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14 items from 2016


Lima Festival: ‘Climas’ Director-Writer Enrica Perez Preps Second Film

12 August 2016 5:35 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lima – Peruvian helmer-scribe Enrica Perez, whose lauded feature debut “Climas” won her the Best Peruvian Film award at the 2014 Lima Film Festival among a string of international prizes, is developing her next pic “Sobre el Acantilado.” (“On Top of the Cliff”).

Just as “Climas” explored the world of three women albeit in different parts of Peru – the Amazon, Lima and the Andes mountains – “Acantilado” tracks the inner lives of female teens in 1940s’ Lima while living in a boarding school run by nuns.

But Perez hasn’t always dealt with femme issues. Her first short, “Taxista,” was a 2007 adaptation of a short story based on Robert de Niro’s character in “Taxi Driver.” “It’s quite a masculine story; a thriller,” she noted. The short won her quick recognition in Peru and New York, including the Adrienne Shelly Award for best female director and the Someone to Watch award from CineWomen, »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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How Murdered Waitress Director Adrienne Shelly's Foundation Helps Women Filmmakers - Including One Who Won an Oscar

7 May 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

After starring in director Hal Hartley's hits such as The Unbelievable Truth and Trust in the early '90s, Adrienne Shelly became known as the original indie queen and gained a huge fan following. Driven to do even more in the film world, she began writing her own screenplays and directing her own movies, including Waitress, which became a hit 2007 movie and is now a smash musical on Broadway - nominated for four Tony Awards. Even though Shelly was happily married to marketing company owner Andy Ostroy, 56, and had a daughter she adored, Sophie, now 12, the film and the »

- K.C. Baker, @kcbaker77777

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How Murdered Waitress Director Adrienne Shelly's Foundation Helps Women Filmmakers - Including One Who Won an Oscar

7 May 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

After starring in director Hal Hartley's hits such as The Unbelievable Truth and Trust in the early '90s, Adrienne Shelly became known as the original indie queen and gained a huge fan following. Driven to do even more in the film world, she began writing her own screenplays and directing her own movies, including Waitress, which became a hit 2007 movie and is now a smash musical on Broadway - nominated for four Tony Awards. Even though Shelly was happily married to marketing company owner Andy Ostroy, 56, and had a daughter she adored, Sophie, now 12, the film and the »

- K.C. Baker, @kcbaker77777

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Murdered Waitress Actress Adrienne Shelly's Husband on Her Legacy for Daughter, 12: 'She Just Adored That Little Girl So Much'

5 May 2016 8:35 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Actress and director Adrienne Shelly was pregnant with her daughter, Sophie, when she worked on her hit indie film, Waitress, about an unhappy but talented pie-baking Southern woman trying to get away from an abusive husband. While Shelly, who had starred in such indie hits as Hal Hartley's The Unbelievable Truth, was happily married to marketing company owner Andy Ostroy, she had trepidations about balancing her work with motherhood, which she wove into the script. "The central theme of the film is what Adrienne felt in her own life," Ostroy, 56, tells People. "This story is about a woman who is afraid. »

- KC Baker, @kcbaker77777

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Murdered Waitress Actress Adrienne Shelly's Husband on Her Legacy for Daughter, 12: 'She Just Adored That Little Girl So Much'

5 May 2016 8:35 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Actress and director Adrienne Shelly was pregnant with her daughter, Sophie, when she worked on her hit indie film, Waitress, about an unhappy but talented pie-baking Southern woman trying to get away from an abusive husband. While Shelly, who had starred in such indie hits as Hal Hartley's The Unbelievable Truth, was happily married to marketing company owner Andy Ostroy, she had trepidations about balancing her work with motherhood, which she wove into the script. "The central theme of the film is what Adrienne felt in her own life," Ostroy, 56, tells People. "This story is about a woman who is afraid. »

- KC Baker, @kcbaker77777

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The Heartbreaking True Story of Murdered Actress Adrienne Shelly - and How Her Legacy Lives on with Hit Broadway Musical Waitress

4 May 2016 8:25 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

After working on Waitress, the indie film she wrote, directed and starred in with Keri Russell, for almost two years, actress Adrienne Shelly couldn't wait to hear if the movie had won a coveted spot at the Sundance Film Festival. "When I first read the script, I told her, 'This is going to be a big film,'" her husband, Andy Ostroy, 56, tells People in the new issue. "The pages just turned themselves." Shelly would never learn that Waitress became one of the top films of the prestigious festival - or that it became a success when it hit theaters in May 2007 and now, »

- K.C. Baker, @kcbaker77777

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The Heartbreaking True Story of Murdered Actress Adrienne Shelly - and How Her Legacy Lives on with Hit Broadway Musical Waitress

4 May 2016 8:25 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

After working on Waitress, the indie film she wrote, directed and starred in with Keri Russell, for almost two years, actress Adrienne Shelly couldn’t wait to hear if the movie had won a coveted spot at the Sundance Film Festival. "When I first read the script, I told her, 'This is going to be a big film,'" her husband, Andy Ostroy, 56, tells People in the new issue. "The pages just turned themselves." Shelly would never learn that Waitress became one of the top films of the prestigious festival - or that it became a success when it hit theaters in May 2007 and now, »

- @kcbaker77777

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‘Waitress’ Broadway Review: Sara Bareilles, Jessie Mueller Bake Up a Musical Storm

24 April 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Keri Russell looks as though she wouldn’t spend her lunch hour, much less a full work week, at Joe’s Pie Diner in the 2007 film “Waitress.” The actress does, however, bring real spine to the role of a put-upon, pregnant waitress who finds herself under siege by a beast of a boss on the job and a thug of a husband at home. Russell prevents the film from turning into a pity party. To her credit, Jessie Mueller doesn’t look like a glamorous movie star slumming in a pink-collar role in the new musical “Waitress,” based on Adrienne Shelly’s movie, »

- Robert Hofler

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Sara Bareilles on Breaking Into Broadway and Why She Sang 'The Little Mermaid' at Waitress

11 April 2016 2:10 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A veteran singer-songwriter who has been touring the world for more than 10 years, Sara Bareilles has witnessed plenty of onstage mishaps and behind-the-scene emergencies. But with her first musical, Waitress in previews on Broadway, the Grammy nominee has been introduced to an entirely new kind of disaster, and, on March 30 she encountered what she called the "most unexpected thing to happen yet." At a preview performance of the musical adaptation of Adrienne Shelly's 2007 film of the same name, a series of technical malfunctions took place, one after another, until the show had to be brought to a halt. Bareilles, »

- Carey Purcell, @CareyPurcell

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Sara Bareilles on Breaking Into Broadway and Why She Sang 'The Little Mermaid' at Waitress

11 April 2016 2:10 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A veteran singer-songwriter who has been touring the world for more than 10 years, Sara Bareilles has witnessed plenty of onstage mishaps and behind-the-scene emergencies. But with her first musical, Waitress in previews on Broadway, the Grammy nominee has been introduced to an entirely new kind of disaster, and, on March 30 she encountered what she called the "most unexpected thing to happen yet." At a preview performance of the musical adaptation of Adrienne Shelly's 2007 film of the same name, a series of technical malfunctions took place, one after another, until the show had to be brought to a halt. Bareilles, »

- Carey Purcell, @CareyPurcell

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The Horizon Award To Recognize Four Women Directors at Sundance 2016

22 January 2016 6:50 AM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Continuing their support for women directors, Horizon Award co-founding producers Cassian Elwes, Lynette Howell Taylor, and Christine Vachon, announced the winners of the second annual Horizon Award. Academy Award nominee Chloë Sevigny will bestow up-and-coming filmmakers Macarena Gaona, Juliette Gosselin, Shanice Malakai Johnson, and Florence Pelletier with the Horizon Award at a reception in Park City, Utah, with creative talent, producers, entertainment executives and media in attendance to celebrate these rising women directors and their achievements in independent filmmaking.

The Horizon Award ceremony and reception will take place on Sunday, January 24th, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the WireImage Portrait Studio at Village at the Lift (825 Main Street, Park City), co-hosted by Jeff Vespa.

The Horizon Award is an annual award that seeks to identify and mentor talented, up-and-coming female directors – the primary goal being to support women directors early enough in their development to help them overcome the hurdles in advancing their learning curve and careers.

In addition to the Horizon Award, the four winners will receive grants from the Adrienne Shelly Foundation. The Foundation supports the artistic achievements of female filmmakers through a series of grants that reflect Adrienne Shelly’s dedication to the art of filmmaking and her own successful transition from actress to filmmaker.

This year’s winners are:

Horizon Award First Place

Juliette Gosselin (University of Quebec in Montreal) & Florence Pelletier (Concordia University, Montreal)

Co-directors of "Mes Anges à Tête Noire" 

Horizon Award Runners-Up

Macarena (Macqui) Gaona (New York University) Director of "Channel 999 and Channel 1000" 

Shanice Malakai Johnson (Scottsdale Community College) Director of "End to the Suffering"

On making the announcement, Cassian Elwes said: “I’m so excited to announce the winners of the second annual Horizon Award. This year’s overwhelming number of submissions and caliber of work made it very hard indeed to pick just one winner – the jury identified one grand prize winner, and two runners-up. Additionally, we have added new partners to our already formidable team – proving that not only is the move towards gender equality in the zeitgeist, but that there are very real advocates amongst our peers. After the recent summit for systemic change (hosted by Sundance and Women in Film), I am more convinced than ever that we can make a difference and that history is on our side. I remain steadfastly committed to the idea that, one day soon, women will have exactly the same opportunities as men to direct movies.”

Franklin Leonard, Founder and CEO of The Black List and one of the award’s original advocates added: “We are passionate supporters of this award that recognizes fresh voices and perspectives in storytelling. This effort mirrors our own effort – the Black List's 500 Feminist Films project, created by our Director of Community, Kate Hagen. We look forward to mentoring the winners in the year to come.”

The jury was comprised of 38 influential directors, producers, and executives from the filmmaking community who viewed 483 short film submissions from over 200 colleges and universities world-wide, including the U.S., Canada, England, Australia, India, China, South Africa, Scotland, France, Mexico, Portugal, Columbia, Brazil, Russia, Serbia, the Ukraine, and more. This year, submissions increased by over one hundred from last year, with additional countries and universities participating. Submissions were received from Nyu, USC, UCLA, Chapman, Emerson, Penn State, Loyola Marymount, University of Wisconsin, University of Washington, Syracuse, Tcu, Ryerson (Toronto), Oxford, University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, University of Delhi, and more.

Now in its second year, the Horizon Award provides an all-expense-paid trip for the winning female college students to the Sundance Film Festival, where they will have the opportunity to present their films to some of the industry’s most influential names. The winners receive mentorship, festival access, and important introductions by Elwes, Howell, and Vachon to agents, producers, executives, festival staff, and other influencers throughout the Sundance Film Festival.

The Horizon Award was founded by producer, Cassian Elwes ("Margin Call," "All is Lost," "Dallas Buyers Club"), and Michelle Satter, Founding Director, Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, in response to a Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles study that revealed that only 4.2% of the top 100 films each year from 2002-2013 were directed by women. Elwes partnered with Howell ("Captain Fantastic," "Mississippi Grind," "Big Eyes," "The Place Beyond the Pines:), and Vachon ( "Goat," "Carol," "Boys Don’t Cry," "One Hour Photo," "Far From Heaven"), to create the award as an opportunity for young female directors to have mentorship and networking opportunities in conjunction with Sundance, the home of American Independent film.

You can see links for more info on the study:

Phase I and II

Phase III

Sponsors and Partners for the 2016 Horizon Award are: The Black List, CreativeFuture, The Creative Mind Group, Done To Your Taste Catering, FilmLA, Indiegogo, Mprm Communications, the Adrienne Shelly Foundation, Sundance Institute, Twitter, Verge, Vimeo, WireImage, Adina Design, and Women in Film. This impressive group has come together to support an award that they hope will continue to identify, nurture, and launch the careers of future female directors for years to come.

Full List of Jurors:

Stephanie Allain Producer ("Dear White People," "Hustle & Flow")

Dori Begley Magnolia Pictures (Svp, Acquisitions)

Amy Berg Director ("Janis: Little Girl Blue," "Deliver Us From Evil," "Prophet’s Prey")

Arianna Bocco IFC Films (Svp, Acquisitions & Co-Productions)

Robbie Brenner The Firm (Partner, President of Film)

Susan Carter Hall Painter

Amal ElWardi Zeal Media Company (Producer)

Cassian Elwes Producer ("Margin Call," "All is Lost," "Dallas Buyers Club")

Janet Grillo Director ("Jack of the Red Hearts," "Fly Away")

Poppy Hanks Macro Venture (Svp, Development & Production)

Catherine Hardwicke Director ("Miss You Already," "Red Riding Hood," "Twilight")

Lynette Howell Taylor Producer ("Captain Fantastic," "Mississippi Grind," "Big Eyes")

Liza Johnson Director ("Elvis & Nixon," "Return," "Hateship Loveship," "In the Air")

Eda Kowan Lionsgate (Svp, Acquisitions & Co-Productions)

Gina Kwon Amazon Studios (Executive, Comedy)

Helen Lee-Kim Good Universe (Partner, Head of International)

Laura Lewis CAA (Agent, Film Finance)

Alix Madigan Broad Green Pictures (Head, Creative)

Marianna Palka Actress/Director ("I’m the Same,""Always Worthy," "Good Dick")

Bruna Papandrea Pacific Standard (Producer/Partner)

Keri Putnam Sundance Institute (Executive Director)

Dee Rees Director ("Bessie," “Empire”)

Laura Rister Untitled Entertainment (Head of Production)

Rena Ronson UTA (Partner)

Michelle Satter Sundance Institute (Director, Feature Film Program)

Cathy Schulman Stx Entertainment (President & Chief Content Officer)

Lauren Selig Shake and Bake Productions (Executive Producer)

Mary Jane Skalski Producer ("The Visitor," "Mysterious Skin," "The Station Agent")

Lara Thompson E1 Entertainment (Svp, Worldwide Acquisitions)

Christine Vachon Producer ("Goat," "Carol," "Boys Don’t Cry")

Ruth Vitale CreativeFuture (CEO)

Angie Wang Director ("Cardinal X")

Hanna Weg Producer ("Septembers of Shiraz")

Tanya Wexler Director ("Hysteria," "Finding North," "Ball in the House")

Joanne Wiles ICM (Partner/Agent, Motion Picture Talent)

Pam Williams Pam Williams Productions ("Lee DanielsThe Butler," "Fail Safe")

Lisa Wilson The Solution Entertainment (Co-Founder/Partner)

So Yong Kim Director ("Love Song," "For Ellen," "In Between Days") »

- Sydney Levine

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Horizon Award Winners Highlight Female Helmers; SpectreVision & Ubisoft Team For Vr Content – Sundance Briefs

21 January 2016 10:57 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Four winners of the second annual Horizon Award were announced today ahead of the kickoff of the Sundance Film Festival. The award seeks to identify and mentor talented, up-and-coming female directors early in their development. Cassian Elwes, Lynette Howell Taylor and Christine Vachon are co-founders, and the winners will also receive grants from the Adrienne Shelly Foundation which supports artistic achievements of female filmmakers. Here are the winners: First… »

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Four Female Filmmakers are This Year's Horizon Award Winners

21 January 2016 9:54 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Attention, Emerging Female Directors: This Could Be Your Chance to Make it to Sundance With the Sundance Film Festival kicking off tonight, Horizon Award co-founding producers Cassian Elwes, Lynette Howell Taylor and Christine Vachon have announced the winners of its second annual competition, where applicants were instructed to submit a self-directed film clocking in at under two minutes. Now the winners, up-and-coming filmmakers Maqui Gaona, Juliette Gosselin, Shanice Malakai Johnson and Florence Pelletier, will be given an all-expense-paid trip to Park City, Utah, where they will be presented the award at a special Sundance event on Sunday, hosted by actress Chloë Savigny. Along with the award, the four winners will be awarded $5,000 in grants from The Adrienne Shelly Foundation.   The Horizon Award competition is meant to seek out, mentor, and support young, talented female directors. Winners receive mentorship, »

- Mike Lown

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Us Briefs: Cast bulks up on Myriad’s 'Heartbeats'

20 January 2016 11:30 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: Glass Eye Pix, Dogfish wrap ‘Like Me’; FilmRise acquires ‘The Witness’; and more…

Professional dancer Krystal Ellswort, rising South Indian star Amitash Pradhan, Paul McGillion and Daphne Zuniga have joined Myriad Pictures, Das Films and Bowery Hills Entertainment’s Heartbeats. Myriad will handle sales in Berlin.

Writer-director Duane Adler has begun production in Mumbai on the tale of a feisty female American hip hop dancer who travels with her family to India and falls in love with a young man and a new style of dance.

Justin Chon, Salman Yussuf Khan, Kishori Shahane and Mohan Kapur round out the cast. Producers are Sriram Das, Andrea Chung and Karine Martin. Myriad’s Kirk D’Amico serves as  executive producer alongside Julie Stadler and CEO Brian Williams of co-financier Dance Network.

Glass Eye Pix and Dogfish Pictures have wrapped principal photography on Like Me, a neo-noir starring Addison Timlin as a discontented loner who documents her crime spree through »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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