Author Archive: Jessica Machen

Jessica is a writer and screenwriter living in the Chicagoland area. Having graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 with a Bachelor's in Film/Video Screenwriting, Jessica's goal is to have an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay by the 100th annual awards.

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Men at Lunch

Men at Lunch

| September 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Eighty one years ago, the famous photo of “Lunch Atop A Skyscraper” was taken.  Today, September 20, 2013, you can see the documentary Men At Lunch (2012) at the Quad Cinema in New York and gain a deeper understanding of that famous photo. In Men At Lunch, the filmmaker, Seán Ó Cualáin, brings the audience to 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Iron […]

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Drift

Drift

| September 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

For those of you who are surf fanatics, Drift (2012) is the film for you.  For those of you who are wild about Australia, Drift is the film for you.  For those of you who are adore Sam Worthington, Drift might be for you.  For those of you who love a good, strong story, sadly, Drift might […]

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s

| August 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

The opening of Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s is reminiscent of The Devil Wears Prada (2006), setting up a quick paced world of fashion.  Instead of revolving around what pieces of clothing get chosen to be featured in a highly respected fashion magazine, this documentary is all about the Mecca of fashion: Bergdorf Goodman. Matthew Miele […]

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Centre Place

Centre Place

| December 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

Centre Place, directed by Ben Shackleford, is an Australian romantic comedy with an emphasis on the comedy side of things. The romance is really lacking in the story. Lizzie, the protagonist, is having a hard time with her life. Her boyfriend, whom she had plans to move to Paris with, dumps her, her brother unintentionally […]

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Imagine It! (2011)

Imagine It! (2011)

| October 24, 2011

Rudy Poe and Richard Tavener have crafted a great new documentary called Imagine It! aimed at encouraging children and teens to utilize their creativity to better the world. It urges the youth that what they do matters and will affect the world they grow up in. Experts and thought leaders such as Sally Ride (first […]

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The Beaver

The Beaver

| August 22, 2011

The Beaver, written by Kyle Killen, was ranked at the top of the Hollywood Black List in 2008 as the best unproduced script in Hollywood. Upon watching the film, you can easily see why. Filled with raw emotion, smart dialogue, and unique situations, The Beaver brings you to tears and laughter as it unfolds. Walter […]

Make Believe by J. Clay Tweel

Make Believe by J. Clay Tweel

| May 29, 2011

The documentary, Make Believe, directed by J. Clay Tweel, will make you believe in the power of magic. The film follows six teens competing in the World Magic Seminar’s Teen Competition in Las Vegas. This prestigious competition is extremely tough to be accepted into, but once young magicians are in, they know they have talent. […]

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CROPSEY

CROPSEY

| May 7, 2011

Filmmakers Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio both grew up knowing the urban legend of Cropsey, an escaped mental patient living in the abandoned Willowbrook Mental Institution who kidnaps and murders children on the streets. As teenagers, they believed the stories to be just that: stories. However, when one particular young girl in their town went […]

You Again (2010)

You Again (2010)

| February 24, 2011

You Again is a film that most people will be able to relate to. Starring Kristen Bell, Odette Yustman, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver and Betty White, this is a story about rivalry, arch nemeses and grudges. Bell plays Marnie, a successful woman who falls apart upon learning that her older brother is marrying her […]

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Valerie Cruz discusses ABC’s new show Off The Map

Valerie Cruz discusses ABC’s new show Off The Map

| February 21, 2011

FilmMonthly: What did you want to be when you were a young kid? Valerie Cruz: Gosh, I don’t know. It wasn’t an actor early on. I didn’t want to be an actor until the end of high school and that’s when I went off on that path. Growing up, I think there was a point […]

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