WEEK IN WOMEN: Lisa Dreyer heads Austin, Texas’ Fantastic Fest – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Lisa Dreyer is preparing for her first Fantastic Fest as the full-time festival director of the Austin, Texas, cinematic extravaganza.

Alamo Drafthouse’s Fantastic Fest is billed as the largest genre festival in the United States. The 18th edition of Fantastic Fest will take place from Sept. 21-28, in Austin at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.

As festival director, Dreyer will be responsible for overseeing the creative direction and operations of the festival, which showcases the best in horror, fantasy, science fiction, and other boundary-pushing and groundbreaking genre films from around the world. She will also be expanding the festival’s yearly presence, with year-round programming of festival favorites at Alamo Drafthouse nationwide, according to a news release.

Dreyer’s recent appointment comes at an exciting time for Fantastic Fest. During the Berlin International Film Festival, Fantastic Fest was voted to receive accreditation from the International Federation of Film Producers Associations, joining other accredited world-class festivals like Cannes, Berlinale, Karlovy Vary, and Venice. Fantastic Fest will be the first U.S. festival in several years to receive this prestigious designation.

Dreyer brings a wealth of experience and deep love and knowledge of genre film, having previously served as a programmer on the Fantastic Fest team and working on acquisitions for Drafthouse Films. 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.