WEEK IN WOMEN: New York Women in Film & Television grants Film Festival awards and Scholarships – Brandy McDonnell reports

New York Women in Film & Television has presented 10 scholarships to film and television production students and 14 festival awards to filmmakers at seven New York area festivals in 2022 as part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to nurturing the next generation of women in media. The festival award winners each received a cash prize in addition to a one-year Industry Membership with New York Women in Film & Television. Most were presented in-person by a member of the organization’s leadership team at each festival’s awards ceremony or screening.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Idina Menzel Documentary Lands at Disney+ – Brandy McDonnell reports

The documentary Idina Menzel: Which Way to the Stage? will make its world premiere Dec. 9, exclusively on Disney+. Through unprecedented interviews and footage, the beloved actor and singer, whose famed roles include Broadway productions of Rent and Wicked as well as the celebrated voice of Elsa in Disney’s Frozen, pulls back the curtain on her remarkable career, the incredible — and often laborious — moments that prepared her for her big breaks and the people who have supported her since the beginning.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: TCM’s 24-hour Angela Lansbury movie marathon – Brandy McDonnell reports

Turner Classic Movies will celebrate the life and career of the late, great Angela Lansbury with a 24-hour programming tribute on Nov. 21. Lansbury, who died Oct. 11, began her movie career with an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress in 1944’s Gaslight. She went on to act in more than 50 movies, earning additional Academy Award nominations for her supporting turns in 1945’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and 1962’s The Manchurian Candidate.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Christy Wegener’s doc I AM VANESSA GUILLEN lands at Netflix

Directed by Christy Wegener (Oprah’s Master Class, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Search and Destroy: Iggy & The Stooges’ Raw Power), I Am Vanessa Guillen, a new documentary based on the life and death of U.S. soldier Vanessa Guillen, will be released by Netflix on Nov. 17. Army Spc. Guillén, age 20, disappeared from Fort Hood, Texas, in April 2020 and was found dead June 30. After telling her mother she was being sexually harassed on base, Guillen was allegedly killed by a fellow soldier.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Clintons’ Afghan doc IN HER HANDS lands at Netflix – Brandy McDonnell reports

Produced by Hilary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, and filmed across two turbulent years, the documentary In Her Hands tells the story of Zarifa Ghafari, who at age 26 became one of Afghanistan’s first female mayors and the youngest to ever hold the position.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Laura Poitras to be Guest of Honor at IDFA – Brandy McDowell reports

Academy Award-winning director Laura Poitras has been named the Guest of Honor for the 35th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, set for Nov. 9-20 in the Netherlands. Poitras (Citizenfour, My Country, My Country) will be honored at the Dutch festival with Top 10 and Retrospective programs.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Sofia Coppola Takes on Priscilla Presley’s ELVIS AND ME – Brandy McDonnell reports

Oscar-winning writer-director Sofia Coppola is adapting Priscilla Presley’s best-selling 1985 memoir Elvis and Me into a feature film titled =Priscilla. The biopic will star Cailee Spaeny as Priscilla and Jacob Elordi as Elvis. In the 1980s, Presley’s book quickly became an international sensation as a chronicle of her passionate marriage to The King. She was just 14 years old when she caught the eye of Elvis, who was 24 at the time, during his military service in Germany. They married in 1967, and welcomed a daughter, Lisa Marie, before splitting up in 1972.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Dede Gardner to be honored at Austin Film Fest 2022 – Brandy McDonnell reports

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. As co-president of the production company Plan B Entertainment, Gardner has produced numerous Academy Award-nominated and winning films.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Laura Poitras’ ALL THE BEAUTY AND THE BLOODSHED is NYFF’s Centerpiece – Brandy McDonnell reports

In her new film, Laura Poitras weaves two narratives: the fabled life and career of era-defining artist Nan Goldin and the downfall of the Sackler family, the pharmaceutical dynasty Goldin personally took on in her fight to hold accountable those responsible for the deadly opioid epidemic.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Chinonye Chukwu’s TILL premieres at NYFF opening weekend Brandy McDonnell reports

Chinonye Chukwu’s anticipated feature film Till will have its world premiere at the 60th New York Film Festival on opening weekend. The 60th New York Film Festival, presented by Film at Lincoln Center, will take place Sept. 30-Oct. 16. Till” tells the true story of Mamie Till Mobley’s relentless pursuit of justice for her 14-year-old son Emmett Till. In 1955, Emmett was lynched while visiting his cousins in Mississippi. In Mamie’s poignant journey of grief turned to action, audiences will witness the universal power of a mother’s courage and its ability to change the world.

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