WEEK IN WOMEN: DuVernay Adapts Wilkerson’s CASTE for Netflix – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Ava DuVernay will direct, write and produce the feature adaptation of Isabel Wilkerson’s acclaimed new book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. The new project will reunite the Oscar-nominated moviemaker with Netflix, although it will be her first feature film for the streaming giant.

Titled Caste, the film version of Wilkerson’s book will use a multiple-story format to analyze the “unspoken system that has shaped America and chronicles how our lives today are defined by a hierarchy of human divisions dating back generations.”

DuVernay will produce Caste alongside ARRAY Filmworks’ Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes. Netflix executive Tendo Nagenda will team with DuVernay for the Caste adaptation; they worked together on DuVernay’s 2018 Disney release A Wrinkle in Time, which adapted the beloved Madeleine L’Engle’s science fiction book. 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.