‘Of a Certain Age’ filmmaking grant established in memory of Lynn Shelton

‘Of a Certain Age’ filmmaking grant established in memory of Lynn Shelton

Lynn Shelton often spoke of feeling inspired after seeing filmmaker Claire Denis speak at Northwest Film Forum and learning that Denis did not make her first feature until age 40. Shelton went on to make her own first feature film – 2006’s “We Go Way Back” – at the age of 39.

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‘American Masters – Unladylike2020: The Changemakers’ to premiere Friday on PBS as part of women’s suffrage centennial

‘American Masters – Unladylike2020: The Changemakers’ to premiere Friday on PBS as part of women’s suffrage centennial

The women highlighted in “American Masters – Unladylike2020: The Changemakers” are Martha Hughes Cannon, the country’s first female state senator; Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress; Mary Church Terrell, a leader in the anti-lynching movement and a founder of the NAACP; Jovita Idar, a journalist and president of the first Mexican American women’s civil rights organization; and Zitkála-Šá, also known as Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, who lobbied for U.S. citizenship, voting rights, and sovereignty for American Indians a century ago.

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Elizabeth Banks to produce and star in live-action adaptation of ‘The Magic School Bus’

Elizabeth Banks to produce and star in live-action adaptation of ‘The Magic School Bus’

Based on the Scholastic book series by author Joanna Cole, “The Magic School Bus” was a popular 1990s animated TV series starring Lily Tomlin as the voice of Ms. Frizzle, who took her class on field trips in a transforming school bus that could turn into a spaceship, submarine, airplane and more.

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Hedy Lamarr series starring Gal Gadot heading to Apple

Hedy Lamarr series starring Gal Gadot heading to Apple

In addition, Lamarr was an inventor who, along with her friend George Antheil, a composer, patented a frequency-hopping system during World War II that was a precursor to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. In 2014, Lamarr and Antheil were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

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Beyoncé Knowles-Carter receiving Humanitarian Award at Sunday’s BET Awards

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter receiving Humanitarian Award at Sunday’s BET Awards

A global phenomenon, Beyoncé is one of the most successful artists to date, with more than 100 million records sold worldwide, numerous awards – including 24 Grammys – and a catalog of timeless music.

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‘Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am’ to make PBS debut on ‘American Masters’ June 23

‘Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am’ to make PBS debut on ‘American Masters’ June 23

“Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” is one of the “American Masters” documentaries premiering this summer as part of PBS’ summer-long celebration of female trailblazers in honor of the women’s vote centennial.

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Three new documentary projects are planned about the Tulsa Race Massacre – and two of them will be directed by African American women

Three new documentary projects are planned about the Tulsa Race Massacre – and two of them will be directed by African American women

As the event’s 2021 centennial approaches, multiple film and television projects are telling the story, which is still timely in the midst of national protests about racial injustice following the May 25 death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd while in police custody.

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Mindy Kaling and Dan Goor to write ‘Legally Blonde 3’

Mindy Kaling and Dan Goor to write ‘Legally Blonde 3’

Witherspoon’s banner Hello Sunshine, and the company’s head of television and film Lauren Neustadter, will produce the sequel, along with Marc Platt and Adam Siegel of Platt Productions.

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Jamie Lee Curtis to direct, executive produce and star in Lifetime movie ‘How We Sleep at Night: The Sara Cunningham Story’

Jamie Lee Curtis to direct, executive produce and star in Lifetime movie ‘How We Sleep at Night: The Sara Cunningham Story’

“How We Sleep at Night: The Sara Cunningham Story” is among a number of upcoming high-profile original TV movies for the A+E Networks brand, including a third movie about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, a holiday film with Betty White and a project with “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts.

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Michelle Williams, Niecy Nash, Naomi Watts and more receive Gracie Awards

Michelle Williams, Niecy Nash, Naomi Watts and more receive Gracie Awards

Honorees are selected in national, local and student markets, including both commercial and non-commercial outlets. This year’s honorees represent the substance and ethos of women’s storytelling and journalism at its best.

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Several female filmmakers featured in Amazon’s ‘Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection’

Several female filmmakers featured in Amazon’s ‘Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection’

Amazon Prime Video and SXSW have announced that the “Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection” will launch on Monday, with 39 films, including narrative and documentary features, short films and episodic titles.

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‘Mrs. America’ creator Dahvi Waller delves into 1970s feminism with star-studded FX on Hulu limited series

‘Mrs. America’ creator Dahvi Waller delves into 1970s feminism with star-studded FX on Hulu limited series

Debuting Wednesday, the FX on Hulu limited series recounts the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and the unexpected backlash led by Phyllis Schlafly, known as “the sweetheart of the silent majority.” Through the eyes of the women of the era, “Mrs. America” explores how one of the toughest battlegrounds in the culture wars of the ’70s helped give rise to the Moral Majority and forever shifted the political landscape.

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Award-winning indie film producer Karin Chien teams up with Louverture Films

Award-winning indie film producer Karin Chien teams up with Louverture Films

Chien is a four-time Independent Spirit Award nominee, the recipient of the Independent Spirit Producer’s Award and the Cinereach Producing Fellowship, and the producer of 10 independent feature films.

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Home release details announced for Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’

Home release details announced for Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’

“Little Women” earned six Oscar nominations – for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay for Gerwig, and Best Original Score for Alexandre Desplat, Best Actress for Ronan, Best Supporting Actress for Pugh and Best Costume Design for Jacqueline Durran. But the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – along with the Golden Globes and BAFTAs – faced widespread criticism for failing to nominate any women, including Gerwig, for Best Director.

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Tabitha Jackson named new director of Sundance Film Festival

Tabitha Jackson named new director of Sundance Film Festival

Keri Putnam is the chief executive and executive director of Sundance Institute, the nonprofit organization founded in 1981 by Robert Redford that puts on the festival. Since 2018, Kim Yutani has been the festival’s programming director.

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Kathleen Kennedy receiving prestigious BAFTA Fellowship

Kathleen Kennedy receiving prestigious BAFTA Fellowship

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, who has producer of dozens of critically and commercially successful films, will receive prestigious BAFTA fellowship next month. It is the highest award bestowed by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, given to an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, games or television, according […]

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Nancy Meyers to receive Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement at Writers Guild Awards

Nancy Meyers to receive Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement at Writers Guild Awards

Over the course of her successful, decades-long career, multi-hyphenate filmmaker Meyers has created a body of work that explores modern relationships in all their nuances, delivering a string of literate, sophisticated films that have become worldwide box-office hits.

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Sundance Film Festival close to gender parity with 2020 edition

Sundance Film Festival close to gender parity with 2020 edition

This year’s lineup includes 118 full-length feature films, representing 27 countries and 44 first-time feature filmmakers. Of the 65 directors in the four competition categories – which total 56 films – 46 percent are women, 38 percent are people of color and 12 percent are LGBTQ+.

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Record number of movies directed by women added to National Film Registry

Record number of movies directed by women added to National Film Registry

The 2019 registry selections span a century of filmmaking, from 1903 to 2003. The oldest film in this year’s class depicts footage of immigrants arriving in New York at Ellis Island, and the newest film on the list is the documentary “Fog of War,” in which former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara reexamines his role in shaping American military and foreign policy.

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Kristin Chenoweth to executive produce, star in Disney+ series ‘The Biggest Star in Appleton’

Kristin Chenoweth to executive produce, star in Disney+ series ‘The Biggest Star in Appleton’

“The Biggest Star In Appleton” will star Chenoweth as Carol Dannhauser, a devoted Wisconsin mom and wife who works as a waitress but finds fulfillment as the star at the local community theater. Her small-town star status is threatened when Tara Hubley, a struggling New York chorus girl, moves back home with her own dreams.

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Mother-daughter filmmaking team of Swati Bhise and Devika Bhise share the story of an Indian icon with ‘The Warrior Queen of Jhansi’

Mother-daughter filmmaking team of Swati Bhise and Devika Bhise share the story of an Indian icon with ‘The Warrior Queen of Jhansi’

Devika Bhise told NBC News she had always heard about her mother’s lifelong interest in the historical figure. She said the film also provides an important opportunity to show viewers a different side of India, since many Western depictions of South Asia could be described as “poverty porn.” But she noted that in the 1800s India had one of the strongest and wealthiest economies in the world.

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Filmmaker Cheryl Eagan-Donovan named Oxfordian of the Year

Filmmaker Cheryl Eagan-Donovan named Oxfordian of the Year

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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Netflix adding short film ‘Sitara: Let Girls Dream,’ from two-time Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, to growing slate of animated titles for families

Netflix adding short film ‘Sitara: Let Girls Dream,’ from two-time Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, to growing slate of animated titles for families

Known for her work in films that highlight the inequality of women, Obaid-Chinoy is the only female director to have won two Academy Awards by the age of 37, and her work has been screened around the world. “Saving Face” (HBO), which chronicles the lives of survivors of acid violence, won the 2012 Oscar for Best Documentary Short, earning Pakistan’s first Academy Award. “A Girl in the River: The Price for Forgiveness” (HBO), which delves into honor killings in Pakistan, won the 2015 Oscar for Best Documentary Short.

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Spanish filmmaker Sonia Sebastian casts Penelope Ann Miller and Dermot Mulroney in ‘The Virgin of Highland Park’

Spanish filmmaker Sonia Sebastian casts Penelope Ann Miller and Dermot Mulroney in ‘The Virgin of Highland Park’

Now based in Los Angeles, Sebastian premiered her second directorial effort, “Freelancers Anonymous,” an English-language feature produced by Full Spectrum Features in Chicago, and recognized with the gender-parity stamp from ReFrame and IMDbPro.

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Femme-centric spy thriller ‘355’ gets 2021 release date

Femme-centric spy thriller ‘355’ gets 2021 release date

Directed by Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Dark Phoenix”), “355” is a passion project for Chastain, who has been one of the most vocal movie stars on gender-equity issues. In addition to starring, the two-time Oscar nominee is producing through her Freckle Films banner.

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