WEEK IN WOMEN: Sophie Barthes wins Sundance’s Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Writer-director Sophie Barthes’ The Pod Generation has been named the winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival.

The festival will take place in person Jan. 19-29 in Utah’s Park City, Salt Lake City, and the Sundance Resort, along with a selection of films available online across the country Jan. 24-29. Festivalgoers will again return to theaters to check out the festival’s lineup of independent films, which this year will include 99 features.

The Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize is an annual award given to an artist for the most outstanding depiction of science and technology in a feature film. “The Pod Generation” is an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival.

A social satire of detachment parenting, The Pod Generation delves into the fraught, comedically tantalizing relationship between technology, nature, and society. 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.