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AMPAS '16: Patty Jenkins

AMPAS '16: Patty Jenkins

AMPAS ADDS WOMEN DIRECTORS: With our commitment to reviewing all new releases written and/or directed by women, FF2 Media now plays an important role in breaking down barriers. AMPAS invited 683 new members this year, 49 of whom are female directors. Who are they? What are their stories? We already know them, and we are here to tell you!

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Patricia Lea "Patty" Jenkins is an American film director and screenwriter, known for Monster and Wonder Woman. Jenkins lived in 15 different countries before the age of six and four different states before college. She attended the AFI Conservatory and in 1993, graduated from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

She went on to direct the 2003 crime drama, Monster, about serial killer Aileen Wuornos, a former prostitute who was executed in Florida in 2002 for killing six men. Charlize Theron starred as Wuornos with her fictionalized lover, Selby Wall, played by Christina Ricci.

Jenkins received an Emmy nomination - and won - for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for the pilot of The Killing and two nominations for the 2012 DGA Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement. She was nominated "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series" for The Killing and "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television/Mini-Series" for Five.

In 2015, Jenkins directed the Wonder Woman, slated for a 2017 release.

FF2 Media haiku of Monster from 2003:

Rich was immediately hooked by this intense portrait of Aileen Wuornos (one of America’s first well-known female serial killers). Jan took longer but was fully committed by the inevitably heart-rending final betrayal. Theron transforms herself, becoming both physically & emotionally unrecognizable in an astonishingly raw performance. Not for the squeamish.

Read haiku: http://www.films42.com/Results.asp?id=919

Read more about Patty Jenkins: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patty_Jenkins

Top Photo: Charlize Theron as "Aileen" in Monster.

Photo Credits: Gene Page