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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‘Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It’ to premiere on PBS’ ‘American Masters’

‘Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It’ to premiere on PBS’ ‘American Masters’

The film features interviews with Gloria Estefan, Morgan Freeman, Mitzi Gaynor, Whoopi Goldberg, Eva Longoria, Justina Machado, Terrence McNally, Karen Olivo, as well as Norman Lear and Lin-Manuel Miranda, who are also executive producers on the project.

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Jane Campion to receive 2021 Lumière Award at France’s Lumière Festival

Jane Campion to receive 2021 Lumière Award at France’s Lumière Festival

Campion’s latest film,” The Power of the Dog,” had its world premiere earlier this month at the 78th Venice International Film Festival. It also will screen as the centerpiece selection at the 59th New York Film Festival on Oct. 1.

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Jessica Chastain to receive TIFF Tribute Actor Award at Toronto International Film Festival

Jessica Chastain to receive TIFF Tribute Actor Award at Toronto International Film Festival

Two-time Academy Award–nominated actor Jessica Chastain will receive the 2021 TIFF Tribute Actor Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. The 2021 TIFF Tribute Awards will take place during the 46th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, which is Sept. 9-18. “Jessica has brought to life such strong and inspiring roles for women, from […]

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Netflix acquires Maggie Gyllenhaal’s ‘The Lost Daughter’ ahead of Venice Film Festival premiere

Netflix acquires Maggie Gyllenhaal’s ‘The Lost Daughter’ ahead of Venice Film Festival premiere

The deal furthers Netflix’s relationship with Gyllenhaal, following the 2018 release of “The Kindergarten Teacher,” in which she starred and earned rave reviews from critics.

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Navajo director Sydney Freeland to helm Native American basketball drama ‘Rez Ball’

Navajo director Sydney Freeland to helm Native American basketball drama ‘Rez Ball’

The “Rez Ball” script is based on Michael Powell’s sports novel “Canyon Dreams” and his New York Times articles, which  which delve into the world of “reservation basketball.”

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Mo’Nique inks deal with Endemol Shine North America to develop unscripted TV projects

Mo’Nique inks deal with Endemol Shine North America to develop unscripted TV projects

The deal reunites Cris Abrego – chairman of the Americas, Banijay and president and CEO of Endemol Shine Holdings – with Mo’Nique, whom he originally cast in the unscripted hit series “Charm School” 15 years ago for VH1.

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Gotham Awards eliminating gendered acting award categories

Gotham Awards eliminating gendered acting award categories

The move to introduce gender-neutral lead and supporting acting awards builds on the legacy of the now 24-year-old Gotham Breakthrough Actor Award – to be renamed “Gotham Breakthrough Performer Award” as of this year – which has been gender-neutral since its inception.

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Film ‘Skate Dreams’ to chronicle rise of women’s skateboarding

Film ‘Skate Dreams’ to chronicle rise of women’s skateboarding

Directed by Jessica Edwards and executive produced by Gary Hustwit, “Skate Dreams” will be the first feature-length film to chronicle the rise of female skateboarding from its early days as a vibrant, if marginalized, part of the subculture to its international debut as an official sport at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games.

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Deadline approaching for SeriesFest and Shondaland’s Women Directing Mentorship

Deadline approaching for SeriesFest and Shondaland’s Women Directing Mentorship

SeriesFest and Shondaland are proud to have partnered for the past two years on the Women Directing Mentorship, a competition designed to discover aspiring women directors with a unique voice and provide a launchpad for their career.

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IFC reuniting with Andrea Arnold on Cannes Film Festival documentary ‘Cow’

IFC reuniting with Andrea Arnold on Cannes Film Festival documentary ‘Cow’

Shot over seven years, “Cow” had its world premiere in the newly created Cannes Premiere section at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in France. IFC Films previously collaborated with Arnold on her award-winning film “Fish Tank,” which starred Katie Jarvis and Michael Fassbender.

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Anna Kendrick to star in director Mary Nighy’s psychological thriller ‘Alice, Darling’

Anna Kendrick to star in director Mary Nighy’s psychological thriller ‘Alice, Darling’

Mary Nighy’s feature film directorial debut, the film also stars Wunmi Mosaku, Kaniehtiio Horn and Charlie Carrick. It is written by Alanna Francis (“The Rest of Us”).

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Jamie Lee Curtis to receive Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at Venice International Film Festival

Jamie Lee Curtis to receive Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at Venice International Film Festival

The award ceremony of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement will take place on Sept. 8 in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema (Lido di Venezia) before the out-of-competition screening of Curtis’ new movie “Halloween Kills.”

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Dawn Porter directing documentary about Cirque du Soleil’s comeback

Dawn Porter directing documentary about Cirque du Soleil’s comeback

Filming on the project took place leading up to the July 1 opening night for Cirque du Soleil’s show “O” as it returned to the stage at Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

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Kyra Sedgwick to direct Rebecca Banner’s Black List sci-fi rom-com ‘Space Oddity’

Kyra Sedgwick to direct Rebecca Banner’s Black List sci-fi rom-com ‘Space Oddity’

“Space Oddity” is the second feature film for Sedgwick as a director, after 2017’s “Story of a Girl.” She received a Director’s Guild of America nomination for helming that Lifetime telefilm.

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Executive Director Melanie Addington leaving Mississippi’s Oxford Film Festival for Kansas’ Tallgrass Film Festival

Executive Director Melanie Addington leaving Mississippi’s Oxford Film Festival for Kansas’ Tallgrass Film Festival

Addington has worked in the film festival world since 2006, first as a volunteer before eventually becoming the Oxford Film Festival’s executive director in August 2015.

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Toni Collette to make feature film directorial debut with ‘Writers and Lovers’

Toni Collette to make feature film directorial debut with ‘Writers and Lovers’

Along with helming, the Oscar-nominated performer will produce under her Vocab Films banner and write the script with Nick Payne (“Wanderlust,” “The Crown”),

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Kelly Hu to star in feature film ‘Breast Cancer Bucket List’

Kelly Hu to star in feature film ‘Breast Cancer Bucket List’

Hu will star as Brenda Lee, who is facing her mortality after she is diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. With the help of her best friend Meg (Patricia Velasquez, “The Mummy” movies), Brenda is determined to find her daughter Talia (Sylvia Kwan, “Grey’s Anatomy”), whom she gave up for adoption as an baby.

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Aisha Tyler to direct ‘socially conscious psychological thriller’ ‘Silent John’

Aisha Tyler to direct ‘socially conscious psychological thriller’ ‘Silent John’

As a performer, Tyler is known for hosting “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” acting in TV shows like “Criminal Minds,” “CSI” and “24” and doing voiceover work in “Archer,” “BoJack Horseman” and the upcoming Disney+ series “Monsters at Work.” She has directed episodes of TV series like “Criminal Minds.”

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Interview: Producer Christina Oh talks about the making of ‘Minari’

Interview: Producer Christina Oh talks about the making of ‘Minari’

“Minari” has earned nominations for 10 Critics Choice Awards, six Film Independent Spirit Awards and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. The Oscar buzz continues to build ahead of next month’s nominations announcement for the April 25 Academy Awards.

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Crain’s New York Business reveals Notable Black Leaders and Executives list

Crain’s New York Business reveals Notable Black Leaders and Executives list

The list highlights Black businessmen and women working within the New York City metropolitan area who have impacted and helped the city in significant ways through their professional, civic and philanthropic work, according to a news release.

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Woman-directed films ‘Coda,’ ‘Hive’ and more win big at Sundance Film Festival

Woman-directed films ‘Coda,’ ‘Hive’ and more win big at Sundance Film Festival

Opportunities led to accolades at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. As previously reported, Sundance achieved gender parity this year: Across 139 films and projects, 50%, or 69, were directed by one or more women; 4%, or six, were directed by one or more non-binary individuals; 50%, or 70, were directed by one or more artists […]

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