WEEK IN WOMEN: New Stats show drop in WoC-directed films – Brandy McDonnell reports

Female director representation may be the highest it’s been in 13 years, but the number of women of color is still low. The percentage of underrepresented directors reached 16.8% in 2019, a drop from 2018’s high watermark of 21.4%. Just four women of color directed a top 100 movie in 2019.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: New CELLULOID CEILING Report shows Uptick – Brandy McDonnell reports

In its 22nd year, the annual San Diego State University Celluloid Ceiling study found that women comprised 20% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 100 domestic grossing films released last year. That was up from 16% in 2018.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Femme-Helmed Tentpoles Set for 2020 – Brandy McDonnell reports

It looks like 2020 could be a landmark year for women making moview. Five of the biggest titles scheduled for release next year — including all four major superhero movies on the slate — will be directed by women and are femme-centric.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Palm Springs Film Fest honors Laura Dern – Brandy McDonnell reports

Laura Dern will receive the Career Achievement Award at the 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California, on January 2, 2020. Also to be honored at the ceremony are Jennifer Lopez, Charlize Theron and Renee Zellwegger.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Golden Globes Again Snubs Women – Brandy McDonnell reports

Despite the record number of hit films directed by women, including a number earning widespread critical acclaim, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has affirmed its stance as a boys’ club. All the recently unveiled nominees in the Best Director – Motion Picture category are men. Worse, there are no films directed by women contending for Best Motion Picture – Drama or for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. And, there are no women nominated in Best Screenplay – Motion Picture.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Kristin Chenoweth’s New Deal at Disney+ – Brandy McDonnell reports

Kristin Chenoweth is joining the streaming revolution. The award-winning actor and singer will star in the planned Disney+ series “The Biggest Star In Appleton.” The Mouse House’s new streaming service is developing the half-hour, single-camera comedy from Chenoweth, playwright and screen scribe Paul Rudnick and producer Dan Jinks.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Filmmaker Cheryl Eagan-Donovan is Oxfordian of the Year – Brandy McDonnell reports

Filmmaker Cheryl Eagan-Donovan has been named Oxfordian of the Year for 2019 by the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship for her documentary film Nothing Is Truer than Truth. The documentary is about Shakespeare’s identity and the life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, who traveled in 1575-76 to Venice and throughout Italy, where he collected the experiences that are reflected in the works of Shakespeare.

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