WEEK IN WOMEN: Roberta Munroe helms Ashland Indie Film Fest – Brandy McDonnell reports

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ASHLAND, Oregon – The Ashland Independent Film Festival recently announced three new appointments to key positions – artistic director, executive director and board president – bringing diverse leadership to the south Oregon nonprofit event, celebrating its 21st anniversary this year.

Roberta Munroe recently was appointed as the Ashland Independent Film Festival’s artistic director. Munroe previously led programming for several premier global film events, including Sundance, Los Angeles Film Festival and Independent Filmmaker Project New York. She has also produced more than 40 projects and directed six films.

“As a Black lesbian in the film festival world, I’ve had the pleasure to work with several top tier festivals in the mainstream and LGBTQI communities over this past 30 years,” said Munroe in a statement. “Community is deeply important to me both personally, and professionally and it’s been an absolute pleasure to be embraced by the Ashland community.”

Under her tenure, Munroe said the festival will maintaining its strong focus on local talent and local audiences, while also welcoming the global filmmaker communities.

The Ashland Independent Film Festival annually attracts more than 7,000 film lovers to multiple venues to watch more than 100 documentary, feature and short films. It has been cited by MovieMaker Magazine several times as one of the “Top 25 Coolest Festivals in the World” and one of the “Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.” 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.