SPOTLIGHT October 2018: Shauna Hardy Mishaw, Executive Director Whistler Film Festival

Shauna Hardy Mishaw is a movie mogul who neither produces nor directs movies. Nor does she write, work crew or appear in them. Her extraordinary industry impact comes from her work as Executive Director of Canada’s Whistler Film Festival, where she has consistently opened the doors of opportunity for emerging cinema artists, especially women.

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SPOTLIGHT 9/18: Rungano Nyoni, Filmmaker

awfj spotlight black littleRungano Nyoni’s debut feature, I Am Not A Witch could be described as bold filmmaking. The story of an eight-year-old Zambian girl accused of witchcraft is both visceral drama and intelligent, powerful social commentary. Yet for writer/director Nyoni, it was simply a narrative she felt compelled to bring to an audience.

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SPOTLIGHT AUGUST 2018: Emily Mortimer, Actress, Producer, Screenwriter and Loyal Feminist Colleague

awfj spotlight black little Emily Mortimer stars in Isabel Coixet’s The Bookshop, opening August 24. The indie drama is the latest triumph in Mortimer’s extraordinary career as a feminist actress-producer-screenwriter who hasn’t let the daunting challenges of dealing with the male-dominated movie business harden her heart.

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SPOTLIGHT July 2018: Jennifer Fox, Autobiographical Feminist Filmmaker, THE TALE

awfj spotlight black littleThere are many terms that one could apply to Jennifer Fox—courageous, determined, questioning—but the one she prefers is curious. Fox, whose breathtaking first feature, The Tale, dives into her own history of child sexual abuse, has let her curious nature lead her all over the world to find stories that illuminate both the particular and the universal. Continue reading…

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SPOTLIGHT June 2018: Andrea Riseborough, Actress, Director, Producer, Outspoken Activist

awfj spotlight black littleAndrea Riseborough’s filmography exemplifies strong female characters and diversity on screen. Dedicated, accomplished and passionate as a feminist actor/producer, Riseborough now adds writing/directing to her arsenal, making her a quadruple protagonist for gender equality in a movie industry that still underrepresents and misrepresents women. Continue reading…

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SPOTLIGHT May 2018: Jessica Thompson, Indie Filmmaker, THE LIGHT OF THE MOON

awfj spotlight black little When Jessica Thompson won the 2017’ SXSW Audience Award for her gritty debut drama The Light of the Moon, she wasn’t exactly expecting it. “I didn’t think it was funny enough,” she said of the film, a New York story that follows a woman as she grapples with the aftermath of a brutal rape. While the subject matter is dark, Thompson’s critically acclaimed film approaches it with subtlety and humor. Continue reading…

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SPOTLIGHT April 2018: Lynne Ramsey, Glaswegian, Director of YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE

awfj spotlight black littleScottish auteur Lynne Ramsay has created distinctively lyrical, deeply disturbing, and always unforgettable films about tormented people. Many film buffs consider her to be one of the greatest living film directors. Her latest, You Were Never Really Here opens this month. Continue reading…

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SPOTLIGHT March 2018: Rachel Morrison, Cinematographer, Oscar Nominee for MUDBOUND

awfj spotlight black littleBringing a moving image to life takes much more acquired technical skill. Capturing that collection of indelible images requires an understated ability to tap into the director’s vision and the actors’ emotions to produce breathtaking visual poetry. Cinematographer Rachel Morrison’s impressive work has long exhibited these traits.

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SPOTLIGHT February 2018: Daniela Vega, Star of A FANTASTIC WOMAN, Chile’s Oscar Contender

awfj spotlight black littleTrailblazers who clear the way for others to follow in their footsteps, are often reluctant to draw attention to themselves. Their motivation is simply to be allowed to be themselves. So it is with Daniela Vega, the first openly transgender actress and model in Chile, and star of the Oscar-nominated A Fantastic Woman.

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SPOTLIGHT January 2018: Mattie Do, Lao Filmmaker, Oscar Contender for DEAREST SISTER

mattie do head 1Mattie Do’s name signifies a series of impressive firsts: Lao’s first woman director, helmer of the first Lao movies to play at international film festivals, and more recently, her latest film Dearest Sister (Nong hak) is Lao’s first submission to The Oscars’ Best Foreign Language category.

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