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Kat Candler Will Be Showrunner on “Queen Sugar” Season 3

Candler: Tamir Kalifa/candlerproductions.com

Frequent “Queen Sugar” director Kat Candler is taking on another leadership role at the Own family drama. Per Deadline, Candler will take over showrunning duties from Monica Macer beginning in Season 3. Macer herself succeeded Season 1 showrunner Melissa Carter. Like Macer and Carter, Candler’s tenure will see her collaborate closely with series co-creator/Ep Ava DuVernay.

Candler has also signed on to exec produce Season 3 alongside DuVernay, co-creator Oprah Winfrey, and Paul Garnes. Previously, Candler has written and directed several shorts and the 2014 feature “Hellion.” She’s helmed two installments of “Being Mary Jane” and an episode of “12 Monkeys,” as well.

Director DeMane Davis (“Lift”)— who directed two episodes of Season 2 — will serve as producing director on “Queen Sugar’s” third season, the position Candler is vacating.

“Kat has an incredible eye and brings her beautifully nuanced artistry to our vision for the series,” DuVernay stated. “And DeMane Davis is a vibrant leader on set who I’m pleased to have join us in a new producerial role.” She continued, “I’m truly thrilled to work alongside these dynamic storytellers as we continue our ‘Queen Sugar’ journey together.”

All episodes of “Queen Sugar’s” first and second seasons have been directed by women. Cheryl Dunye (“Watermelon Woman”), Aurora Guerrero (“Mosquita y Mari”), Amanda Marsalis (“Echo Park”), Tanya Hamilton (“Night Catches Us”), Victoria Mahoney (“Yelling to the Sky”), So Yong Kim (“For Ellen”), and DuVernay herself are among the series’ helmers.

Queen Sugar” stars Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, and Kofi Siriboe as siblings who attempt to revive the family sugar cane business after the death of their father. The Season 2 premiere netted series-high ratings among female viewers aged 25 to 54 — and its recent midseason premiere nabbed the largest audience since the second season’s initial bow.

New episodes of “Queen Sugar” air Wednesdays on Own. Its third season will begin filming in 2018.

Kat Candler Will Be Showrunner on “Queen Sugar” Season 3 was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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31st Annual Nautica Malibu Triathlon Raises $1,142,000 For Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Athletes, celebrities, spectators and donors came out to support the 31st annual Nautica Malibu Triathlon presented by Equinox which raised more than $1,142,000 for Children's Hospital Los Angeles' Pediatric Cancer Research Program.

Over 5,000 participants tested their fitness by swimming, biking and running in the waters and on the sands of Malibu to benefit this special cause.

Famous Hollywood stars who lent their support and raised money for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon presented by Equinox included Heather Tom, who finished first in the celebrity female division with a time of 1:36:35 and Conrad Ricamore, who came in first in the celebrity male division with a time of 1:42:08.24. Team For The Kids took the first place spot in the co-ed celebrity relay division with an overall time of 1:23:51.84. Other stars who competed in the celebrity division included Zac Efron, James Marsden, Luke Hemsworth, Karla Souza, Jack Falahee, Beverley Mitchell and more.
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“Queen Sugar” Season 2 Premiere Scores Series-High Ratings Among Women Aged 25–54

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All hail the “Queen.” The second season premiere of Own’s “Queen Sugar” drew 2.3 million viewers as well as a 0.7 18–49 rating and a 2.09 rating among women 25–54 on Tuesday night. As Deadline points out, that means the series scored a new ratings high among female viewers aged 25 to 54, a core demographic for Own.

The premiere episode, “After the Winter,” was watched by 14 percent less viewers than last year’s series premiere. However, the number of viewers in the coveted 18–49 were the same as the series’ debut.

Created by Ava DuVernay, “Queen Sugar” follows the three Bordelon siblings (Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, and Kofi Siriboe) as they try to revive the family sugar cane business after their father’s death. It is based on Natalie Baszile’s novel. DuVernay served as showrunner on the first season; Monica Macer has taken on the role for Season 2.

The drama series has set itself apart in the Peak TV era by employing only women directors to helm its episodes. Tanya Hamilton (“Night Catches Us”), Victoria Mahoney (“Yelling to the Sky”), So Yong Kim (“For Ellen”), and DuVernay were among the first season’s directors. “After the Winter” was directed by Kat Candler. Other helmers working on Season 2 include Cheryl Dunye (“The Watermelon Woman”), Aurora Guerrero (“Mosquita y Mari”), DeMane Davis (“Lift”), and Amanda Marsalis (“Echo Park”). DuVernay will helm an episode this season if her production schedule on “A Wrinkle in Time” permits.

For us, [hiring only women directors] is not a trend, this is not a publicity stunt. This is our choice,” DuVernay has said. “Just like it’s their choice never to think about hiring a woman,” she added, referencing series like “Game of Thrones” that are helmed entirely by men.

Queen Sugar” airs Wednesday nights on Own.

Queen Sugar” Season 2 Premiere Scores Series-High Ratings Among Women Aged 25–54 was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Cheryl Dunye, Aurora Guerrero, & DeMane Davis Among Directors of “Queen Sugar” Season 2

Aurora Guerrero directs Dawn-Lyen Gardner on the set of “Queen Sugar”: Alfonso Bresciani/Warner Bros. and La Times

Season 1 of Ava DuVernay’s “Queen Sugar” was helmed entirely by female directors. As she explained in a Los Angeles Times profile, that was no accident — and Season 2 will be no different. “I wanted people with my sensibility, who care about the things I care about,” the “Selma” director said of her decision to hire only women filmmakers. The second season of the family drama — which premieres tonight — will be all women-directed again, this time with even more queer women and women of color stepping behind the camera.

According to the Times, “Watermelon Woman” helmer Cheryl Dunye directed an upcoming episode, as did Aurora Guerrero (“Mosquita y Mari”), DeMane Davis (“Lift”), and Amanda Marsalis (“Echo Park”). “[DuVernay] really is building this army of bad asses,” observed Kat Candler, who has directed several episodes of the series.

For us, this is not a trend, this is not a publicity stunt. This is our choice,” DuVernay stated. “Just like it’s their choice never to think about hiring a woman,” she added, referencing series like “Game of Thrones” that are helmed entirely by dudes.

“A lot of the directors Ava’s working with … have made wonderful work and have not been able to be a part of the system because of our gender,” Dunye told the Times. “We might get praise and win awards, but when it comes to hiring for industry jobs, people just don’t want to put that bet on a woman director. I made groundbreaking work in the early ’90s and here I am finally getting an opportunity to do television.”

DuVernay’s commitment to hiring female filmmakers isn’t just a boon for women looking to direct TV; it’s also changing actors’ worldview. “You don’t realize that your ‘normal’ hasn’t included you until it does,” said main cast member Dawn-Lyen Gardner, who had never collaborated with a woman director for TV before “Queen Sugar.”

Based on Natalie Baszile’s novel, “Queen Sugar” was created by DuVernay, who served as showrunner on Season 1. Monica Macer is the showrunner on Season 2. The drama’s first season finale ranked as the number one cable telecast for women when it aired, delivering 2.76 million total viewers. Tanya Hamilton (“Night Catches Us”), Victoria Mahoney (“Yelling to the Sky”), So Yong Kim (“For Ellen”), and DuVernay herself were among the first season’s directors. DuVernay will helm an episode in Season 2 as well, if her production schedule on “A Wrinkle in Time” permits.

Part 1 of “Queen Sugar’s” two-night premiere airs tonight on Own. Part 2 will air tomorrow, June 21.

Cheryl Dunye, Aurora Guerrero, & DeMane Davis Among Directors of “Queen Sugar” Season 2 was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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New to Streaming: ‘Logan,’ ‘Good Morning,’ ‘The Lego Batman Movie,’ ‘The Survivalist,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Before I Fall (Ry Russo-Young)

Harold Ramis certainly didn’t invent it, but his Groundhog Day made the narrative loop device a mainstream mainstay, lovingly aped in everything from Source Code to Edge of Tomorrow to 50 First Dates. In Before I Fall, the loop treatment is utilized rather intelligently by director Ry Russo-Young, from Maria Maggenti screenplay adapted from Lauren Oliver‘s novel. – Dan M. (full review)

Where to Stream: Amazon,
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The Weekend Warrior 2/17/17: Fist Fight, The Great Wall, A Cure for Wellness

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

This Past Weekend:

The Lego Batman Movie won the weekend as expected, but not with nearly as much money as I had predicted, not besting the opening of The Lego Movie as expected, but instead ending up with a reasonable and not so bad $53 million. Fifty Shades Darker proved that the audience for movies based on the popular books was still great enough for it to win Friday with $21 million (to Lego Batman’s $15 million) and end up second for the weekend with a strong $46.6 million. That was still almost $40 million less than the opening of the previous movie Fifty Shades of Grey, but the sequel also didn’t have the benefits of Valentine’s Day and a four-day holiday. Coming in
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‘Lovesong’ Trailer: Jena Malone and Riley Keough Form an Intimate Bond in So Yong Kim’s Drama

‘Lovesong’ Trailer: Jena Malone and Riley Keough Form an Intimate Bond in So Yong Kim’s Drama
Four years after working together on “For Ellen,” So Yong Kim and Jena Malone reunited for the indie filmmaker’s latest drama “Lovesong,” a tale about two friends whose relationship deepens while on a trip of self-discovery. The film’s first trailer has been released, courtesy of Strand Releasing.

The movie follows Sarah, portrayed by Riley Keough, a woman neglected by her husband who goes on an impromptu road trip with her younger daughter and best friend, Mindy (Malone). Along the way, the friends become physically intimate until Mindy leaves abruptly. After three years of not speaking to each other, the two try to reconnect in the days before Mindy’s wedding. Brooklyn Decker, Amy Seimetz, Marshall Chapman, Ryan Eggold and Rosanna Arquette co-star.

Read More: ‘American Honey’ Exclusive Featurette: Sasha Lane and Riley Keough Discuss Working With Andrea Arnold

Co-written by Kim and Bradley Rust Gray, the feature made
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Jena Malone and Riley Keough Form a Bond in Trailer for Acclaimed Drama ‘Lovesong’

While Sundance Film Festival 2017 is right around the corner, there’s still a handful of favorites from last year’s festival awaiting a release. One of the most acclaimed is So Yong Kim’s tender drama Lovesong, recently named one of the 50 best films from 2017 we’ve already seen. Starring Jena Malone (The Neon Demon) and Riley Keough (American Honey) as friends who reunite years later, Strand Releasing has now debuted the first trailer, which features a quote from our Sundance review.

We said in our review, “Tender and haunting, So Yong Kim’s Lovesong is a carefully observed, nuanced character study beautifully written, directed and edited. Much of the action, like in her pervious features In Between Days, Treeless Mountain and For Ellen occurs at the edge of the frame. Exploring the bounds of motherhood, childhood and maturity, Lovesong is an impressive and observant feature in which Kim allows
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Riley Keough & Jena Malone Have No Regrets In New Trailer For So Yong Kim’s ‘Lovesong’

It’s always good to have a best friend to lean on, and in indie director So Yong Kim‘s “Lovesong,” that bond develops into something much more, with the relationship drama detailing the complexities that unite two women.

Read More: The 25 Best Performances Of 2016

Starring Riley Keough and Jena Malone, the latest effort the from the filmmaker behind “Treeless Mountain” and “For Ellen” is an intimate look at friends who hit the road and discover that a tighter than expected bond brings them together.

Continue reading Riley Keough & Jena Malone Have No Regrets In New Trailer For So Yong Kim’s ‘Lovesong’ at The Playlist.
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The 50 Best 2017 Films We’ve Already Seen

All caught up with our top 50 films of 2016? It’s now time to look to the new year, and, ahead of our 100 most-anticipated films, we’re highlighting 50 titles we’ve enjoyed on the festival circuit this last year (and beyond) that will likely see a release in 2016. While the first batch have confirmed dates all the way through the summer, we’ve also included a handful that are awaiting a date and some we’re hopeful will get a release by year’s end pending acquisition. U.S. distributors: take note!

Staying Vertical (Alain Guiraudie; Jan. 20)

Those only familiar with Alain Guiraudie’s sublime Stranger By the Lake, which finally brought the gifted French director to a (relatively) wider audience following a laureled Un Certain Regard premiere in 2013, will likely find themselves confounded by its follow-up, Staying Vertical. With his first entry in Cannes’ main competition, Guiraudie returns to the
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Jena Malone-Riley Keough Drama ‘Lovesong’ Bought by Strand for U.S.

Jena Malone-Riley Keough Drama ‘Lovesong’ Bought by Strand for U.S.
Strand Releasing has acquired select U.S. rights to So Yong Kim’s drama “Lovesong,” starring Jena Malone and Riley Keough, for a release early next year.

Lovesong” premiered in U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and appears in the upcoming Sundance Next Fest event this week in Los Angeles.

Malone and Keough star as friends whose more-than-intimate friendship unfolds over the course of a road trip and continues years later as one of them is about to get married. Brooklyn Decker, Ryan Eggold, Rosanna Arquette and Amy Seimetz also star.

It’s the fourth feature for Kim, who also directed “In Between Days,” “Treeless Mountain” and “For Ellen.” She directed from a script she co-wrote with Brad Rust Gray. “Lovesong” producers are Gray, David Hansen, Alex Lipschultz and Johnny Mac.

Mynette Louie, Laura Rister, Julie Parker Benello, Dan Cogan, Geralyn White Dreyfous, and Wendy Ettinger served as executive producers.
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Rihanna and George Clooney Play Never Have I Ever, Would Also Like You to Please Define ‘Hooking Up’

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Rihanna and George Clooney Play Never Have I Ever, Would Also Like You to Please Define ‘Hooking Up’
It's true, the world still lacks a universally accepted definition for hooking up. It can mean so many things! You could be hooking up your Wi-Fi with someone. If you're, you know, 13, then maybe hooking up to you means so much less than it will at, say, 18. Rihanna and George Clooney demand answers, especially as they pertain to questions posed about their own sex lives by the world's nosiest person, Ellen DeGeneres, in a scandalous round of Never Have I Ever. Texting nudes? Clooney would never. Seeing naked rappers? "Totally," for both Rih and Clooney (after some convincing). But hooking up in the back of a car? Someone get the dictionary before we can proceed! For Ellen, it's an easy yes, so we can't be thinking too risqué, right? Nope! Oh yeah, she means "licking the envelope and seal it" (one of Rih's definitions, of course). You know
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[Sundance Review] Lovesong

Tender and haunting, So Yong Kim’s Lovesong is a carefully observed, nuanced character study beautifully written, directed and edited. Much of the action, like in her pervious features In Between Days, Treeless Mountain and For Ellen occurs at the edge of the frame. Exploring the bounds of motherhood, childhood and maturity, Lovesong is an impressive and observant feature in which Kim allows the relationships the breathing room they require for authenticity.

Riley Keough stars as Sarah, a young mother who married too young. The director’s own daughters Jessie Ok Gray and Sky Ok Gray, play daughter Jessie at ages 3 and 6, respectively. Lonely and transplanted to the suburbs from the city by her absent husband Dean (played by filmmaker Cary Joji Fukunaga in a Skype cameo), she finds herself on the edge of depression. An old college friend Mindy (Jena Malone) re-enters her life and the three go on
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Sundance: Jena Malone on ‘Lovesong,’ Women in Hollywood and Leaving ‘The Hunger Games’

Sundance: Jena Malone on ‘Lovesong,’ Women in Hollywood and Leaving ‘The Hunger Games’
Twelve years after “Saved,” Jena Malone returned to the Sundance Film Festival with “Lovesong.” The in-competition drama, which premiered on Monday and is directed by So Yong Kim, tells the story of two college friends (Malone and Riley Keough) who reunite over two specific time periods. Malone talked to Variety about making the film, wrapping her “Hunger Games” character and rumors that she might be joining “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” as Robin.

Was “Saved” the last time you were at Sundance?

I was thinking about “Saved” the other day. I was thinking about how many films I’ve been pregnant in [Malone is pregnant in real life], and how inaccurate it was. I was like, “Wow — I didn’t know that.”

How did you come across the script for “Lovesong”?

So and I have been friends for a while. I worked on her film “For Ellen.” That’s how it came to me. My
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Lovesong’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Lovesong’
Conceived in the same delicate minor key as her earlier films (“In Between Days,” “Treeless Mountain” and “For Ellen”), So Yong Kim’s fourth feature dances nervously but gracefully around a love that not only dares not speak its name, but can barely even figure itself out. Anchored by Riley Keough’s lovely, wistful performance as a mom in her 20s who gets back in touch with an old childhood bestie (a sharp Jena Malone), “Lovesong” makes a virtue of restraint as it traces a complex emotional history in two parts, and innumerable (and sometimes quite literal) shades of gray. The result may not significantly broaden the audience for Kim’s subdued, perceptive work but nevertheless stands as her most accessible feature to date, and deserves a listen from discerning arthouse distributors.

Recently seen in a very different role as Capable, the aptly named, ginger-haired female escapee in “Mad Max: Fury Road,
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The Horizon Award To Recognize Four Women Directors at Sundance 2016

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")
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Mongrel International in tune with 'Lovesong'

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Mongrel International in tune with 'Lovesong'
Exclusive: Charlotte Mickie and her team have come on board to represent international sales on Sundance regular So Yong Kim’s Us Dramatic Competition entry ahead of its world premiere in Park City.

Lovesong will debut on Monday and stars Jena Malone, Riley Keough and Rosanna Arquette. Autumn Productions and Gamechanger Films produced in association with Monofonus Press

The film follows Sarah, a neglected wife, who embarks on a road trip with her daughter and her best friend Mindy, only to have a dramatic falling out with her friend.

Three years later Sarah is forced to come to terms with her feelings for Mindy in the run-up to her friend’s wedding.

The cast includes Brooklyn Decker, Amy Seimetz, Marshall Chapman and Ryan Eggold.

Cassian Elwes of Elevated Film Sales and Kevin Iwashina of Preferred Content jointly represent North America.

Kim wrote Lovesong with her partner Bradley Rust Gray and has produced Gray’s features Jack And Diane and The Exploding Girl
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Sundance First Look: Jena Malone In 'Lovesong' & Paul Dano And Daniel Radcliffe In 'Swiss Army Man'

It's going to be a long time before any of us to get see the movies that will unspool at the Sundance Film Festival in January, so for now, the images will have to sustain us. So here's couple more from the movies headed to Park City next month. "For Ellen" director So Yong Kim is back with "Lovesong," and it might be her starriest effort yet. Jena Malone, Riley Keough, Brooklyn Decker, Amy Seimetz, Ryan Eggold, and Rosanna Arquette star in the road trip tale. Here's the official synopsis: Neglected by her husband, Sarah embarks on an impromptu road trip with her young daughter and her best friend, Mindy. Along the way, the dynamic between the two friends intensifies before circumstances force them apart. Years later, Sarah attempts to rebuild their intimate connection in the days before Mindy’s wedding. Read More: 2016 Sundance Film Festival Adds New Films Meanwhile,
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Sundance Film Festival Unveils 2016 Competition, Next Films

Sundance Film Festival Unveils 2016 Competition, Next Films
The latest films by returning Park City alums So Yong Kim, Antonio Campos, Jeff Baena and Chad Hartigan; timely documentaries on gun control, abortion rights and the rise of Isis; and a romantic drama about Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date are among the 65 features set to make their world premieres in the U.S. dramatic and documentary competitions at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Those titles were unveiled today by Sundance director John Cooper and director of programming Trevor Groth, along with the films in the World Cinema dramatic and documentary slates and Next, a sidebar devoted to cutting-edge, low-budget work. Cumulatively, the lineup — consisting of 120 features, 98 of which are world premieres — is indicative of “a great step forward for independent film,” Cooper said. “Everyone’s understanding craft so much better. There’s a changing face to what a documentary is and what it can do in the end.
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Biopic of Obamas' first date and Ellen Page baby swap drama among Sundance competition titles

Southside With You, about Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date in 1980s Chicago, joins Page’s Tallulah in competition, alongside two films about a TV reporter who killed herself on air in 1974

Following the announcement of its Midnight horror-themed section, the Sundance film festival has unveiled the lineup for its competitions, in both dramatic and documentary formats, as well as its non-competitive Next selection, of promising experimental work. Some 65 films have got the nod from the programmers of the influential festival, which is designed to showcase independent and unconventional film-making.

The Us dramatic competition has settled on 16 films, with the most attention-grabbing projects including The Birth of a Nation, an ironically titled account of the early-19th century slave rebellion led by Nat Turner; Goat, a fraternity-pledge drama featuring musician Nick Jonas; and Southside With You, a chronicle of Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date in 1980s Chicago.
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