Shonda Rhimes: SeriesFest and Shondaland’s Women Directing Mentorship

SeriesFest and Shondaland have partnered for the past two years on the Women Directing Mentorship, a competition designed to discover aspiring women directors with a unique voice and provide a launchpad for their career. The Women Directing Mentorship is anchored with the opportunity to shadow a director for an episode of a Shondaland original series.

Read more

WEEK IN WOMEN: Andrea Arnold Reunites with IFC for COW – Brandy McDonnell reports

IFC Films is acquiring North American rights to Cow, a new documentary directed by Academy Award-winning English filmmaker Andrea Arnold. Shot over seven years, “Cow” had its world premiere in the newly created Cannes Premiere section at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in France.

Read more

WEEK IN WOMEN: Anna Kendrick to star in Mary Nighy’s ALICE DARLING – Brandy McDonnell reports

Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick will star in and executive produce the femme-focused psychological thriller Alice, Darling, now in production in Canada. Mary Nighy’s feature film directorial debut focuses on Alice (Kendrick), who is behaving strangely and keeping secrets about her mercurial boyfriend from her two best friends.

Read more

WEEK IN WOMEN: Jamie Lee Curtis Gets Lifetime Golden Lion Award at Venice Film Fest – Brandy McDonnell reports

Iconic American actress Jamie Lee Curtis has been selected to receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 78th Venice International Film Festival, set for Sept. 1-11 in Italy. The award ceremony of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement will take place on Sept. 8 in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema (Lido di Venezia) before the out-of-competition screening of Curtis’ new movie Halloween Kills

Read more

WEEK IN WOMEN: Dawn Porter directs Cirque du Soleil documentary – Brandy McDonnell reports

Director Dawn Porter is joining forces with MGM Television to produce a feature documentary about Cirque du Soleil as the live entertainment company makes a comeback after the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to shutter operations and declare bankruptcy. The documentary will provide a behind-the-scenes look at Cirque du Soleil’s resurgence after the most difficult period in the global circus’ history.

Read more

WEEK IN WOMEN: Kyra Sedgwick to direct Rebecca Banner’s SPACE ODDITY – Brandy McDonnell reports

Primetime Emmy Award winner Kyra Sedgwick is directing the science fiction romantic comedy Space Oddity from Rebecca Banner’s acclaimed 2016 Black List screenplay. The independent production is filming in Rhode Island. Space Oddity is the first feature Sedgwick and Valerie Stadler are producing under their banner Big Swing Productions.

Read more

WEEK IN WOMEN: Julia Stiles to helm WISH YOU WERE HERE Brandy McDonnell reports

Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actor Julia Stiles is partnering with Phiphen Pictures for Wish You Were Here, which will mark Stiles’ feature film directorial debut. “I’ve been looking for the right story to direct as a feature for a while and have finally found it with Renée Carlino’s Wish You Were Here,” states Stiles.

Read more

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.

Read more