WEEK IN WOMEN: Melanie Addington redirects from Oxford to Wichita – Brandy McDonnell reportsd

Melanie Addington, longtime executive director of Mississippi’s Oxford Film Festival, has accepted the executive director position at the Tallgrass Film Festival in Wichita, Kansas. Under Addington’s guidance, Oxford Film Festival became one of the first film festivals in the country to offer in-person screenings and successfully rolled out a new branding of the overarching organization as “OxFilm,” reflecting its growth as a year-round entity with programs the local filmmaking community and film fans have embraced

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Youn Yuh-jung makes SAG history – Brandy McDonald reports

Minari star Youn Yuh-jung made history when she won this year’s Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, April 5, 2021. Youn becomes the first Asian winner and first Asian woman winner in any individual SAG movie category.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Toni Collette to direct WRITERS AND LOVERS – Brandy McDonnell reports

Oscar-nominated actor Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense, Hereditary, Knives Out) will make her feature directorial debut with an adaptation of Lily King’s 2020 novel Writers and Lovers. Along with helming, Collette will produce the film under her Vocab Films banner and write the script with Nick Payne (Wanderlust, The Crown). Weiters and Lovers is King’s fifth novel and a New York Times bestseller.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Fennell and Zhao make AMPAS history – Brandy McDonnell reports

Nomadland‘s Chloe Zhao and Promising Young Woman‘s Emerald Fennell are now part of Academy Awards history. For the first time, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has nominated two women in the directing category, with Zhao and Fennell picking up nods in the coveted category.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Kelly Hu to star in BREAST CANCER BUCKET LIST – Brandy McDonnell reports

Kelly Hu (The Scorpion King, the X-Men movies, Netflix’s Finding ‘Ohana) will lead the feature film Breast Cancer Bucket List. Hu will star as Brenda Lee, who is facing her mortality after she is diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer and is determined to find her daughter Talia, whom she gave up for adoption as an baby..

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Aisha Tyler slated to direct SILENT JOHN

Aisha Tyler is slated to direct a “socially conscious psychological thriller” titled Silent John. Roxanne Avent Taylor of Hidden Empire Film Group is producing the project. The movie, written by Emmett Hughes, explores “the unholy fanaticism of a man lost in the chasm between faith, the church, and madness.”

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Regina King to Portray Shirley Chisholm – Brandy McDonnell reports

Even as she’s building Oscar buzz for her directorial debut One Night in Miami, Regina King is lining up another big starring role in front of the camera. The Academy Award-winning performer (If Beale Street Could Talk) will portray trailblazing politician Shirley Chisholm — America’s first Black congresswoman — in the upcoming biopic Shirley. The film will be produced by Participant and is expected to begin production later this year.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Fortson and McAdams cast in Blume’s ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET – Brandy McDonnell reports

Abby Ryder Fortson, the 12-year-old actor best-known for her scene-stealing performances in Marvel’s “Ant-Man” movies, will play Margaret Simon and Rachel McAdams, an Academy Award nominee for the 2015 film “Spotlight,” will play Margaret’s mother, Barbara, in Lionsgate’s highly anticipated adaptation of Judy Blume’s classic novel Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

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Producer Christina Oh talks about Making MINARI – Brandy McDonnell interviews

Although the Oklahoma skies, farmland and woods fill in for Arkansas, achieving authenticity was a high priority for the filmmakers behind Minari. Filmed in the Tulsa area in 2019, Minari has steadily won over moviegoers and earned acclaim over the past year, starting with the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at Sundance Film Festival 2020. It has earned nominations for 10 Critics Choice Awards, six Film Independent Spirit Awards and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. The Oscar buzz continues to build.

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