OVID.tv streaming service to spotlight women-directed documentaries on abortion, contraception and more

OVID.tv streaming service to spotlight women-directed documentaries on abortion, contraception and more

The August lineup for OVID.tv’s second annual Doc Month 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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American Film Institute wrapping up 2022 Cinematography Intensive for Women

American Film Institute wrapping up 2022 Cinematography Intensive for Women

AFI Cinematography Intensive for Women is a tuition-free workshop designed for aspiring cinematographers committed to their journey toward a professional career as cinematographers, who have some on-set experience working in the field and are looking for additional training to help them advance in their education, craft and career.

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Laysla De Oliveira joining Zoe Saldaña in Taylor Sheridan’s Paramount+ series ‘Lioness’

Laysla De Oliveira joining Zoe Saldaña in Taylor Sheridan’s Paramount+ series ‘Lioness’

Zoe Saldaña also will serve as executive producer alongside Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman and her production company, Blossom Films.

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New York’s Human Rights Watch Film Festival featuring 70% films directed by women

New York’s Human Rights Watch Film Festival featuring 70% films directed by women

For the first time in two years, the New York festival will be back with a full program of in-person screenings at Film at Lincoln Center and IFC Center, with in-depth discussions with filmmakers, film participants, activists and Human Rights Watch researchers.

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Sonía Sebastian directing LGBTQ+ coming-of-age story ‘The Kiss List’

Sonía Sebastian directing LGBTQ+ coming-of-age story ‘The Kiss List’

Screenwriter Ximena García Lecuona adapted Sara Jo Cluff’s young-adult book of the same name. The movie wrapped filming earlier this month in and around Louisville, Kentucky.

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Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street Productions partners with Audible Inc. for scripted podcasts

Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street Productions partners with Audible Inc. for scripted podcasts

The first of the three Audible Original podcasts, ranging from romantic comedies to epic science fiction tales, will include “Prophecy,” launching this year, followed by “Between Me and You” and “The Last Black Queen.”

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New artistic director Roberta Munroe leading Oregon’s Ashland Independent Film Festival

New artistic director Roberta Munroe leading Oregon’s Ashland Independent Film Festival

The Ashland Independent Film Festival annually attracts more than 7,000 film lovers to multiple venues to watch more than 100 documentary, feature and short films. It has been cited by MovieMaker Magazine several times as one of the “Top 25 Coolest Festivals in the World” and one of the “Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.”

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New York lobby card exhibit to spotlight silent-era women filmmakers

New York lobby card exhibit to spotlight silent-era women filmmakers

The exhibit will provide a rare glimpse into the understudied histories of female filmmakers who worked in Hollywood during the silent era, offering a powerful corrective to the misperception that early American cinema was an exclusively male industry.

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Italian icon Raffaella Carrà to be remembered in new documentary

Italian icon Raffaella Carrà to be remembered in new documentary

Known as “the lady” or “the queen” of Italian television, she built a seven-decade career as an actor, recording artist, TV host and model.

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Cynthia Erivo to star in and produce ‘Blink Speed’

Cynthia Erivo to star in and produce ‘Blink Speed’

After a near-death experience, a young woman is plagued by a rare and mysterious savant ability that may be the key to unlocking the truth behind her fractured memory and past.

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‘Queen of Disco’ Donna Summer to be spotlighted in new documentary

‘Queen of Disco’ Donna Summer to be spotlighted in new documentary

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams (“Music by Prudence,” “Life, Animated”) will direct the documentary alongside Summer’s daughter, Brooklyn Sudano.

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Helen Mirren to receive SAG Life Achievement Award

Helen Mirren to receive SAG Life Achievement Award

Mirren will be presented the performers union’s top accolade at the 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, slated to be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Feb. 27 from The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.

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Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘The Hurt Locker’ to debut on 4K Ultra HD

Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘The Hurt Locker’ to debut on 4K Ultra HD

With “The Hurt Locker,” Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Point Break”) became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director. She remained the only female director to win the category until Chloe Zhao won last year for “Nomadland.”

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Regina King’s Shirley Chisholm biopic ‘Shirley’ heading to Netflix

Regina King’s Shirley Chisholm biopic ‘Shirley’ heading to Netflix

Based on exclusive and extensive conversations with family, friends and those who knew her best, the film will tell the story of Shirley Chisholm’s boundary-breaking and historic 1972 presidential campaign.

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Ursula Macfarlane directing Anna Nicole Smith documentary for Netflix

Ursula Macfarlane directing Anna Nicole Smith documentary for Netflix

The film promises to bring “Anna Nicole’s own voice to the foreground.” It will include exclusive footage from an unreleased documentary of an enchanting, unguarded young Smith on the verge of global stardom, offering a unique glimpse into her life out of the spotlight, and her dreams as a young mother.

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Isabelle Huppert to receive Berlin International Film Festival’s Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement

Isabelle Huppert to receive Berlin International Film Festival’s Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement

Huppert is widely regarded as one of the most versatile actors in the world, and has played an impressive range of characters in almost 150 cinema and television productions.

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Annabella Sciorra to star in Jennifer Esposito’s feature film directorial debut ‘Fresh Kills’

Annabella Sciorra to star in Jennifer Esposito’s feature film directorial debut ‘Fresh Kills’

The film is billed as a gripping drama that tells the story of the loyal women of an organized crime family that dominated some of the boroughs of New York City in the late 20th century. In writing the “Fresh Kills” screenplay, Esposito was inspired by her own community growing up in Staten Island, according to a news release.

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NBC to air special ‘Celebrating Betty White: America’s Golden Girl’

NBC to air special ‘Celebrating Betty White: America’s Golden Girl’

White was an Emmy, Grammy and Screen Actors Guild Award winner as well as being a tireless advocate for animals. With breakout performances in “Mary Tyler Moore” and “The Golden Girls,” she starred in two of the most popular comedies of all time and had hundreds of TV credits.

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Krystin Ver Linden’s ‘Alice,’ starring Keke Palmer, acquired ahead of Sundance Film Festival premiere

Krystin Ver Linden’s ‘Alice,’ starring Keke Palmer, acquired ahead of Sundance Film Festival premiere

Inspired by true accounts, “Alice” is a modern empowerment fable tracing Alice’s (Keke Palmer) journey through the post-Civil Rights Era American South.

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‘Betty White: A Celebration’ to play in movie theaters on late Golden Girl’s 100th birthday

‘Betty White: A Celebration’ to play in movie theaters on late Golden Girl’s 100th birthday

Originally planned as a celebration of White’s 100th birthday, the one-day-only film event now will offer an opportunity for fans to come together to remember her groundbreaking life and career.

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Sundance Film Festival 2022 moves fully online as omicron variant powers another COVID-19 wave

Sundance Film Festival 2022 moves fully online as omicron variant powers another COVID-19 wave

The previously planned online programming will proceed, with screening schedule adjustments being made to account for an online only schedule. Sundance is scheduled for Jan. 20-30.

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Joana Vicente to take the helm of Sundance Institute as new CEO

Joana Vicente to take the helm of Sundance Institute as new CEO

Vicente joins the Sundance Institute from Toronto International Film Festival, where she spent the past three years as executive director and co-head. She succeeds CEO Keri Putnam, who stepped down earlier this year at Sundance.

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Marley Morrison’s ‘Sweetheart’ wins jury honors at Out on Film, Atlanta’s LGBTQ Film Festival

Marley Morrison’s ‘Sweetheart’ wins jury honors at Out on Film, Atlanta’s LGBTQ Film Festival

T.J. Parsell’s “Invisible: Gay Women in Southern Music” won both the jury’s Best Documentary honor as well as the Audience Award for Best Documentary, and filmmaker Lauren Hadaway earned jury nods for Best First Feature for her film “The Novice” as well as capturing the Best Director prize.

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Laverne Cox to be honored at Girls Up’s #GirlHero Awards

Laverne Cox to be honored at Girls Up’s #GirlHero Awards

Founded by the United Nations Foundation in 2010, Girl Up works across a global community of partners to achieve gender equality worldwide. Girl Up is a global leadership development initiative, positioning girls to be leaders in the movement for gender equality.

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New York Women in Film and Television expands script development lab for screenwriters older than 40

New York Women in Film and Television expands script development lab for screenwriters older than 40

Accepting pilots as well as features for the first time since launching in 2015, The Writers Lab will build a virtual experience for nine feature writers and seven pilot writers in 2021, its seventh year.

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