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WW Newsletter 8/8!

YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE written and directed by Lynne Ramsay

Lynne is a Scottish film director, writer, producer, and cinematographer best known for WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN and YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE. Her films are marked by a fascination with children and young people and the recurring themes of grief, guilt and death. Most of Lynne's movies are are based on books; but they’re not the usual straightforward filmic translation. By reimagining a book’s imagining, she creates her own new world. Lynne was also a member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival in 2015 and a member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival in 2013.

Watch the trailer to YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE!

Short Form Filmmaker Highlight:

  • Rayka Zehtabchi for her short "Madaran"

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WW Newsletter 8/1!

MEGAN LEAVEY directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Gabriela is an incredible diverse female director whose narrative directorial debut, MEGAN LEAVEY was released by Bleeker Street. LD Financed the film starring Kate Mara, Common and Eddie Falco. The film received an “A” cinema score and extremely positive critical response. Gabriela also directed the documentary BLACKFISH, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2013 and was distributed by CNN Films. It was also nominated for a BAFTA in the Best Documentary Category.

Short Form Filmmaker Highlight

  • Sonejuhi Sinha for her short "Miles of Sand."

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WW Newsletter 7/25!

NEVER GOIN' BACK, Written and Directed by Augustine Frizzell

Augustine most recently wrapped directing the pilot EUPHORIA for HBO. An exciting emerging filmmaker with a sharp, poignant, and unique voice she is a Texas native, growing up all over the south following her musician father’s career. Her debut film, NEVER GOIN BACK, informed by her own childhood, premiered at Sundance this year to rave reviews and many “must see” lists.  A Variety “10 Directors To Watch,” her film, described as “a cross between Spring Breakers and Tangerine, Never Goin’ Back follows two disillusioned teen girls who hate their dead end diner jobs and follows them as they attempt to carry out their simple plan of living on the beach.”  Inspired by real events from her teen years, Augustine wanted to make a comedy for kids much like herself, who didn’t come from middle class suburbia. Watch the trailer for NEVER GOIN' BACK here! 

Short Form Filmmaker Highlights

  • Rungano Nyoni and Hamy Ramezan for their short "Listen"
  • Ally Pankiw for her music video "Ralph-Girl Next Door ft. Tobi"

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WW Newsletter 7/18!

THE DIVINE ORDER written and directed by Petra Volpe

Petra won the Nora Ephron Prize at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and the film won the Audience Award. THE DIVINE ORDER stars Marie Leuenberger, who also won for Best Actress in an International Narrative Feature. Additionally, the film was selected as Switzerland’s entry for the 2018 Academy Awards. Petra lives in Brooklyn and is originally from Switzerland. Watch the trailer for THE DIVINE ORDER here!

Short Form Filmmaker Highlight

  • Renée Marie Petropoulos for her short "Tangles and Knots"

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WW newsletter 7/11!

DIVINES directed by Houda Benyamina.

Houda is a French-Moroccan director whose directorial debut film DIVINES premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and took home the prestigious Camera d'Or at the festival. In 2017, it was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best foreign language film. The film follows a young girl from the French ghetto and her slow descent into a life of crime. Variety commended the film as a “punchy, pacy directorial debut” that ought to be “a career-making film.” Houda is the founder of an organization called 1000 Faces to help kids from diverse backgrounds learn how to make films. For DIVINES, Houda also won three CESAR awards (equivalent of French Oscars) including Best Debut Film. She is currently in post on her first pilot, DEADLIER THAN THE MALE, executive produced by Bruna Papandrea for TNT.

Short Form Filmmaker Highlight:

  • Minnie Schedeen for her short, "Farmhouse."
  • Sherrie Silver for choreographing Childish Gambino's "This is America."

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WW Newsletter 6/27!

DEAD WOMAN WALKING written and directed by Hagar Ben-Asher

Hagar is an Israeli filmmaker whose newest film, DEAD WOMEN WALKING, was conceived of as nine vignettes that depict the stages leading to execution for female death row inmates. The film, which is in English and stars American actors, had its world premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival to critical acclaim. It will next screen at the Venice Film Festival in September. Her feature debut, THE SLUT, which she directed, wrote, and starred in, premiered at La Semaine de la Critique in Cannes 2011 and was distributed worldwide.

Short Form Filmmaker Highlight

  • Laura Moss for her short "Fry Yay"


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WW Newsletter 6/20!

SET IT UP, directed by Claire Scanlon and written by Katie Silberman

Claire’s feature debut is the comedy SET IT UP, written by Katie Silberman, for Netflix with Treehouse Pictures producing. It premiered to great reviews and is now streaming on Netflix. Claire is originally from the editing world and she won an Emmy Award in 2013 for editing the series finale of THE OFFICE. After the show concluded, she transitioned into directing full-time. She recently directed a pilot for NBC, Mike Schur and Matt Hubbard, and has directed multiple episodes of THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE and THE LAST MAN ON EARTH. She recently shot an episode of GLOW for Netflix. Claire directs single camera comedies for both cable and network channels. 

Short Form Filmmaker Highlight

  • Rebecca Halfon for her short "Bodega"
  • Domee Shi for her Pixar short "Bao"

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WW Newsletter 6/13!

THE TALE directed, written, and produced by Jennifer Fox

Jennifer Fox is an internationally acclaimed producer, director, writer and camerawoman. Her groundbreaking films include: BEIRUT: THE LAST HOME MOVIE (Grand Prize Winner & Best Cinematography, Sundance Film Festival 1988), the ten-hour AN AMERICAN LOVE STORY, the six-part, FLYING CONFESSIONS OF A FREE WOMAN, and the feature MY REINCARNATION (Emmy Award nominated). Fox has executive produced numerous award-winning films including: LOVE & DIANE; ON THE ROPES, SHE’S LOST CONTROL and THE PATHOLOGICAL OPTIMIST. Fox recently completed the fiction feature, THE TALE, which she wrote, directed, and was one of the producers, with an outstanding all-star cast including: Laura Dern, Ellen Burstyn, Elizabeth Debicki, Jason Ritter and Common. THE TALE premiered to critical acclaim at Sundance 2018 and aired on HBO Films this year. Fox appeared in several films about filmmaking. Fox teaches master classes and in Universities internationally.

Short Form Filmmaker Highlight

  • Dionne Edwards for her short "We Love Moses"
  • Julie Gautier for her underwater music video

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WW Newsletter 6/6!

WAYNE'S WORLD directed by Penelope Spheeris

Spheeris is often referred to as a 'rock 'n roll anthropologist'. In 1992, Spheeris directed her seventh feature, and first studio film, "Wayne's World" at Paramount Pictures. Spheeris's first mega-hit came with Wayne's World, based on the nonsensical but nonetheless popular Saturday Night Live skit featuring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as self-proclaimed "party dudes" who have their own cable TV show. Subsequently she directed and produced "The Beverly Hillbillies" (Fox), wrote and directed "The Little Rascals" (Universal), then directed "Black Sheep" (Paramount), etc. For now, Spheeris is working on her own projects: a documentary about her carnival-traveling parents, and Decline Part IV.

Short Form Filmmaker Highlight

  • Kim Gehrig for her commercial work
  • Christina Hodson 

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WW Newsletter 5/30!

A VIGILANTE, written and directed by Sarah Daggar-Nickson

Sarah is an Australia-native, New York-based writer and director. SARAH first gained prominence through her two short films “DEAD HANDS”, starring Brady Corbet, and “THE LIGHT IN THE NIGHT”, starring Luke Grimes and executive produced by Lars Knudsen. A VIGILANTE premiered this year at SXSW starring Olivia Wilde.

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WW Newsletter 5/23!

REVENGE written and directed by Coralie Fargeat

Coralie’s first feature film, REVENGE, premiered to rave reviews at the Toronto Film Festival. It is a revenge movie somewhere between Kill Bill and Deliverance, using a flashy style and visual humor to subvert the horror genre and reclaim it with a feminist point of view. Coralie just won Best Director and Best Up and Coming Director Awards at the Sitges Film Festival. REVENGE also screened in the Midnight section of Sundance. The movie is being released in the U.S. on May 11th by Neon/Shudder. 

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WW Newsletter 5/16!

GALVESTON written and directed by Mélanie Laurent

A true multi-hyphenate, Mélanie first came to attention of American audiences with her starring role of ‘Shosanna’ in Quentin Tarantino’s “INGLORIOUS BASTERDS”. Mélanie has since gone on to work with an elite group of filmmakers, including Mike Mills (“BEGINNERS”) and Denis Villeneuve (“ENEMY”). She was recently featured in Angelina Jolie’s “BY THE SEA” and starred in Tran Anh Hung’s “ETERNITY”. In 2011, Mélanie made her feature directorial debut with “THE ADOPTED”, following up with the critically-acclaimed “BREATHE” in 2014 (93% on Rotten Tomatoes, nine award nominations). Mélanie’s environmentally-focused documentary, “DEMAIN”, received the award for Best Documentary at the 41st Annual César Awards and became the biggest French theatrical documentary release of 2015. Her third narrative feature, “PLONGER”, premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Her first English language feature, “GALVESTON”, premiered at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival in March 2018. 

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WW Newsletter 5/9!

ON BODY AND SOUL written and directed by Ildikó Enyedi

Ildikó is a Hungarian film director and screenwriter. She has directed eight films since 1989. Ildikó Enyedi was born on November 15, 1955 in Budapest, Hungary. She is a director and writer, known for ON BODY AND SOUL (2017), SIMON, THE MAGICIAN (1999) and MY TWENTIETH CENTURY (1989). ON BODY AND SOUL premiered at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Golden Bear. The film went on to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film representing Hungary. She just announced that her next film will be an adaptation of The Story of My Wife, about a man who makes a bet with his friend to marry the next woman who walks into the café where they are eating. The film was adapted from a novel by Milán Füst of the same name.

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WW newsletter 5/2!

MUSTANG, directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven and written by Deniz & Alice Winocour

Deniz is a Turkish-French filmmaker. MUSTANG is her debut film and it premiered in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Europa Cinemas Label Award. It later played in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was selected as the French entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards It was later shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Fun fact #1: Deniz’ latest feature KINGS is in theaters now! She wrote and directed it. Halle Berry and Daniel Craig star. Fun Fact #2: Deniz was pregnant while filming MUSTANG

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WW Newsletter 4/25!

AMERICAN HONEY written and directed by Andrea Arnold

Andrea is an award-winning British auteur. After pursuing dancing and acting in England, she studied directing at the AFI Conservatory and a few years later, won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short for Wasp. Andrea’s features, Red Road, Fish Tank, and American Honey all won the Jury Prize at Cannes as well as multiple BAFTAs. Marked by an interest in those living in the outer fringes of society, Arnold’s films famously feature non-professional actors, complex female protagonists, and gritty film cinematography. Recently, she has directed three episodes of Transparent and four episodes of I Love Dick. She is currently in production for the highly anticipated Big Little Lies, for which she will direct all seven episodes.

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WW newsletter 4/18!

6 BALLONS written and directed by Marja-Lewis Ryan

MARJA-LEWIS is an award-winning filmmaker and playwright who received an honors BFA from NYU. Marja is currently writing the SPLASH remake for Disney, which will star Jillian Bell and Channing Tatum. She also sold a show with Jill Soloway to Amazon. A GOOD FAMILY, a play that she wrote and directed, was chosen by TimeOut LA as one of LA’s best productions of 2015. The Ovation Award nomination for ONE IN THE CHAMBER was Marja’s second time being nominated. Last year, she directed Felicity Huffman in David Mamet’s play THE ANARCHIST under David's mentorship after he loved OITC. She started her career writing/producing THE FOUR-FACED LIAR, an indie that won the HBO Audience Award for Best First Feature.

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WW newsletter 4/11!

BLOCKERS, directed by Kay Cannon

No Women Wednesday tonight, but you should use this time to go see BLOCKERS!!!!!!! Kay Cannon directed the shit out of this movie. It is pure cinema and laughter and joy!!!!!!!!!!!!

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WW Newsletter 4/4!

INTO THE FOREST written and directed by Patricia Rozema

Patricia is a Canadian director who directed features like INTO THE FOREST and I'VE HEARD THE MERMAIDS SINGING and TV shows like ANNE WITH AN E and MOZART IN THE JUNGLE. She's working on (another) feminist film based on a play by Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava.

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WW Newsletter 3/28!

PARIAH, written and directed by Dee Rees

DEE REES (Writer/Director) is an alumna of New York University’s graduate film program and a 2008 Sundance Screenwriting & Directing Lab Fellow. She has written and directed several short films. Dee was also selected as a 2008 Tribeca Institute/Renew Media Arts Fellow for her work; was chosen as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” for 2008; and was nominated for a USA Fellowship in 2009. Her feature Pariah world-premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was honored with the Festival’s [U.S. Dramatic Competition] Excellence in Cinematography Award (Bradford Young). DEE’s next project, BESSIE, landed at HBO. With Queen Latifah starring the film garnered 4 Primetime Emmy wins and 12 Emmy nominations including Outstanding Writing and Directing for a Miniseries or Movie. BESSIE won the 2015 Critics Choice TV awards and the OFTA TV award. For BESSIE, Dee also won the 2016 DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Miniseries. Her latest feature MUDBOUND premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Netflix. It is about two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war. Dee Rees made Oscar History this year as the 1st Black Woman Nominated For Best Adapted Screenplay—for MUDBOUND.

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WW newsletter 3/21!

HONEYTRAP, written and directed by Rebecca Johnson

This film premiered at SXSW in 2015 and screened at multiple European festivals to critical acclaim – it was released in the US through Ava Duvernay. Rebecca was nominated for Best British Newcomer at the London International Film Festival and was featured in the Hollywood Reporter as 1 of 20 female directors to know. Since then, she has directed episodes of THE MAGICIANS for SyFy, SUPERGIRL for The CW and Berlanti Productions, CALL THE MIDWIFE for BBC, and the upcoming YouTube Red/UCP series IMPULSE.