WEEK IN WOMEN: Chinonye Chukwu’s TILL premieres at NYFF opening weekend Brandy McDonnell reports

Chinonye Chukwu’s anticipated feature film Till will have its world premiere at the 60th New York Film Festival on opening weekend.
The 60th New York Film Festival, presented by Film at Lincoln Center, will take place Sept. 30-Oct. 16. Till” tells the true story of Mamie Till Mobley’s relentless pursuit of justice for her 14-year-old son Emmett Till. In 1955, Emmett was lynched while visiting his cousins in Mississippi. In Mamie’s poignant journey of grief turned to action, audiences will witness the universal power of a mother’s courage and its ability to change the world.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Juliette Binoche honored at Spain’s San Sebastian Film Fest – Brandy McDonnell reports

The San Sebastian International Film Festival will honor French movie star Juliette Binoche with one of its Donostia Awards, the Spanish fest’s career achievement prize. She will receive the award in recognition of her extensive career, “which has seen her play almost 75 characters, from power-wielding heroines to fragile beings, with historical figures, drama roles and comedy parts along the way.”

Plus, the poster for the 70th San Sebastian Film Festival features a portrait of Binoche taken by French photographer Brigitte Lacombe.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Hillary and Chelsea Clinton’s docuseries GUTSY on Apple TV+ – Brandy McDonnell reports

Gutsy, the anticipated eight-part documentary event following Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton as they celebrate the gutsy women who inspire them is streaming on Apple TV+ as of September 9. Based on the Clintons’ acclaimed New York Times bestselling book, The Book of Gutsy Women, the docuseries features Hillary and Chelsea as they embark on a thought-provoking journey to speak with pioneering women artists, activists, community leaders and everyday heroes who show us what it truly means to be gutsy.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Catherine Deneuve Honored at Venice Film Festival — Brandy McDonnell reports

French film icon Catherine Deneuve will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 79th Venice International Film Festival. Her selection for the honor was made by the board of La Biennale di Venezia, which embraced the proposal of the festival’s director, Alberto Barbera.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Women in Film/Netflix ReFrame Rise boosts women helmers & shooters – Brandy McDonnell reports

Women in Film is expanding its offerings to help elevate women directors and cinematographers at multiple stages of their careers through a newly expanded ReFrame Rise accelerator and an upcoming Women in Film Directors and Cinematographers Fellowship. These programs are made possible by support from the Netflix Fund for Creative Equity, an initiative to build new opportunities for underrepresented communities within entertainment, according to a news release.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Karen Gillan stars in Lisa Steen’s LATE BLOOMERS – Brandy McDonnell reports

Karen Gillan, will star in the upcoming comedy Late Bloomers, directed by Lisa Steen and written by Anna Greenfield. Kevin Nealon and Talia Balsam will co-star. Written by Greenfield, the film is loosely based on her experience living in Brooklyn, New York, in her 20s.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Janet Yang elected president of AMPAS, making history – Brandy McDonnell reports

Producer Janet Yang has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organization’s Board of Governors. Yang, who is of Chinese descent, is the first Asian person ever selected as president of the Academy. She’s also just the fourth woman to become the Academy’s president, following Cheryl Boone Isaacs (2013-2017), Fay Kanin (1979-1983) and Bette Davis (two months in 1941).

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WEEK IN WOMEN: OVID.tv’s August streaming slate focuses on women’s issues – Brandy McDonnell reports

OVID.tv, a subscription video on demand service for streaming independent documentaries, art-house and global cinema, has revealed its August slate of 22 releases for its second annual Doc Month. Every film in August is a documentary, all of which will be exclusively streaming on OVID. The August lineup includes several documentaries directed by women, and many of these films highlight timely topics, including abortion, access to contraception and more.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Taraji P. Henson’s deal with BET Studios – Brandy McDonnell reports

BET recently announced an overall deal with Taraji P. Henson’s TPH Entertainment for BET Studios, a studio venture launched in September 2021, powered by the infrastructure and financing of BET and Paramount. The venture was designed to supply the increased demand for premium content from Black creators across an array of internal buyers, including Paramount+, Showtime, CBS, Nickelodeon, BET+ and BET, as well as to select third-party platforms that seek best-in-class content from both leading and rising Black creatives.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Anna Fishko is on ORPHAN BLACK: ECHOES for AMC – Brandy McDonnell reports

AMC Networks is working on Orphan Black: Echoes, a long-awaited new series set in the world of the landmark series Orphan Black, to appear on AMC+ and the company’s linear networks in 2023. Anna Fishko (Pieces of Her, The Society, Fear the Walking Dead) is creator, writer, showrunner and executive producer with John Fawcett, the co-creator of the original series who also directed 17 episodes across all five seasons, on as director and executive producer.

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