THE WEEK IN WOMEN: WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE and Females in Animation, Plus Athina Tsangari at FilmLinc and 15 Women who Deserve Biopics – Brandy McDonnell comments

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marnie was there 1When Marnie Was There may be the finale film from animation giant Studio Ghibli, and for fans of animation, that’s sad. For women filmgoers, it’s both sad and very worrisome. Does Studio Ghibli’s production suspension mark the end of a very wonderful era of animated female characters, or will Disney and Pixar pick up the slack? Plus, news about Athina Rachel Tsangari’s appointment as filmmaker in residence at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and a list of 15 famous females who deserve their own biopics. Read on…

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.