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How ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ Director Kimberly Peirce Directed the Best Episode Yet of ‘Dear White People’

How ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ Director Kimberly Peirce Directed the Best Episode Yet of ‘Dear White People’
Kimberly Peirce’s 1999 debut “Boys Don’t Cry,” the grim story of a trans man raped and murdered in Texas, scored Hillary Swank an Oscar and announced Peirce as a major filmmaking talent. It also established expectations she still resists, almost 20 years later.

“A lot of people think I’m Mr. Tragedy because of ‘Boys Don’t Cry,’” the 50-year-old director said in a phone interview from her home in Los Angeles. “But I have been wanting to move into comedy for a bit. Let’s be honest. A lot of comedy doesn’t that have much sophistication. It’s funny, but there’s a level of predictability and normativity.”

So she’s moving into comedy, but in her own way, most recently by directing Episode 4 from Season 2 of Netflix’s “Dear White People.” The riveting, unpredictable story of a young black woman wrestling with whether she should have an
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Jacqueline Lyanga Exits as AFI Head Bob Gazzale Merges Festival Staffs to Streamline Costs — Exclusive

The 50-year-old American Film Institute is merging the staffs of its two film festivals, Los Angeles’ AFI Fest (November 8–15) and Washington, D.C’s AFI Docs (June 13-17) — and with that, the nonprofit is losing AFI Fest Mvp Jacqueline Lyanga. Over her eight years as festival director, Lyanga built what many say is impossible: a world-class film festival in Hollywood. When AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale began discussions this spring about merging the festivals’ teams, Lyanga chose to leave.

She could have led both festivals, but the conversation didn’t get that far. She wasn’t willing, sources say, to run them with fewer people doing more work. But the budgets for both festivals are going up, Gazzale told me: “Our goal is to be more efficient for the benefit of the films and filmmakers.”

Lyanga will consult with AFI through June. As she looks at other opportunities — there
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Jacqueline Lyanga Exits as AFI Head Bob Gazzale Merges Festival Staffs to Streamline Costs — Exclusive

The 50-year-old American Film Institute is merging the staffs of its two film festivals, Los Angeles’ AFI Fest (November 8–15) and Washington, D.C’s AFI Docs (June 13-17) — and with that, the nonprofit is losing AFI Fest Mvp Jacqueline Lyanga. Over her eight years as festival director, Lyanga built what many say is impossible: a world-class film festival in Hollywood. When AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale began discussions this spring about merging the festivals’ teams, Lyanga chose to leave.

She could have led both festivals, but the conversation didn’t get that far. She wasn’t willing, sources say, to run them with fewer people doing more work. But the budgets for both festivals are going up, Gazzale told me: “Our goal is to be more efficient for the benefit of the films and filmmakers.”

Lyanga will consult with AFI through June. As she looks at other opportunities — there
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Film News Roundup: Produced By Conference Adds Paul Feig, Neal Moritz

Film News Roundup: Produced By Conference Adds Paul Feig, Neal Moritz
In today’s film news roundup, Paul Feig and Neal Moritz are added to the Produced By Conference, a “Jumanji” double feature gets scheduled, and Jean-Luc Godard’s “The Image Book” gets bought.

Conference Additions

The Producers Guild of America has added Paul Feig and Neal Moritz as speakers at its 10th annual Produced By Conference, which will be held June 9 and 10 at Paramount Pictures Studios.

Moritz will be joining Jim Gianopulos in his headlining “Conversations With…” session. Additional speakers include Stephanie Allain, Ian Bryce, Donald DeLine, Tracey Edmonds, Lucy Fisher, Lynette Howell Taylor, James F. Lopez, Chris Moore, Ronald D. Moore, Mary Parent, Stacy Rukeyser, and Doug Wick.

The Produced By Conference will bring back its Mentoring Roundtables to give attendees a chance to ask questions about their own projects in development and learn in a more personalized, intimate setting with one-on-one feedback. No pitching is allowed — the roundtables
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Produced By Conference Adds Stephanie Allain, Paul Feig & Others As Speakers

The Producers Guild of America unveiled a new wave of participants for its 10th annual Produced By Conference next month. Among those added to the lineup are Dear White People producer Stephanie Allain, Bridesmaids director-producer Paul Feig, Fast and the Furious producer Neal H. Moritz along with Ian Bryce, Donald DeLine, Tracey Edmonds, Lucy Fisher, Lynette Howell Taylor, James F. Lopez, Chris Moore, Ronald D. Moore, Mary Parent, Stacy Rukeyser, Doug Wick and more. The…
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Produced By Conference Adds Stephanie Allain, Paul Feig & Others As Speakers

The Producers Guild of America unveiled a new wave of participants for its 10th annual Produced By Conference next month. Among those added to the lineup are Dear White People producer Stephanie Allain, Bridesmaids director-producer Paul Feig, Fast and the Furious producer Neal H. Moritz along with Ian Bryce, Donald DeLine, Tracey Edmonds, Lucy Fisher, Lynette Howell Taylor, James F. Lopez, Chris Moore, Ronald D. Moore, Mary Parent, Stacy Rukeyser, Doug Wick and more. The…
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Women and Hollywood Joins WrapWomen’s Inaugural Power Women Summit

Women and Hollywood is joining Time’s Up, Women In Film (Wif), and more in supporting WrapWomen’s first ever Power Women Summit. Taking place November 1 and 2 in Los Angeles, the event will “inspire and empower” 1,000 women in the entertainment industry, TheWrap has announced. WrapWomen, the producer of TheWrap’s Power Women breakfast series, is organizing “a full day of education, mentorship, workshops, and networking to promote women’s leadership in entertainment and media and related professions.”

The Power Women Summit’s overall program and message is in the vein of 5050by2020, which aims for full 50–50 gender parity by 2020. Various parts of the industry, such as agencies ICM Partners and CAA, have adopted this goal in the past few months.

Olivia Wilde, Mira Sorvino, #MeToo creator Tarana Burke, and A+E Networks CEO Nancy Dubuc are set to speak at the Summit. The event’s non-profit partners are Women and Hollywood,
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ReFrame Pushes for More Inclusive Hiring in Hollywood with New Handbook

Some of the ReFrame members: Women In Film

ReFrame, a Hollywood inclusion program that boasts 50 industry leaders among its ranks, has set its sights on updating show business’ current hiring practices — i.e. its habit of employing mostly white men. According to Deadline, the initiative has put together a handbook “with numerous key proposals its organizers believe will help promulgate meaningful reform and diverse hiring practices in the film and TV businesses.”

One of the handbook’s recommendations is a sponsorship program that will see industry professionals mentor protégés at companies across Hollywood.

Speaking to Deadline, ReFrame organizer and “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig touted the sponsorship program. “What I like about this is that it is very well researched and thought out, with real tangible steps that over time will help,” he said. Feig himself sponsored “Smilf” creator Frankie Shaw.

“What I like about [the sponsorship program] is that it is very well researched and thought out,
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WanderLuxxe’s Apex Social Club at Sundance Sets Events With Common, Armie Hammer

Festival travel service WanderLuxxe is returning to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and with its newly expanded platform, will host premiere parties, panels and musical performances at a private Deer Valley estate.

Created by film and entertainment industry event producers Marti Hines and Lola Wood, WanderLuxxe launched at last year’s Sundance festival, and returns this year with Apex Social Club at the Wanderluxxe House, a five-day event series Jan. 19-Jan. 23.

Presented by Variety, the WanderLuxxe House will host parties for a number of films, including “Sorry to Bother You,” starring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer and Omari Hardwick; and “Mandy,” featuring Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough and Elijah Wood. The event series will also feature a night of private performances by Common and surprise special guests.

Women In Film and Rising Star panels, including speakers like Tonya Lee and Stephanie Allain, will take place at Wanderluxxe House as well. Women In Film will be on Jan. 20, followed
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Call Me By Your Name and Get Out win big at the 2017 Gotham Awards

The winners of the 2017 Gotham Awards were announced last night, with Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name taking home the top prize of Best Feature, as well as the Breakthrough Actor award for Timothee Chalamet.

It was also a good night for Get Out, which received Breakthrough Director Award (Jordan Peele), Best Screenplay (Jordan Peele) and the Audience Award, while James Franco (The Disaster Artist) and Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) were named Best Actor and Best Actress respectively.

Check out a full list of the nominations, with the winners in red…

Best Feature

Call Me By Your Name

Luca Guadagnino, director; Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges, Rodrigo Teixeira, Marco Morabito, James Ivory, Howard Rosenman, producers (Sony Pictures Classics)

The Florida Project

Sean Baker, director; Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Francesca Silvestri, Shih-Ching Tsou, producers (A24)

Get Out

Jordan Peele, director; Sean McKittrick,
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Get Out leads nominations for 2017 Gotham Independent Film Awards

The nominations for the 27th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards have been announced today, with Jordan Peele’s acclaimed directorial feature Get Out leading the pack with nods in four categories – Best Feature, Breakthrough Director (Peele), Best Screenplay (Peele) and Best Actor.

Get Out will contest the Best Feature award against Call Me By Your Name (three nominations in total), The Florida Project (three nominations in total), Good Time (two nominations in total) and I, Tonya (two nominations in total).

Via Deadline, here’s a full list of the nominations…

Best Feature

Call Me By Your Name

Luca Guadagnino, director; Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges, Rodrigo Teixeira, Marco Morabito, James Ivory, Howard Rosenman, producers (Sony Pictures Classics)

The Florida Project

Sean Baker, director; Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Francesca Silvestri, Shih-Ching Tsou, producers (A24)

Get Out

Jordan Peele, director; Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Edward H.
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‘Get Out,’ ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘The Florida Project’ & More Lead 2017 Gotham Award Nominations

Despite the insanity of announcing year-end award nominations with still well over two months to go in 2017, we have to give it to the annual Ifp Gotham Awards for being more on-point than most trophy ceremonies this season.

They’ve now unveiled the nominations for their 27th edition and leading the pack is Jordan Peele’s social thriller Get Out. Also among the stellar group of Best Feature nominations are Call Me by Your Name, The Florida Project, I, Tonya, and Good Time.

Check out the full list of nominations below, including Columbus, Ex Libris, Rat Film, Lady Bird, Marjorie Prime, and more of the best films of the year. If The Academy takes just a few notes from this group come next year, we’ll be mightily pleased.

Best Feature

Call Me by Your Name

The Florida Project

Get Out

Good Time

I, Tonya

Best Documentary

Ex Libris – The
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The Academy Announces Winners of the Prestigious Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship

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The Academy Announces Winners of the Prestigious Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship
With the abundance of labs and fellowships designed to give up-and-coming filmmakers a much-needed boost, the Nicholl Fellowship — launched in 1986 — still stands above the fray as being one of the most important opportunities for entry into the industry. Each of the winners receives a $35,000 prize with the understanding that they will complete a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year. Just as important, their winning project instantly becomes a must-read by every agency in Hollywood.

The global competition has awarded 152 fellowships to date. Recent scripts by Nicholl Fellowship alumni include “The Glass Castle” and “Holy Rollers;” additional program veterans have gone on to receive plum writing assignments in film (Pixar’s “Cars 3”) and television (Netflix’s “The Punisher”).

Nine individuals and one screenwriting team were selected as 2017 fellowship recipients from more than 7,000 submissions; the winners are listed in bold:

Vigil Chime, “Bring Back Girl”

Sj Inwards, “Jellyfish Summer”

Max Lance and Jen Bailey,
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Strategic Partners unveils projects for 2017 co-production market

Strategic Partners unveils projects for 2017 co-production market
Diversity champion Stephanie Allain to deliver keynote.

This year’s selected projects for Strategic Partners’ International Co-Production Market in Canada features producer delegates with more than 186 combined international festival awards.

The 85 delegates will convene in Halifax from September 14-16 to network with global industry leaders looking to invest.

Stephanie Allain (pictured), the founder of Homegrown Pictures and a champion of diversity who produced Hustle & Flow and served as executive producer on TV series Dear White People, among others, will deliver a keynote address under the auspices of In Conversation With.

“Now that films by and about women and people of colour are in the zeitgeist, Homegrown Pictures is doubling down on telling those stories despite the lack of foreign presales,” Allain said.

Laura Mackenzie, programme manager of Strategic Partners, said, “In an industry that is increasingly global – co-production should be at the forefront of all producers’ plans.”

Projects for the 2017 market include:

Exposure

Dir. Ian Gabriel

Do Productions
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'Dear White People' Renewed by Netflix

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2017-06-30T11:18:28-07:00'Dear White People' Renewed by Netflix

The streaming giant has renewed Dear White People for a second season. Production on a new crop of 10 episodes will begin later this year for a return in 2018.

Series creator and showrunner Justin Simien made the announcement Friday at the Essence Festival.

Starring Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori, Ashley Blaine Featherson and Marque Richardson, the Lionsgate Television comedy is based on Simien's 2014 crowdfunded movie. Yvette Lee Bowser will return as showrunner alongside exec producers Stephanie Allain and Julia Lebedev.

Like the film, the Netflix comedy follows a diverse group of students of color as they navigate a predominantly white Ivy League college where racial tensions are often swept under the rug. The series is a send-up of "post-racial" America that also weaves a universal story about forging one's own unique path.
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‘Dear White People’ Renewed by Netflix for Season 2

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‘Dear White People’ Renewed by Netflix for Season 2
School is back in session for “Dear White People.” Netflix has renewed the series for a Season 2, with creator Justin Simien and the cast announcing the news on Friday during a panel at the Essence Festival in New Orleans. Production on the 10-episode second season is set to commence later this year. Yvette Lee Bowser returns as showrunner, while Stephanie Allain and Julia Lebedev continue as executive producers. Also Read: 'Sense8' Fans Ecstatic Over Resurrection: 'We Are Going to Have the End We Deserve!' The show, which launched its first season in April, stars Logan Browning (Sam White
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‘Dear White People’ Season 2: Netflix Renews Justin Simien’s Acclaimed Series for Sophomore Year

‘Dear White People’ Season 2: Netflix Renews Justin Simien’s Acclaimed Series for Sophomore Year
It’s been an anxiety-fueled summer for Netflix students, waiting for news on “Dear White People’s” renewal, but now the class that’s likely never to graduate — really, who’s cancelling their Netflix subscription? — can enjoy the warm weather, worry-free.

Dear White People” has been renewed for Season 2.

Read More: ‘Dear White People’ Review: How Biting Satire and a Sincere Love Story Make Season 1 Essential TV — Spoilers

Announced live at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, La, Justin Simien and his cast confirmed there will be 10 more episodes coming for the critically-acclaimed comedy series. Production is set to begin later this year, which would make a similar release date feasible in 2018. (Season 1 premiered April 28.)

Dear White People” stars Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori, Ashley Blaine Featherson, and Marque Richardson, among others. The series was a follow-up to Simien’s award-winning feature film of the same name,
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‘Dear White People’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

‘Dear White People’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix
Dear White People” has been renewed for Season 2 at Netflix.

Based on Justin Simien’s critically-acclaimed film of the same name, the series is set at a predominantly white Ivy League university where racial tensions bubble just below the surface. A group of students of color must navigate a diverse landscape of social injustice, cultural bias, political correctness, and activism in the millennial age.

The series stars Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori, Ashley Blaine Featherson, and Marque Richardson. Production on the ten-episode second season is slated to begin later this year.

Simien created the series in addition to executive producing. Yvette Lee Bowser will also return as showrunner, with Stephanie Allain and Julia Lebedev again executive producing. The series is produced by Lionsgate Television, which also produces “Orange Is the New Black,” for Netflix. Lionsgate’s Roadside Attractions released the original movie.

The film version began life in 2012 as a
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'Dear White People' Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

Netflix is going back to class.

The streaming giant has renewed Dear White People for a second season. Production on a new crop of 10 episodes will begin later this year for a return in 2018.

Series creator and showrunner Justin Simien made the announcement Friday at the Essence Festival.

Starring Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori, Ashley Blaine Featherson and Marque Richardson, the Lionsgate Television comedy is based on Simien's 2014 crowdfunded movie. Yvette Lee Bowser will return as showrunner alongside exec producers Stephanie Allain and Julia Lebedev.

Like the film,...
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - TV News »

'Dear White People' Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

Netflix is going back to class.

The streaming giant has renewed Dear White People for a second season. Production on a new crop of 10 episodes will begin later this year for a return in 2018.

Series creator and showrunner Justin Simien made the announcement Friday at the Essence Festival.

Starring Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori, Ashley Blaine Featherson and Marque Richardson, the Lionsgate Television comedy is based on Simien's 2014 crowdfunded movie. Yvette Lee Bowser will return as showrunner alongside exec producers Stephanie Allain and Julia Lebedev.

Like the film, the Netflix ...
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - TV News »
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