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Amy Pascal (‘Little Women’) is just fifth solo female nominee at PGA Awards

Amy Pascal (‘Little Women’) is just fifth solo female nominee at PGA Awards
Only five women have ever been nominated as a solo producer for their films at the Producers Guild Awards: Jan Chapman (“The Piano”), Niki Marvin (“The Shawshank Redemption”), Jane Scott (“Shine”), Cean Chaffin (“Gone Girl”) and now Amy Pascal (“Little Women”). And if Pascal prevails she’d be the first solo woman to do so and “Little Women” would be the only winner ever without a male producer.

It’s not exactly an equitable year for women at the PGA Awards, where only 9 of the 26 individual nominees are women — and that’s counting Emma Tillinger Koskoff twice as she’s nominated for both “Joker” and “The Irishman.” She’s joined by Pascal, Pippa Harris and Jayne-Ann Tenggren (“1917“), Jenno Topping (“Ford v Ferrari”), Jane Rosenthal (“Irishman”), Shannon McIntosh (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”) and Kwak Sin Ae (“Parasite“). But that’s still up from last year when only 6 of the 31 nominated producers were women.
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Universal Cable Productions Backs Pitch Competition At Austin Film Festival

Universal Cable Productions said today that it will present the Austin Film Festival’s annual Pitch Competition, which kicks off October 25. The event gives contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made up of agents, producers, managers and screenwriters.

This year’s judges are Kate Fenske, Svp Development at Ucp; Warner Bros TV writer-producer Wendy Calhoun; producer and former United Artists Lindsay Doran (Stranger Than Fiction); and Scriptnotes co-host Craig Mazin, who wrote Chernobyl and the last two Hangover films.

Ucp also will host a pitch-prep panel called “My First Pitch” at 1 Pm October 25 at St. David’s Episcopal Church. The panel will offer tips on approaching that first pitch and how to present to a room full of executives. Ucp’s Svp Development Elise Henderson, will be joined on the panel by some of the studio’s top producers with whom they
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Austin Film Festival Taps Larry Wilmore for TV Writing Award

Austin Film Festival Taps Larry Wilmore for TV Writing Award
The Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference has selected Larry Wilmore as the recipient of its 2018 Outstanding Television Writer Award.

The award will be at the 25th Annual Austin Film Festival, which runs from Oct. 25 to Nov. 1. The awards lunch takes place on Oct. 27.

Wilmore has been a television producer, actor, comedian, and writer for more than 25 years. He broke into show business in 1991 as a writer for “In Living Color,” followed by “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “The Pj’s” (which he co-created with star Eddie Murphy), and “The Office”.

In 2001, Wilmore created “The Bernie Mac Show,” which ran for five seasons on Fox and earned him an Emmy Award in 2002 for outstanding writing for a comedy series as well as a 2001 Peabody Award. Recently, Wilmore helped launch ABC’s “Black-ish” as an executive producer. He also serves as the co-creator and consulting producer on HBO’s “Insecure,” which he developed with star Issa Rae.
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Phil Lord and Chris Miller Talk Breaking Barriers with ‘Into the Spider-Verse’ at the Glas Animation Festival

Phil Lord and Chris Miller Talk Breaking Barriers with ‘Into the Spider-Verse’ at the Glas Animation Festival
The third annual Glas Animation Festival (Global Animation Syndicate) in Berkeley got a major boost last weekend with the appearance of Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“The Lego Movie”). The duo discussed success, failure, and how they’re pushing boundaries with “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (December 21), which they are producing. They also announced that they are taking executive producer credit on “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (May 25), which they noisily departed as directors last year after being replaced by director Ron Howard.

Although they credited their successful partnership with being “horrifically relentless and willing to change things to continually improve the project,” Lord and Miller ran into irreconcilable differences over the particular production demands of the “Star Wars” franchise.

“We are very proud of our many contributions to the film. In light of the creative differences on ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story,’ we have elected to take an executive producer credit on the film,
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Roles Where Actors Portrayed Much Younger Characters

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New Year’s resolutions are a time to work towards a transformation of your body and/or your life. To honor these goals, this month we’re going to look at transformative roles in film. This week we look at some prominent examples of actors playing characters that are much younger than the actors’ actual age.

It’s one thing to mentally prepare to play a character in a movie or a play. It’s another thing to physically transform yourself in order to better identify with the role. Some transformations are only skin deep; extensive makeup or prosthetics may be sufficient to pull of the necessary look. Other transformations are more involved; many actors may take part in weeks, if not months, of preparations for a role. This can include intense training, specialized diets, and exhaustive exercise routines. The end result of an actor going through such a transformation
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Exclusive: Marc Webb and Working Title Developing Three Bags Full Movie?

Director Marc Webb has been especially busy since making two Amazing Spider-Man movies for Sony, released in 2012 and 2014. He has a new movie called Gifted, starring Chris Evans, opening in select cities this Friday, and another one called The Only Living Boy in New York coming out this August.

On top of that, he's also been developing a lot of television shows as executive producer on the Emmy-winning Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and the TV version of Limitless

When speaking with Webb about Gifted recently, Lrm asked him about other projects he's working on.

Besides finishing up Only Living Boy and doing a television pilot with Alan Cumming called Instinct, Webb told us that he's in the early stages of developing a movie with Working Title Films called Three Bags Full. 

That would be Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story,  Leonie Swann's 2006 novel about a flock of Irish sheep who set
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Apply Now for the Producers Guild’s Power of Diversity Master Workshop

The deadline for the Producers Guild of America’s (PGA) 14th annual Power of Diversity Master Workshop has been extended, the PGA announced in a press release. Applications will now be accepted until 6 p.m. Pst on Wednesday, March 22.

The Power of Diversity Workshop is “designed to foster the development of aspiring and seasoned producers who bring diverse perspectives to television, film, documentary, and digital media” the press release explains. Ten producers will be selected from a global search for the two-month program.

Selectees will participate in “master classes headlined by some of today’s top producers, as well as one-to-one mentoring with members of the Producers Guild Diversity Committee.” They will receive training on how to best pitch, package, finance, and market as well as learn about multiplatforms, new media opportunities, and other producing skills. Additionally, specific topics will be designed for participants and their individual projects.

Offered free of charge, the workshop will take place from mid-May through mid-July in Los Angeles. The PGA encourages non-guild members to apply.

Bruna Papandrea (“Big Little Lies”, “Gone Girl”), Lori McCreary (“Madam Secretary”), Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal”), Caryn Mandabach (“Nurse Jackie”), Lindsay Doran (“Nanny McPhee, “Sense and Sensibility”), and Bonnie Arnold (“How To Train Your Dragon” franchise, “Toy Story”), are among the workshop’s past guest speakers.

Previous Diversity Workshop participants include Sarah Dileo (“Bless Me, Ultima”), Latoya Morgan (“Turn,” “Into the Badlands,”), and Hollie Overton (“Shadowhunters,” “The Client List”).

“We are thrilled by the recent influx of more diverse projects into the marketplace and are optimistic that the industry will soon recognize that greenlighting authentic, diverse stories is also good business,” said Julie Janata and Sasheen Artis, Chairs of the PGA Diversity Workshop.

They continued, “In the workshop, we celebrate all ethnicities, all religions, all genders, all sexual orientations, all ages and levels of ability, as we empower these creative producers to bring their full passion and unique voice to the screen.”

As the 2017 Diversity Report suggests, initiatives like the Diversity Workshop are still sorely needed for women and minorities in the entertainment industry. The study from the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA concluded that — despite many recent gains — women and people of color were underrepresented “on every front in 2014–15.”

Go to the PGA Diversity Workshop website to apply or for more information.

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Oscars 2017: How Does This Year’s Crop of Female Producers Fit in With the Best Picture Category’s History?

Oscar statue (Courtesy: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

There was always a chance for the best picture category at the 2017 Academy Awards to feature solid representation for female producers and, with the nominations official, the numbers are in. Turns out there are five of the nine films in this year’s top category with women behind it — but how does that stand up to the rest of Oscar history?

As mentioned above, there are five out of the total nine films in the best picture category this year that took some girl power to get made. There’s Hell or High Water (Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn), Hidden Figures (Donna Gigliotti and Jenno Topping), Lion (Angie Fielder), Manchester by the Sea (Kimberly Steward and Lauren Beck), and finally Moonlight (Adele Romanski and Dede Gardner). This leaves out Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, and La La Land as
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Daily | Nyff 2016 Lineup | Convergence

Having announced the lineup for the Main Slate of the 54th New York Film Festival (September 30 through October 16), the Film Society of Lincoln Center now unveils details on its Convergence program, running from October 1 through 4 and featuring "virtual reality, augmented reality, installations, and more." There'll be new work by Milica Zec and Winslow Turner Porter III, Kiira Benzing and Stina Hamlin, Lance Weiler and Nick Fortugno, special talks by Lindsay Doran, Hilmar Koch and Nick Rasmussen—and more. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Nyff 2016 Lineup | Convergence

Having announced the lineup for the Main Slate of the 54th New York Film Festival (September 30 through October 16), the Film Society of Lincoln Center now unveils details on its Convergence program, running from October 1 through 4 and featuring "virtual reality, augmented reality, installations, and more." There'll be new work by Milica Zec and Winslow Turner Porter III, Kiira Benzing and Stina Hamlin, Lance Weiler and Nick Fortugno, special talks by Lindsay Doran, Hilmar Koch and Nick Rasmussen—and more. » - David Hudson
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Nyff Announces Lineup For Immersive Storytelling Program Convergence (Exclusive)

Nyff Announces Lineup For Immersive Storytelling Program Convergence (Exclusive)
The Film Society of Lincoln Center today announced the lineup for Convergence, its highly anticipated immersive storytelling program, which will run October 1–4 as part of the 54th New York Film Festival. It includes two U.S. premieres and one world premiere amongst the nine interactive works, as well as five panels from innovators of the field.

Read More: Nyff Reveals Main Slate of 2016 Titles, Including ‘Manchester By the Sea,’ ‘Paterson’ and ‘Personal Shopper’

“The art of immersive storytelling is continually evolving,” said Nyff Convergence programmer Matt Bolish in a press release. “Our mission has been consistent from our first year to this, our fifth: bringing the best survey of interactive work to the Nyff audience.”

Virtual Reality highlights include the world premiere of acclaimed Indian work “Priya’s Mirror,” which fuses augmented reality with a comic book to tell the story of a rape survivor-turned-superhero. Returning for a second
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Sense and Sensibility

Emma Thompson both wrote and stars in this latter-day Jane Austen adaptation, blessed with fine locations and costumes, a congenial cast and attentive direction by Ang Lee. Kate Winslet consolidates her newfound stardom as a second Austen husband-seeker, lost in a maze of family intrigues and betrayals. But none are so severe as to prevent faith, hope and charity from prevailing in the end. Sense and Sensibility Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1995 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 136 min. / Ship Date November 10, 2015 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Gemma Jones, Tom Wilkinson, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, Greg Wise, Lucy Steele, Harriet Walter, Imelda Staunton, Emilie François, Robert Hardy, Hugh Laurie. Cinematography Michael Coulter Original Music Patrick Doyle Written by Emma Thompson from the book by Jane Austen Produced by Lindsay Doran Directed by Ang Lee

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Jane Austen is certainly back in the chips these days,
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Sundance Institute Selects Projects and Panelists for Creative Film Producing Labs and Summit

Sundance Institute has announced the participants for its weeklong Creative Film Producing Initiative at the Sundance Resort in Utah, July 27 – August 3, including nine feature film and documentary projects for the Creative Producing Labs and more than 50 industry leaders for the Creative Producing Summit.

The Institute’s Creative Producing Initiative encompasses a year-round series of Labs, Fellowships, granting and events focusing on nurturing the next generation of independent producers and renewing the community of veteran producers who sustain the vibrancy and vitality of independent film.

The Feature Film Creative Producing Lab (July 27 – July 31) identifies emerging producers and, under the guidance of Creative Advisors, allows them to develop their creative instincts and evolve their communicating and problem-solving skills at all stages of their feature film project. This year’s Creative Advisors include producers Lindsay Doran ("Sense and Sensibility"), Lynette Howell Taylor (The Place Beyond the Pines), Gina Kwon ("Me You and Everyone We Know"), Paul Mezey ("Beasts of the Southern Wild"), Jay Van Hoy (

"Beginners" ) and director Matthew Ross ("28 Hotel Rooms" ).

The Documentary Film Creative Producing Lab (July 27 – August 1) brings together documentarians with award-winning Advisors to focus on their current projects to explore the wide range of creative approaches to distribution, outreach and impact strategies. This year’s Creative Advisors include producers Julie Goldman ( "Best of Enemies"), Bonni Cohen ("3 1/2 Minutes," "10 Bullets"), Ryan Werner (Cinetic), Maxyne Franklin (Britdoc), and Wendy Cohen (Picture Motion).

The Creative Producing Summit takes place immediately following the Labs, July 31 – August 3. More than 50 industry leaders will participate in a series of curated panels, case studies, roundtables, and one-on-one meetings addressing critical issues producers face including financing, distribution, audience engagement, marketing and sustainability. Panelists this year include Len Amato (HBO Films),

Michael Barker (Sony Pictures Classics), Dori Begley (Magnolia Pictures), Josh Braun (Submarine), Dan Cogan (Impact Partners), Victoria S. Cook (Frankfurt Kurnit), Danielle Di Giacomo (The Orchard), Fred Dust (Ideo), Ted Hope (Amazon), Micah Green (CAA), John Hoffman (Discovery Channel), Marcus Hu (Strand Releasing), Charles King (MacRo), Jessica Lacy (ICM Partners), Stephanie Langhoff (Duplass Brothers), David Magdael (Tcdm Associates), Victor Moyers (Broad Green), Annie Roney (ro*co Films), John Sloss (Cinetic Media), Graham Taylor (William Morris Endeavor), and Jay Van Hoy (Parts & Labor).

The Fellows and projects selected for the 2015 Feature Film Creative Producing Lab are:

"50 Miles From Boomtown"

Producing Fellow: Alex Scharfman

After years of saving for her hard-earned dream, the only woman working on the fracking fields of North Dakota can finally quit but unexpectedly finds herself falling in love with the young man she's training to take her place. (writer/director Flo Linus Baumann).

Alex Scharfman is a New York-based producer whose past feature credits include "The Heart Machine" and "Lyle," as well as the short film "Superior," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015, and the WGA Award-nominated webseries "F to 7th." He is an executive at Parts & Labor Films where he worked on films including "Keep The Lights On" and "Loitering with Intent." He has also produced content for Vice, Google, the Ford Foundation, and At&T. Alex received his BA from Cornell University, is a former Mfa candidate from Nyu’s Tisch School of the Arts, and received his Mba from Nyu’s Stern School of Business.

"Bexar County"

Mark Silverman Honorees and Producing Fellows: Blake Pickens and Stephen Love Jr.

In sunny San Antonio, Texas, where nothing ever changes, a town is turned on its head when a delusional Texas housewife accidentally poisons her son’s fiancée, learning that killing people is an efficient way to solve her problems. (Co-writer/director Catherine Grieve, co-writer Dylan Slocum)

Blake Pickens is from the south side of Oklahoma City, from a neighborhood known as the Flats. Despite the community’s rampant drug use and gang wars, Blake found his way into storytelling with a writing position at National Lampoon. He later attended the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC where he and his producing partner, Stephen Love Jr., formed their company Bs Pictures. They are currently in pre-production on the Steven Caple Jr.’s film The Land and in development on "The Friendship Nine" with producer Nina Yang Bongiovi. Blake’s aspirations are to tell the stories that make people laugh, cry, and ultimately impact their lives.

Stephen Love Jr. grew up in the rural towns of Filbert and Bennettsville, South Carolina. During his time as a business major at Morehouse College, Love founded the Morehouse Filmmakers' Association, for which Spike Lee is the honorary advisor. He also received his Mfa from USC’s Peter Stark Producing Program and formed Bs Pictures with fellow graduate Blake Pickens. Love’s primary career goal is to produce film and television that gives "a voice to the voiceless" while challenging the confines of the business of filmmaking.

"Dolores"

Producing Fellow: Drew Houpt

A restless teenager becomes obsessed with a mysterious Colombian woman who exploits his desire and lures him into her plot for revenge. (Writer/director Mary Angélica Molina)

Drew Houpt is an independent producer based in Brooklyn. For over ten years he was the head of operations at Mike Zoss Productions, Joel and Ethan Coen’s Tribeca-based production company. During that time he worked on the Academy Award-winning "No Country For Old Men" and the Academy Award-nominated "A Serious Man" and "True Grit." He served as Associate Producer on the Coens’ Grand Prix-winning "Inside Llewyn Davis" and Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Academy Award-winning film "Birdman: or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance." This past year he co-produced Maris Curran’s directorial-debut "Five Nights in Maine" and produced "Every Day,' a short documentary for Espn’s 30 for 30 Shorts series that had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015. He has also produced music videos for the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang and an experimental documentary, "When A Priest Marries A Witch," by Suzanne Bocanegra.

"Rita Mahtoubian Is Not A Terrorist"

Producing Fellow: Deanna Barillari

When Iranian-born Rita Mahtoubian sets out to change her life from ordinary to extraordinary, she accidentally captures the attention of a homeland security agent in this satirical comedy about romance, terrorism and trying to be a better person. (Co-writers/directors Roja Gashtili & Julia Lerman)

Upon graduating Nyu Tisch, Deanna Barillari co-founded a non-profit theater company producing Off-Off-Broadway plays, including the NYC premiere of Leslye Headland's "Cinephilia" (2008), which funded in-school arts initiatives in the NYC Public School system. She then went on to work in TV on NBC's "Mercy" (2009), CBS’ "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" (2010), ABC’s "Pan Am," 86th Oscars (Ellen DeGeneres; 2014) and in Drama Development at Universal Television. Recently, she collaborated with AFI Dww Fellows Roja Gashtili and Julia Lerman, producing their web-series K(ID) starring Caterina Scorsone ("Grey's Anatomy") and their short "Rita Mahtoubian Is Not A Terrorist" starring Patrick Fugit ("Almost Famous") which made its World Premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. She also produces for the La based Ovation Award-winning Iama Theatre Company.

"The Space Between"

Producing Fellow: Angela C. Lee

A female body builder devotes her life to turning ‘pro’ when she unexpectedly falls in love, forcing her to confront her fractured past with her dying father. (Writer/director Philiane Phang)

Angela C. Lee is a Los Angeles based independent producer. She produced "Songs My Brothers Taught Me," which premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and recently screened in the Directors’ Fortnight program at the Cannes Film Festival. Angela is also the Artist Development Manager at Film Independent, where she oversees the selection process and curriculum for the Filmmaker Labs program, including Screenwriting, Directing, Producing, and Documentary Labs, the Fast Track Finance Market and the Fox Writers Intensive, managed in conjunction with Fox Audience Strategy. Previously, Angela served as Director of Creative Affairs at New York based Vox3 Films. Prior to her career in film, Angela was an Associate at Goldman Sachs. A native Chicagoan, Angela graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Economics and is on the Board of Directors for the University of Chicago National Arts Alumni Network.

The Fellows and projects selected for the 2015 Documentary Film Creative Producing Lab are:

"Brick"

Co-Directors/Producers: Jessica Dimmock & Christopher Lamarca

"Brick" reveals the raw emotional and physical experience of being a middle aged to senior transgender woman coming out for the first time in the Pacific Northwest. The film follows three intersecting stories of individuals who have lived their whole lives as men and decided this burdensome secret is one they can no longer keep.

Jessica Dimmock is the recipient of the 2013 World Press Photo Multimedia Contest as the director and cinematographer of the online feature, "Too Young to Wed." In 2010, Dimmock won Kodak's Best Cinematography Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival for "Without." The film premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, received an Independent Spirit Award, and was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award. Dimmock contributed two short films to Doctors Without Borders' Emmy-nominated campaign, “Starved for Attention.” Her first photojournalism project, “The Ninth Floor” was published as a monograph. Most recently, she worked as photographer and videographer for Emmy-nominated HBO series, "The Weight of the Nation." She is represented by VII agency.

Christopher Lamarca is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker and based in Portland, Oregon. Lamarca has recently entered post-production on his first feature length film, "Boone." In 2012, it was chosen as one of eight films for Film Independent's Documentary Film lab. Lamarca's monograph, “Forest Defenders: The Confrontational American Landscape ” was published by PowerHouse Books in 2008. He was chosen to participate in the International Center of Photography’s triennial exhibition (2007), New York Photo festival (2009) and Lishui photo festival in China (2010). He reported on environmental and energy issues for magazines such as Rolling Stone, GQ, Fortune, and Newsweek.

"The Island and the Whales" (working title)

Directore/Producer: Mike Day

The pilot whale hunters of the Faroe Islands believe that hunting is vital to their way of life, but when a local professor makes a grim discovery about the effects of marine pollution, and the seabirds populations collapse, environmental changes threaten to change the community and their way of life forever.

Mike Day is a Scottish director and producer. Formerly a lawyer in London and the Middle East he founded Intrepid Cinema in 2009 before heading out into the North Atlantic to make his previous film. His debut documentary "The Guga Hunters of Ness" broadcast on the BBC in 2011 and screened at festivals internationally to critical acclaim. It was while at sea in the Atlantic that he met a group of Faroese sailors, leading to his next film. Mike was listed as one of '10 Filmmakers to Watch' by Filmmaker Magazine, he was one of Edn's ’12 for the Future 2012’, and is supported by the Scottish Documentary Institute's Docscene programme. Intrepid Cinema also has two other feature documentaries in development.

"The Road From Hainan"

Director/Producer: Nanfu Wang

State surveillance. Harassment. Imprisonment. Human rights activist Ye Haiyan, Aka Sparrow, knew she faced these risks when she went to Hainan Province to seek justice for six elementary school girls who were sexually abused by their principal. But the scale and intensity of the government's reaction surprised even the most seasoned activists across China.

"The Road From Hainan" follows Sparrow as she was chased from town to town by local governments, national secret police, and even her own neighbors. Nanfu Wang is a documentary filmmaker based in New York. Originally from a remote village in China, Wang overcame poverty and lack of access to formal secondary education and went on to earn graduate degrees in communications and documentary film from universities in China and the United States. Her work often features the stories of marginalized or mistreated people, from Chinese blood donors stricken with HIV after being issued used needles by the government to the left-behind children of migrant laborers. During the production of her first full-length documentary, Wang lived on the streets of Miami with a homeless former drug dealer who relied on the kindness of strangers for his survival. Wang’s short films have been distributed on many platforms and translated into several languages, and she continues to seek out and tell the stories of people who have been ignored by their societies.

"Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four"

Director/Producer: Deborah Esquenazi

"Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four" excavates the nightmarish persecution of Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, and Anna Vasquez — four Latina lesbians wrongfully convicted of allegedly gang-raping two little girls in San Antonio, Texas. The film also unravels the sinister interplay of mythology, homophobia and prosecutorial fervor which led to this modern day witch hunt during the 'Satanic Sexual Abuse Panic' of the late-80's and early-90's in the United States.

Deborah S. Esquenazi is an Austin, Texas-based documentary film and radio producer, instructor, and journalist. Her in-progress documentary feature, "Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four," has received international attention for its investigation into this controversial criminal case, and has been mentioned in Forbes Magazine, New York Times, Texas Observer, Vice Magazine, among others. Her film and radio documentaries have been funded by Chicken & Egg Pictures, Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program | John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Initiative, Humanities Texas, Astraea Global Arts Fund, and many others.
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Sundance Institute Sets Creative Film Producing Labs and Summit

From July 27 to August 3 at the Sundance Resort in Utah, the Institute holds its Creative Film Producing Initiative including its latest series of Labs and a special Summit that brings together over 50 industry leaders. The focus is on nurturing the next generation of indie producers. Participants of the Feature Film Creative Producing Lab (July 27 – July 31) work under Creative Advisors including producers Lindsay Doran ("Sense and Sensibility"), Lynette Howell Taylor ("The Place Beyond the Pines"), Gina Kwon ("Me and You and Everyone We Know"), Paul Mezey ("Beasts of the Southern Wild"), Jay Van Hoy ("Beginners") and director Matthew Ross ("28 Hotel Rooms"). The Documentary Film Creative Producing Lab (July 27 – August 1) brings together documentarians under Creative Advisors include producers Julie Goldman ("Best of Enemies"), Bonni Cohen ("3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets"), Ryan Werner (of Cinetic...
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Film Independent Selects Eight Indie Films for 2014 Producing Lab

Film Independent Selects Eight Indie Films for 2014 Producing Lab
La-based nonprofit Film Independent has unveiled the nine filmmakers and eight projects selected for the 14th annual Producing Lab, a four-week intensive program designed to train aspiring independent producers. Producers bring a feature-length narrative work-in-progress to the Lab for further development, while meeting film professionals and advisors on the craft and business of independent filmmaking. This year’s advisors and guest speakers include Ram Bergman, Lisa Bruce, Karin Chien, Eric d’Arbeloff, Lindsay Doran, Cathy Schulman, and Leslie Urdang. The Lab offers year-round support to Fellows, including access to Film Independent’s annual film educational offerings and the Los Angeles Film Festival. Film Independent also awarded the eighth annual Sloan Producing Grant to producer Summer Shelton for feature film project "The Buried Life" by Joan Schimke and Averie Storck. Shelton received a $30,000 production grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation,...
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Emma Thompson On Her Writing Process: A Yoga Mat, A Hoover, & Lots Of Crying

Emma Thompson On Her Writing Process: A Yoga Mat, A Hoover, & Lots Of Crying
Quirky is possibly the best word to describe Emma Thompson‘s BAFTA Screenwriters’ Lecture, hilariously delivered tonight in London. It included a physical demonstration of her writing process; pearls of wisdom shared with the filmmaker attendees; and an anecdote about how a period sketch she wrote featuring a Victorian-era virgin encountering a penis led to her penning Sense And Sensibility.

The event, a Thompson-directed variation on a regular series of screenwriter conversations, continued a mini-season of high-wattage names visiting the British Academy, which started with James Schamus on Thursday and David Fincher on Friday. And Thompson tapped her acting and sketch comedy background to give the sell-out crowd a good show.

She was already on stage as the audience started filing in, dressed down in denim overalls and a thick navy coat so that few noticed her at first. She sat barefoot at a tiny writing desk, and in between scribbling on a notepad,
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Emma Thompson: the A-lister who sets her own rules | the Observer profile

Fresh from a triumph in New York, one of our most extravagantly talented stars will soon unveil one of her most cherished projects to date, Effie, a film about John Ruskin – lawyers permitting.

Picture gallery here

It was only a matter of time until the BBC broadcast images of Emma Thompson's downstairs lavatory. The combination of her larky sense of humour and love of a theatrical flourish made it somehow inevitable. And so last month it came to pass. The actress, having been overlooked for an Oscar nomination, was televised at her home receiving a "Mark"; a golden statuette in the likeness of the Observer's film critic, which was offered in recognition of her screen portrayal of the author of Mary Poppins, Pamela Travers.

She was, Kermode said, "sheer perfection in the complex role of 'Mrs Pl', never allowing the author to descend into crotchety caricature, constantly suggesting a
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Your Daily Fix Of Oscar: 11/15/10

AMPAS: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences shares over 20 clips taken from its second annual Governor’s Ball, which took place on Saturday night. Among them are acceptance speeches from Irving G. Thalberg Award recipient Francis Ford Coppola (as well as toasts to him from director Kathryn Bigelow; director Roman Coppola, Francis’ son; actor Robert De Niro; and director George Lucas) and two of this year’s three honorary Oscar recipients, silent film historian Kevin Brownlow (toasted by actor James Karen; producer Lindsay Doran; and actor Kevin Spacey) and veteran actor Eli Wallach (toasted by actor Josh Brolin; actress Anne Jackson, Wallach’s wife; singer Tony Bennett; De Niro, again; and actor/director Clint Eastwood). Jean-Luc Godard, the night’s other honoree, elected not to attend the event (but was still toasted by cinematographer Haskell Wexler; film editor Mark Goldblatt; producer Mark Johnson; documentary filmmaker Lynn Littman; composer
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Stars Galore At The 2010 Governors Awards

Honorary Award recipient Eli Wallach, Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award recipient Francis Ford Coppola (center) and Honorary Award recipient Kevin Brownlow at the 2010 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood®, CA, Saturday, November 13.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented the 2nd annual Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood®, CA, on Saturday, November 13th, 2010.

Pictured here at the event (left to right): Oscar®-winning producer Albert S. Ruddy, Oscar-winning actor Robert Duvall, Honorary Award recipient Eli Wallach, Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award recipient Francis Ford Coppola, Previous Oscar-nominee Talia Shire, Previous Oscar-nominee James Caan, Oscar-winning director Sofia Coppola and Two time Oscar®-winning actor Robert DeNiro.

In 2009, the Academy established this new annual event at which it presents one or more of its testimonial awards - the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and the Honorary Award.
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Interview With Lindsay Doran: Producer Nanny McPhee Returns

Had a chance last week to talk with Lindsay Doran producer of the Oscar winning Sense & Sensibility and the current Nanny McPhee Returns about a bunch of different topics. As a person who does a lot of interviews, I found Lindsay's answers and insights to be very, very interesting. Hope you do too. Her bio is at the end. Women & Hollywood: You grew up a child of Hollywood. What was it like? Lindsay Doran: I was born very late in my father's life. He was 55. He was a studio executive for nearly 50 years working on films like Sunset Blvd. My mother typed scripts for Preston Sturgess. My brother was the publicist on 2001: A Space Odyssey. So it was all around me and what I saw was people who loved it and people who did...
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