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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Jane Fonda to receive Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award

Jane Fonda to receive Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award

The seven-time Golden Globe winner and 15-time nominee will receive the  Cecil B. DeMille Award on the 2021 Golden Globes telecast, set to air Feb. 28. But this year’s show will probably look different than past years due to the pandemic.

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Chloe Zhao becomes first woman to receive Palm Springs International Film Awards’ Director of the Year

Chloe Zhao becomes first woman to receive Palm Springs International Film Awards’ Director of the Year

The “Nomadland” helmer is the first female director to receive the Director of the Year honor in the 32-year history of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, according to Variety.

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Brie Larson to executive produce and star in Apple period series ‘Lessons in Chemistry’

Brie Larson to executive produce and star in Apple period series ‘Lessons in Chemistry’

Academy Award-nominated writer Susannah Grant (“Erin Brockovich”) will pen and executive produce the series. Jason Bateman and Michael Costigan also will executive produce under their Aggregate Films shingle, which produces shows like “Ozark” at Netflix, “A Teacher” at FX on Hulu and “The Outsider” at HBO.

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Women directed half of the selections for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

Women directed half of the selections for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Sundance Film Festival – which usually takes place in Park City, Utah – is not only going digital at festival.sundance.org but also is offering in-person socially distanced screenings and events at drive-in theaters, independent arthouses and other venues around the country.

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Gotham Awards nominations: All nominees for best feature come from women directors

Gotham Awards nominations: All nominees for best feature come from women directors

In the best feature category, all five nominated films come from women directors: “The Assistant” from Kitty Green, “First Cow” from Kelly Reichardt, “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” from Eliza Hittman, “Nomadland” from Chloé Zhao and “Relic” from Natalie Erika James.

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Elisabeth Moss to star in and produce film adaptation of ‘She Will Rise,’ former Congresswoman Katie Hill’s memoir

Elisabeth Moss to star in and produce film adaptation of ‘She Will Rise,’ former Congresswoman Katie Hill’s memoir

Hill served as U.S. Representative for California’s 25th Congressional District for most of 2019, after besting incumbent Republican Rep. Steve Knight in the 2018 midterm elections. But she resigned last November after a right-wing blog alleged she had an affair and the Daily Mail published leaked nude photos of her.

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‘Nomadland’ premieres as Centerpiece film at New York Film Festival after winning at Toronto and Venice

‘Nomadland’ premieres as Centerpiece film at New York Film Festival after winning at Toronto and Venice

The film follows Fern (McDormand), a woman in her 60s who loses everything in the Great Recession. Following the economic collapse of her company town in rural Nevada, she packs her van and sets off to try a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad.

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Ava DuVernay to executive produce and narrate ‘One Perfect Shot’ docuseries for HBO Max

Ava DuVernay to executive produce and narrate ‘One Perfect Shot’ docuseries for HBO Max

Each episode arms one acclaimed director with an arsenal of visual tools to pull back the curtain on their most iconic shots. Using state-of-the-art technology, the directors will literally enter each shot, walking through the scene in 360 moments that allow viewers to join an immersive exploration of moviemaking.

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Martha Coolidge’s ‘Real Genius’ celebrates its 35th anniversary – and holds up better than many other ’80s movies

Martha Coolidge’s ‘Real Genius’ celebrates its 35th anniversary – and holds up better than many other ’80s movies

On of my favorite movies of the 1980s turns 35 this month, and unlike many coming-of-age stories of its era, Martha Coolidge’s “Real Genius” is a quotable comedy that provides big laughs without the discomfort of wildly inappropriate material. As I noted in my column for the film’s 30th anniversary, Coolidge’s film about two teenage […]

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PBS celebrating 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment with home release of ‘American Experience: The Vote’

PBS celebrating 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment with home release of ‘American Experience: The Vote’

Directed by Michelle Ferrari, “The Vote” tells the dramatic story of the epic and surprisingly unfamiliar crusade waged by American women for the right to vote. Focusing primarily on the movement’s final decade, the film charts American women’s determined march to the ballot box and illuminates the myriad social, political and cultural obstacles that stood in their path.

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Tilda Swinton and Ann Hui to receive Venice International Film Festival’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

Tilda Swinton and Ann Hui to receive Venice International Film Festival’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

The decision was made by the Board of Directors of the Biennale di Venezia upon recommendation of the director of the Venice Film Festival, Alberto Barbera.

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Inaugural rePRO by mama.film virtual film festival to explore women’s reproductive healthcare, bodily integrity and more

Inaugural rePRO by mama.film virtual film festival to explore women’s reproductive healthcare, bodily integrity and more

All feature films playing the festival are directed by women, and all filmmakers, including the shorts filmmakers, are being paid to screen their films. The pay-what-you-can film ticket proceeds for films at the festival will be converted to donations to be split evenly among five beneficiary nonprofit organizations: SisterSong, Endometriosis Foundation of America, Center for Reproductive Rights, URGE and Trust Women.

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Cate Blanchett and her Dirty Films production company ink first-look deal with New Republic Pictures

Cate Blanchett and her Dirty Films production company ink first-look deal with New Republic Pictures

New Republic Pictures is led by Brian Oliver and Bradley Fischer. Oliver, who received a Best Picture Academy Award nod in 2011 for “Black Swan,” formed New Republic in 2017. The company was big in the mix in this year’s Oscars, having backed the films “1917” and “Rocketman” last year.

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IFC acquires North American rights to fact-based WWII female spy drama ‘A Call to Spy’

IFC acquires North American rights to fact-based WWII female spy drama ‘A Call to Spy’

“A Call to Spy” was produced by, written by and stars Sarah Megan Thomas (“Equity”), who portrays real-life American spy Virginia Hall, who had a wooden leg. The fact-based period picture takes place at the onset of WWII, as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered a new spy agency, the Special Operations Executive, to recruit and train female spies.

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Salma Hayek inks first-look deal with HBO Max

Salma Hayek inks first-look deal with HBO Max

As a helmer, Hayek won a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Direction of a Family Movie for the 2003 TV film “The Maldonado Miracle,” on which she also served as executive producer. Her other producing credits include the recently announced “Santa Evita” at Fox Latin America and “Monarca” at Netflix.

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Gina Prince-Bythewood sets Netflix record with ‘The Old Guard,’ to direct ‘The Woman King’

Gina Prince-Bythewood sets Netflix record with ‘The Old Guard,’ to direct ‘The Woman King’

“The Old Guard,” adapted from the comic book series by author Greg Rucka and illustrator Leandro Fernández, centers on a covert team of immortal mercenaries who are suddenly exposed and must fight to keep their identity a secret just as an unexpected new member is discovered. The film is currently on track to reach 72 million households in its first four weeks, according to Netflix.

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‘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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