Cynthia’s Picks: Thelma Schoonmaker, Unequal Representation, Inclusion Commitment, Record Breaker

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. 


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Cynthia Lopez Cynthia Lopez is the Executive Director of New York Women in Film & Television and an award-winning media strategist.

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