About Christina Kotlar

Women in Film & Television International Summit Hosted by Pittsburgh Chapter

WIFTI women in film and television international

By Christina Kotlar (doddleNEWS) "I write poems and I am a poem," declared Vanessa German at the plenary breakfast welcoming women in film and media representing 30 chapters for a three day Women in Film & Television International Summit, May 16-18, 2014. A multi-disciplinary Pittsburgh … [Read more...]

Cannes Film Festival – Female Directors: A 2014 Space Oddity

jane campion directing camera

By Christina Kotlar (doddleNEWS) Cannes Film Festival, France – At the onset of the most prestigious international film festival in the world, Palme d’Or jury president, Jane Campion was quoted “the way women love women is different to the way men love women: women love women who feel real, … [Read more...]

Tribeca Film Festival: It’s The End of the Film Festival World As We Knew It: Bigger is Not Always Better


Two weeks ago, New York Times online Media & Advertising section announced that “the Tribeca Film Festival will be turning Lower Manhattan into a temporary film capital” since it originally was founded to bring the business and community back strong form that dreadful day, 9/11, in 2001. … [Read more...]

Tribeca Film Review – TRAITORS: Engaging the Feminine Heroic

Traitors Malika

Traitors film review at Tribeca, plus a podcast interview with the director and producer below By Christina Kotlar (doddleNEWS) Lead singer of punk rock band, Traitors, Malika (Chaimae Ben Acha) emulates Joe Strummer of the Clash, “I’m so bored with Morocco but what can I do?” as she … [Read more...]

Cat’s Out of the Bag for ‘Every Secret Thing’ at Tribeca Film Festival

Diane Lane&Alice

By Christina Kotlar (doddleNEWS) World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, Every Secret Thing is documentary filmmaker Amy Berg’s (Deliver Us from Evil, West of Memphis) narrative debut adapted by Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said, Please Give) from Laura Lippman’s 2003 novel. It features a … [Read more...]

One Woman Director in Cannes Palme D’Or Competition

Cannes 2013 icon

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...]