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Some folks look out on the world, and all they see are the differences between people, the things that set us apart. “Mudbound” is a hymn to what we all share — the human struggle, the mutual desire to succeed and create a better world for our children — and it is a damning indictment of those who stand in the way of such progress. Set deep in the Mississippi Delta, it’s the epic story of two families, one white, the other black, who’ve each sown hope among fields too sodden to be much use — and though the sheer scope of the material overwhelms “Pariah” director Dee Rees at times, she finds shoots of optimism among the mire that couldn’t be more welcome at a moment when the country seems more divided than ever.
- Peter Debruge
The 2017 Fox Filmmaker Lab directors: AFI
The American Film Institute (AFI) recently announced the 25 female directors selected for the 2017 Fox Filmmaker Lab, an initiative designed to increase the number of women directing major studio films. According to the AFI website, the selectees — who are all alumnae of the AFI Conservatory and the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (Dww) — will move on to the next phase of the Lab, with the chance to direct their own short film.
This announcement comes on the heels of Lab Week, “which provided participants with tremendous access to the process of studio filmmaking,” AFI reports. The selected filmmakers were welcomed with a kickoff celebration attended by Twentieth Century Fox Film Chairman and CEO Stacey Snider and AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale.
As we’ve previously discussed, the Lab provides the selectees with mentorship, as well as opportunities to helm short films based on Fox film franchises and titles, like “Alien,” “Chronicle,” “Die Hard,” “The Fly,” “The Omen,” and “Planet of the Apes.”
In the spring, the directors will get to pitch their franchise or reboot ideas to studio executives. “One or more filmmakers will be chosen to make their concept into a short film,” reads the announcement. Further, the directors can include their Filmmaker Lab projects to their portfolios and pitch unrelated feature films to Fox in the future.
This is an exciting development for AFI, Fox, and female directors everywhere. As AFI has stated, Fox is “committed” to supporting these filmmakers and providing them with the tools they need for success. As Snider said when the initiative was originally announced, “the dearth of female directors is not a matter of passion or talent. Instead, it’s often a question of access and resources.”
Hopefully, with the development of this program, other studios will follow Snider’s lead and provide female directors with the support they deserve.
Here is the full list of the 2017 Fox Filmmaker Lab directors:
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- Rachel Montpelier
The American Film Institute has named 25 alumnae of the AFI Conservatory and AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women to participate in the next phase of the Fox Filmmakers Lab. A partnership between AFI and 20th Century Fox, the Lab aims to increase the number of women directing major studio films — which was even lower last year than it was in 2015 — by giving them the chance to direct short films based on Fox titles: “Alien,” “Die Hard,” “The Omen,” “The Fly,” etc.
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After developing their concepts in the coming months, the 25 directors will pitch their concepts to Fox executives; one or more of them will be chosen to make a short film based on their idea. Here are the 25 women who’ve advanced to the next phase of the Lab:
- Michael Nordine
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