WEEK IN WOMEN: Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander women in the lead – Brandy McDonnel reports

Despite promising signs of improved representation, the movie business clearly has plenty of work to do on behalf of Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. With the exception of blockbusters starring Dwayne Johnson, a new study found that Hollywood’s most popular movies have rarely featured Asians or Pacific Islanders in leading roles.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Gabourey Sidibe to direct PALE HORSE – Brandy McDonnell reports

Academy Award-nominated actor Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) will make her feature film directorial debut with the psychological thriller Pale Horse, which is scheduled to lens in autumn. Set in the Pacific Northwest, Pale Horse centers on Naia, a reclusive African-American author who writes celebrated books for young adults but is living with multiple sclerosis. She becomes tangled up a sinister mystery when she provides shelter for the man who escaped captivity with her long-missing brother.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Women achieve historic wins at 2021 Academy Awards – Brandy McDonnell reports

At the 2021 Academy Awards ceremonies, women earned a record 17 trophies, the most in Oscar history. Considering the ceremony awarded 30 male winners, that means women received 36% of the statuettes awarded in the 23 competitive categories. Compare that to 2020, when a third of the 39 winners were women, and 2019, when 15 of the 54 winners were women, which is 27.8%.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Reba McEntire’s two upcoming Lifetime movies – Brandy McDonnell reports

Country Music Hall of Famer and Golden Globe-nominated actress Reba McEntire — along with her familiar powerhouse voice — is joining Lifetime’s 2021 original holiday movie slate as the star of Christmas in Tune, the first project in a two-picture deal that the multi-hyphenate recently signed with Lifetime to star in and produce films for the cable network.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Women Costumers Score Top Awards – Brandy McDonnell reports

Women creatives took top prizes for their work on films about female characters at the 23rd annual Costume Designers Guild Awards, where some winners addressed the need for more equitable pay for their work. The prolific Roth moves into the front-runner position for this year’s best costume design Oscar when the Academy Awards.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Melanie Addington redirects from Oxford to Wichita – Brandy McDonnell reports

Melanie Addington, longtime executive director of Mississippi’s Oxford Film Festival, has accepted the executive director position at the Tallgrass Film Festival in Wichita, Kansas. Under Addington’s guidance, Oxford Film Festival became one of the first film festivals in the country to offer in-person screenings and successfully rolled out a new branding of the overarching organization as “OxFilm,” reflecting its growth as a year-round entity with programs the local filmmaking community and film fans have embraced

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Opening April 5 to April 9, 2021 – Margaret Barton-Fumo previews

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists highlights movies made by and about women. With a vigilant eye toward current releases, we maintain an interactive record of films that are pertinent to our interests. Be they female-made or female-centric productions, they are films that represent a wide range of women’s stories and present complex female characters. As such, they are movies that will most likely be reviewed on AWFJ.org and will qualify for consideration for our annual EDA Awards, celebrating exceptional women working in film behind and in front of the camera.

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