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14 women take home Oscar gold

Although the list of nominees for Best Director at the 2020 Oscars was entirely male, 14 women were awarded Oscar gold at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards on February 9 at the Dolby Theatre. 

According to the Women’s Media Center, only 30 percent of all non-acting Oscar nominations went to women this year. Of the 186 total nominees in those categories, 56 were women. read more.

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Haifaa Al-Mansour, Zeina Durra and other female filmakers make Sundance ‘best’ lists

This year’s Sundance Film Festival featured 48 percent of films (in competition) made by women, from features to shorts to documentaries.

The Perfect Candidate directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour, follows Maryam, a young Saudi doctor, who runs for city council after the male incumbent repeatedly ignores her request to fix the muddy road leading to her clinic.read more.

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Sundance 2020: ‘The Assistant,’ ‘Save Yourselves!’ top Best of the Fest

The 2020 Sundance Film Festival has wrapped, announced its winners, and has once again, stayed ahead of the industry curve by getting close to, achieving, and/or surpassing gender parity in filmmaking.  Statistics for this year show that 42 percent of the feature films are from women (directors and/or writers), 48 percent are features in competition, 51 percent are short films, 56 percent are U.S.read more.

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Kitty Green on ‘The Assistant:’ “If we looked cool, we would have failed”

I can’t believe it took us two and a half years to make a movie about #metoo, but better late than never. I had the privilege of seeing a director Q and A with Kitty Green last week, a kick-off to the press tour for her harrowing slice of life film The Assistant. The story of a lonely girl suffering through a job a million people would kill for made me, my friend Jeremy, and everyone else in that subway-rumbling theater experience the anxiety that comes with working for an abusive boss.read more.

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Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Carol Dysinger talks women-supported communities and the making of her career

Since filmmaker Carol Dysinger found out that her documentary short was nominated for an Oscar last week, she’s been flown all over the country for press and screenings.

For her short, “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl),” Dysinger spent time with Skateistan School House and Skate Park.… read more.

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92nd Oscar nominations tell the same old story

If the story told by this year’s Oscar nominations were an original screenplay, Academy members likely wouldn’t vote for its stale, predictable and entirely unoriginal narrative. 

Actually, the “same old” narrative probably wouldn’t matter all that much. As long as a man directs it. 

Nominees for the 92nd Academy Awards were announced Monday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. read more.

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