WEEK IN WOMEN: CODA, BLACK WIDOW and others Receive ReFrame Stamp – Brandy McDonnell reports

This year’s best picture Academy Award winner CODA, 2021 best picture Oscar winner Nomadland and fellow Academy Award winners The Power of the Dog, Encanto, Cruella and West Side Story have met the criteria to receive the ReFrame Stamp.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street Prods partners with Audible – Brandy McDonnell reports

Audible Inc., a leading creator and provider of premium audio storytelling, has announced three scripted multi-cast Audible Original productions with Emmy-winning Simpson Street Productions, helmed by founder and Emmy-, SAG- and Golden Globe-nominated actor, director, producer and activist Kerry Washington and Simpson Street Executive Vice President and Academy Award-nominated producer Pilar Savone. The first of the three Audible Original podcasts, ranging from romantic comedies to epic science fiction tales, will include Prophecy, launching this year, followed by Between Me and You and The Last Black Queen.

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Despite Progress, Europe’s Film Industry Struggles with Gender Equality – Jennifer Green reports

The European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) reports that women represented fewer than one out of four film directors in Europe (23%) between 2016 and 2020. Females made up slightly more producers (33%) and screenwriters (27%), but struggled to have a significant presence in technical positions like cinematographers (10%) and composers (9%). Women directed fewer films than men and were less likely to be sole directors of feature films than their male counterparts. Female producers were involved in 44% of European feature films (alone or in teams), but on average women tended to produce slightly fewer films than men. Women also made up less than half (39%) of lead roles. The Paris-based “Femmes de cinema” Lab initiative’s 2021 study shows that “on average and even today, women are less paid, less subsidized, less programmed than men, and female characters are still too often poor or stereotypical.”

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Roberta Munroe helms Ashland Indie Film Fest – Brandy McDonnell reports

Roberta Munroe recently was appointed as artistic director of Oregon’s Ashland Independent Film Festival, celebrating its 21st anniversary this year. Munroe previously led programming for several premier global film events, including Sundance, Los Angeles Film Festival and Independent Filmmaker Project New York. She has also produced more than 40 projects and directed six films.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Raffaella Carrà showcased in new documentary – Brandy McDonnell reports

Iconic Italian performer Raffaella Carrà will have her life and career showcased in an upcoming in-depth documentary from Fremantle. Known as “the lady” or “the queen” of Italian television, she built a seven-decade career as an actor, recording artist, TV host and model. Carrà eventually emerged as a symbol of women’s liberation and women’s rights. Carrà rose to fame in her native country in the 1970s as a singer and dancer by co-hosting the variety show Canzonissima. On the show, she famously became the first woman to expose her midriff on TV in Italy, prompting an outcry from the Vatican and significantly boosting her profile along with ratings.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Mary Parent honored with PGA’s Selznick Award – Brandy McDonnell reports

Film producer Mary Parent will be honored with the Producers Guild of America’s 2022 David O. Selznick Achievement Award. She will accept the honor at the 33rd Annual Producers Guild Awards March 19 at the Fairmont Century Plaza. Parent is the vice chairman of worldwide production at Legendary Entertainment, where she oversees all aspects of film. She has been actively involved in films amassing more than $20 billion at the global box office. She most recently produced critically acclaimed filmmaker Denis Villeneuve’s Dune.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Disco Queen Donna Summer Rocks New Doc – Brandy McDonnell reports

The late “Queen of Disco” Donna Summer will be the subject of a new feature documentary titled “Donna” from Polygram Entertainment, the film and television division of Universal Music Group. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams (Music by Prudence, Life, Animated) will direct the documentary alongside Summer’s daughter, Brooklyn Sudano.

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