SPOTLIGHT March 2024: JUNE SQUIBB, Kickass Actress and Stuntwoman

There’s no question that women deal with sexism, misogyny, and ageism, particularly in the entertainment industry, but that has not stopped June Squibb. Now in her 90’s, tje Oscar-nominated Squibb stars in Thelma , an action thriller in which she performs her own stunts. She has no plans to slow down. She advises: “Don’t listen to other people. Believe in yourself, and do your own thing.” June Squibb is a testament to the power of determination, the value of standing in our own power, and knowing our own worth. She is an inspiration for all women, regardless of their career, and at any age.

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THELMA (Sundance FF 2024) – Review by Leslie Combemale

There’s something truly badass and subversive about making a movie inspired by the Mission Impossible franchise starring a 93 year old woman. That’s the premise for Thelma, writer/director Josh Margolin’s Sundance release starring June Squibb in her first leading role in a 70-year career. It’s as fun as it sounds, but without sugar-coating the challenges that face us all as we enter our twilight years.

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Sundance FF 2024: Previewing Femme-Helmed Films, Part One – Leslie Combemale reports

January is generally known as the repository for the studios’ least promising releases. January is also the MONTH OF SUNDANCE, where promising film projects are introduced to the public for the first time and some go on to acclaim, winning multiple awards. The rising cost of attendance, the difficulty in getting films accepted (over 14,000 apply, about 100 get a premiere), and the ever-lowering percentage of films picked up for distribution are valid challenges for fest attendees, critics, and filmmakers. However, Sundance still one of the best games in town for female filmmakers and filmmakers of color. Of the first 82 narrative and documentary features announced by the fest, 47% were directed by filmmakers who identify as women, and 45% who identify as people of color.

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