WEEK IN WOMEN: Jodie Foster to Direct Mona Lisa Heist Flick – Brandy McDonnell reports

Jodie Foster will direct an untitled fact-meets-fiction feature based on the Seymour Reit book The Day They Stole the Mona Lisa. The Mona Lisa crime drama is one of several films moving fast at the Los Angeles Media Fund, which is broadening its footprint with increasingly ambitious feature films, scripted and unscripted series and Broadway productions.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: 2019 Sees More Femme Leads, but Men Have 2/3 More Speaking Rolls – Brandy McDonnell reports

Women made “unprecedented gains” as protagonists in the top-grossing films of 2019, but “moviegoers are still almost twice as likely to see a male character as a female character in a speaking role,” according to a new report from San Diego State University.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Tabitha Jackson is new Sundance Film Festival Director — Brancy McDonnell reports

The Sundance Film Festival has named Tabitha Jackson its new festival director. Jackson, who was previously the Sundance Institute’s documentary program director, was announced as the prestigious American film festival’s new leader during its awards ceremony. She is the first woman, the first person of color and the first Brit to lead the annual independent film festival.

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Women At Sundance 2020: Cause for Celebration – Leslie Combemale reports

The Women at Sundance Celebration will be one of the highlights of my festival. I’m sure that’s true for many of those who attended it. It highlighted not only the work of two American icons, it celebrated new voices of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures, and it did so in the spirit of collaboration and cooperation. That is the essence of the female gaze.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Kathleen Kennedy receives BAFTA Fellowship – Brandy McDonnell reports

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, who has producer of dozens of critically and commercially successful films, will receive prestigious BAFTA fellowship in February, 2020.. It is the highest award bestowed by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, given to an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, games or television, according to a news release.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Cate Blanchett, President of Venice International Film Fest Jury – Brandy McDonnell reports

Two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett will serve as the president of the international jury of the competition at the 77th Venice International Film Festival in September. Led by the Australian actor/producer, the jury will decide on the Golden Lion for best film and other awards.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: New Stats show drop in WoC-directed films – Brandy McDonnell reports

Female director representation may be the highest it’s been in 13 years, but the number of women of color is still low. The percentage of underrepresented directors reached 16.8% in 2019, a drop from 2018’s high watermark of 21.4%. Just four women of color directed a top 100 movie in 2019.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Oscar Noms Lack Diversity, Snub Female Directors – Brandy McDonnell reports

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has faced widespread criticism for the dearth of diversity among the top nominees as well as the exclusion female filmmakers at its upcoming 92nd Annual Academy Awards to be held February 9.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: New CELLULOID CEILING Report shows Uptick – Brandy McDonnell reports

In its 22nd year, the annual San Diego State University Celluloid Ceiling study found that women comprised 20% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 100 domestic grossing films released last year. That was up from 16% in 2018.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Writers Guild Honors Nancy Meyers – Brandy McDonnell reports

Trailblazing screenwriter, director and producer Nancy Meyers, who has created such memorable hit films as Private Benjamin, Something’s Gotta Give, It’s Complicated and The Holiday has been named the recipient of the Writers Guild of America West’s 2020 Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement.

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