WEEK IN WOMEN: Bharoocha’s directorial debut: GOLDEN ARM – Brandy McDonnell reports Golden Arm

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Maureen Bharoocha is making her feature film directorial debut with Golden Arm, a female buddy comedy about ladies arm wrestling. Bharoocha is best known for her work as a rising comedic director for Jimmy Kimmel Live!, as well as her films that have appeared on the Lifetime Network, including I Am Watching You and Fatal Flip.

The independent comedy also is the debut feature for writing team Ann Marie Allison and Jenna Milly, whom Bharoocha met more than three years ago.

“They had seen some of my work and asked me to create a sizzle trailer for this fun script they had written, which was ‘Golden Arm.’ I loved the concept and immediately had an image in my mind of what the movie could be,” Bharoocha told me in an email interview. “Ann Marie was in an arm wrestling league so the fact that it was inspired by her real-life experience was also so cool. Soon after I directed that video for them, they sent me the script and I was very excited to become part of the project.” 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.