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.
The Mole Agent: Highlights from the NYWIFT Goes to the Oscars Q&A with Maite Alberdi, Marcela Santibañez, Julie Goldman
The team behind The Mole Agent, Oscar-nominated for Best Documentary, discusses its powerful impact, and how they created a film both so visually stunning and rich with character that The New York Times review believed the film to be partly dramatized. It wasn’t!READ MORE
Janine McGoldrick is a veteran entertainment executive who has created and implemented strategic distribution and communications campaigns for television and film, including for the 2017 Academy Award-winner "The Salesman." She discusses her work on that campaign, her initial transition from politics to entertainment, and making her first documentary, about an invisible disease that confounds doctors.READ MORE
Women’s Soccer: The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team did more than just win the World Cup this weekend – they started a worldwide conversation about equal...READ MORE
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