Bentonville FF: Dawn Valadez on THE PUSHOUTS – Betsy Bozdech interviews

As both a filmmaker and a social worker, Dawn Valadez has spent her career focusing on the experiences of young people of color. Those experiences are front and center in The Pushouts, which looks at how the system fails so many at-risk kids — but celebrates the mentors and decisions that can help disrupt the cycle. Valadez, who co-directed and produced the film was at the 5th annual Bentonville Film Festival to screen The Pushouts and talk about its mission of social justice.

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RUST CREEK – Review by Leslie Combemale

Female moviegoers have had to learn to accept that they aren’t going to be represented three-dimensionally in a large percentage of films released. This is particularly true in thrillers, which are often made inside the studio system. Watching Rust Creek, a realization dawns about how rare it is to see a capable, strong everywoman work her way through a dangerous situation that has put her very life at risk.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: NBC’s First Alternative Director’s Program: All Women – Brandy McDonnell reports

NBC has announced the inaugural class for its landmark Alternative Directors Program, billed as the industry’s first directing pipeline program for unscripted shows. All participants are women! The program gives experienced female and ethnically diverse directors access to expand their repertoire of formats and directing styles, with the goal of opening the door to future projects

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Maggie Gyllenhaal to Direct Adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s THE LOST DAUGHTER – Brandy McDonnell reports

Maggie Gyllenhaal will make her directorial debut with a film adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s 2006 novel The Lost Daughter. Under her Pilot Productions banner, Gyllenhaal also will develop the script and produce alongside Pie Films’ Talia Kleinhendler and Osnat Handelsman-Keren.

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From Comic-Con: #FemaleFilmmakerFunko for #FemaleFilmmakerFriday — Leslie Combemale comments

As an avid supporter of women in film, producing the annual Women Rocking Hollywoodpanel at Comic-Con is the highlight of my professional year, especially because I’ve found Comic-Con to be receptive and progressive about recognizing women in film. Comic-Con has pushed me to become a better critic and a bigger fan. Over the years, I’ve become an obsessive collector of Funko Pops, those wonderful figures that memorialize the movie icons I love. Continue reading…

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In The Muck of It: The Films of Ann Turner — Profile by Alexandra Heller Nicholas

I’m sitting in a small private booth at the Australian Mediatheque at Melbourne’s Australian Centre for the Moving Image, waiting

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