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August 28, 2015 Bentonville Film Festival will return for second year

With a turnout of over 37,000 and 50 filmmakers last year, we are proud to say The Bentonville Film Festival will be returning for its second run May 3-8, 2016! Read More…

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August 27, 2015 Bentonville Film Festival to Offer More Diversity in 2016, Says Geena Davis

Academy Award winner and women’s rights activist Geena Davis is bringing her message of diversity in media back to Arkansas for the second annual Bentonville Film Festival (BFF), taking place May 3-8, 2016, in the art-soaked city-cum-global headquarters of fest founding sponsor Walmart. Presenting sponsor Coca-Cola will also return to help shepherd the festival, with Arc Entertainment and AMC Theaters acting as co-hosts. Read More…

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August 27, 2015 Study: Female TV and movie directors make work gains; minorities lag

Female directors are getting slightly more work in the expanding world of TV series and outlets, but the same can’t be said for their minority counterparts, according to a new Directors Guild of America study. Women directed 16 percent of the nearly 4,000 episodes that aired last season, a year-to-year increase of 2 percent, the guild found. Read More…

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August 25, 2015 Priyanka to Produce a Film to Raise Awareness On Girl Child

Former Miss World Priyanka Chopra along with actress Freida Pinto will be producing a film called, Girl Rising – Woh Padhegi, Woh Udegi, starring former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen, actresses Nandita Das, Madhuri Dixit, Alia Bhatt, Parineeti Chopra and Kareena Kapoor. Priyanka Chopra and Freida Pinto, who are also the brand ambassadors of the initiative, and will also, star in it. Read More…

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August 25, 2015 Funny or Die Tries to Explain Why Women Don’t Direct Studio Blockbusters

Funny or Die is finding the funny in Hollywood’s female-directors gap. A new short pushes women helmers like Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Nisha Ganatra (Transparent), Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said), Shira Piven (Welcome to Me) and Anne Fletcher (Hot Pursuit) to pitch their best takes on an upcoming installment of a faux franchise called Space Cops. Read More…

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August 24, 2015 ‘Learning to Drive’ Offers Meaty Roles for Women In Front of and Behind the Camera

“Learning to Drive” is a women’s movie in the truest sense of the phrase. Yes, the story of a middle-age divorcee’s unlikely bond with her driving instructor is firmly pitched at women of a certain age, but the term applies to more than its target audience. Both in front of and behind the camera, it is a picture made for women, by women and about women. In an industry that is still woefully behind the times when it comes to gender diversity, it’s a welcome corrective, but the decade-plus battle to make “Learning to Drive” also reveals the obstacles female filmmakers face. Read More…

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August 24, 2015 Embracing Gender and Racial Diversity Pays Off (And Then Some) for Universal Pictures

Summer’s big success story isn’t just “Straight Outta Compton,” which topped the box office for the second week in a row this past weekend, but also its studio, Universal Pictures. Without a single superhero, Donna Langley and Company have muscled their way into a revenue tier that’ll go down in the history books. Read More…

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August 24, 2015 Jasmila Zbanic Reveals Info About Her Upcoming Srebrenica Massacre Film

Bosnian director Jasmila Zbanic has revealed what to expect from her upcoming drama about the Srebrenica massacre, a genocide that took place during the Bosnian War in that country’s eastern region about 75 miles outside of Sarajevo. In July 1995, Serbian forces killed more than 8,000 Muslim Bosniaks. Kofi Annan, the former UN Secretary-General of the United Nations, described the massacre as “the worst [crime] on European soil since the Second World War.” Read More…

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August 24, 2015 Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers Developing Divorce Comedy for ABC With ‘Trophy Wife’ Creators

Divorced women may be TV’s next big trend. Lifetime has renewed Marti Noxon’s “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” starring Lisa Edelstein, while Sarah Jessica Parker will make her small-screen return in a HBO comedy simply titled “Divorce.” Read More…

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August 22, 2015 Elizabeth Banks driven to directing by Hollywood sexism: I didn’t want to end up playing fifth banana to Iron Man

Elizabeth Banks has revealed that Hollywood sexism drove her move from acting to directing as she did not want to end up “playing fifth banana to Iron Man”. The 41-year-old is best known for playing Effie Trinket alongside Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games and is up for an Emmy for her role as Sal on TV series Modern Family. Read More…

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