Mary Pickford biopic to open Hollywood Women’s Film Festival

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Mary Pickford

The Hollywood Women’s Film Institute has tapped “Why Not Choose Love? A Mary Pickford Manifesto” as the opening selection for its Hollywood Women’s Film Festival.

Variety reports that the Mary Pickford biopic will screen on June 13 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California.

Written and directed by Jennifer DeLia, the film stars Sophie Kennedy Clark as the iconic actress, who was known as “America’s Sweetheart” became one of the biggest stars in Hollywood during the silent film era. She co-founded the Pickford-Fairbanks Studio and United Artists along with Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin and D. W. Griffith. She was also one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and won the second Academy Award for best actress for her first sound-film role in “Coquette.”

“Julie and I really had it in our minds that we wanted to do something special in LA, as we see Mary as symbolizing the Mother of the Hollywood culture,” said DeLia. “We want to create the opportunity for artists in the storytelling fields to unite by paying homage to the woman who birthed the medium and industry. We are ambassadors of Mary’s values and integrity and look forward to illuminating what she represents.”

The biopic also stars Cary Elwes, Balthazar Getty, Luke Arnold, Josephine de La Baume, Jane Stiles, Summer Phoenix, Adam Fergus, and Scott Haze. “Why Not Choose Love” is produced by DeLia through her Poverty Row production banner along with Julie Pacino, Nitsa Benchetrit, and Kim Zubick (“The Zookeeper’s Wife”).

Founded by filmmaker J.R. Niles, the Hollywood Women’s Film institute is a nonprofit feminist organization created to support and facilitate programs and opportunities for women filmmakers and student filmmakers in film, TV and media. The festival will run June 13-18, with screenings and events centered on initiatives dealing with education and integration advocacy at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood as well as at Dick Clark Productions and UCLA.

-BAM

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