WEEK IN WOMEN: Women Costumers Score Top Awards – Brandy McDonnell reports

Women creatives took top prizes for their work on films about female characters at the 23rd annual Costume Designers Guild Awards, where some winners addressed the need for more equitable pay for their work. The prolific Roth moves into the front-runner position for this year’s best costume design Oscar when the Academy Awards.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Melanie Addington redirects from Oxford to Wichita – Brandy McDonnell reportsd

Melanie Addington, longtime executive director of Mississippi’s Oxford Film Festival, has accepted the executive director position at the Tallgrass Film Festival in Wichita, Kansas. Under Addington’s guidance, Oxford Film Festival became one of the first film festivals in the country to offer in-person screenings and successfully rolled out a new branding of the overarching organization as “OxFilm,” reflecting its growth as a year-round entity with programs the local filmmaking community and film fans have embraced

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Toni Collette to direct WRITERS AND LOVERS – Brandy McDonnell reports

Oscar-nominated actor Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense, Hereditary, Knives Out) will make her feature directorial debut with an adaptation of Lily King’s 2020 novel Writers and Lovers. Along with helming, Collette will produce the film under her Vocab Films banner and write the script with Nick Payne (Wanderlust, The Crown). Weiters and Lovers is King’s fifth novel and a New York Times bestseller.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Aisha Tyler slated to direct SILENT JOHN

Aisha Tyler is slated to direct a “socially conscious psychological thriller” titled Silent John. Roxanne Avent Taylor of Hidden Empire Film Group is producing the project. The movie, written by Emmett Hughes, explores “the unholy fanaticism of a man lost in the chasm between faith, the church, and madness.”

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Regina King to Portray Shirley Chisholm – Brandy McDonnell reports

Even as she’s building Oscar buzz for her directorial debut One Night in Miami, Regina King is lining up another big starring role in front of the camera. The Academy Award-winning performer (If Beale Street Could Talk) will portray trailblazing politician Shirley Chisholm — America’s first Black congresswoman — in the upcoming biopic Shirley. The film will be produced by Participant and is expected to begin production later this year.

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Producer Christina Oh talks about Making MINARI – Brandy McDonnell interviews

Although the Oklahoma skies, farmland and woods fill in for Arkansas, achieving authenticity was a high priority for the filmmakers behind Minari. Filmed in the Tulsa area in 2019, Minari has steadily won over moviegoers and earned acclaim over the past year, starting with the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at Sundance Film Festival 2020. It has earned nominations for 10 Critics Choice Awards, six Film Independent Spirit Awards and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. The Oscar buzz continues to build.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Crain’s NY Recognizes Cheryl Duncan & Leslie Fields-Cruz – Brandy McDonnell reports

Crain’s New York Business has unveiled its Notable Black Leaders and Executives list for 2021. The list highlights Black businessmen and women working within the NYC metropolitan area who have impacted and helped the city in significant ways through their professional, civic and philanthropic work. This year’s list includes Leslie Fields-Cruz, executive director of Black Public Media (BPM), and PR powerhouse Cheryl L. Duncan, the founder and CEO of Cheryl Duncan and Company Inc.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Woman-directed films win big at Sundance 2021 – Brandy McDonnell reports

Director and screenwriter Siân Heder’s family drama Coda won four awards in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category: the grand jury prize, the directing prize, the audience award and a special jury prize for best ensemble. Coda is the first film in the history of the Sundance Film Festival to earn all three U.S. Dramatic top prizes.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: DuVernay Adapts Wilkerson’s CASTE for Netflix – Brandy McDonnell reports

Ava DuVernay will direct, write and produce the feature adaptation of Isabel Wilkerson’s acclaimed new book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. The new project will reunite the Oscar-nominated moviemaker with Netflix, although it will be her first feature film for the streaming giant.

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