Academy Award-winning producer Dede Gardner will receive the Polly Platt Award for Producing at the upcoming Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference in Texas. This year’s festival will take place from Oct. 27 to Nov. 3 in the Texas capital.
The co-president of the production company Plan B Entertainment, Gardner has produced several Academy Award-nominated and winning films, including Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari, Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk and Moonlight, Adam McKay’s The Big Short and Vice, Ava DuVernay’s Selma, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave and Terrence Malick’s Palme d’Or winner The Tree of Life.
In addition to accepting the Polly Platt Award during the event, Gardner will participate in a special screening of Women Talking, the new film by Oscar-nominated writer and director Sarah Polley (Away From Her). Based on the best-selling novel by Miriam Toews, Women Talking follows a group of women in an isolated religious colony as they struggle to reconcile their faith with a series of sexual assaults committed by the colony’s men.
Polley also will attend the festival to present Gardner’s award and participate in a post-screening discussion, Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.