Women in Film, Los Angeles has announced the three teams of female filmmakers who have been selected as the first fellows in the Google-backed WIF Shorts Lab. Teams will be paired with mentors, including producers Kira Carstensen and Alexandra Perez and executive producer Martha Cronin, and will receive grants to complete their films.
The projects are “Choices,” from writer-director Kameishia Wooten (pictured, left), producer Robin J. Hayes and executive producer Meagann Pallares; “Please in Spanish” by writer-director Patricia Seely (pictured, center) and producer Alexandra Clayton and “Silverlake Cleaners,” by writer-director Katarina Zhu (pictured, right).
The projects were selected by a jury composed of Stephanie Allain, Lake Bell, Margie Moreno and Talitha Watkins.
The American Cinematheque announces the special screening of “New Jack City”
The American Cinematheque announced a “Jack’s New Town“Special screening event on April 9 followed by a Q&A with director Mario Van Peebles.
The closure of “New Jack City” in Westwood in 1991 is indicative of a confluence of violence against black people on and off screen in real life. It’s a legacy of film and television that actively continues to haunt us today,” said series co-curator Roya Rastegar. “We often talk about the power of film to represent marginalized communities. But the burden of “being real” and authentically representing their community can be a trap for BIPOC filmmakers. This program reflects and honors the films of the 1990s that blunted the force of the politics of representation and respectability and toyed with the idea of what was “real”.
Over the next year, the American Cinematheque will host “Perpetratin’ Realism” to explore the new wave of 1990s films by black filmmakers. Dubbed by scholar and critic Manthia Diawara, “new black realism” films featured dynamic portrayals of black people grappling with hierarchies of power and the living legacies of white racism, gun violence and illicit economies.
Currently scheduled films include “Clockers” directed by Spike Lee, “Menace II Society” directed by The Hughes Brothers, “Set It Off” directed by F. Gary Gray, “I Like It Like That” directed by Darnell Martin and “ House Party” directed by Reginald Hudlin.
Film Independent Announces 2022 Screenwriting Lab Participants
Film Independent has announced that Sari Arambulo, Rob Connolly, Elise H. Greven, Sanford Jenkins, Phumi Morare and Lanre Olabisi have been selected for its annual Screenwriting Lab.
Now in its 24th year, the Screenwriting Lab provides mentorship and career development to emerging screenwriters with fictional screenplays. Previous Screenwriting Lab participants include acclaimed filmmakers Chloe Zhao and Andrew Ahn, who worked on their debut films “Songs My Brother Taught Me” and “Spa Night” under the program. This year’s class will receive guidance from counselors Javier Fuentes-León, Pamela Ribon, Ellen Shanman, Robin Swicord, and Christopher Makoto Yogi. Ruth Atkinson, Alex Camilleri, Angela Cheng Caplan, KD Davila, Matthew Dy, Greta Fuentes, Sam Intili, Amanda Marshall, Alex Moratto, Sheila Hanahan Taylor and Elliott Whitton will serve as additional speakers and advisors.
Film Independent also awarded the first Hyde Park Entertainment & Warner Music Group Screenwriting Fellowship, which provides a $12,500 stipend to support the development of a screenplay. This year’s scholarship was awarded to Arambulo, for his screenplay “Family Style (fka Foodie)”. Hyde Park Entertainment will produce his project and provide him with industry mentorship.
See a list of selected screenwriters and their names below:
“A Storybook Ending”
Writer/Director: Lanre Olabisi
When a black man accidentally kills a white cop, the cover-up sets off a chain reaction that brings together seven disparate characters who all become embroiled in a game of robbery, mistaken identity, blackmail and murder.
“Family Style (fka Foodie)”
Screenwriter: Sari Arambulo
When a food-obsessed transracial Filipino adoptee strikes up an unlikely friendship with a picky eater who begins working at the same Filipino restaurant, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery to find her real birth mother.
“Joy and Pain”
Writer/Director: Sanford Jenkins
An exploration of two families, through a young couple burying a parent and bearing their first child.
Writer/Director: Rob Connolly
Lavender Country is the true story of Patrick Haggerty and his radical group Gay Liberationists as they created the world’s first openly queer country album in 1973, chronicling their fight for survival, freedom and true intimacy in the midst of the sexual revolution.
Screenwriter: Elise H. Greven
Biologist Rachel Carson takes on government and powerful chemical industries as she struggles to write “Silent Spring,” the book that sparked the creation of America’s environmental movement.
“There is salt in the water”
Writer/Director: Phumi Morare
A Senegalese surfer and immigrant to South Africa fights to start a surf school for black children in the slums. His efforts are further thwarted when his daughter falls ill and develops an obsession with water.
‘Reservation Dogs’ Creators Taika Waititi and Sterlin Harjo Receive ICG Publicists Television Showpersons Award
Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi, multiple award-winning co-creators and executive producers of the acclaimed television series “Reservation Dogs,” have been named recipients of the ICG Publicists (International Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 600) 2022 Television Showpersons Award.
“Reservation Dogs” is the first television series to feature an all-Indigenous team of writers, directors, and series regulars. Harjo and Waititi will be honored at the ICG Publicists Awards luncheon at the Beverly Hilton on March 25, awards chairs Tim Menke and Sheryl Main announced today.
“While we look forward to celebrating publicists, we are also thrilled to recognize the showmanship of Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi for co-creating the innovative and critically acclaimed Booking Dogs. We commend them for advancing the portrayal of Indigenous peoples on television. Reservation Dogs is compelling television at its best for all audiences,” Menke said.
The Academy Museum will pay tribute to Tilda Swinton and Steve McQueen at a gala
the Academy Museum announced details of its second annual gala. Miky Lee, Steve McQueen and Tilda Swinton will all be honored on October 15.
Halle Berry, Jason Blum, Ryan Murphy and Lupita Nyong’o will all co-host the evening which will raise vital funds to support the museum’s access, education and programming initiatives.
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