WEEK IN WOMEN: Chloe Zhao’s NOMADLAND Update – Brandy McDonnell reports

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After making history earlier this month, Chloé Zhao’s acclaimed drama Nomadland, starring Oscar winner Frances McDormand, made its premiere on September 26 as the Centerpiece film at the 58th New York Film Festival.

Presented by Film at Lincoln Center, this year’s New York Film Festival included two drive-in screenings of Nomadland, one in Queens at the New York Hall of Science and the other in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Army Terminal.

“We knew that Chloé Zhao’s masterful film, Nomadland, deserved a central spot at the New York Film Festival as soon as we saw it,” said Eugene Hernandez, Director of the New York Film Festival, in a statement. “It was hardly surprising to learn that the film had also resonated with our friends in Venice, Telluride, and Toronto. We’re elated to share Chloé and Fran’s remarkable achievement with New York audiences this fall, in solidarity with our festival colleagues.”

On September 11, the film had a simultaneous world premiere at Venice and Toronto, followed by a special “Telluride from Los Angeles” Drive-In Screening that evening.

Nomadland was lauded with the Golden Lion this year at the 77th Venice International Film Festival and was awarded the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at the 45th Toronto International Film Festival. It is the first film to hold both honors. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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Brandy McDonnell

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.