Ann Sarnoff, ‘Ophelia’ lead female filmmaker moments of the week

Warner Bros. has tapped BBC Studios Americas president Ann Sarnoff as its new CEO, the first time a woman has held the post in the studio’s 100-year history. She’s set to join the studio later this summer. Read more at Variety.

FF2 Media’s Pamela Powell interviewed Director Claire McCarthy on what Daisy Ridley brought to #Ophelia, a contemporary spin on Hamlet. “There’s an integrity and strength of character that comes through that I think Daisy really has. She’s just got this fortitude.” Read the full interview here
Follow Pamela Powell on Twitter: @PamelaPowell9

Elena Rossini, director of The Illusionists, created Instagram stickers that promote diversity & inclusion and celebrate #FemaleFilmmakerFriday. They are currently the TOP result in searches for “film director” stickers in IG Stories.
Follow Elena Rossini on Twitter: @_elena

The poster for Lynn Shelton’s Sword of Trust was just released. The film, co-written with Mike O’Brien stars Marc MaronMichaela Watkins, Jillian Bell,  Jon Bass, Toby Huss, Whitmer Thomas, Tim Paul, and Dan Bakkedahl. The film from IFC Films opens in theaters July 12.
Follow Lynn Shelton on Twitter: @lynnsheltonfilm

“I’ve had male directors say to me, ‘You’re talking too much about this woman stuff,’” Jessica Chastain told Kyle Buchanon in an interview with Independent. “I truly believe that if we keep seeding this inclusivity and flowering it into learning about the stories of others, not only does the industry change, but society in some way becomes more tolerant.”
Follow Jessica Chastain on Twitter: @jes_chastain

In an interview with Wall Street Journal magazine, actress Beanie Feldstein said, “There can never be too many female friendship stories, as far as I’m concerned,” says  Beanie Feldstein, who stars, alongside Kaitlyn Dever, in “Booksmart.” “I hope there are thousands.” Read the full interview here.
Follow Beanie Feldstein on Twitter: @BeanieFeldstein

Beanie Feldstein (Credit: WSJ Magazine)

Notable accounts to follow:

ReFrame: ReFrame seeks to address systemic barriers and cultivate gender parity at every level in film, TV, and media.
Follow ReFrame on Twitter: @ReFrameProject
Film Fatales: Film Fatales advocates for parity in film and supports a community of hundreds of underrepresented film and television directors around the world.
Follow Film Fatales on Twitter: @FilmFatalesOrg
CherryPicks: CherryPicks is the only place to find film reviews, rankings, recommendations, and original stories, exclusively from female, femme, and nonbinary voices.
Follow CherryPicks on Twitter: @TheCherryPicks
Featured photo: Daisy Ridley stars in director Claire McCarthy Ophelia a contemporary spin on Hamlet 
© Brigid K. Presecky (6/28/19) FF2 Media
Featured photo: Daisy Ridley stars in director Claire McCarthy Ophelia a contemporary spin on Hamlet ( Covert Media, Bert Marcus Productions, Bobker / Kruger Films)

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Brigid Presecky began her career in journalism at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. In 2008, she joined FF2 Media as a part-time film critic and multimedia editor. Receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Bradley University, she moved to Los Angeles where she worked in development, production and publicity for Berlanti Productions, Entertainment Tonight and Warner Bros. Studios, respectively. Returning to her journalistic roots in Chicago, she is now a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and certified Rotten Tomatoes Film Critic.
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