FOUND – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Viewers of the new Netflix documentary “Found” are advised to push play with open hearts and minds — along with a full and open package of tissues. At times almost painfully intimate and emotional, the film follows three teenagers born in China, left in public places by their birth parents and then adopted and raised by American families as they go on a shared journey of self-discovery.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Addison Rae’s multi-pic partnership with Netflix – Brandy McDonnell reports

Addison Rae has entered into a multi-picture creative partnership with Netflix, the streamer recently announced.
The deal comes after Rae made her acting debut in the rom-com remake He’s All That, which debuted on Netflix over the summer. In just one year, Rae, 21, has emerged as the top-earning creator on TikTok. The Louisiana native has amassed more than 100 million followers across social media since November 2019.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Joana Vicente to helm Sundance Institute as new CEO – Brandy McDonnell reports

Longtime filmmaker and executive Joana Vicente will take the helm as the new CEO of the Sundance Institute at the beginning of November. She will be responsible for setting strategies for the institute that embrace the evolving future of storytelling and build on the Sundance’s record of supporting visionary artists with distinct voices in film, theater, film composing, episodic storytelling and emerging media.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Lesli Linka Glatter Elected DGA President – Brandy McDonnell reports

Lesli Linka Glatter, known for helming episodes of acclaimed television series like Mad Men and Homeland, has been elected president of the Directors Guild of America. She is just the second woman elected to head the DGA. Martha Coolidge (Real Genius, Valley Girl) was the first female president of the DGA, serving in the post from 2002 to 2003.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Lumiere Festival honors Kinuyo Tanaka with retrospective – Brandy McDonnell reports

The late, legendary Japanese actor and filmmaker Kinuyo Tanaka will be honored with a retrospective at the 2021 Lumiere Festival, set for Oct. 9-17 in Lyon, France. [Lumiere Festival photo][/caption]The late, legendary Japanese actor and filmmaker Kinuyo Tanaka will be honored with a retrospective at the 2021 Lumiere Festival, set for Oct. 9-17 in Lyon, France.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Jane Campion receives 2021 Lumière Award – Brandy McDonnell reports

New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion will be honored with the Lumière Award during the 13th edition of the Lumière Festival, which will take place Oct. 9-17 in Lyon, France. Known for her “extraordinary aesthetic and dazzling poetry,” Campion will receive the 13th Lumière Award. She will be the first woman director to receive the prestigious prize.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Kerry Washington Lands Diane Cardwell surfing memoir ROCKAWAY – Brandy McDonnell reports

Primetime Emmy Award-winning performer Kerry Washington will star in and produce a feature film adaptation of Diane Cardwell’s memoir Rockaway for Netflix. The project will continue Washington’s burgeoning relationship with Netflix: She previously appeared in the musical adaptation The Prom and the drama American Son for the streamer, and she stars in the upcoming Netflix film The School For Good And Evil.

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