Victoria Mahoney to direct sequel to Netflix hit ‘The Old Guard’

Victoria Mahoney to direct sequel to Netflix hit ‘The Old Guard’

Recently, Mahoney served as second unit director on J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode IX -The Rise of Skywalker,” making her the first woman and first Black woman to direct a “Star Wars” film.

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Lesli Linka Glatter elected second woman president in history of Directors Guild of America

Lesli Linka Glatter elected second woman president in history of Directors Guild of America

Plus, Glatter recently signed a first-look deal with Universal Television and formed Backyard Pictures with her producing partner, Cheryl Bloch. She is currently directing and executive producing “Love and Death,” written by David E. Kelley and starring Elizabeth Olsen, for HBO Max.

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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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Native writer/producer Sierra Teller Ornelas of ‘Rutherford Falls’ extends deal with Universal Television

Native writer/producer Sierra Teller Ornelas of ‘Rutherford Falls’ extends deal with Universal Television

In addition, her Peacock Original show “Rutherford Falls” was recently renewed for a second season. The critically acclaimed comedy is considered a breakthrough moment in Native representation in television, both in front of and behind the camera.

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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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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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12 movies with Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander women in the lead

12 movies with Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander women in the lead

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the United States, and this year, it comes at a time when those communities are seeing historic strides in popular culture even as violence and racism persists.

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‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,’ ‘Promising Young Woman’ and ‘Mulan’ take top honors at Costume Designers Guild Awards

‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,’ ‘Promising Young Woman’ and ‘Mulan’ take top honors at Costume Designers Guild Awards

Shondaland producing partners Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers (“Grey’s Anatomy”) received the Distinguished Collaborator Award, which goes to to people who show stalwart support of costume design and creative partnerships with costume designers.

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Oscars make history by nominating two women for best director in the same year

Oscars make history by nominating two women for best director in the same year

Prior to this year, only five women had been nominated for best director: Lina Wertmüller, in 1976 for “Seven Beauties”; Jane Campion, in 1993 for “The Piano”; Sofia Coppola, in 2003 for “Lost in Translation”; Kathryn Bigelow, in 2009 for “The Hurt Locker”; and Greta Gerwig, in 2017 for “Lady Bird.”

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Ava DuVernay launches ARRAY Crew personnel database to promote diversity among crew members

Ava DuVernay launches ARRAY Crew personnel database to promote diversity among crew members

Created by DuVernay and led by an all-women executive team, ARRAY Crew lives as a web-based platform with more than 3,000 qualified below-the-line crew members.

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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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Regina King, Chloe Zhao and Emerald Fennell make Golden Globes history with best director nominations

Regina King, Chloe Zhao and Emerald Fennell make Golden Globes history with best director nominations

The Globes have a wretched track record for nominating women directors. At the 2018 ceremony, Natalie Portman called out the HFPA while presenting the best director prize by quipping “Here are all the male nominees.”

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Ava DuVernay to adapt Isabel Wilkerson’s acclaimed new book ‘Caste’ for Netflix

Ava DuVernay to adapt Isabel Wilkerson’s acclaimed new book ‘Caste’ for Netflix

Titled “Caste,” the film version of Wilkerson’s book will use a multiple-story format to analyze the “unspoken system that has shaped America and chronicles how our lives today are defined by a hierarchy of human divisions dating back generations.”

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Hollywood Commission, led by Anita Hill, finds men ‘appear to inhabit a parallel universe’ in perceptions of progress in diversity and inclusion

Hollywood Commission, led by Anita Hill, finds men ‘appear to inhabit a parallel universe’ in perceptions of progress in diversity and inclusion

“Men in Hollywood appear to inhabit a parallel universe when it comes to their overwhelmingly positive perception of progress in welcoming and valuing diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives,” the Hollywood Commission said in releasing its second report from an industry survey.

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Janelle Monae horror-thriller ‘Antebellum’ to premiere as a Premium On-Demand release

Janelle Monae horror-thriller ‘Antebellum’ to premiere as a Premium On-Demand release

In “Antebellum,” successful author Veronica Henley (Monáe, “Hidden Figures,” “Moonlight”) finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality that forces her to confront the past, present and future – before it’s too late.

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Lizzo signs first-look TV deal with Amazon Studios

Lizzo signs first-look TV deal with Amazon Studios

Earlier this year, Lizzo won three Grammy Awards, for best pop solo performance for “Truth Hurts,” for best traditional R&B performance for “Jerome” and for best urban contemporary album for “Cuz I Love You.” Her music has exceeded 4 billion global streams to date, and she has quickly become a household name.

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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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Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Netflix hit ‘The Old Guard’ boasts predominantly woman post-production team

Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Netflix hit ‘The Old Guard’ boasts predominantly woman post-production team

Gina Prince-Bythewood ( “Love & Basketball,” “The Secret Life of Bees,” “Beyond the Lights”) became the first Black woman to direct a Hollywood comic-book-themed movie with “The Old Guard.” Plus, Terilyn A. Shropshire (“Eve’s Bayou”), who has collaborated with the helmer since 2000’s “Love & Basketball,” became the first Black woman to edit one.

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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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Ava DuVernay selected as first woman filmmaker to receive Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize

Ava DuVernay selected as first woman filmmaker to receive Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize

The Gish Prize is given each year to a highly accomplished artist from any discipline who has pushed the boundaries of an art form, contributed to social change and paved the way for the next generation. The selection committee for the 2020 Gish Prize chose DuVernay from nearly 60 outstanding finalists in the fields of visual and performing arts, literature and arts administration.

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Nia DaCosta to helm ‘Captain Marvel 2,’ become first Black woman director in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Nia DaCosta to helm ‘Captain Marvel 2,’ become first Black woman director in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

She becomes the fourth woman to direct a Marvel Studios blockbuster, following Boden, Cate Shortland (“Black Widow,” currently due out Nov. 6), and Chloé Zhao (“Eternals.” currently slated for Feb. 12).

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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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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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‘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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