Brooke Purdy

Award-Winning Film “Quality Problems” is Now on VOD!!!

One of my favorite films from last year’s Women Texas Film Festival is being released today on VOD and I couldn’t be more excited! Quality Problems ran the Film Festival circuit this past year and won just about every award it was up for. I even wrote a swoon-y review for it back in August, which you can read below.

“When you grow up, you realize that movies, even the ones you love, tend to get it all wrong. You figure out that ROMANCE actually has nothing to do with sunsets, sexy underwear or hot-tubs. Real romance comes from things like a shared history, commitment and intimate moments that are often not sexy at all. You realize that real HORROR has nothing to do with clowns or haunted dolls, but stems from scary diagnoses or a parent’s failing health. You also figure out that true COMEDY doesn’t have to come from a team of well-paid writers. Your biggest belly-laughs usually come from your best friends, who can crack you up with one look or line. That’s why Quality Problems, a film about being a grown-up, is a ROMANCE, a COMEDY and a HORROR flick, all at the same time. Written by Brooke Purdy (and co-directed with her husband Doug), it’s loosely based on Brooke’s own cancer diagnosis and how they kept their family-life on track during her treatments (the Purdys own children even play themselves). It’s a story so familiar and intimate, you sometimes feel like you shouldn’t be watching. Quality Problems also has it’s laugh-out-loud moments because humor tends to find a way, even in our darkest hours. (A)” Continue reading →

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The Women Texas Film Festival (& Why You Should GO!)

We talk so often about the lack of representation in film and the rotten roles women are usually offered. We complain loud and long about the sad number of female directors, writers, and even critics but we know the truth. The film industry runs on $$$$$$ and that will ALWAYS be the deciding factor when it comes to what-gets-made-and-when.
That’s why we need to show up.
We need to get behind every solid piece of film-making that is offered by women and, if you aren’t already on board, The Women Texas Film Festival is a fantastic place to start.
The Women Texas Film Festival runs August 16th through the 20th and is the only full-fledged, female-focused film festival in Texas (read it’s D Magazine feature HERE). Continue reading →

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DIVERSITY & The 2016 Oscars at the “WOMEN IN FILM-DALLAS” Brunch (& Mimosas!)

Chris Rock has said, “You can go to whole movies and not see one black woman. They’ll throw a black guy a bone. OK, here’s a black guy. But is there a single black woman in Interstellar? Or Gone Girl? Birdman? The Purge? Neighbors? I’m not sure there are. I don’t remember them. I go to the movies almost every week, and I can go a month and not see a black woman having an actual speaking part in a movie. That’s the truth.”

It sounds like something Chris Rock said yesterday, but this is actually a quote from 2014. You can read his whole interview in The Hollywood Reporter by clicking HERE, but if Chris Rock was that worked up then, imagine what he has to say NOW.

The lack of diversity amongst the 2016 Oscar nominees has turned primarily into a race issue, but it reflects several dilemmas at once. Turn on your TV or radio at this very moment and you’ll see that the problem of diversity goes far beyond the studios of Hollywood.

This is one of the issues we’ll address at the Women in Film-Dallas Brunch this Saturday. I will be on a panel with Dallas Morning News reporter Dawn Burkes and award-winning Writer/Director Paula Goldberg (Unadulterated) as we tackle issues like the wage gap and lack of opportunities for women in film. We’ll also be chowing down on Migas and chugging Mimosas, so it’s going to be fun as well as eye-opening. Tickets are cheaper if you buy them in advance so do that by clicking HERE and I’ll see you Saturday!
WIFD 2-17-16 event poster revised