WEEK IN WOMEN: Sundance Film Festival Hits 50-50 – Brandy McDonnell reports

The 2021 Sundance slate includes 71 feature-length films, representing 29 countries and 38 first-time feature filmmakers. The films were selected from 14,092 submissions, including 3,500 feature-length films. Of the feature film submissions, 1,377 were from the U.S. and 2,132 were international. 50% of the 10 directors in this year’s U.S. Dramatic Competition identify as women, while 40% identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color). In addition, 64% of the 11 directors in this year’s U.S. Documentary Competition identify as women, while 73% identify as BIPOC and 9% as LGBTQ+.

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CLIMATE OF THE HUNTER – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Like most of Reece’s movies, Climate of the Hunter mostly consists of people talking in rooms, but, as usual, the characters are so intriguing, the conversations are so memorable – and strongly spiked with twisted, deadpan humor – and the visuals are so unexpectedly striking that the movie holds the viewer in a peculiar thrall. And it keeps you guessing for the entire 90-minute run time.

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WOLFWALKERS – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Set in 1650, “Wolfwalkers” takes place in in the county of Kilkenny in a walled Irish city under oppressive English rule in the midst of the wilderness. Newcomer and English lass Robyn Goodfellowe (voice of Honor Kneafsey) longs to leave behind kitchen duty and join her father, Bill Goodfellowe (Sean Bean), on his daily duties as the town’s designated wolf hunter.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Gotham Awards Best Feature Noms All from Women Directors – Brandy McDonnell reports

The Independent Filmmaker Project has announced the nominees for the 30th Annual IFP Gotham Awards, and this is the first time that all five nominated films in the best feature category are from women directors: The Assistant from Kitty Green, First Cow from Kelly Reichardt, Never Rarely Sometimes Always from Eliza Hittman, Nomadland from Chloé Zhao and Relic from Natalie Erika James.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Moss to Make Adaptation of Katie Hill’s SHE WILL RISE – Brandy McDonnell reports

Two-time Golden Globe winner Elisabeth Moss will star in and produce a film adaptation of former Congresswoman Katie Hill’s memoir She Will Rise: Becoming a Warrior in the Battle for True Equality. The Emmy Award winner is teaming with writer Michael Seitzman (North Country) and producer Jason Blum for the streaming film.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: DuVernay Adapts Wilkerson’s CASTE for Netflix – Brandy McDonnell reports

Ava DuVernay will direct, write and produce the feature adaptation of Isabel Wilkerson’s acclaimed new book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. The new project will reunite the Oscar-nominated moviemaker with Netflix, although it will be her first feature film for the streaming giant.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Regina King builds Oscar buzz for ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI – Brandy McDonnell reports

Amazon Studios has set a release date for Oscar and Emmy winner Regina King’s feature directorial debut, One Night in Miami, which has already earned widespread acclaim and Oscar buzz on the festival circuit. The celebrated film will open in select theaters on Dec. 25, followed by a global launch on Jan. 15, exclusively on Prime Video.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Hollywood Commission Challenges Claims of Diversity Accomplishment – Brandy McDonnell reports

The Hollywood Commission, chaired by Anita Hill, found a gulf between what show business claims it has done to close workplace gaps in diversity and inclusion and what the industry has actually accomplished in that arena. “Men in Hollywood appear to inhabit a parallel universe when it comes to their overwhelmingly positive perception of progress in welcoming and valuing diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives,” the Hollywood Commission said in its second report.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Reba McEntire Cooks Up FRIED GREEN TOMATOES Series – Brandy McDonnell reports

Country Music Hall of Famer, Golden Globe-nominated actor and Kennedy Center honoree Reba McEntire is attached to star in a series based on the acclaimed book and movie “Fried Green Tomatoes,” with Norman Lear executive producing, on NBC.

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