WEEK IN WOMEN: Mary Pickford biopic opens Hollywood Women’s Film Festival – Brandy McDonnell reports

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The Hollywood Women’s Film Institute has tapped Why Not Choose Love? A Mary Pickford Manifesto as the opening selection for its Hollywood Women’s Film Festival.

Written and directed by Jennifer DeLia, the film stars Sophie Kennedy Clark as the iconic actress who, known as “America’s Sweetheart.” became one of the biggest stars in Hollywood during the silent film era. She co-founded the Pickford-Fairbanks Studio and United Artists along with Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin and D. W. Griffith. She was also one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and won the second Academy Award for best actress for her first sound-film role in Coquette.

The Mary Pickford biopic will screen on June 13 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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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.