WEEK IN WOMEN: Colangelo to Direct Keaton and Tucci in 9/11 Biopic – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Sara Colangelo will direct Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci in What Is Life Worth, a biopic about Kenneth Feinberg, the powerful Washington, D.C., insider and lawyer who was put in charge of the 9/11 Fund. During almost three years of pro bono work on the case, Feinberg battled cynicism, bureaucracy and politics associated with administering government funds to victim’s families — and in doing so, discovered what life is worth.

What Is Life Worth will be Colangelo’s her third feature. She previously wrote and directed the 2014 drama “Little Accidents,” which earned her a best first screenplay nomination for the Film Independent Spirit Awards.’ Next came The Kindergarten Teacher, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, which debuted at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and won the Best Directing prize. Netflix picked up the film and released it last October. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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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.