Queen Latifah using new initiative The Queen Collective Shorts to build up women filmmakers

Queen Latifah using new initiative The Queen Collective Shorts to build up women filmmakers

Latifah personally mentored both of the winning directors for the collective’s initial year, Haley Anderson and Brittany Fennell. Anderson directed “If There Is Light,” a look at one family’s move out of the shelter system, while Fennell helmed “Ballet After Dark,” which trails a black Baltimore woman who survived abuse and now using ballet as therapy.

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Theater helmer Adrienne Campbell-Holt to make feature film directing debut with ‘Contested’

Theater helmer Adrienne Campbell-Holt to make feature film directing debut with ‘Contested’

“Contested,” written by former political operative Lynn Reed, is a timely political drama that examines political polarization through the lens of family rift. Kate Adams is the top adviser to the woman who would be the first female president of the United States, while her brother Mark serves in a similar capacity for the opponent.

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Linda Cardellini finally gets a starring role in ‘The Curse of La Llorona’

Linda Cardellini finally gets a starring role in ‘The Curse of La Llorona’

A supernatural thriller aimed at Latino audiences, “The Curse of La Llorona” also is standalone entry in “The Conjuring” horror universe. Set in 1970s Los Angeles — with Tony Amendola in a cameo as his priest character from “Annabelle” — Cardellini stars as Anna Garcia, a widowed social worker raising two children, Chris (Roman Christou) and Samantha (Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen).

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2019 Cannes Film Festival lineup brings good news and bad news for women directors

2019 Cannes Film Festival lineup brings good news and bad news for women directors

Cannes obviously has a lot of work to do to make up ground. But, again, this year indicates that the event is at least moving in the right direction: Over its first 71 years, only 4.3 percent of competition entries were directed by women, or 82 movies, while more than 1,600 men vied for the Palme d’Or, the festival’s highest honor, over that period. Only one woman, “The Piano’s” Jane Campion, has ever won that top prize.

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Mary Pickford biopic to open Hollywood Women’s Film Festival

Mary Pickford biopic to open Hollywood Women’s Film Festival

Founded by filmmaker J.R. Niles, the Hollywood Women’s Film institute is a nonprofit feminist organization created to support and facilitate programs and opportunities for women filmmakers and student filmmakers in film, TV and media.

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Camila Cabello to make acting debut as Cinderella in Kay Cannon film

Camila Cabello to make acting debut as Cinderella in Kay Cannon film

The idea for the reimagining of Cinderella grew from an original idea from late-night talk show host and Tony Award winner James Corden, who is producing the feature project with Leo Pearlman, his partner at Fulwell 73. The production banner that has found success with documentaries such as the BAFTA-nominated “Bros: After the Screaming Stops,” “The Class of ’92” and “Karaoke.”

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As ‘Captain Marvel’ passes $1 billion worldwide, its screenwriters form production company

As ‘Captain Marvel’ passes $1 billion worldwide, its screenwriters form production company

The groundbreaking success is busting down doors for the team that created “Captain Marvel,” and they’re joining forces to ensure that Carol Danvers isn’t the only woman’s story to fly higher, further and faster in the typically male-dictated world of action and genre stories, according to Vanity Fair.

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Interview: Emma Tammi talks about her femme-focused horror Western ‘The Wind’

Interview: Emma Tammi talks about her femme-focused horror Western ‘The Wind’

The Western horror story, which premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival, centers on Lizzy Macklin (Caitlin Gerard, “Insidious: The Last Key”), a capable German immigrant working to carve out a life alongside her God-fearing husband Isaac (Ashley Zukerman) on a remote stretch of the American frontier. When newcomers Emma and Gideon Harper (Julia Goldani Telles and Dylan McTee) set up homestead nearby, their arrival stirs up Lizzy’s dormant fears of a sinister presence haunting the land and sets off a harrowing chain of events.

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AFI receives National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study gender parity in U.S. film history

AFI receives National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study gender parity in U.S. film history

“Women They Talk About” will use what is described as cutting-edge technology to discuss gender roles in the AFI Catalog’s collection of more than 500,000 credits in the first century of the film industry, providing new empirical evidence about employment and gender parity in the film industry.

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Lucy Liu developing anthology series ‘Unsung Heroes’ to shine spotlight on overlooked women

Lucy Liu developing anthology series ‘Unsung Heroes’ to shine spotlight on overlooked women

“Unsung Heroes” will profile women who were highly accomplished in their fields but did not receive acknowledgment for their achievements and how their stories have affected history. The first episode will focus on Hollywood’s silent era star Anna May Wong.

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