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Marvel's Runaways Trailer: Superhero Teens Unite to Fight Their Evil Folks

Marvel's Runaways Trailer: Superhero Teens Unite to Fight Their Evil Folks
The enemy of my enemy is… my unlikely adolescent partner in a battle of good vs. evil?

That’s the gist of the first full trailer for Marvel’s Runaways, which Hulu released Thursday.

VideosCastle Rock Trailer: Hulu Drops First Footage from J.J. Abrams Horror Drama

In the promo, a group of teens who barely get along find themselves uncovering their parents’ seriously scary secret society (think robes and sacrifices) and then trying to figure out what must be done to stop them. Along the way, the kids develop some very cool powers of their own.

Adapted from the
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Marvel's Runaways Teaser: Super Teens Discover Their Evil Parents' Dark Secret

Marvel's Runaways Teaser: Super Teens Discover Their Evil Parents' Dark Secret
The parents in Hulu’s upcoming series Marvel’s Runaways aren’t the typical overbearing types. No, they’re truly evil.

In the newly released teaser trailer posted above, six estranged high-school pals discover a secret passageway, leading one of them to declare, “This is some Narnia s—t.” The teens then stumble upon their parental units decked out in creepy red robes as they engage in a disturbing-looking ritual. Luckily, it appears some of the kids are already manifesting superpowers, so hopefully, they can use them to defeat the sinister moms and dads.

Adapted from the Marvel comics by
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The Bold Type Renewed for Seasons 2 and 3, With a New Showrunner

Freeform has renewed its subscription for The Bold Type.

Related Cable/Streaming Scorecard: What’s Renewed? What’s Cancelled?

The women’s-magazine drama has been picked up for Seasons 2 and 3, the network announced on Wednesday, for a total of 20 more episodes. It’s getting a new showrunner, though: Amanda Lasher (Sweet/Vicious, Gossip Girl) will take the reins from creator Sarah Watson (Parenthood), who had “creative differences with the network,” per The Hollywood Reporter.

The series — based on the life of Hearst Magazines COO and former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles — stars Faking It’s Katie Stevens, Chasing Life’s Aisha Dee
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"Freedom Fighters: The Ray"

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According to reports, Brit actor Russell Tovey aka 'Midshipman Frame' from "Doctor Who", will voice DC Comics' 1941 superhero 'The Ray' in the CW Seed animated series "Freedom Fighters: The Ray", followed by a live-action take in The CW's 'Arrowverse', as a 'gay' superhero, fulfilling producer Greg Berlanti's mission (?!) to step up 'Lgbt' themes in all of his TV series:

"Raymond 'Ray' Terrill was a reporter who discovered a group of government scientists...

"...working on a secret project to turn light into a weapon of mass destruction.

"But before he could report on his findings, the project head exposed Ray to a 'genetic light bomb.'

"The bomb failing to kill Ray, gifted him with light-based powers.

"With these abilities, Ray realized he could go beyond reporting on injustice — he could take action to help stop it.

"Calling himself 'The Ray', he was recruited by the 'Freedom Fighters' to fight 'oppression' wherever it exists.
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Academia: School Simulator coming to Early Access this September

Fans of the simulator/ management genre of games should take a look at the latest trailer for Academia: School Simulator as it prepares to come to Steam Early Access on the 8th September. From designing the school to it’s construction, hiring of staff and managing the needs of pupils, everything is here for budding headteachers. Watch the Early Access trailer below…

If you have watched the trailer you will be forgiven for thinking that Academia: School Simulator looks very familiar as has been created by the artist from Prison Architect and the people at Squeaky Wheel, creators of Political Animals.

In Academia: School Simulator players will construct the school of their dreams, hire a variety of staff from teachers to caretakers and watch the pupils as they come flooding in the doors to learn, love and, should you wish, to fail.

Academia: School Simulator features:

Complex Pupils: Pupil’s
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The Bold Type: Five Reasons to Watch Freeform's Drama, From Empowered Pals to Complicated Romances

The Bold Type: Five Reasons to Watch Freeform's Drama, From Empowered Pals to Complicated Romances
Like the young women at the center of its story, Freeform’s women’s-mag drama The Bold Type is about much more than meets the eye.

RelatedThe Bold Type Cast Talks Feminism, Awkward First Sex Scenes and More

“I think we do get a little underestimated,” executive producer Sarah Watson, a vet of Parenthood, tells TVLine. “I think people just thought [the show] was going to be a little less substantive… [and] trite, and so that’s probably been the biggest misconception. People thought it might be preachy because, obviously, we have these empowered female characters.”

Instead, the feminist series (airing Tuesdays
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Marvel's Runaways, Mindy Project Final Run, Others Get Hulu Premiere Dates

Marvel's Runaways, Mindy Project Final Run, Others Get Hulu Premiere Dates
Marvel’s Runaways will start running on Tuesday, Nov. 21, Hulu announced as part of its fall slate.

Adapted from the Marvel comics by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the 10-episode series stars Rhenzy Feliz (Casual), Lyrica Okano (The Affair), Virginia Gardner (The Goldbergs), Ariela Barer (One Day at a Time), Gregg Sulkin (Faking It), Allegra Acosta, Annie Wersching (Timeless), Ryan Sands (The Wire), Angel Parker (Trial & Error), Ever Carradine (The Handmaid’s Tale), James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Kevin Weisman (Alias), Brigid Brannagh (Army Wives), James Yaegashi, Brittany Ishibashi (Political Animals) and Kip Pardue (Ray Donovan).

RelatedMarvel’s Runaways: James Marsters,
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‘The Bold Type’: 7 Ways This Fictional Teen Vogue Became the Summer’s Most Insightful Series About Young Women

‘The Bold Type’: 7 Ways This Fictional Teen Vogue Became the Summer’s Most Insightful Series About Young Women
When Teen Vogue began covering the current administration with pieces like Lauren Duca’s op-ed “Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America,” media observers were shocked that a teen magazine would make such a gutsy political statement. But Teen Vogue editors knew something that those pundits didn’t: The younger generation could care about fashion, pop culture, dating and current events.

That’s why Freeform’s “The Bold Type” couldn’t have come at a better time. The show offers up its own take on the classic fashion magazine-meets-feminism genre made popular in films like “The Devil Wears Prada” and TV shows like “Just Shoot Me” and “Ugly Betty.” Sure, it’s glossy, youthful, and wildly unrealistic about what it’s like to work in journalism and publishing, but it’s still ultimately a rom-com, and therefore subject to those fantasy trappings.

Read MoreSummer TV Preview: 20 New and Returning Dramas That You
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Et Obsessions: 'The Bold Type,' 'Bud Light Dive Bar Tour' With Lady Gaga, 'To the Bone' and 'Nuts + Bolts'

Et Obsessions: 'The Bold Type,' 'Bud Light Dive Bar Tour' With Lady Gaga, 'To the Bone' and 'Nuts + Bolts'
Here at Et, we're obsessed with a lot of things -- and for the week of July 10 to July 16, this is what we're most excited about:

Why We're Obsessed With 'The Bold Type'

Freeform's new series, The Bold Type, follows three fearless women you wish you knew in real life. The scripted drama, which was inspired by the life of former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles (who also serves as executive producer), follows three women -- Jane (played by Faking It's Katie Stevens), Kat (Chasing Life's Aisha Dee) and Sutton (Political Animals' Meghann Fahy) -- who start their careers at a Cosmo-esque lifestyle magazine. The trio struggles to find their voices while maintaining friendships, love lives and staying abreast in the bustling world that is publishing. And since the show is already being compared to a frothy mash-up of Sex and the City and Girls, we're certain it's going to be a hit! Who
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The Bold Type: Will You Subscribe to Freeform's Magazine Drama?

The Bold Type: Will You Subscribe to Freeform's Magazine Drama?
If you left your TV on after Tuesday’s Pretty Little Liars, you might have stumbled upon a preview of another female-powered Freeform series: the upcoming women’s mag-set The Bold Type. (Points for the clever title!)

VideosFreeform Releases First Trailers for Magazine Drama The Bold Type, Mermaid Thriller Siren

The show — created by Sarah Watson (Parenthood) and based on the life of Hearst Magazines COO and former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles — officially debuts with a two-hour premiere on July 11, but the pilot preview provides a substantial sampling of the drama’s “stealth feminism.”

Jane (played by Faking It‘s
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Pride Month Doc Corner: 'Political Animals'

We are continuing this Pride Month series of documentaries about queer issues. After last week's look at the life of Armistead Maupin, we detour into politics with Political Animals.

It’s just a matter of fact that men are the predominant voice of cinematic history. This is hardly surprising given that men are the predominant voice of history in general, but this of course means that the stories of women make up a frustratingly small portion of those told on the silver screen (even if we may curate our own viewing experiences to counteract this). The same can sadly be said about queer cinema where films about Lgbtiq women and by women (gay or otherwise) are without a doubt outnumbered by those by and about men.

It’s wonderful then to see Political Animals, a film that seeks to take a side-step away from the more famous names of gay
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Cross-Post: Parents in the Palais: An Open Letter to the Cannes Film Festival

Anna Tatarska nursing her child on a bench during the 70th Cannes Film Festival. Credit: Anna Tatarska and agnès films.

The following has been reposted from agnès films with the authors’ permission.

In response to reports of mistreatment from mothers and parents at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, agnès films’ editor-in-chief, Alexandra Hidalgo, penned an open letter to the fest organizers with Sophie Mayer, Mathilde Dratwa, Barbara Ann O’Leary, and Marian Evans.

Hidalgo told Women and Hollywood: “As a filmmaker who is also a mother and attends film festivals with her children, where they have always been welcome with open arms, I was quite shocked to learn about Anne Marie [Jacir] and Anna’s [Tatarska] plight at Cannes. I was lucky to be able to collaborate with fellow activists Sophie Mayer, Mathilde Dratwa, Barbara Ann O’Leary, and Marian Evans in crafting a response to the situation. We thought that if film industry professionals and activists from around the world came together to bring up the situation to Cannes and to provide models for strategies that are currently working at other film festivals, they might listen and make a change.”

She continued, “This isn’t only about Cannes but about film festivals around the world waking up to this issue. If we want more women making films, we also need to accept that many of them may need to bring their children with them to film festivals. The more positive the experience, the easier it will be for them to continue telling stories behind the camera.”

You can read the letter in its entirety below or on the agnès films website.

Dear Cannes Film Festival Organizers,

We, a group of filmmakers, actors, film critics, film festival organizers, distributors, scholars, audience members, and activists, are writing to show our concern over the way in which parents, in particular mothers, were treated at the 70th Cannes Film Festival when arriving with their children to the event. As a way to help Cannes resolve this issue, we also provide a number of models used by other film festivals to welcome parents and children. There were a number of cases of parents receiving mixed information about attending with children and being sent away because they had babies in their arms. As Women and Hollywood reported, both Sofia Coppola and Nicole Kidman were absent from the awards ceremony because they had returned home to their children. The entire Cannes Film Festival community is short-changed when award-winning talent cannot stay because they may not be able to bring their families to participate in their success.

As Marian Evans reported, director and producer Annemarie Jacir, who has previously had two films in competition at Cannes, was unable to attend a meeting because her one-year-old did not have a festival badge. Jacir was later told that dogs and babies needed special badges. However, when she went to request such a badge, she learned that there were no badges available for babies at this year’s festival.

Jacir’s was not an isolated case. As Women and Hollywood reported, Anna Tatarska, a Polish journalist, was not allowed to pick up her badge with her five-month-old in her arms. She too was given misleading information. First she was told that babies required special badges and then that no such badges existed. She ended up having to nurse on a park bench outside the film festival instead of being able to escape the heat inside the Palais. This indicates a lack of clarity from festival organizers, which places the burden of labor on delegates who are already managing a child, as well as their work.

Parenting is a reality for many filmmakers, distributors, critics, and other workers in the film industry, and it often enriches the stories they are able to tell and their approach to their work. Particularly for parents of small children, being unable to bring them to film festivals when they have a film on the circuit can prove traumatic — as well as economically unviable — for both parent and child. Not to mention that most nursing mothers cannot be away from their babies for more than a few hours.

As Making it Possible, a 2016 UK survey by Raising Films shows, 79 percent of parents and carers felt that their caring responsibilities had a negative effect on their careers in the film and television industries. As well as the long-hours culture of film production, parents and carers pointed to the lack of access — both practically and economically — to festivals for those with caring responsibilities. The survey showed that women continue to bear a disproportionate burden of primary caring responsibilities, and thus that the exclusion of parents and carers from the industry has an exponential effect on women’s presence and the sustainability of their careers.

Through this letter, we hope to not only bring attention to the issue, but to also provide some examples of film festivals and organizations that are handling the presence of parents in welcoming ways. Here are some possibilities that we hope Cannes will consider for the future:

Moms-in-Film piloted a free, mobile child care unit at South by Southwest this year. In addition to providing childcare, the unit was also a place to nurse, pump, and meet other parents. South by Southwest had an additional “mother’s room” in the convention center for pumping and nursing. Moms-in-Film is now discussing bringing bespoke childcare models to a number of other film festivals, tailoring them to the specific needs of each festival, and would be happy to discuss ways to incorporate other parent-friendly practices, including communication with parents planning to attend, with Cannes.True/False Film Festival offers a community crèche for delegates (supported by crowdfunding).Sheffield Doc/Fest offered crèche places for delegates in 2016.Locarno Film Festival offers on-site childcare for programmers and delegates.The Athens International Film and Video Festival provided free film badges for filmmakers’ children and free coloring books with the film festivals’ poster artwork and crayons to all attending children. They also featured a number of child-friendly films that allowed parents to enjoy screenings with their children.

World-class film festivals offer world-class care and attention to guests, delegates, and industry. Cannes, as the world’s premiere film festival, should be leading, not following, on these developments. Any of these initiatives or a combination of them would help avoid the situations that Jacir and Tatarska found themselves in this year — not to mention the situation of talented filmmakers, critics, and distributors who, knowing how they would be received, chose not to bring their children, or those who were unable to attend because they couldn’t leave their children at home. We hope that next year’s festival organizers will be willing to try some creative solutions in order to establish a more welcoming space for the filmmakers, actors, press members, distributors, and other attendees who have made the Cannes Film Festival one of the most vibrant and influential film events in the world for seven decades.

Thank you,

Alexandra Hidalgo, editor-in-chief of agnès films, director, producer, author of Cámara Retórica, assistant professor at Michigan State University. East Lansing, Michigan, USA.

Sophie Mayer, author of Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema, critic, curator, co-founder of Raising Films. London, UK.

Mathilde Dratwa, Founder, Moms-in-Film, filmmaker, teaching artist. New York, New York, USA.

Barbara Ann O’Leary, Catalyst, #DirectedbyWomen. Bloomington, Indiana, USA.

Marian Evans, writer, activist at Wellywood Woman. Wellington, Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Cross-Post: Parents in the Palais: An Open Letter to the Cannes Film Festival 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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The Mystery of Why Top TV Producers Shonda Rhimes, Greg Berlanti and Chuck Lorre Haven’t Won an Emmy

The Mystery of Why Top TV Producers Shonda Rhimes, Greg Berlanti and Chuck Lorre Haven’t Won an Emmy
Shonda Rhimes, Chuck Lorre and Greg Berlanti are easily the most powerful producers on TV. Yet none of them have ever won a Primetime Emmy.

Ten years ago, that might not have been the case. But Rhimes, Lorre and Berlanti produce populist fare for (mostly) broadcast networks, at a time when those shows are no longer on the Emmy radar.

In 2016, the broadcasters were shut out of the top Emmy categories for the first time in the award’s history. Never before had the top drama, comedy and actor and actress prizes gone exclusively to cable and streaming services.

But last year’s results were the culmination of a trend that began when “The Sopranos” star Edie Falco won the Emmy in 1999 for Outstanding Drama actress. By 2001, HBO had grabbed the first outstanding series prize for a cable series (“Sex and the City”), as well as both top drama acting
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Legends of Tomorrow Season Two Hits Video August 15

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Burbank, CA (May 16, 2017) – Their time is now! Just before their third season premiere on The CW, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Second Season on Blu-rayTM and DVD on August 15, 2017. Fans can zoom through 17 exhilarating episodes from the second season, plus exciting special features including the show’s 2016 Comic-Con Panel, crossover featurette, gag-reel and deleted scenes. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is The CW’s #4 show among Total Viewers, with over 3.2 million viewers tuning in weekly.⃰ DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Second Season is priced to own at $39.99 Srp for the DVD and $44.98 Srp for the Blu-ray, which includes a Digital Copy.

*Source: Nielsen National TV View L+7 Us AA%; excluding repeats, specials, and <3 TCs; Season To-Date = 10/13/16-12/08/16

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow amps up the firepower for Season Two of the Super Hero team-up series by enlisting both a
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'Sally Jupiter' Gets In "Shape"

Take a look @ new images of actress Carla Gugino aka 'Sally Jupiter, Silk Spectre' in "Watchmen" (2009), posing for "Shape" magazine:

Gugino is also noted for her role as 'Ingrid Cortez' in the "Spy Kids" trilogy...

...as 'Dr. Vera Gorski' in "Sucker Punch" (2011)...

...and as the lead characters of the television series 'Karen Sisco' and 'Threshold'.

Her other feature film work includes starring roles in "Son in Law" (1993), "Sin City" (2005)," Night at the Museum" (2006), "Mr. Popper's Penguins" (2011) and "San Andreas" (2015).

Gugino also had lead roles in the television mini-series "Political Animals" (2012) and "Wayward Pines" (2015).

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Carla Gugino...
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Film About Hillary Clinton During Her 1969 Gap Year Announced

Hillary Clinton: Cpl. Cristian L. Ricardo/Wikimedia Commons

A new film about Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham, actually — is on its way. According to TheWrap, Magdalena Zyzak and Zachary Cotler have finished “When I’m a Moth,” about the gap year between Clinton’s college graduation and the beginning of her law career that she spent “sliming fish” and doing other odd jobs in Alaska. Written and directed by Zyzak and Cotler, “When I’m a Moth” will star Addison Timlin (“Californication”) as the young Clinton.

Zyzak and Cotler have emphasized that the film is not a biopic, but more of a “companion” to their “A Critically Endangered Species,” currently screening at SXSW. “It’s about the unreality of politicians,” Zyzak explained, describing the two films as a “diptych on female power.”

Per TheWrap, “A Critically Endangered Species,” follows “a fading artist [Lena Olin, ‘The Reader’] unhappy with the state of her contemporary work. In an NPR interview, Olin’s character reveals she’s planning her own suicide and is auditioning only young men to become executor of her estate. The handsome Alexander Koch [Sophia Takal’s ‘Always Shine’] steps up to play one of those candidates.”

In the past few years, Clinton has been an omnipresent figure in fiction and reality. Television projects like “Political Animals” and “Madam Secretary” have sampled aspects of Clinton’s personal and professional lives; Clinton appeared as herself in the third season of “Broad City”; Emmy-winner Kate McKinnon portrays her on “SNL”; Lifetime’s web series “The Young Hillary Diaries” depicted Clinton during her fictional run for high school class president; and the Black List’s “Rodham,” about Clinton in her law school days, is in development.

Zyzak previously co-wrote and produced the drama “Redland” and served as producer on the fantasy film “Orion.”

Film About Hillary Clinton During Her 1969 Gap Year Announced 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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DC Superheroes: More GayTV ?

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According to openly gay "Arrow", "The Flash", "Legends Of Tomorrow" and "Supergirl" producer Greg Berlanti, all of his CW DC Comics' adaptations will step up their 'Lgbt' messages in upcoming episodes.

"The next step is to add a regular character, not just a recurring one, who is openly gay on the next round of these shows," said Berlanti, "because I think that’s important...

"I can remember when there were storylines with gay characters on shows like 'Family' and 'Dynasty' and thinking, I have something in common with that person," Berlanti told The Advocate. "This was way before the internet and all the visibility that has brought with it. But back then, you really felt alone and when I saw those characters on TV, I knew I wasn't alone..."

Previously, as a writer and producer on "Dawson’s Creek", Berlanti tinkered with the main characters sexuality, following up with
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Freeform Greenlights Cosmopolitan Magazine Inspired Series ‘The Bold Type’

Freeform has greenlit “The Bold Type,” a scripted series inspired by Cosmopolitan and its editor Joanna Coles, Variety has learned.

The show, which was previously titled “Issues,” will air in summer 2017.

“The Bold Type” stars Melora Hardin and Katie Stevens, and follows the outrageous lives and loves of those responsible for a global women’s magazine. Their struggles are about finding your identity, managing friendships and getting your heart broken, all while wearing the perfect jeans to flatter any body type. While the show is heavily inspired by Coles’ experiences, the series won’t directly name Cosmopolitan and instead centers around a fictional publication, Scarlet Magazine.

Hardin (“Transparent,” Amazon) stars as the magazine editor in chief, Jacqueline, while Stevens (“Faking It,” MTV) will star as a writer who has just been promoted to her dream job. Jacqueline is described as quietly tough and confident and someone who can intimidate without saying a word, but
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American working-class cinema exists – but it’s by and about women | Letters

Paul Mason (How will the movie industry respond to the Trump era?, 15 November) might like to watch, for starters, Frozen River (Courtney Hunt), Winter’s Bone (Debra Granik), Middle of Nowhere (Ava DuVernay), Amreeka (Cherien Dabis), Drunktown’s Finest (Sydney Freeland), Tangerine (Sean Baker), American Honey (Andrea Arnold) and Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt) to get a fuller picture of how American cinema – albeit independent – is narrating a range of working-class lives. Yes, the protagonists – and directors – are predominantly women. Perhaps, beyond chastising the money-chasing studios, it’s more pertinent to insist that the media amplify these powerful, award-winning films that already exist, so that audiences can find and see them. Could it be, as Laura Dern’s character says in Certain Women, that no one is paying attention to them because they are (by and about) women?

Dr Sophie Mayer

Author, Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema

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Los Angeles Film Festival Faces New Era As Director Stephanie Allain Moves On

The Stephanie Allain era of Film Independent’s Los Angeles Film Festival is over.

The prolific producer (“Beyond the Lights”) is leaving her role of five years as director of the summer festival to spend more time on her first avocation. She will be replaced by another independent producer, Jennifer Cochis (“Smashed”), who for the past two years worked closely as Creative Director with Allain on all aspects of the festival.

Allain is currently in production on Justin Simien’s Netflix series “Dear White People,” in post-production on Gerard McMurray’s “Burning Sands” and prepping Clark Johnson’s “Juanita,” set to star Alfre Woodard.

Film Independent President Josh Welsh has watched Cochis move up from Senior Programmer to Creative Director, he said in a statement. Working with Allain, she was instrumental in “turning the Festival into a powerful platform for discovering new and diverse talent.”

Promoting Allain’s protege suggests
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