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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SPOTLIGHT November 2017: Dee Rees, Independently Epic Filmmaker, Director MUDBOUND

rees head with handWith just three narrative features to her credit, director Dee Rees has made an assured and unique mark on American cinema, bringing talent, skill and creative vision to her work. Releasing this month, Mudbound presents Rees’ intimately emotional style of filmmaking on an epic scale.

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SPOTLIGHT October 2017: Agnès Varda, Filmmaker, Honorary Oscar Recipient, Director of FACES PLACES

agnes vardaAgnès Varda’s creative process reflects her storied career. In 63 years of filmmaking the sole female Nouvelle Vague director has created a vast body of work. Now, at age 89, Varda has a new film and honor to add to her long list of achievements and awards.. Viva Varda!

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