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So What’s The Deal With…Applying for Filmmaker Workshops?


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Writer/director Erin Li (Photo: Randy Blohm)

I first met Erin Li when both of our films screened at Urbanworld Film Festival in 2011. Her intriguing short “L.A. Coffin School” and vibrant passion for filmmaking convinced me she was definitely one to watch. I recently reached out to Erin because I wanted to pick her brain about her successful experience with filmmaker workshops. As a 2012 Film Independent Project Involve Fellow she directed and co-wrote  “To The Bone”, which played at LA Film Festival and Slamdance. “To The Bone” was chosen as a Vimeo Staff Pick and recently featured on Upworthy. She’s now in post-production on “Kepler X-47” as part of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women. You can also catch her on Twitter at @MsErinLi. A big thank you again to Erin for sharing her insight! — Christina B.

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Where Are The Brown Women Filmmakers?


A weekly spotlight on inspiring female directors of color and their latest projects.

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Ava DuVernay – “The Door”

Ava DuVernay is great example of a female filmmaker not afraid to try her at different mediums. Although THE DOOR is a shorter, dialogue-less project created in partnership with Miu Miu fashion line, it still features the beautiful Black cast, dynamic cinematography and hypnotic soundtrack that has a become a key aesthetic in her films. If you haven’t already seen it, please stop what you’re doing and WATCH.

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4 Fests You Should Enter This Week


…because all it takes is ONE festival screening to change everything.

ON LOCATION: The LA Video Project (Presented by New Filmmakers Los Angeles)

Deadline: September 7

The Los Angeles Video Project is a community outreach multimedia program that celebrates and enlists LA’s remarkable pool of filmmakers. By engaging these creative members of the Los Angeles community to act and serve as Ambassadors of LA, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA), along with the support of the City of Los Angeles and and LA Weekly are able to share what these artists call their LA; an insider perspective into this diverse, cosmopolitan city and its neighborhoods.
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Where Are The Brown Women Filmmakers? (Full Frame Edition)


A weekly spotlight on inspiring female directors of color and their latest projects.

2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (April 4th – 7th
Durham, North Carolina

For screening information: http://www.fullframefest.org

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Where Are The Brown Women Filmmakers?


A weekly spotlight on inspiring female directors of color and their latest projects.

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Frances Bodomo

Witnessing Frances’ journey so far makes me want to climb back in the director’s chair. I was blown away by her short “Boneshaker” at Sundance and during the annual SXSW “Women in Cinema” panel, she spoke with such passion about her clear focus of telling stories about Africans and determination to work with non-actors of African descent. Next stop for the film: Nashville Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, NYU’s First Run Film Festival and NY African Film Festival. Oh and she’s currently Kickstarting for her next short, “Afronauts”. Holler if you got a dollar, folks!
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Where Are The Brown Women Filmmakers?


A weekly spotlight on inspiring female directors of color and their latest projects.
 

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Haifa al-Mansour
I have been hoping her film “Wadjda” would continue shining on the festival circuit ever since I saw the premiere at Telluride last year. It is a sweet, yet complex story of a young girl named Wadjda who simply wants a bike. Fun fact: al-Mansour’s first fiction feature is also the first feature to be directed by a female Saudi filmmaker and filmed in Saudi Arabia. Definitely a feat to be celebrated, folks. After playing last week at Beirut Film Festival, the film will screen next at Tribeca Film Festival in April.
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Protagonistas: Melissa Silverstein


Protagonistas – Protagonist – Person of the day, 5 days a week!

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MELISSA SILVERSTEIN

Writer: In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing

I had the pleasure of meeting this extraordinary woman a few weeks ago at the Athena Film Festival in Manhattan. She’s super sweet, and she’s passionate about spreading the word on how hard it is for females to break into this male-dominated field, let alone Continue reading

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QUEUE IT UP: Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake” Episode 1 Now Free On iTunes


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“A detective investigates the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant daughter of a local drug lord.” Starring Elisabeth Moss, Cohen Holloway and Holly Hunter.

Looks like we can all catch a sneak peek of Jane Campion’s new mini-series before the official March 18th broadcast premiere on Sundance Channel. Watch the first hour of the six-episode mini-series on iTunes now. The show was featured at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in a one-day only, six-hour screening that I unfortunately could not make. The trailer caught my eye and I’m intrigued by film directors crossing over to television like David Fincher (“House of Cards” on Netflix) and now Campion.
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Protagonistas: Kathryn Bigelow


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KATHRYN BIGELOW

Director: The Hurt Locker (2008), Zero Dark Thirt(2012)

She’s an award-winning female director in the thriller/war genre. Well, an award-winning female director in Hollywood is an accomplishment enough these days.

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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Lisa Cholodenko


 

“It’s really important to know not to panic, it’s all going to come together; you’ve just got to keep pushing forward.”

– Lisa Cholodenko, Director (THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT)
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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Andrea Arnold


“If you think about a film being a very popular and expressive way of showing a mirror on life, we’re getting a mainly male perspective. It’s a shame.”

– Andrea Arnold, Director (WUTHERING HEIGHTS, FISH TANK)

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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Ava DuVernay


“I thing for female filmmakers a big issue is making their second and third films. You see the statistics, and the dropoff on the second and third [films] , are dire.”

– Ava DuVernay, Director. The first Black woman to win Best Director at Sundance for her second narrative feature MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.

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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Deepa Mehta


 

 

“To make a film is very difficult — it doesn’t make a difference whether you are a man or a woman.”

Deepa Mehta, Director (ELEMENTS TRILOGY: FIRE, EARTH, WATER; MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN)

 

 

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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Anna Hamilton Phelan


“When I get bogged down I say, ‘ No attachment to outcome. Don’t worry about what’s going to happen to this. Just write the next word.”

– Anna Hamilton Phelan, Screenwriter (GIRL, INTERRUPTED, GORILLAS IN THE MIST)

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Queue it Up: “2 Days in New York” and “The Queen of Versailles” now on DVD


Two of my favorite official selections from this year’s Sundance Film Festival are now headed to DVD/Blu-ray this week. Female filmmakers for the win!

“2 Days in New York” is the sort-of sequel to Julie Delpy’s hilarious “2 Days in Paris” (currently on Netflix Instant). Chris Rock stars alongside writer/director/actress Delpy as the new boyfriend who meets her crazy French family for their 24-hours in New York City. Dubbed the female Woody Allen, you can read more about Delpy, her method and the film HERE.

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“Heroines of Cinema” offers fresh approach to discussing women in film


There is simply not enough time to read all that the internet has to offer. Just when I think I’ve got a perfectly balanced and diverse lineup of film enthusiasts to browse through each week, I find myself adding another to my bookmark folder. Today’s newest addition is a weekly column on Indiewire called “Heroines of Cinema”.

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An Indie Triple Threat: Julie Delpy conversation on iTunes


Although the film screened last month at the Tribeca Film Festival, you can still listen to the full discussion with actress/writer/director Julie Delpy for free on iTunes HERE!

What I learned:

  • Why make a sequel to an indie film: The film compliments the themes of 2 DAYS IN PARIS. In the first film, her romantic interest, Adam Goldberg, played sort of the “American in Paris” role to her French female protagonist, Marion. Delpy talks about how she wanted to show the effect of family (Marion’s) versus a new couple, Marion and Mingus (Chris Rock) with a more adult perspective. The sequel hilariously shows the flip side of what happens when the French show up on the American turf. As Delpy comments, these are the two sides of her: “It’s French-American, but it could be any culture.” I saw the film earlier in January at Sundance. I went in completely blind on this one. In the film, Delpy and Rock play Marion and Mingus who are dating, happily raising their children from previous relationships when Delpy’s family wreak havoc on them during their 48-hour visit from France. It was definitely a wild ride and a fitting continuation of its predecessor.

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“The Pendulum Swings” (Petitions and Podcasts about Women at Cannes)


“La Barbe (The Beard) feminist direct action group” spearheaded the first petition against lack of women in the Palme d’Or competition lineup at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

There is an important conversation being held both on the French Riviera and around the world. The topic: Where are the women? To be more specific, where are the women directors in the Palme d’Or Competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival? There were four females selected last year and yet there is zero today. I recently read a few articles on this issue and many said the same things. Where are the women (in competition)? I couldn’t help but grow more and more frustrated as bloggers/critics were wagging their fingers at the festival director (a man) for the lack of representation. I put my two cents on the blog last week and proposed that these critics might also want to look at who the festival programmers/directors are first. If there were more females helming the top festivals, perhaps we’d see more balanced lineups (read more HERE). But the rabbit hole goes even deeper. Currently there are two petitions circling the internet calling attention the male-dominated films in competition.

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