AWFJ Welcomes New Members in 2021 – Jennifer Merin reports

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is welcoming four outstanding female film journalists as new members, starting in January 2021. They are film critics, commentators and reporters who hail from across the U.S. and Canada, and represent a wide range of media platforms, including popular and erudite publications, daily newspapers and other print journals, broadcast, podcast and online outlets.

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Whistler Film Festival 2020 EDA Award Winners – Jennifer Merin reports

For the eighth consecutive year, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists has had the honor to partner with Whistler Film Festival to recognize women filmmakers with presentation of EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Feature Film and Best Female-Directed Short at the 2020 festival, held online December 1 to 20, 2020.

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Whistler Film Festival 2020: EDA Award Nominees and AWFJ Juries – Jennifer Merin reports

For the eighth consecutive year, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists has the honor to partner with Whistler Film Festival to recognize women filmmakers with presentation of EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Feature Film and Best Female-Directed Short at the 2020 festival, held virtually from December 1 to 20, 2020.

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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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WEEK IN WOMEN: Wonder Women Gadot and Jenkins Reteam for CLEOPATRA

Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins are reteaming to tell the story of Cleopatra. Paramount Pictures has won an auction for the epic Cleopatra, besting Universal, Warner Bros, Netflix and Apple. The historical drama will be penned by Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island), which means we will finally get a major motion picture that tells Cleopatra’s story from a female perspective.

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