‘Fancy Dance’ filmmaker Erica Tremblay to receive inaugural Jaya Award at Athena Film Festival

‘Fancy Dance’ filmmaker Erica Tremblay to receive inaugural Jaya Award at Athena Film Festival

“Fancy Dance” stars Indigenous performer Lily Gladstone, a trailblazing Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee for her lead role in Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon.”

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New Proof of Concept Accelerator Program now accepting applications

New Proof of Concept Accelerator Program now accepting applications

Proof of Concept is designed to challenge the three most significant barriers women, transgender and nonbinary directors face as they navigate the industry: funding, mentorship and exposure.

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Dee Rees’ Oscar-nominated 2017 drama ‘Mudbound’ getting Criterion Collection release

Dee Rees’ Oscar-nominated 2017 drama ‘Mudbound’ getting Criterion Collection release

Set in the Mississippi Delta of the 1940s, “Mudbound” follows two farming families — one of white landholders, one of Black tenant farmers — who are bound by the unforgiving soil as they struggle to survive amid the upheavals of World War II and the venomous hatred of the Jim Crow South.

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Writer-director Julia Verdin’s human trafficking drama ‘Maya’ due in theaters in January

Writer-director Julia Verdin’s human trafficking drama ‘Maya’ due in theaters in January

The award-winning filmmaker is also the founder of Artists for Change, nonprofit organization with a mission to create high-impact film, television and multimedia projects to inspire individuals, organizations and communities to bring about positive social change.

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Lagueria Davis’ ‘Black Barbie: A Documentary’ finds a home with Netflix and Shondaland

Lagueria Davis’ ‘Black Barbie: A Documentary’ finds a home with Netflix and Shondaland

“Black Barbie” celebrates the momentous impact three Black women at Mattel had on the evolution of the Barbie brand as we know it. Through these charismatic insiders’ stories, the documentary tells the story of how the first Black Barbie came to be in 1980, examining the importance of representation and how dolls can be crucial to the formation of identity and imagination.

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Beyoncé brings ‘Renaissance’ concert film to movie theaters

Beyoncé brings ‘Renaissance’ concert film to movie theaters

Running 2 1/2 hours, “Renaissance: A Film By Beyoncé” follows the journey of Queen Bey’s blockbuster “Renaissance World Tour” from its inception to its opening in Stockholm, Sweden, to its finale in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Greta Gerwig’s ‘Barbie’ sets opening-weekend records, sitting pretty going into second weekend

Greta Gerwig’s ‘Barbie’ sets opening-weekend records, sitting pretty going into second weekend

The blockbuster based on Mattel’s iconic doll opened with a dazzling $162 million at the North American box office over the July 21-23 weekend, giving Gerwig the record for the largest opening weekend for a female director.

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Film Independent chooses six fellows for second Amplifier Fellowship

Film Independent chooses six fellows for second Amplifier Fellowship

Over the course of the nine-month program, the Amplifier Fellows receive creative support to propel a selected project forward both creatively and strategically as well as customized mentorship pairings including with a Netflix executive as an industry advisor and a board member from Film Independent.

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Amazon Studios and IllumiNative join forces for episodic directors program

Amazon Studios and IllumiNative join forces for episodic directors program

The IllumiNative Episodic Directors Program will provide resources and opportunities for emerging and mid-career Indigenous directors to work with a director across prep and shooting of episodic content, gaining valuable on-set experience and furthering their paths to success in the industry, according to a news release.

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Producers Guild honors Chinonye Chukwu’s ‘Till’ with Stanley Kramer Award

Producers Guild honors Chinonye Chukwu’s ‘Till’ with Stanley Kramer Award

The Producers Guild of America has named Chinonye Chukwu’s fact-based drama Till as its 2023 Stanley Kramer Award honoree. The Stanley Kramer Award lauds a production, producer, or other individuals whose achievement or contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues, the PGA revealed on Facebook.  Producers Keith Beauchamp, Barbara Broccoli, Whoopi Goldberg, Thomas Levine, Michael Reilly and Frederick Zollo will share the honor at the ceremony at the 34th Annual Producers Guild Awards, scheduled for Feb. 25 at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

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Sojourner Truth Festival of the Arts to showcase Black women filmmakers in Chicago in 2023

Sojourner Truth Festival of the Arts to showcase Black women filmmakers in Chicago in 2023

Situating new film work by Black women within a broader Black feminist arts ecosystem, the 1976 festival was simultaneously a celebration of the emerging world of Black women’s filmmaking as well as a radical call for the kinds of sociopolitical and institutional changes necessary for a Black women’s film culture to thrive.

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New York Women in Film & Television presents film festival awards and scholarships

New York Women in Film & Television presents film festival awards and scholarships

The 2022 awards were bestowed on up-and-coming filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers as part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to nurturing the next generation of women in media.

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Afghanistan documentary ‘In Her Hands,’ produced Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, headed to Netflix

Afghanistan documentary ‘In Her Hands,’ produced Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, headed to Netflix

Filmed across two turbulent years, the documentary “In Her Hands” tells the story of Zarifa Ghafari, who at age 26 became one of Afghanistan’s first female mayors and the youngest to ever hold the position. The film documents her fight for survival against the backdrop of her country’s accelerated unraveling.

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Chinonye Chukwu’s movie ‘Till’ to premiere at New York Film Festival’s opening weekend

Chinonye Chukwu’s movie ‘Till’ to premiere at New York Film Festival’s opening weekend

“Till” stars Danielle Deadwyler as Mamie Till Mobley, Jalyn Hall as Emmett Till, Frankie Faison as John Carthan, Haley Bennett as Carolyn Bryant, Sean Patrick Thomas as Gene Mobley, John Douglas Thompson as Moses Wright and Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg as Alma Carthan.

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Michelle Yeoh to receive Toronto International Film Festival’s inaugural Share Her Journey Groundbreaker Award

Michelle Yeoh to receive Toronto International Film Festival’s inaugural Share Her Journey Groundbreaker Award

The TIFF Share Her Journey Groundbreaker Award recognizes a woman who is a leader in the film industry and has made a positive impact for women throughout their career. The inaugural award is inspired by TIFF’s Share Her Journey initiative, which was created to address gender parity in the film industry, among other aims.

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Final season of Ava DuVernay’s ‘Queen Sugar’ to again showcase women directors

Final season of Ava DuVernay’s ‘Queen Sugar’ to again showcase women directors

With nearly three dozen filmmakers making their directorial debut on “Queen Sugar,” the series marks a shift in industry hiring standards for women and people of color behind the camera.

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Janet Yang elected president of the Motion Picture Academy, making history

Janet Yang elected president of the Motion Picture Academy, making history

Yang, who is of Chinese descent, is the first Asian person ever selected as president of the Academy as well as just the fourth woman to take on the leadership position.

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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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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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‘CODA,’ ‘Black Widow,’ ‘West Side Story’ and more receive ReFrame Stamp

‘CODA,’ ‘Black Widow,’ ‘West Side Story’ and more receive ReFrame Stamp

A total of 28 of the top 100 films of 2021 met the criteria to receive the ReFrame Stamp, including Marvel’s “Black Widow” and “Eternals,” the movie musical “In the Heights,” the reboot “The Matrix Resurrections” and more.

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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 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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Starz developing drama series about African warrior ‘Queen Nzinga’

Starz developing drama series about African warrior ‘Queen Nzinga’

The series will share the remarkable true story of Nzinga, who fought against the cruel subjugation of her people by Portuguese slavers. Set in 17th-century Angola, it will chronicle the legendary tale of Nzinga’s transformation from an innocent princess into a fearless warrior queen who rages a ferocious 40-year guerrilla war against the kingdom’s formidable enemies.

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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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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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