Reviews

SEVEN MINUTES IN HEAVEN

“Seven Minutes in Heaven features some of the outrageous farcical elements mandatory in the genre but distinguishes itself in its more serious and realistic moments.”— Todd McCarthy, Variety

“While rooting her story in common, ordinary teen-age problems (sexual identity, parents, future plans) Feferman and her co-writer Jane Bernstein have fashioned a marvelously idiosyncratic and plausible feature film.”— Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter

“It’s a superb initial feature from director Linda Feferman, who demonstrates a sense of pacing, visual style and, above all, a compassion for her subjects that never dribbles over into easy sentimentality.”— Philip Wuntch, The Dallas Morning News

“It’s also a movie with more attractive, interesting men per capita than anywhere short of the French Cinema. Seven Minutes is the singular beacon that it is because of its tolerance, its lack of cynicism or exploitation and the evenhanded affection in which it holds all of its characters”— Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times

“With low-key humor…Feferman takes the helm, steering her characters through the choppy waters of puberty without making them seem puerile” — Carrie Rickey, New Woman

“…the film’s quiet virtues: the way it captures without undue dramatization the dreamy self-absorption of adolescence, or the quicksilver emotional changes best friends can go through…” — John Lewis, Dallas Observer.

“This wholesome film isn’t for Satanic teen-age druggies” — Deborah J. Kunk, Los Angeles Herald Examiner

LIFE BEYOND EARTH

“Admirers of this science writer’s 1985 film, ‘The Creation of the Universe,’ [Timothy Ferris] should again be engaged by the sweep of his argument, which draws on everything from astrophysics to microbiology to science fiction, and by the visual inventiveness that his producers have brought to their evocations of planets and galaxies, volcanoes and ice-bound wastes.” — Walter Goodman, The New York Times

“Awe-inspiring and often visually stunning… If ‘Life Beyond Earth’ proves anything, it’s that intelligent life can sometimes be found on television.” — Kevin Mcdonough, Charleston Daily Mail

“A powerful film. With an elegance and economy of language, Ferris manages to cover a sweeping range of science in two hours while probing some of the deepest questions humans have ever asked.” — Robert Naeye, Astronomy

“A beautiful, evocative program… Ferris is both laconic and dryly humorous.” — Verne Gay, Newsday

“An inviting, well-rounded look at the research and sociology of how we came to be”— Stuart Goldman, Sky & Telescope

CLOSER TO TRUTH

“…a valuable resource for the most recent developments in science and trends in intellectual thought.” Choice Reviews Online

“In offering up a blend of debate and dialogue, Closer to Truth supercedes similar titles and provides both college level science holdings and general interest collections with a powerful survey.” The Bookwatch

“An intellectual feast for a mental gourmet!” — John Leslie, Fellow, Royal Society of Canada

MISSING: WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CHILD DISAPPEARS

“An imperative video that succeeds brilliantly.” Billboard Magazine

THE ASTRONOMERS – WAVES OF THE FUTURE

“…best at humanizing and explaining this most romantic of sciences by showing a range of its practitioners: the venerated elder pioneers, the current heavyweights, and the fresh-faced graduate assistants.” — Terry Catchpole, EW.com

ELIZABETH SWADOS: THE GIRL WITH THE INCREDIBLE FEELING

“A joyous film in celebration of a remarkable talent” New Directors/New Films, Film Society of Lincoln Center, MOMA

“Composer Liz Swados is every bit as much a musical iconoclast as Linda Feferman’s portrait of her potently reveals” The Soho Weekly News

“The editing pace – so deft and subtle – is the groundwork that gives the film its vibrant life” — Susan Clark, Buffalo Evening News

DIRTY BOOKS

“It is a portrait of the pornographer as a nice Jewish girl, a typewriter in the kitchen and fellows on the telephone and it suggests exactly the playful irony of a sophisticated, good-humored intelligence” — Roger Greenspan, The New York Times

“…the comedy arises from the inconsistencies between the life she leads and the fantasies she writes” The Dallas Morning News

“Dirty Books is a rare delight. It says more in 17 minutes about human nature and beautifully and eloquently, than many feature-length movies” — Jim D’Ana, WRVR Radio

MENSTRUATION: THE CASE OF THE MISSING CURSE

“Linda Feferman seems to be the only woman filmmaker working to create a fictional mode capable of dramatizing unique female life situations with a sharp sense of humor usually absent in feminist film” Chicago Art Institute

“The menstruation film also added some fun – I was even willing to see that god-damned ovum bouncing down that fallopian tube because it only did it once instead of 6 times, and it was surrounded by this fun thing which was clearly going to speak to younger people” — Mary Calderone, former medical director, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

“All of us who saw Feferman’s film felt it was the best conceived and most artistically presented film we have ever seen on this difficult subject” — Clayton L. Thomas, Tampax, Inc.

“…Here is a new film on menstruation which is not exactly educational (it’s funny) and it is not exactly for sixth graders (its parody and satire would escape them). Actually, the film is educational and entertaining as well” — Derek L. Burleson, SIECUS Report