WEEK IN WOMEN: AFI’s 2022 Cinematography Intensive for Women – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Returning after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the four-day Cinematography Intensive for Women program took place on the AFI Campus in Los Angeles from July 15 to 18. Designed for aspiring cinematographers, the goal of the program is to provide participants with a toolkit to secure on-set experience in the field and first-hand industry insights demonstrating the path to professional career success.

The 16 filmmakers selected for this year’s intensive include Anjuli Arreola-Burl, Guisel Contreras, Sarah Crowley-Kelly, Hannah Freeman, Nicky Fuchs, Allyson Hoover, Leeann Leonard, Miriam Ouchi, Angelica Perez-Castro, Aja Pilapil, Rebecca Richard, Susie Shircliff, Olivia Steede, Amber Steele, Olga Wagner and Demi Waldron.

AFI Cinematography Intensive for Women is a tuition-free workshop designed for aspiring cinematographers committed to their journey toward a professional career as cinematographers, who have some on-set experience working in the field and are looking for additional training to help them advance in their education, craft and career.

The AFI Conservatory Cinematography program has propelled women cinematographers to great success, including trailblazer Rachel Morrison (Mudbound, Black Panther), the first woman ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography, as well as two-time Grammy Award winner Melina Matsoukas (Beyoncé’s Formation, Insecure as director), Paula Huidobro (Academy Award Best Picture winner Coda), Ava Berkofsky (Insecure), Carolina Costa (Hala, Wander Darkly). Autumn Durald (Loki, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever), Polly Morgan (Legion) and Mimi Leder (On The Basis of Sex, The Morning Show as director), among others. 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.