WEEK IN WOMEN: Rebecca Chaiklin Talks TIGER KING – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Rebecca Chaiklin spent the past five years embroiled in the colorful world of big-cat owners, roadside zoos and animal activists. The result was the smash Netflix documentary series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.

“It was immediately apparent that this world was a super-colorful world. It was a world that most people didn’t know about because it’s quite secretive and hidden, and it had incredible characters in it. But we also wanted to do something that really raised people’s awareness about the fact that there was a lot of cruelty to the animals going on,” said Chaiklin, who co-wrote and co-directed Tiger King with her longtime friend Eric Goode, in a phone interview. 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.