WEEK IN WOMEN: Lucy Walker’s MOUNTAIN QUEEN Debuts on Netflix – Brandy McDonnell reports

Directed by two-time Academy Award nominee Lucy Walker, the documentary Mountain Queen: The Summits of Lhakpa Sherpa is debuting on July 31 on Netflix. The film spotlights the two different lives of Lhakpa Sherpa, who works as a dishwasher at a Whole Foods in Connecticut, but who is also the first Nepali woman to climb Mount Everest and survive.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: MASTERMIND: TO THINK LIKE A KILLER, from EPs Dakota and Elle Fanning, debuts on Hulu – Brandy McDonnell reports

Mastermind: To Think Like A Killer is billed as providing a fascinating new perspective on the woman whose crime hunting innovations changed history. To stop serial killers, psychiatric nurse and professor Dr. Ann Burgess must first learn to think like one. With unprecedented access to the mastermind behind the development of modern serial-killer profiling, the series tells Burgess’ tenacious story and her compassion for victims which puts her at the center of solving America’s most infamous true-crime cases.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Film Independent’s 2024 Amplifier Grant Recipients – Brandy McDonnell reports

Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, has announced the six Fellows and their projects selected for its Amplifier Fellowship. The Amplifier Fellowship program provides direct support to emerging and mid-career Black or African American filmmakers. The 2024 Film Independent Amplifier Fellowship is supported by the Netflix Fund for Creative Equity, This year, five of the six fellows are women.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Diane Warren honored by Songwriters Hall of Fame – Brandy McDonnell reports

A 15-time Oscar nominee for best original song, Diane Warren has been named the 2024 recipient of the Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. She will receive the esteemed honor at the the Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala, slated for June 13 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. The Johnny Mercer Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Songwriters Hall of Fame, is exclusively reserved for a songwriter or songwriting team who has already been inducted in a prior year and whose body of work is of such high quality and impact that it upholds the gold standard set by the legendary Mercer.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: April Blair’s RANSOM CANYON bought by Netflix – Brandy McDonnell reports

April Blair, known for her work on Gossip Girl, Wednesday and All American is the writer, creator and executive producer on a new Netflix drama series called Ransom Canyon, starring Josh Duhamel and Minka Kelly and based on the books by best-selling Texas author Jodi Thomas. Netflix’s series order is for 10 hourlong episodes. Set against the rugged expanse of Texas Hill Country, Ransom Canyon” will be a romance-fueled family drama and contemporary Western saga that follows the intersecting lives of three ranching families.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Devery Jacobs to receive Breakthrough Award at AXT TV Fest – Brandy McDonnell reports

Devery Jacobs will be honored at the 2024 ATX TV Festival, taking place in Austin, Texas from May 30-June 2. Jacobs, who is Mohawk, will receive the festival’s annual Breakthrough Award, which recognizes an individual whose creative voice has made a substantial and unique impact on the current moment in TV and whose work exemplifies the emotional, entertaining, and artistic possibilities of the medium.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Greta Gerwig serves as 2024 Cannes Film Festival jury president – Brandy McDonnell reports

Following a year in which she beat most every box-office record with her film Barbie, American director, screenwriter and actor Greta Gerwig will preside over the feature film competition jury at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival.The 77th Festival de Cannes will take place from May 14-25 in France. In less than 15 years, Gerwig has gained recognition in American and worldwide cinema. Originally from Sacramento, California, but a New Yorker by adoption, she dreamed of being a playwright but has crafted her own path in film.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Janine Sherman Barrois’ THE BIG CIGAR set for Apple TV+ – Brandy McDonnell reports

Janine Sherman Barrois’ The Big Cigar, the highly anticipated limited drama series that chronicles the story of Black Panther leader Huey P. Newton’s escape to Cuba, is coming soon to Apple TV+. Based on the monumental magazine article of the same name, The Big Cigar makes its global debut on May 17 with the first two episodes, followed by new episodes every Friday through June 14. “The Big Cigar” tells the true story of a Hollywood revolution meeting a social revolution.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Quinta Brunson to be honored at Temple University – Brandy McDonnell reports

Recent Primetime Emmy Award winner Quinta Brunson will be honored this spring with the 2024 Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award from Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication in Philadelphia.
A Philadelphia native, Brunson will receive the award May 7 at the Lew Klein Alumni in the Media Awards banquet. The ceremony also will include the induction of five prominent Klein College alumni into the college’s Alumni Hall of Fame and the presentation of the “Rising Star” award to a younger alumnus.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Nancy Savoca’s DOGFIGHT releases on Criterion Collection – Brandy McDonnell reports

Nancy Savoca’s 1991 coming-of-age drama Dogfight, starring Lili Taylor and the late River Phoenix (1970-1993), will be released on April 30 through The Criterion Collection. Written by Bob Comfort (1940-2010), the film is set in 1963 and stars Phoenix as Eddie, a hotheaded young Marine on his way to fight in the war in Vietnam. On leave for 24 hours in San Francisco before shipping out, he and three of his buddies plan on attending a “dogfight,” a cruelly misogynistic party where Marines compete to bring the ugliest date, unbeknownst to the girls.

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