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Dear Hollywood: 9 Top Women Cinematographers Who Are Ready to Direct

10 May 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here’s how studios say they see it: Sure, we really want to hire women directors. But there’s almost no studio movie that isn’t big budget, and we can’t find women who have the experience necessary to handle the really big movies. (Never mind Colin Trevorrow. Or Marc Webb. Or Gareth Edwards. Or Jon Watts.)

Of course, that logic is a vicious cycle at best, but here’s a chance to break it. Director Reed Morano’s dazzling execution of the first three episodes of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” suggests another excellent source for future women directors: top cinematographers.

Read More: 7 Female Genre Filmmakers You Should Get to Know Right Now

Women cinematographers work harder, longer, and have to be gifted and tough in order to keep landing jobs. As a cinematographer, make one mistake and you’re through. Any working cinematographer has more than »

- Anne Thompson

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Dear Hollywood: 9 Top Women Cinematographers Who Are Ready to Direct

10 May 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Here’s how studios say they see it: Sure, we really want to hire women directors. But there’s almost no studio movie that isn’t big budget, and we can’t find women who have the experience necessary to handle the really big movies. (Never mind Colin Trevorrow. Or Marc Webb. Or Gareth Edwards. Or Jon Watts.)

Of course, that logic is a vicious cycle at best, but here’s a chance to break it. Director Reed Morano’s dazzling execution of the first three episodes of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” suggests another excellent source for future women directors: top cinematographers.

Read More: 7 Female Genre Filmmakers You Should Get to Know Right Now

Women cinematographers work harder, longer, and have to be gifted and tough in order to keep landing jobs. As a cinematographer, make one mistake and you’re through. Any working cinematographer has more than »

- Anne Thompson

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'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2': Why Marvel's Misfit-Filmmaker Gamble Works

8 May 2017 9:49 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Another weekend, another blockbuster Marvel opening at the box office. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the latest episode in the company's cosmic-mercenaries saga, predictably crushed the competition, grossing an estimated $425 million globally and perpetuating the studio's multiplex dominance. If you're looking for a secret to the company's success, we'll direct you to a 2014 comment from GotG director James Gunn. "I made a decision early on that I wanted it to be a hundred percent a James Gunn movie and a hundred percent a Marvel movie," he said after the first film's release. »

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‘The Belko Experiment’ Comes Home on Blu-Ray & DVD

4 May 2017 9:57 AM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

If you missed The Belko Experiment in the theater, well you can thank your lucky stars films get put on Blu-Ray and DVD.

From writer, producer James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), director Greg McLean (Wolf Creek, Rogue, The Darkness) and producer Peter Safran (The Conjuring, Annabelle), comes the story about a group of 80 American employees who are tested in a twisted social experiment of bone-crunching horror! Belko Industries, a normally calm workplace, gets a rude awakening when a mysterious voice on the intercom orders them to participate in a ruthless game of kill or be killed in a blood-soaking battle royale at their office building in Bogotá, Colombia. As the terror escalates, so does the body count. Everyone is a competitor and everyday objects become deadly weapons. Let the corporate carnage commence!

Presented by Orion Pictures, an arm of MGM, The Belko Experiment »

- Andy Triefenbach

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Only Five of Disney’s Slated Films Through 2021 Are Directed by Women

27 April 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

We’re not amused, either, Elsa. “Frozen”: Disney

Disney has unveiled the premiere dates for its upcoming films from next Friday’s “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2” through the end of 2021. Per Variety, none of the remaining 2017 films are women-helmed. And only five women are booked to direct Disney movies (or its Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm properties) over the next four years: Ava DuVernay, Niki Caro, Anna Boden, Jennifer Lee, and Meg LeFauve. It’s discouraging, to say the least.

There are a few silver linings, however. Out in 2018, DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time” is the first $100 million film to be directed by a black woman. Marvel’s “The Black Panther” was originally offered to DuVernay, but she passed. Instead, “Fruitvale Station’s” Ryan Coogler, an outspoken advocate for women directors, took the reins. Also, women take center stage onscreen in movies like “The Last Jedi” and “Mary Poppins Returns.” Three films from male directors — “Cars 3,” “Wreck-It Ralph 2,” and “Toy Story 4” — boast female co-writers. And many films do not have attached or announced directors yet. We’re giving Disney the benefit of the doubt and remain cautiously optimistic that at least a few more women will be hired.

Below is our breakdown of Disney’s release schedule, year by year. Women-directed and co-directed films are bolded and films with unknown directors are marked with an asterisk (*). Lists adapted from Variety.

2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”— May 5

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” — May 26

Cars 3,” co-written by Kiel Murray — June 16

Thor: Ragnarok” — November 3

“Coco” — November 22

Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — December 15

Number of women-directed films: 0/6 films with known directors

Number of films with unknown director: Zero

2018

Black Panther ”— February 16

“A Wrinkle in Time,” directed by Ava Duvernay — March 9

Magic Camp” — April 6

Avengers: Infinity War”— May 4

Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film — May 25

The Incredibles 2” — June 15

“Ant-Man and the Wasp ”— July 6

Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) — August 3*

Mulan” (Live Action), directed by Niki Caro — November 2

Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2,” co-written by Pamela Ribon — November 21

Mary Poppins Returns — December 25

Number of women-directed films: 2/10 (20%) films with known directors

Number of films with unknown director: 1

2019

Captain Marvel,” co-directed by Anna Boden — March 8

Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) — March 29*

Untitled Disneytoon Studios — April 12*

Untitled Avengers — May 3

“Star Wars: Episode IX” — May 24

Toy Story 4,” co-written by Rashida Jones — June 21

The Lion King (Live Action) — July 19

Untitled Disney Live Action — August 9 Unknown*

Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) — November 8*

Frozen 2, co-directed by Jennifer Lee — November 27

Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) — December 20*

Number of women-directed films: 2/6 (33%) films with known directors

Number of films with unknown director: 5

2020

Untitled Pixar Animation — March 13*

Untitled Disney Live Action — April 3*

Untitled Marvel — May 1*

Untitled Pixar Animation — June 19*

Untitled Indiana Jones — July 10

Untitled Marvel — August 7*

Untitled Marvel — November 6*

Gigantic,” co-directed by Meg Lefauve — November 25

Number of women-directed films: 1/2 (50%) films with known directors

Number of films with unknown director: 6

Finally, there are three untitled projects slated for 2021, none of which have attached directors. Overall, women directors represent about 20 percent of the Disney films with attached directors. It’s a respectable number, but we expect more from the studio that brought us Moana, Mulan, and the “Frozen” sisters.

Only Five of Disney’s Slated Films Through 2021 Are Directed by Women was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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It could only happen in the movies, or could it? Cinematic Depictions of Real Life Tragedies

27 April 2017 5:39 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

It comes as no surprise that some of our most heinous historical world events have become the subject of a cinematic depiction. As audiences wanting their thirst for great cinema and intrigue in world issues grow we have had, in the naughties alone, Roman Polanski deliver The Pianist in 2002 and more recently László Nemes’ Son of Saul to quench our desire. Even this week, we have the release of Terry George’s The Promise which tells the story of the Armenian Genocide in the final years of the Ottoman Empire with Oscar Isaac, Charlotte LeBon and Christian Bale hitting our cinemas.

Whether these events are genocides, horrific murders, acts of terrorism or even demonic paranormal activities, our quest for knowledge, understanding and feeling has inspired filmmakers for years. Their films set out to shine a light on the atrocities and suffering of man, and act to empower »

- Zehra Phelan

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James Gunn’s ‘The Belko Experiment’ Coming to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital in June

26 April 2017 6:59 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) returns to his horror roots with The Belko Experiment. The writer/producer enlisted many familiar faces for a story about 80 office workers trapped in a wicked fight to the death.

Fox Home Entertainment has announced plans to release the Digital HD version of The Belko Experiment starring John Gallagher Jr. (10 Cloverfield Lane), Tony Goldwyn (Scandal), Adria Arjona (True Detective), John C. McGinley (Stan Against Evil), Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station), Josh Brener (Silicon Valley), Sean Gunn (Ordinary World) and Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy) first on June 13th.

The Belko Experiment Blu-ray and DVD editions arrive a couple weeks later on June 27th.

A handful of bonus features are included on all versions of The Belko Experiment. They are comprised of:

Rules of the Game: The Secrets Behind The Belko Experiment

Lee Hardcastle's Survival Tips

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The Belko Experiment Coming to Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD This June

20 April 2017 10:06 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Start sharpening your pencils and learn how to take aim with your stapler, because the office-set survival thriller The Belko Experiment hits home media this June from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The Belko Experiment will come out on Digital HD on June 13th, followed by a Blu-ray and DVD release on June 27th. Below, we have a look at the cover art as well as the press release with full details, including the Blu-ray and DVD bonus features.

Press Release: The Belko Experiment arrives on Digital HD June 13th and on Blu-ray and DVD June 27th

The Belko Experiment

From writer, producer James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), director Greg McLean (Wolf Creek, Rogue, The Darkness) and producer Peter Safran (The Conjuring, Annabelle), comes the story about a group of 80 American employees who are tested in a twisted social experiment of bone-crunching horror! »

- Derek Anderson

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Michael Shannon and Michael B. Jordan Set to Burn Books for HBO

20 April 2017 9:05 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Relax, it’s for an adaptation of ‘Fahrenheit 451

Seems like every day 2017 looks a little more like a dystopic novel: civil disorder, totalitarian rulers, an increase in military spending at the expense of social and cultural programs, Teen Wolf got cancelled; bottom line, it’s pretty dour out there.

Unless you’re the author of one of these dystopic novels, like Brave New World, 1984, or The Handmaid’s Tale, then you’re having the best sales of your career thanks to the teeming masses trying to adjust to the New World Order.

HBO’s looking to capitalize on this unrest by adapting the other really famous dystopic novel — Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, about a future where books are outlawed — into a movie, and now they’ve got their stars. Oscar-nominee and general badass Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals) will be playing Beatty, chief of the firemen who burn books, and »

- H. Perry Horton

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Black Panther Footage Description Hints At A Rumble In The Jungle

18 April 2017 2:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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If 2017 heralds the return of Marvel’s galactic motley crew and the God of Thunder, not to mention the (re)introduction of a sprightly Peter Parker in Tom Holland, then 2018 belongs to Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp and Black Panther, the studio’s royal superhero.

Headed up by director Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station), Black Panther is packed to the rafters with A-list talent, and while we bide our time in anticipation of the film’s first trailer – word is that it’ll drop sometime this summer, likely in and around the same time as Spider-Man: Homecoming – Entertainment Weekly has posted a recap of the first footage shown to press.

The promo was presented to select reporters as part of the recent Marvel Open House event in California – an event that also brought word »

- Michael Briers

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‘Lost and Found’ Trailer: Tribeca-Selected Pilot Promises an Unconventional Take on Relationships

18 April 2017 1:37 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s not often that a pilot episode starts off with the disintegration of a marriage (“Happy Endings” is the rare exception and still very much missed), but “Lost and Found” looks to be anything but conventional in its depiction of friendship, love and marriage in the exclusive trailer below.

Read More: Tribeca 2017: 10 Must-Attend Events at This Year’s Festival

Lost and Found,” executive produced by Haroula Rose and Melonie Diaz (who previously worked together on “Fruitvale Station”) revolves around a group of thirty-something friends as they navigate life and love after the “un-wedding” of Stella (Diaz) and Ian (Will Janowitz). After celebrating their divorce, Stella and Ian find themselves with all-new challenges as friendships are tested and secrets are revealed.

Lost and Found” is one of three independently produced pilots to be screened at the Tribeca Film Festival as part of its first-ever “Pilot Season.” The pilot episode »

- Juan Diaz

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‘Lost and Found’ Trailer: Tribeca-Selected Pilot Promises an Unconventional Take on Relationships

18 April 2017 1:37 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

It’s not often that a pilot episode starts off with the disintegration of a marriage (“Happy Endings” is the rare exception and still very much missed), but “Lost and Found” looks to be anything but conventional in its depiction of friendship, love and marriage in the exclusive trailer below.

Read More: Tribeca 2017: 10 Must-Attend Events at This Year’s Festival

Lost and Found,” executive produced by Haroula Rose (who wrote and directed the pilot) and Melonie Diaz (who previously worked with Rose on “Fruitvale Station”) revolves around a group of thirty-something friends as they navigate life and love after the “un-wedding” of Stella (Diaz) and Ian (Will Janowitz). After celebrating their divorce, Stella and Ian find themselves with all-new challenges as friendships are tested and secrets are revealed.

Lost and Found” is one of three independently produced pilots to be screened at the Tribeca Film Festival as part of its first-ever “Pilot Season. »

- Juan Diaz

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Giveaway – Win a T-shirt and poster for The Belko Experiment

13 April 2017 4:07 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To celebrate the release of The Belko Experiment – in UK cinemas 21st April – we are giving away a poster & t-shirt courtesy of Vertigo Releasing.

In a twisted social experiment, a group of 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia, and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed in order to survive.

The Belko Experiment is directed by Greg McLean (The Darkness, Wolf Creek), written by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) and produced by Peter Safran (The Conjuring, Annabelle) and Gunn. The film stars John Gallagher, Jr. (The Newsroom, 10 Cloverfield Lane), Tony Goldwyn (Scandal), Adria Arjona (True Detective), John C. McGinley (Stan Against Evil, Scrubs), Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station), Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) and Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy).

The Belko Experiment raises »

- Gary Collinson

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Cinematography, Production Design, Editing ~ April Foolish Oscar Predix

12 April 2017 5:32 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

We're almost to our favorite craft category (costume design) and the marquee categories (acting/picture) are yet to come but here's another does of "what could be" in a few visual categories as our April Foolish Oscar Predictions continue...

Mudbound was shot by Rachel Morrison, who was previously Dp on Fruitvale Station and Dope. Next up: Marvel's Black Panther

Cinematography [click for the chart]

The big question Tfe must always ask is "when is a female Dp ever going to get nominated?" This year we count three female DPs with major projects: Mandy Walker (Australia, Hidden Figures) shot the romantic drama The Mountain Between Us, Rachel Morrison (Fruitvale Station) delivered another Sundance hit with Mudbound, and Urszula Pontikos (Lilting) was behind the camera on the story of Gloria Grahame's last days called Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool. 

Meanwhile on the male side of the equation, given that Greig Fraser and Bradford Young »

- NATHANIEL R

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Watch: 'In Praise of 16mm' Video Essay Discusses the Grainy Format

12 April 2017 4:21 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Time for some film education and film appreciation in the form of a video essay from "The Royal Ocean Film Society". The video essay is titled "In Praise of 16mm" and it is exactly that - filmmaker/cinephile Andrew Saladino examines the use of 16mm film (as opposed to the standard 35mm or larger 65mm) for making movies. For those wondering how often 16mm gets used, some filmmakers do still use it every so often. Here are some recent films that were shot on 16mm: Carol, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, The Squid and the Whale, The Hurt Locker, Moonrise Kingdom, Black Swan, Happy Christmas, Primer, Listen Up Philip, and others. Watch below to learn more about the aesthetic and what makes 16mm "so darn cool." Thanks to our friends at The Film Stage for the tip on this video essay. Original description from Vimeo: "Film nerds like »

- Alex Billington

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How San Francisco’s Film Society Built a Powerful Financial Support System For Bay Area Filmmaking

6 April 2017 4:13 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Over the last seven years, The San Francisco Film Society (now known simply at Sffilm) has become one the largest nonprofit supporters of independent and documentary film having doled out over $800,000 to individual films in 2016. With targeted and flexible filmmaking grants the SFFilm Maker program has been able to give individual films a significant financial boost when they need it most – ranging from before the script is written all the way to the sound mix.

Read More: San Francisco’s Master Plan to Keep Film Relevant In the 21st Century — Sf International Film Festival

Having played a critical role in successful films like “Short Term 12,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Fruitvale Station” getting made, Sffs’s support has also come to signal to the rest of the film world that a project is worth tracking.

However, the film society’s mission goes beyond being a key cog in »

- Chris O'Falt

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Choose your weapon with these new ‘Belko Experiment’ UK posters

2 April 2017 6:04 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Vertigo have releases a bunch of new UK posters for their upcoming release, The Belko Experiment, the James Gun scripted horror film heading to UK cinemas in just a couple of weeks.

In a twisted social experiment, a group of 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia, and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed in order to survive.

Presented by Orion Pictures, an arm of MGM, The Belko Experiment is directed by Greg McLean (The Darkness, Wolf Creek), written by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) and produced by Peter Safran (The Conjuring, Annabelle) and Gunn. The film stars John Gallagher, Jr. (The Newsroom, 10 Cloverfield Lane), Tony Goldwyn (Scandal), Adria Arjona (True Detective), John C. McGinley (Stan Against Evil, Scrubs), Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station »

- Paul Heath

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How Do You Find Distribution at a Film Festival? San Francisco’s New Launch Section Provides An Original Opportunity

30 March 2017 8:20 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In 2002, director Thomas Riedelsheimer premiered his documentary “River and Tides – Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time” at the San Francisco International Film Festival. At the time, its future was uncertain: Unlike Sundance, San Francisco wasn’t an active marketplace for movies in search of U.S. distribution. Nevertheless, the movie won a top prize at the festival and began its theatrical life at the Roxie that year before gradually finding an audience nationwide. When it opened in Chicago in early 2003, Roger Ebert gave it four stars, noting its Bay Area origin story and a history of “finding its audience not so much through word of mouth as through hand on elbow, as friends steered friends into the theater.”

Now, Riedelsheimer is returning to San Francisco with a sequel to “Rivers and Tides” called “Leaning Into the Wind,” which updates viewers on the progress of British artist Goldsworthy, and the movie has »

- Eric Kohn

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Jay Z and Weinstein Company Team Up for Ambitious Film and Docuseries About Trayvon Martin

24 March 2017 7:56 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Shawn “Jay-z” Carter will team up the Weinstein Company to make a series of documentary projects about the life and death of Trayvon Martin, Variety reports.

The music mogul and the indie distributor won a bidding war for the rights to two books about the 2012 shooting of the unarmed black teenager:  “Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It” and “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.” The first is by Lisa Bloom, a reporter who covered the trial of George Zimmerman. The second is by Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, and tells the story of Martin’s childhood and the impact of his death on the family.

Read More: Jay Z’s Documentary ‘Time’ Trailer: Six-Part Series Details the Life and Legacy of Kalief Browder

Martin was shot and killed by 28-year-old George Zimmerman, a »

- Jude Dry

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Oscar Isaac and Kristen Stewart: Who’s due for their first Oscar nomination?

24 March 2017 6:59 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

This is something interesting. Every year during the early parts of the season, I like to post about who is overdue to get an Academy Award nomination or win. Last year was no different. There’s always a ton of people deserving of attention but not receiving of it. What’s unique this time around is that no one received a nomination from the list I came up with, despite it including some of Hollywood’s best and brightest talent, both young and old. That’s unusual, and a real pity. So, instead of cursing at the dark in, I’m choosing to light a candle and give them another moment of attention today. Below you will again see pretty much the same list I previously published, just this time with a new order. It’s a shame that they’re all still here, but it’s part of what »

- Joey Magidson

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