WEEK IN WOMEN: Tribeca Film Festival 2024 Female Focus – Brandy McDonnell reports

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The 2024 Tribeca Film Festival opens with the world premiere of Diane von Furstenberg: Woman in Charge, an intimate look at the life of the fashion designer and cultural luminary. Directed by Tribeca alumni Trish Dalton and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, the film captures von Furstenberg’s impact as a creative icon, who challenged the status quo with the bold inquiry, “Why shouldn’t a woman do what a man can do?”

Scheduled to run from June 5-16 in New York City, this year’s Tribeca Film Fest boasts a features lineup offering a diverse array of narrative, documentary and animated films, including several created by and starring women. This year’s program includes 103 feature films from 114 filmmakers across 48 countries. The lineup comprises 86 world premieres, two international premieres, six North American premieres and eight New York premieres. Half of the films in competition are directed by women. Additionally, 36 of the feature films, or 35%, are directed by filmmakers of color. There are 30 films directed by first-time filmmakers, and 25 directors returning to Tribeca with their latest projects.

The final selections were chosen from a record-breaking number of more than 13,000 submissions

For the first time, Tribeca’s signature Viewpoints section of bold original visions and innovative perspectives will be in competition. The interdisciplinary program encompasses U.S. and international films across narrative, documentary and animation, including the the narrative thriller Darkest Miriam, directed by Naomi Jaye and starring Britt Lower, and the animated feature Boys Go to Jupiter, starring Elsie Fisher, Tavi Gevinson, Julio Torres and Sarah Sherman.

Documentaries include Searching for Amani, directed by Nicole Gormley and Debra Aroko, about a 13-year-old’s dramatic quest to investigate his father’s mysterious murder in one of Kenya’s largest wildlife conservancies, and Champions of the Golden Valley, directed by Ben Sturgulewski, which is an inspiring sports fable and portrait of people in profound political and social transition. 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.