WEEK IN WOMEN: Female Filmmakers Featured in SXSW Online – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Several female filmmakers are featured in Amazon Prime Video’s showcase of 39 selections from the 2020 South by Southwest Conference and Festivals in Austin, Texas, which was canceled last month due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Amazon Prime Video and SXSW have announced that the “Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection” will launch on Monday, with 39 films, including femme-helmed narrative and documentary features, short films and episodic titles.

Filmmakers in the official 2020 SXSW Film Festival lineup were invited to opt in to take part in this online film festival, which will play exclusively on Prime Video in the U.S. through May 6. The one-time event will be available in front of the Prime Video paywall, free to all U.S. audiences with or without an Amazon Prime membership — all that is needed is a free Amazon account, according to a news release.

Among the women-directed projects that will be showcased includes the narrative features “Cat in the Wall,” directed, written and produced by Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova; “Gunpowder Heart,” directed and written by Camila Urrutia and produced by Inés Nofuentes; and “Le Choc du Futur,” co-written by Elina Gakou-Gomba.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.