Thelma Schoonmaker: Congratulations to 1995 NYWIFT Muse honoree Thelma Schoonmaker, who was honored this weekend with a BAFTA fellowship for her incredible 50-year editing career.
Unequal Representation: The Women’s Media Center’s “Investigation 2019: Gender and Non-Acting Oscar Nominations” found that women are once again missing from the picture. No women were nominated in Directing, Cinematography, Editing, Original Score, and Visual Effects, and only one woman was nominated in Animated Feature film and in each of the two writing categories.
Inclusion Commitment: In better news, Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society production company has signed a first-look television deal with Amazon Studios and the deal includes an inclusion rider – meaning all projects made between Amazon and Outlier Society will have diverse representation both on and behind the camera.
Record Breaker: Netflix paid a record-breaking $10 million at Sundance for the rights to the documentary Knock Down the House, the largest documentary sale ever brokered at a film festival. The film, directed by Rachel Lears, follows 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman elected to Congress, during her campaign for a seat in the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm elections.
Latinx Stars: The Hollywood Reporter wisely points out…amid the call for diversity in entertainment, particularly inclusive casting, why don’t we have more Latinx movie stars?...READ MORE
Cinematographer Rachel Morrison's arresting and haunting imagery has graced the screen in indies like Fruitvale Station, Dope and Mudbound. Most recently, she lensed the big budget feature Black Panther.READ MORE
Ruth E. Carter is an American costume designer (and NYWFT Designing Women honoree!) with an unparalleled ability to develop an authentic story through costume and character. And this year she became the first African American woman to win an Academy Award for costume design for her work in Black Panther.READ MORE
Joi McMillon made Oscar history in 2018 when she became the first African American woman nominated for Best Achievement in Film Editing for Moonlight. But the road to the Oscars wasn’t straight or smooth.READ MORE