‘Fancy Dance’ filmmaker Erica Tremblay to receive inaugural Jaya Award at Athena Film Festival

‘Fancy Dance’ filmmaker Erica Tremblay to receive inaugural Jaya Award at Athena Film Festival

“Fancy Dance” stars Indigenous performer Lily Gladstone, a trailblazing Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee for her lead role in Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon.”

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Historic Oscar nominee Lily Gladstone serving as honorary chair of Film Independent Spirit Awards

Historic Oscar nominee Lily Gladstone serving as honorary chair of Film Independent Spirit Awards

Gladstone, who is NiMíiPuu, or Nez Perce, and Siksikaitsitapi, or Blackfeet, recently made cinema history with her best actress Academy Awards nomination for “Killers of the Flower Moon.”

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New Proof of Concept Accelerator Program now accepting applications

New Proof of Concept Accelerator Program now accepting applications

Proof of Concept is designed to challenge the three most significant barriers women, transgender and nonbinary directors face as they navigate the industry: funding, mentorship and exposure.

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Kristen Stewart receiving Visionary Award at 2024 Sundance Film Festival Opening Night Gala

Kristen Stewart receiving Visionary Award at 2024 Sundance Film Festival Opening Night Gala

For Sundance 2024, Stewart will return with “Love Me,” which is premiering in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section and is the recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, and “Love Lies Bleeding,” premiering in the Midnight section.

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Zelda Williams’ feature directorial debut ‘Lisa Frankenstein’ coming to theaters for Valentine’s Day

Zelda Williams’ feature directorial debut ‘Lisa Frankenstein’ coming to theaters for Valentine’s Day

Due in theaters Feb. 9, “Lisa Frankenstein” is written by Academy Award-winning scribe Diablo Cody, who’s known for penning “Juno” and “Jennifer’s Body.” The horror-comedy is about a misunderstood teenager and her high school crush, who happens to be a handsome corpse.

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New York Women in Film & Television names scholarship winners

New York Women in Film & Television names scholarship winners

This year’s Sabrina Wright-Gilliar Award was awarded to Academy for Careers in Television & Film student Alexandra Nelson. The scholarship honors the memory of the legendary prop master Wright-Gilliar (“The Good Wife”) and supports a high school senior committed to a career in production.

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From showrunner Ashley Michel Hoban, ‘Dr. Death’ Season 2 coming to Peacock

From showrunner Ashley Michel Hoban, ‘Dr. Death’ Season 2 coming to Peacock

Peacock also will release Dec. 21 a companion documentary titled “Dr. Death: Cutthroat Conman.” It reveals the shocking rise and fall of Paolo Macchiarini, the superstar celebrity surgeon who ascended to global fame after performing the world’s first synthetic organ transplant, only to be exposed as an international con man

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Lagueria Davis’ ‘Black Barbie: A Documentary’ finds a home with Netflix and Shondaland

Lagueria Davis’ ‘Black Barbie: A Documentary’ finds a home with Netflix and Shondaland

“Black Barbie” celebrates the momentous impact three Black women at Mattel had on the evolution of the Barbie brand as we know it. Through these charismatic insiders’ stories, the documentary tells the story of how the first Black Barbie came to be in 1980, examining the importance of representation and how dolls can be crucial to the formation of identity and imagination.

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All five Breakthrough Director Award nominees at the 2023 Gotham Awards are women

All five Breakthrough Director Award nominees at the 2023 Gotham Awards are women

Nominees are selected by committees of film and television critics, journalists, festival programmers, and film curators. Separate juries of writers, directors, actors, producers, editors, and others directly involved in making films will determine the final Gotham Award recipients.

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With ‘The Buccaneers,’ Apple TV+ takes on Edith Wharton – and aims for a ‘Bridgerton’-style hit

With ‘The Buccaneers,’ Apple TV+ takes on Edith Wharton – and aims for a ‘Bridgerton’-style hit

Led by an all-female creative team,“The Buccaneers” follows a group of fun-loving young American girls who explode into the tightly corseted London season of the 1870s, kicking off an Anglo-American culture clash as the land of the stiff upper lip is infiltrated by a refreshing disregard for centuries of tradition.

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Inspirational documentary ‘Stand Up & Shout: Songs from a Philly High School,’ directed by Amy Schatz, debuts on HBO and Max

Inspirational documentary ‘Stand Up & Shout: Songs from a Philly High School,’ directed by Amy Schatz, debuts on HBO and Max

The film follows 10th-graders from Hill-Freedman World Academy, a Philadelphia public school, who take part in a unique songwriting collaboration. Working in teams with local musicians, students come together to create an album of powerful original songs that capture both the challenging times they’re living in and the joy that music brings.

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Alyssa Rallo Bennett’s drama ‘The Arrival’ sets New York City premiere

Alyssa Rallo Bennett’s drama ‘The Arrival’ sets New York City premiere

The drama had its world premiere at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society Women in Film Festival, was a semifinalist at the Austin International Art Festival and an award winner at the Montreal Independent Film Festival.

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Emerald Fennell’s new movie ‘Saltburn’ set for holiday theatrical release

Emerald Fennell’s new movie ‘Saltburn’ set for holiday theatrical release

Fennell’s sophomore feature as a writer-director stars Oscar nominee Barry Keoghan, Jacob Elordi, Oscar nominee Rosamund Pike, Oscar nominee Richard E. Grant, Archie Madekwe, Alison Oliver and two-time Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan. Production took place in the U.K. in summer 2022.

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Maryam Keshavarz’s Sundance award winner ‘The Persian Version’ opening in theaters in autumn

Maryam Keshavarz’s Sundance award winner ‘The Persian Version’ opening in theaters in autumn

Written, directed, and produced by Keshavarz, the film received a rousing standing ovation and glowing reviews, along with the Audience Award (U.S. Dramatic Competition) and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award (U.S. Dramatic Competition), at Sundance.

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‘No One Will Save You,’ starring and executive produced by Kaitlyn Dever, coming to Hulu in fall

‘No One Will Save You,’ starring and executive produced by Kaitlyn Dever, coming to Hulu in fall

“No One Will Save You” introduces Brynn Adams, a creative and talented young woman who’s been alienated from her community. Lonely but ever hopeful, Brynn finds solace within the walls of the home where she grew up — until she’s awakened one night by strange noises from decidedly unearthly intruders.

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Celine Song’s directorial debut ‘Past Lives’ debuting on Blu-ray and DVD

Celine Song’s directorial debut ‘Past Lives’ debuting on Blu-ray and DVD

“Past Lives” follows Nora and Hae Sung, two deeply connected childhood friends, who are wrested apart after Nora’s family emigrates from South Korea to Canada. Two decades later, they are reunited in New York for one fateful week as they confront notions of destiny, love, and the choices that make a life.

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Filmmaker Lagueria Davis hopes some of the ‘Barbie’ love gets sprinkled on her ‘Black Barbie’ documentary

Filmmaker Lagueria Davis hopes some of the ‘Barbie’ love gets sprinkled on her ‘Black Barbie’ documentary

As Greta Gerwig’s star-studded narrative feature “Barbie” has quickly emerged a commercial and critical smash in wide release, “Black Barbie: A Documentary” has proven a critical darling on the festival circuit this year.

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Indigenous filmmaker Danis Goulet talks about directing on the final season of ‘Reservation Dogs’

Indigenous filmmaker Danis Goulet talks about directing on the final season of ‘Reservation Dogs’

The coming-of-age comedy is the first mainstream television show on which every writer, director and series regular performer is Indigenous, and it’s proven an effective launching pad for many Native creatives to take on other projects.

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Patricia Arquette’s directorial debut ‘Gonzo Girl’ to open Toronto International Film Festival’s Discovery program

Patricia Arquette’s directorial debut ‘Gonzo Girl’ to open Toronto International Film Festival’s Discovery program

TIFF’s Discovery lineup, which primarily boasts world and international premieres, includes 26 titles. Notably, 13 female filmmakers, representing 50% of the total program, are featured in this year’s Discovery section.

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Lisa Dreyer leading Austin, Texas’ Fantastic Fest as new full-time director for the genre film festival

Lisa Dreyer leading Austin, Texas’ Fantastic Fest as new full-time director for the genre film festival

Alamo Drafthouse’s Fantastic Fest is billed as the largest genre festival in the United States. The 18th edition of Fantastic Fest will take place from Sept. 21-28, in Austin at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. The theme of the 2023 festival will dive into the world of the 1980’s fascination with the occult, and guests can expect themed events from the wild decade that brought us Freddy Krueger, the heyday of heavy metal and the Satanic Panic.

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Elle Márjá Eira to make feature film directorial debut with Netflix adaptation ‘Stolen’

Elle Márjá Eira to make feature film directorial debut with Netflix adaptation ‘Stolen’

The film adaption of “Stolen” portrays a young woman’s struggle to defend her Indigenous heritage in a world where xenophobia is on the rise, climate change is threatening her people’s traditional reindeer herding, and young people choose suicide in the face of collective desperation.

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10 acclaimed women artists have created art to be awards for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival

10 acclaimed women artists have created art to be awards for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival

As in previous years, Tribeca and Chanel bring together esteemed artists to generously donate an original work, which will be awarded to winning filmmakers at the festival, which this year runs June 7-18. This year, an all-women cohort of 10 acclaimed artists have been invited by Tribeca and Chanel to celebrate their fellow storytellers.

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Eva Longoria’s SXSW hit ‘Flamin’ Hot’ to stream on Disney+ and Hulu

Eva Longoria’s SXSW hit ‘Flamin’ Hot’ to stream on Disney+ and Hulu

The film is based on the true story story – or at least the popular urban legend – of Richard Montañez, the Frito Lay janitor who channeled his Mexican American heritage and upbringing to turn Flamin’ Hot Cheetos into a snack that disrupted the food industry and became a global phenomenon.

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Swedish actor and filmmaker Josephine Bornebusch working on drama ‘Let Go’ for Netflix

Swedish actor and filmmaker Josephine Bornebusch working on drama ‘Let Go’ for Netflix

“Let Go” is a drama about finding out what really matters. In the center is Stella (Bornebusch): She has everything under control, except her preschool son’s constant need for attention, her daughter’s teenage mood swings and her emotionally unavailable husband.

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Sundance award winner ‘The Pod Generation’ to be released in theaters

Sundance award winner ‘The Pod Generation’ to be released in theaters

Directed by Sophie Barthes (“Madame Bovary,” “Cold Souls”) from her original screenplay, “The Pod Generation” stars Emmy-nominated Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”), Academy Award-nominated Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years A Slave”), Rosalie Craig (Netflix’s “1899”), Vinette Robinson (“Boiling Point”) and Jean-Marc Barr (“Big Sur”).

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