WEEK IN WOMEN: Sundance FF close to 50/50 in 2020 – Brandy McDonnell reports

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When the 2020 Sundance Film Festival kicks off later this month in and around Park City, Utah, it will be close to its goal of gender parity – significantly closer than most of the other major film fests.

This year’s lineup includes 118 full-length feature films, representing 27 countries and 44 first-time feature filmmakers. Of the 65 directors in the four competition categories – which total 56 films – 46 percent are women, 38 percent are people of color and 12 percent are LGBTQ+, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Among the 118 films that will screen across 10 major categories are Lana Wilson’s documentary “Taylor Swift: Miss Americana,” about the music superstar’s metamorphosis from an apolitical singer-songwriter to a pop icon ready, willing and able to fully deploy her voice to speak on issues she believes are important; Kim A. Snyder’s documentary “Us Kids​,” which follows the survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting and their work on the youth gun control movement; and Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht’s documentary “Crip Camp​,” about a 1970s summer camp for disabled teens, produced under Michelle and Barack Obama’s Higher Ground shingle.

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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.