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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SPOTLIGHT May 2017: Sheila Nevins, President HBO Documentary Films, Producer and Author

nevins headThere ‘s little Sheila Nevins hasn’t accomplished in her chosen field. She’s one of the truly independent spirits in documentary filmmaking, whose passion and vision consistently create excellence. As she adds author to her impressive list of achievements, AWFJ SPOTLIGHTs Sheila Nevins for May, 2017.

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SPOTLIGHT April, 2017: Katell Quillévéré, Filmmaker, HEAL THE LIVING

katell head shot 2Katell Quillévéré’s unique vision offers films that delve with clear-eyed directness into the joys and complications of our connections with others. Quillévéré’s growing maturity as an artist promises more opportunities for audiences to reflect on their own lives in a meaningful way through her work. Read more…

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SPOTLIGHT March 2017: Amy Hobby, Feminist Film Producer and Activist

amy hobby head 1Oscar and Emmy-winning producer Amy Hobby uses success in achieving her career goals as a platform for helping other women in film to achieve theirs. We applaud Hobby’s commitment to creating opportunity for women filmmakers to tell women’s stories and we look forward to seeing what she’ll do as Tribeca Film Institute’s newly appointed Executive Director. Read on…

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