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! Continue reading…

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SPOTLIGHT September 2017: MaryAnn Johanson, FlickFilosopher.com Film Critic and Activist

maj glamPioneering film critic MaryAnn Johanson celebrates the twentieth anniversary of her popular FilckFilosopher.com website this month. We salute her for distinct, influential and prolific feminist film criticism in our fiercely competitive and male-dominated industry.

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SPOTLIGHT August 2017: Kathryn Bigelow, Auteur, Oscar Winner, Director of DETROIT

bigelow head 2Although she’s said she prefers to be considered a ‘director’ rather than a ‘female director,’ Kathryn Bigelow consistently shatters the movie industry’s gender-based barriers. Her name is associated with a roster of ‘first and/or only woman to win…’ accomplishments. And, now, there’s Detroit. Continue reading…

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SPOTLIGHT July 2017: Claire McCarthy, Filmmaker, OPHELIA

claire mccarthy 2Across her filmography, Australian filmmaker Claire McCarthy returns with unwavering commitment to the intersection of female experience, spirituality and trauma, revealing on screen a signature style that makes her take on Ophelia to be one of the most highly anticipated releases of 2018.

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SPOTLIGHT June 2017: Amber Tamblyn, Actress, Poet, Director of PAINT IT BLACK

amber tamblyn 1Amber Tamblyn has been in the spotlight since childhood, but has reached beyond her privileged circumstances to explore humanity and offer work that makes our journey through life richer, more authentic and serves as a primer for women to expand their own potential.

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