SPOTLIGHT November 2015: Alicia Vikander, Actress and It Girl

vikander 1With seven films released this year, Vikander is 2015’s ‘It Girl.’ What caught our eye is her effortless class. Whether corseted for a period drama or kicking butt in 60s mod gear, she exudes timeless, Old Hollywood style that audiences and filmmakers — and we — can’t get enough of. Read on…

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SPOTLIGHT October 2015: Reed Morano, Director/Cinematographer, MEADOWLAND

reed 1With her excellent first feature Meadowland opening this month, acclaimed cinematographer Reed Morano amps her behind the camera achievements. With her next project already in the works, she’s proving herself to be a formidable director about whom we’re likely to be honoring for years to come. Read on…

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SPOTLIGHT September 2015: Amandla Stenberg, Actress, Activist In the Making

amandla 2At age 16, Amandla Stenberg stands beside AWFJ’s previously SPOTLIGHTed champions of diversity and feminism. Since Stenberg burst onto the scene with her portrayal of Rue in the first Hunger Games movie, she’s become a leading force in conversations surrounding cultural appropriation and the need for intersectional feminism.

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SPOTLIGHT August 2015: Natalie Portman, Actress, Activist and Crusader for Women Directors

portman excerptBeing an Oscar-winning actress isn’t the reason Natalie Portman is this month’s SPOTLIGHT. In addition to long-time advocacy work for a number of causes—animal rights, female education, and mircofinance among them—Portman is an outspoken supporter of the need for women directors. Read on…

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SPOTLIGHT July 2015: CYNTHIA LÓPEZ, New York City Media and Entertainment Commissioner

cynthia lopez pretty headFor Cynthia López, love of film goes hand-in-hand with love of public service. Noting her commitment to diversity, AWFJ puts López in our SPOTLIGHT to celebrate her extraordinary accomplishments during her first year on the job as NYC’s Media and Entertainment Commissioner. Read on…

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SPOTLIGHT June 2015: GEENA DAVIS, Actress, Activist, Festival Co-Founder

geenaIt’s never a bad time to take a moment to appreciate Geena Davis. Throughout her career, she’s brought iconic female characters to the big screen. But focusing AWFJ’s Spotlight on Davis at this time is a particularly fitting tribute to the Oscar-winning actress, coming as it does in the wake of Davis’ first annual Bentonville Film Festival. Read on…

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