WEEK IN WOMEN: Lily Tomlin Honored at Traverse City Film Fest – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Lily Tomlin, an Oscar-nominated actor, trailblazing comedian and Detroit native, will be honored with the Traverse City Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award later this summer.

Michael Moore, Oscar-winning filmmaker and Traverse City Film Festival founder and president, announced that the award will be presented to Tomlin during the festival’s 15th annual edition, running July 30 to Aug. 4 along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan in Traverse City.

The festival will host an Aug. 2 screening of the rarely-seen 1986 documentary Lily Tomlin, which goes behind the scenes of Tomlin’s Tony-winning play, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. With her longtime collaborator and director, Jane Wagner, Tomlin tackles a variety of topics such as radical feminism, depression, sex work and homelessness with her signature comedic satire and grace. Following her across all aspects of her process (writing, performing, and refining), directors Joan Churchill and Nick Broomfield capture an intimate look at a renowned talent at work. The festival will host the first screening of the newly digital restored documentary. 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.