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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WEEK IN WOMEN: Debbie Allen gets TV Academy Governors Award at Emmys – Brandy McDonnell reports

The Television Academy has announced that entertainment industry trailblazer Debbie Allen will receive the 2021 Governors Award in recognition of her numerous contributions to the television medium through multiple creative forms and her philanthropic endeavors around the world. The entertainment icon was chosen by the Television Academy’s Board of Governors for her unprecedented achievements in television and her commitment to inspire and engage marginalized youth through dance, theater arts and mentorship.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Jennifer Garner’s Netflix partnership includes YES DAY sequel – Brandy McDonnell reports

Netflix and Jennifer Garner will continue to work together through a new partnership across multiple new films for Garner to star in and produce. The deal builds on Netflix’s relationship with the four-time Primetime Emmy Award-nominated performer, who starred in and produced Yes Day, a family comedy also starring Edgar Ramirez and Jenna Ortega.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Sydney Freeland to helm basketball drama REZ BALL – Brandy McDonnell reports

Navajo director Sydney Freeland (Drunktown’s Finest) is helming the Native American basketball drama Rez Ball. The film follows the Chuska Warriors, a Native American high school basketball team from Chuska, New Mexico, that must band together after losing their star player if they want to keep their quest for a state championship alive. It’s an all-American underdog story about Navajo kids and coaches told from the inside-out.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Gotham Awards eliminating gendered acting categories -Brandy McDonnell reports

The New York-based Gotham Film & Media Institute has announced that, beginning this year, its Gotham Awards for acting will no longer be defined by gender. The Best Actor and Best Actress categories for independent feature films will be replaced with Outstanding Lead Performance and Outstanding Supporting Performance. The move to introduce gender-neutral lead and supporting acting awards builds on the legacy of the now 24-year-old Gotham Breakthrough Actor Award – to be renamed “Gotham Breakthrough Performer Award” as of this year – which has been gender-neutral since its inception.

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