WEEK IN WOMEN: Granik, Ramsay and Jenkins Nominated for Spirit Awards Best Director

Film Independent has announced the nominations for the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards, and three of the five finalists in the best director category are women. This is the first time in Spirit Awards history that more women than men have been nominated for best director.

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AWARDS INTELLIGENCER: Early Oscars Buzz for LEAVE NO TRACE — Jennifer Merin reports

Beloved by Sundance and other top film festivals, as well as by the Academy and indie awards organizations and a long list of awards-presenting critics groups, Debra Granik is attracting early Oscars buzz for Leave No Trace, her third narrative feature. AWFJ selected Leave No Trace as Movie of the Week for June 29, and an informal poll of AWFJ members shows that the film is placing high on most members’ lists of best 2018 films to date. AWFJ says Leave No Trace has legs that will lead to Oscars, come awards season

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AWFJ @ SFF Filmmaker Forum: Storytelling Skill Sets For Documentarians — Liz Whittemore Reports

[caption id="attachment_11995" align="alignleft" width="150"]Debra GranikFilmmakers Debra Granik, Tory Stewart, Steve London, Marie-Lou Gingras and Mark Schuman, and IDFA film consultant Jannie Langbroek talk about how a filmmaker’s skill sets shape storytelling style. Jennifer Merin moderates the panel discussion at the AWFJ Filmmaker Forum @ SFF 2015. Read on…

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STRAY DOG Wins EDA Award @ Salem Film Fest 2015 – Jennifer Merin reports

Returning to Salem Film Fest (March 5-12, 2015) for the fourth consecutive year, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists has presented AWFJ EDA Awards to two outstanding female-directed documentaries, naming Debra Granik’s Stray Dog as Best Female-Directed Film, and awarding a special mention to BORN TO FLY: Elizabeth Streb vs Gravity, directed by Catherine Gund. Read on…

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