WEEK IN WOMEN: Sonia Sebastian Casts Penelope Ann Miller in VIRGIN OF HIGHLAND PARK – Brandy McDonnell reports

Award-winning Spanish filmmaker Sonia Sebastian has cast Golden Globe nominee Penelope Ann Miller and Dermot Mulroney in her upcoming third feature film The Virgin of Highland Park. Co-written by Sebastian and Miguel Alcantud, the indie film follows a virgin teenager who, when she takes a physical to join the soccer team, is astounded to learn that she is pregnant.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Gadot’s Pilot Wave to Launch with IRENA SENDLER – Brandy McDonnell reports

Gal Gadot has teamed with her husband and producing partner Jaron Varsano to form the production company Pilot Wave, which will launch with her starring in the historical thriller Irena Sendler. Irena Sendler will tell the harrowing story of a woman’s brave stand against Nazi Germany’s occupation of Poland and the remarkable network she devised to save and care for 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Latifah receives W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from Harvard – Brandy McDonnell reports

Harvard University will award the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal to Latifah and six other Wednesday through to the Cambridge, Massachusetts, school’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. The award is named after Du Bois, a scholar, writer, editor, and civil rights pioneer who became the first black student to earn a doctorate from Harvard in 1895.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Samuel Goldwyn Films acquires TO THE STARS – Brandy McDonnell reports

Samuel Goldwyn Films has announced that the company has acquired the North American rights to Martha Stephens’ feature film To the Stars. The period drama premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in U.S. Dramatic Competition and has played other festivals worldwide, including the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, where the film had its international premiere, according to a news release.

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Critics Choice Documentary Awards Nominees Announced – Jennifer Merin reports

The Critics Choice Association will once again be honoring the finest achievements in documentaries released in theaters, on TV and on major digital platforms, as determined by the voting of qualified CCA members (Full disclosure: I am a CCA member, along with 21 other AWFJ members) . THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM leads this year with seven nominations, including Best Documentary Feature, John Chester for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Score, Best Narration, and Best Science/Nature Documentary.

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