WEEK IN WOMEN: Julia Stiles to helm WISH YOU WERE HERE Brandy McDonnell reports

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Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actor Julia Stiles is partnering with Phiphen Pictures for Wish You Were Here, which will mark Stiles’ feature film directorial debut.

The project isn’t Stiles’ first outing with Phiphen Pictures. In addition, Stiles stars in Phiphen’ thriller The God Committee alongside Kelsey Grammer and Colman Domingo. The film is set to premiere to a sold-out screening at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival. and Vertical Entertainment will release The God Committee in select theaters and on demand on July 2.

“I am thrilled to be working with Phiphen again. I’ve been looking for the right story to direct as a feature for a while and have finally found it with Renée Carlino’s Wish You Were Here,” stated Stiles. “This story is a timeless look at true love that also feels contemporary and very specific to the times we’re living in right now.”

Wish You Were Here is based on Carlino’s bestseller. The feature centers on Charlotte, a woman who finds herself in a rut, searching for a spark that seems just out of reach. After she has a whirlwind night of romance and imagining a future with a man named Adam, he ghosts her. When Charlotte finally discovers that Adam is terminally ill, she helps him spend his last days living life to the fullest. 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.