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I’m a scrappy, DIY New Yorker who fell in love with movies at a young age. My first short film is the award-winning "Feline Frenzy," which screened at festivals, and I’m developing an Appalachian Godfather tale called “'Shiner” for television. The “‘Shiner” pilot script was nominated to the 2016 #WriteHerList and made the Hot 100 of Capital Fund’s Screenplay Competition. Aside from writing and directing, I have long advocated for gender, racial, and LGBTQ parity and representation inside and outside of the film industry. To that end, I created and run Cinefemme's Dinner with Dames as the Program Director. More information at www.jennapayne.com.

HELL OR HIGH WATER: 2016's Film Of The Year

This dusty gem of an outlaw picture almost passed me by, but I caught the trailer before Swiss Army Man (satisfyingly strange!) and immediately

Dinner With Dames: Dinner #1 Recap - photo credit: Michele Blackwell of MAB Studio Multimedia

Dinner with Dames Case File Who: Simon Barrett, writer of Blair Witch and The Guest, & Cinefemme board and volunteers – Michele Blackwell, Kimby


The outcry against this year’s vanilla list of contenders for the 2016 Academy Awards is reverberating across the country with Spike Lee and Will