7 items from 2017
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Twelve projects have been selected to participate in The Writers Lab, produced by New York Women in Film and Television and Iris, an organization that promotes female voices in fictional film.
Meryl Streep and Oprah Winfrey fund the program, entering its third year, which bills itself as the only lab in the world devoted to providing script development for women writers over the age of 40. It is produced in collaboration with the Writers Guild of America, East.
- Gregg Kilday
Writers Lab for Women Screenwriters Over 40 2017 participant Mandy Fabian: Nfmla/YouTube
New York Women in Film & Television (Nywift) and Iris have selected the participants of its third Writers Lab for Women Screenwriters over 40. Sponsored by Meryl Streep and Oprah Winfrey, the Lab is a four-day intensive script development retreat to be held in September in the Connecticut River Valley.
At the Lab, the selected writers will be mentored by film execs like “Deidra & Laney Rob a Train” producer Susan Cartsonis, “Precious” producer Lisa Cortés, “Equity” screenwriter Amy Fox, and “Strange Weather” producer Caroline Kaplan. The Lab will consist of one-on-one discussions between mentors and writers as well as panel conversations where everyone will meet to discuss themes and concepts.
“In three years, we’ve seen that the number and quality of screenplays written by women is staggering,” Iris Co-Founder Nitza Wilon stated. “Every script that we can develop brings us closer to balancing the scales in the film world: More women writing equals more roles for women, more opportunities for women to helm those films, and more movies that everyone wants to see.”
All of the 2017 Writers Lab participants and their projects are below. List courtesy of Nywift and Iris.
The Breakline, Kim and Mai SpurlockBring Back Girl, Vigil ChimeThe Contest, Judith and Sandra BergThe Custom of the Sea, Karen McDermottThe Deal, Andi DelottGrandview, Pamela Harris…into the Land of Nod, K. SmithLate Bloomer, Mandy FabianMile Zero, Holly BrixTaka-Jo, Samantha Manahan and Carol HostutlerWarrior Girl, Laurie WhitakerYazoo Cryin’, Shawn Tolleson
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- Rachel Montpelier
Tracy Chevalier’s historical drama “Remarkable Creatures” is in development as a movie at Resonate Entertainment, a new production company formed by Susan Cartsonis, Suzanne Farwell, and Brent Emery, Variety has learned exclusively.
“Tracy is a brilliant storyteller and tremendous talent,” Cartsonis said. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring her into our Resonate family. We created this new company to develop and produce complex and interesting female characters and ‘Remarkable Creatures’ embodies that idea.”
“Remarkable Creatures” is set against the dramatic landscape of the English coastal town of Lyme-Regis and centers on two female 19th century fossil hunters who make significant discoveries that changed the scientific world forever. The story reveals invisible women in science who were influential but marginalized and whose accomplishments were appropriated by men.
“The themes that the book explores of gender, class, female friendship and scientific discovery could not be more timely,” said Farwell. “Female »
- Dave McNary
Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, recognized as one of the premier film schools in the United States, will focus on Hollywood directors with the theme ‘In the Director’s Chair’ at the 18th Annual Women in Focus Conference.
The Women in Focus Conference will feature Academy Award®-nominated director Niki Caro (“The Zookeeper’s Wife”, “Whale Rider”, “North Country”); acclaimed director Sydney Freeland (“Deidra & Laney Rob a Train”, “Drunktown’s Finest”, “Her Story”); award-winning screenwriter and film director, Kelly Fremon Craig (“The Edge of Seventeen”, “Post Grad”, “Streak”); critically-acclaimed director, Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”, “The Twilight Saga”, “Thirteen”); and the first female Saudi Arabian filmmaker, Haifaa Al-Mansour (“Mary Shelley”, “Wadjda”).
- Sydney Levine
Every week, IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit rounds up the latest in opportunities that can help those looking to advance projects or get a career started in the film industry. The following grants, labs, fellowships, contests and other non-profit opportunities could be a great way to help kickstart your movie and TV dreams.
New Opportunities & Upcoming Deadlines
NBC’s Writers on the Verge
– NBCUniversal’s Writers on the Verge 12-week program focuses on polishing and preparing television writers for a staff writer position on a television series. Writers who are “almost there” but need assistance with their final bit of preparation with their writing and personal presentation skills are encouraged to apply. The program consists of two night classes, which will typically be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 – 10 Pm weekly at NBCUniversal in Universal City, CA. Once accepted, students must attend all classes and turn in all written assignments.
- Allison Picurro and Chris O'Falt
It hit Jharrel Jerome like a punch in the gut. In 2016, for the second year running, performers of color had been shut out of the Oscars. The Latino college student was a novice actor with only a few professional credits, and for him, the message was personal.
“It was definitely rough, and it was definitely an uncomfortable feeling,” he recalls. “It was the industry that I wanted to go into and be a part of the rest of my life. It almost felt as though the work I would put in would not matter. It was shocking we didn’t get a foot in the door.”
This year’s crop of Academy Awards nominees tells a different story than the one that wounded Jerome and others — the films and performances being honored form a much more inclusive tapestry. The stories selected as among the best are ones that deal explicitly with race in America, »
- Brent Lang and Mannie Holmes
The movie follows Deidra, a whip-smart high school senior, and her younger sister Laney who, after their mother Marigold (Danielle Nicolet) is thrown in jail for a minor offense, hatch a plan to rob trains to get money and support their family. Things seem to be working out for them until a railroad detective (Tim Blake Nelson) starts sniffing around.
Murray previously mentioned that she hopes the film helps audiences see that people can always get through hard times – just don’t break the law. »
- Liz Calvario
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