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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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Why are the Oscars so male-centric?

The strive for equal recognition in the film industry continues in the two years following the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. With the overwhelming lack of nominations for female writers and directors at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association gives a bleak preview for the upcoming awards season cycle.read more.

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‘Booksmart,’ ‘Little Women’ nominated for Writers Guild Awards

Kaitlyn Dever stars as Amy and Beanie Feldstein as Molly in Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, Booksmart, an Annapurna Pictures release.

Women make up about 30 percent of nominees being recognized by the Writers Guild of America for writing feature films in 2019. Of 23 total nominated screenwriters on 15 films, seven are women. 

Five of 10 writers nominated for Original Screenplay are female: 1917 co-writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns and Booksmart writers Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel and Katie Silberman.read more.

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