WIF Gala Honors Female Directors; Poehler Named ‘Entrepreneur in Entertainment’

The power of an organization like Women in Film cannot be overlooked in today’s world. As women finally find themselves in a world where they can begin to be recognized, the significance of this union of female artists is just beginning to take shape. The Los Angeles chapter of WIF is gearing up to host its annual gala that will take place on June 12, 2019. The gala will be hosted by Xosha Roquemore of The Mindy Project and Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here.

WIF has been dedicated to advancing the careers of women in the film industry since 1977, however the impact of women honoring women is only now becoming real. This year, the board has chosen to highlight community, advocacy and entrepreneurship. A new slate of awards has been announced honoring some powerhouse women in the industry.

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The nominees in for best directing are:

I Feel Pretty, Abby Kohn

I Think We’re Alone Now, Reed Morano

Jinn, Nijila Mu’min

Leave No Trace, Debra Granik

Let the Sunshine In, Claire Denis

Madeline’s Madeline, Josephine Decker

Mary Queen of Scots, Josie Rourke

Mary Shelley, Haifaa al-Mansour

Mug, Malgorzata Szumowska

Nancy Christina Chloe

Never Going Back, Augustine Frizzell

Night Comes On, Jordana Spiro

Oh Lucy, Atsuko Hirayanagi

On the Basis of Sex, Mimi Leder

Outside In, Lynn Shelton

Private Life, Tamara Jenkins

Revenge, Coralie Fargeat

Skate Kitchen, Crystal Moselle

The Darkest Minds, Jennifer Yuh Nelson

The Kindergarten Teacher, Sara Colangelo

The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Desiree Akharan

The Nightingale, Jennifer Kent

The Rider, Chloe Zhao

The Spy Who Dumped Me, Susanna Fogel

The Strange Ones, Lauren Wolkstein

The Year of Spectacular Men, Lea Thompson

What They Had, Elizabeth Chomko

Where the Hands Touch, Amma Asante

You Were Never Really Here, Lynne Ramsay

Zama Lucrecia Martel

The names of these prodigious women honorees are certainly recognizable, but if you aren’t familiar with their work, here is a little insight into their individual careers and why they each are abundantly deserving of the recognition.

The Women In Film Entrepreneur in Entertainment Award – Amy Poehler

This award celebrates “the ongoing achievements of an individual whose work nurtures the advancement of their female collaborators.” Amy Poehler has been making us all laugh for more than two decades. From the SNL stage to her latest accomplishment, Wine Country, Poehler is one of the most versatile and dedicated women in the industry. Wine Country is an endlessly entertaining film that recently dropped on Netflix. Poehler stars in the female-driven film, but perhaps more importantly, she not only produced this gem but she made her directorial debut guiding a cast of talented women.  Poehler is living proof that women can be powerful in many capacities, and no limitations can be placed on their potential. Poehler has several projects in development.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JUNE 13: Women In Film, Los Angeles Board President Cathy Schulman, wearing Max Mara, attends the Women In Film 2018 Crystal + Lucy Awards presented by Max Mara, Lancôme and Lexus at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 13, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Women In Film)
The Crystal Award for Advocacy in Entertainment-Cathy Schulman

This award was established in 1977 “to honor outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry.”

Cathy Schulman is truly inspiring in her leadership and her visionary work. Schulman is the President and CEO of Welle Entertainment. Welle is the first female facing, independent film, television, and finance company in Hollywood. Schulman was an executive at The Samuel Goldwynn Company and Savoy Pictures. She was also the president of Mandalay Pictures, and Head of Production for STX Entertainment. She holds and honorary doctorate from Chapman University where she taught graduate-level filmmaking. Schulam was on the board of WIF and is an advocate for gender parity in media. Her accomplishments go on and on and she continues to be an enormous influence on the role of women in the film and television industry.

These awards are truly groundbreaking as they honor not only the artistry of these women, they also honor the business savvy and entrepreneurial spirit that is so incredibly important to women who make a difference in the industry, and in the world.  

Adding to the energy, the first ever Women In Film Member’s Choice Award will be announced at the event. This is the inaugural year for this important award and the focus of the honor is exactly where it should be: female directors. The Member’s Choice Award aims to honor the vastly talented pool of female directors, all of whom were overlooked at this year’s Oscars and throughout the mainstream awards platforms.

And with that impressive list comes the realization of just how many women directed quality feature films last year, only to be overlooked on the world stage. We will follow the gala in June! Click HERE for more information.

© Angela Stern (5/29/19) FF2 Media

Featured photo: Amy Poehler, director of Netflix’s WINE COUNTRY (Credit: Netflix EPK)

Tags: Angela Stern, Entrepreneur in Entertainment, women in film

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Angela Stern is a writer and actress. She earned her BFA in theater from U.C. Santa Barbara and began writing plays shortly after graduating. She is the author of five short plays, three full-length plays, and several short films as well as a novel. Angela had the honor of being selected as one of the 30 finalists in the 2016 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival. In August 2016, the show was performed at the East 13th Street Theatre in New York. In October of 2016 her work was a finalist in the Manhattan Rep Short Play Festival and in August 2017 the play went on to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Most recently, Angela's full-length play was selected as one of the finalists in the Athena Project's PIP series. Her screenplay for Mama’s Eggnog was recognized as a quarter-finalist in the 2018 Final Draft Screen Writing Competition. She is an independent film critic and contributor to Screenpicks.com. Angela has acted extensively on stage throughout the US and in several independent films as well.
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