more here http://womeninfilm.org/52-films/)Let us know in the comments what female director is your favorite or what film you believe is worth discussing and we can add it to our watch list!Photo/Header Credit: AJ Chase

Latest Episodes

Best of Film in 2018

We count down our five favorite films of 2018 and look ahead to what we hope to accomplish in 2019

63 MINJAN 22
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Best of Film in 2018

Finding Her Voice: Horror and The Love Witch

The very late ep is being edited (thnx @evgriff42) & despite the foucs being horror/The Love Witch we spend a shocking amount of time on #MyHeroAcademia & #JojosBizarreAdventures1:01 PM - 31 Oct 2018

52 MIN2018 NOV 1
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Finding Her Voice: Horror and The Love Witch

Sexuality in Film

EFollowing the release of the new comedy Blockers, we talked about female sexuality and how it's depicted in film by talking about Fish Tank and The Runnaways.

47 MIN2018 MAY 22
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Sexuality in Film

Finding Her Voice Episode 12: Sofia Coppola

Hello and welcome back! It's been a YEAR since we began this podcast and it's been a blast each month to get to explore these female directed films and the complexities that come along with them. Rather than picking a theme in April we instead chose to set our sights specifically on one director: Sofia Coppola. One of our collective favorites over the past few years (especially when we all, respectively, began latching onto film in general) her filmmography is more than enough worthy to warrant a whole discussion. From The Virgin Suicidesto the upcomingThe Beguiled,Coppola's career has been defined by master works of the subtleties in art.We talk about what our favorite film of hers is, what film we saw first and what it is about her filmmaking that makes her such a genuis.For May we'll be hitting up blockbuster season by watching Kathryn Bigelow's 1991Point Breakand the 2008 Catherine Hardwicke directed adaptation ofTwilight. Make sure to watch along and join the dicussion in late ...

55 MIN2017 MAY 1
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Finding Her Voice Episode 12: Sofia Coppola

Finding Her Voice Episode Eleven: Female Editors

We opted for something different this month and instead of focusing on female directors we instead focused on the role of the female editor with filmsFaults(edited bySarah Beth Shapiro) and The Young Folks favoriteMad Max: Fury Road(edited byMargaret Sixel). We discussed the historical nuances of womens roles as editors and how they were pushed out of the role of directing to editor at the start of cinema. We also talk about directors such as Joss Whedon, Jeff Nichols and Martin Scorsesewho are known for having female editors on their team for the majority of their films. AJ and I admitted that our understanding of the role of the editor and or ability to point out good vs. bad editing (unless it's really quite good or really quite bad) is limited but that this month of discussion has made us more intrigued with the role in film, especially from a female perspective.For April we'll be doing something I'm very excited about and exploring Sofia Coppola's films from her early days to n...

33 MIN2017 APR 5
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Finding Her Voice Episode Eleven: Female Editors

Finding Her Voice Episode Ten: Romance

In February we spoke about (shocker) films that fell into the sphere of romance. Often a unfrotuantely derided genre, we wanted to tackle three films that showcase the diversity that can be found in them when directed by diverse talent. We talked about Alice Wu's Saving Face (2004) - a personal favorite- , Gina Prince-Bythewood's Beyond the Lights (2014) and the Jenny Slate breakout Obvious Child (2014) directed by Gillian Robespierre. What linked the three was the ability all demonstrated in building relationships for all of these characters outside of their romantic ones.For March we're doing something a little different and discussing films edited by women-specifically we're watching Faults and Mad Max: Fury Road but we'll also be talking about directors Joss Whedon, Jeff Nichols and Martin Scorsese who have all primarily relied on female talent in editing their films.We will also take a look and Before I Fall-the big March release for a woman directed film.Watch along with us an...

33 MIN2017 MAR 2
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Finding Her Voice Episode Ten: Romance

Finding Her Voice Episode Nine: New Year, New Discoveries

It's January which means we're all still recovering from the dumpster fire that was 2016. To try and kick off 2017 right (well as right as it can currently be) we aimed our sights at being more productive in highlighting female voices on our Twitter account @FindingHerVoice. Gabrielle, AJ and I also set personal goals to seek out the women directed content and spotlight it personally.To keep in trend we watchingMia Hansen-Løve's 2016 quietly stunning Things to Come and 2003's Under the Tuscan Sun directed by Audrey Wells. We spoke about the romantic nature of both without either succumbing to typical "romance" archetypes, the differences between how both actresses have been allowed/not allowed to age onscreen and why Things to Come is the Isabella Huppert performance to see from 2016, not Elle.For February we'll be taking a bite out of the Valentines Day atmosphere with Gina Prince-Bythewood's Beyond the Lights and Gillian Robespierre's Obvious Child which did the wonderful thing o...

56 MIN2017 JAN 20
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Finding Her Voice Episode Nine: New Year, New Discoveries

Finding Her Voice Episode Eight: Holiday Edition

Hello and welcome back listeners, we hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.First, apologies for the blunder that was the Noirvember episode-I'm still working my way around the tech aspect of podcasting when really i should be sticking strinctly to chatting, which I'm okay at about 50% of the time.For December we chose to focus on holiday films-shocker-with Penny Marshall's pivotalBigstarring Tom Hanks and Nancy MeyersThe Holiday, a film that myself, Gaby and AJ are all quite keen on. Listen and let us know what your favorite holiday films are.For January, to take on the resolution mentality, we're watching films that center themselves on characters who are rebuilding their lives or starting anew. The main one we plan to tackle isUnder the Tuscan Sunand will be adding to the title as the month starts, so stay tuned and make sure to watch along in order to take part in our live discussion at the end of the month.Also starting soon will be a Twitter campaign of sorts which you ca...

45 MIN2016 DEC 29
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Finding Her Voice Episode Eight: Holiday Edition

Finding Her Voice Episode Six: The Invitation (2016) & A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

This month we talk horror movies with The Invitation and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night!Tune in next month for Noirvember, created by Marya E. Gates (found here) where we tackle film-noir directed by women with the 1953 filmThe Hitch-Hikerand the 1996 filmBoundby the Wachowski sisters.Happy viewing : )Make sure to listen to us on Itunes and rate and review.

52 MIN2016 OCT 27
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Finding Her Voice Episode Six: The Invitation (2016) & A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Finding Her Voice: Episode 5 - We Need To Talk About Kevin & The Piano

Allyson Johnson and Gabrielle Bondi discuss subversive motherhood in the films We Need to Talk about Kevin and The Piano.Jane Campion and Lynn Ramsey are two of the most influential filmmakers of today so why not explore two of their best works to date.For October make sure to watch A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and The Invitation for our female directed horror films. Both can be found on Netflix and neither are too extreme on the scares since we're all rather sensitive to horror films. This means no The Babadook for us but everyone else who has a greater stomach for horror should make sure to watch it asap.Thank you for listening! Make sure to rate and review us.

38 MIN2016 OCT 13
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Finding Her Voice: Episode 5 - We Need To Talk About Kevin & The Piano

Latest Episodes

Best of Film in 2018

We count down our five favorite films of 2018 and look ahead to what we hope to accomplish in 2019

63 MINJAN 22
Comments
Best of Film in 2018

Finding Her Voice: Horror and The Love Witch

The very late ep is being edited (thnx @evgriff42) & despite the foucs being horror/The Love Witch we spend a shocking amount of time on #MyHeroAcademia & #JojosBizarreAdventures1:01 PM - 31 Oct 2018

52 MIN2018 NOV 1
Comments
Finding Her Voice: Horror and The Love Witch

Sexuality in Film

EFollowing the release of the new comedy Blockers, we talked about female sexuality and how it's depicted in film by talking about Fish Tank and The Runnaways.

47 MIN2018 MAY 22
Comments
Sexuality in Film

Finding Her Voice Episode 12: Sofia Coppola

Hello and welcome back! It's been a YEAR since we began this podcast and it's been a blast each month to get to explore these female directed films and the complexities that come along with them. Rather than picking a theme in April we instead chose to set our sights specifically on one director: Sofia Coppola. One of our collective favorites over the past few years (especially when we all, respectively, began latching onto film in general) her filmmography is more than enough worthy to warrant a whole discussion. From The Virgin Suicidesto the upcomingThe Beguiled,Coppola's career has been defined by master works of the subtleties in art.We talk about what our favorite film of hers is, what film we saw first and what it is about her filmmaking that makes her such a genuis.For May we'll be hitting up blockbuster season by watching Kathryn Bigelow's 1991Point Breakand the 2008 Catherine Hardwicke directed adaptation ofTwilight. Make sure to watch along and join the dicussion in late ...

55 MIN2017 MAY 1
Comments
Finding Her Voice Episode 12: Sofia Coppola

Finding Her Voice Episode Eleven: Female Editors

We opted for something different this month and instead of focusing on female directors we instead focused on the role of the female editor with filmsFaults(edited bySarah Beth Shapiro) and The Young Folks favoriteMad Max: Fury Road(edited byMargaret Sixel). We discussed the historical nuances of womens roles as editors and how they were pushed out of the role of directing to editor at the start of cinema. We also talk about directors such as Joss Whedon, Jeff Nichols and Martin Scorsesewho are known for having female editors on their team for the majority of their films. AJ and I admitted that our understanding of the role of the editor and or ability to point out good vs. bad editing (unless it's really quite good or really quite bad) is limited but that this month of discussion has made us more intrigued with the role in film, especially from a female perspective.For April we'll be doing something I'm very excited about and exploring Sofia Coppola's films from her early days to n...

33 MIN2017 APR 5
Comments
Finding Her Voice Episode Eleven: Female Editors

Finding Her Voice Episode Ten: Romance

In February we spoke about (shocker) films that fell into the sphere of romance. Often a unfrotuantely derided genre, we wanted to tackle three films that showcase the diversity that can be found in them when directed by diverse talent. We talked about Alice Wu's Saving Face (2004) - a personal favorite- , Gina Prince-Bythewood's Beyond the Lights (2014) and the Jenny Slate breakout Obvious Child (2014) directed by Gillian Robespierre. What linked the three was the ability all demonstrated in building relationships for all of these characters outside of their romantic ones.For March we're doing something a little different and discussing films edited by women-specifically we're watching Faults and Mad Max: Fury Road but we'll also be talking about directors Joss Whedon, Jeff Nichols and Martin Scorsese who have all primarily relied on female talent in editing their films.We will also take a look and Before I Fall-the big March release for a woman directed film.Watch along with us an...

33 MIN2017 MAR 2
Comments
Finding Her Voice Episode Ten: Romance

Finding Her Voice Episode Nine: New Year, New Discoveries

It's January which means we're all still recovering from the dumpster fire that was 2016. To try and kick off 2017 right (well as right as it can currently be) we aimed our sights at being more productive in highlighting female voices on our Twitter account @FindingHerVoice. Gabrielle, AJ and I also set personal goals to seek out the women directed content and spotlight it personally.To keep in trend we watchingMia Hansen-Løve's 2016 quietly stunning Things to Come and 2003's Under the Tuscan Sun directed by Audrey Wells. We spoke about the romantic nature of both without either succumbing to typical "romance" archetypes, the differences between how both actresses have been allowed/not allowed to age onscreen and why Things to Come is the Isabella Huppert performance to see from 2016, not Elle.For February we'll be taking a bite out of the Valentines Day atmosphere with Gina Prince-Bythewood's Beyond the Lights and Gillian Robespierre's Obvious Child which did the wonderful thing o...

56 MIN2017 JAN 20
Comments
Finding Her Voice Episode Nine: New Year, New Discoveries

Finding Her Voice Episode Eight: Holiday Edition

Hello and welcome back listeners, we hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.First, apologies for the blunder that was the Noirvember episode-I'm still working my way around the tech aspect of podcasting when really i should be sticking strinctly to chatting, which I'm okay at about 50% of the time.For December we chose to focus on holiday films-shocker-with Penny Marshall's pivotalBigstarring Tom Hanks and Nancy MeyersThe Holiday, a film that myself, Gaby and AJ are all quite keen on. Listen and let us know what your favorite holiday films are.For January, to take on the resolution mentality, we're watching films that center themselves on characters who are rebuilding their lives or starting anew. The main one we plan to tackle isUnder the Tuscan Sunand will be adding to the title as the month starts, so stay tuned and make sure to watch along in order to take part in our live discussion at the end of the month.Also starting soon will be a Twitter campaign of sorts which you ca...

45 MIN2016 DEC 29
Comments
Finding Her Voice Episode Eight: Holiday Edition

Finding Her Voice Episode Six: The Invitation (2016) & A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

This month we talk horror movies with The Invitation and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night!Tune in next month for Noirvember, created by Marya E. Gates (found here) where we tackle film-noir directed by women with the 1953 filmThe Hitch-Hikerand the 1996 filmBoundby the Wachowski sisters.Happy viewing : )Make sure to listen to us on Itunes and rate and review.

52 MIN2016 OCT 27
Comments
Finding Her Voice Episode Six: The Invitation (2016) & A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Finding Her Voice: Episode 5 - We Need To Talk About Kevin & The Piano

Allyson Johnson and Gabrielle Bondi discuss subversive motherhood in the films We Need to Talk about Kevin and The Piano.Jane Campion and Lynn Ramsey are two of the most influential filmmakers of today so why not explore two of their best works to date.For October make sure to watch A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and The Invitation for our female directed horror films. Both can be found on Netflix and neither are too extreme on the scares since we're all rather sensitive to horror films. This means no The Babadook for us but everyone else who has a greater stomach for horror should make sure to watch it asap.Thank you for listening! Make sure to rate and review us.

38 MIN2016 OCT 13
Comments
Finding Her Voice: Episode 5 - We Need To Talk About Kevin & The Piano