Four years ago, Winter’s Bone was hailed as a triumph of independent cinema. The New Yorker called it “one of the great feminist works in film” featuring a heroine “more believable as a heroic character than any of the men we’ve seen peacocking through movies recently.” It took home the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance en route to four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Click here for more.
The 22nd annual Raindance Film Festival was the perfect place to catch up with some female filmmakers from around the world at different places in their careers. Read the Indiewire article here.
Read Bustle article here.
Mindy Kaling is part of a small group of female comedians, writers and actresses who have created and now run their own TV shows. Kaling also stars in her show,The Mindy Project, as Mindy Lahiri, whom she describes as "delusionally confident" and "unapologetically selfish."
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The character of Amy Dunne in "Gone Girl, played by Rosamund Pike, has ignited a debate about the portrayal of women who are sexually manipulative.
See the New York Times column for more.
Stephan Follows crunches the numbers on the 100 highest grossing films of the last 20 years to study screenplay trends. Check out some interesting charts and graphs.
- 51% of the top 2,000 films of the last 20 years were adaptions
- 2012 saw five times the number of sequels release compared to 1999
- Romantic Comedy is the genre with the highest number of original screenplays (79%)
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Congratualtions to USC's Nicola B. Marsh and the film "20 Feet from Stradom" on thier Oscar nomination for best documentary feature. Nicola Marsh was the cinmetographer on the film with stars: Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Mick Jaggar and many more.
Check out the Oscar page at: http://oscar.go.com/nominees/documentary-feature/20-feet-from-stardom
Check out the films website here: http://twentyfeetfromstardom.com
Variety columnist Sean Fitz-Gerald remarks on the WCA sponsored comedy panel.
Femme scribes talk double standards, combating the haters at USC comedy fest
by Sean Fitz-Gerald @srkfitzgerald
"Wake up, Hollywood. Women can be unlikable, too.
Scribes Dana Fox (“Couples Retreat,” “What Happens in Vegas”), Katie Dippold (“The Heat”), Tracy Oliver (“The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl”) and Jen Statsky (“Parks and Recreation”) want showbizzers to know that the female role in comedy is changing — both on and off the screen.
That group gathered on Saturday as part of USC’s two-day Comedy@SCA Fest, presented by Visions & Voices, in association with the Women of Cinematic Arts, at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts to discuss the new prowess of women in comedy.
Gone are the days when unlikable, flawed female protags were executed in screen tests, Fox said, noting the old-time strain that pressured writers to create likable women in movies and skeins."
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Please join the WCA on Saturday November, 9th from 2pm to 3:30pm for a lively discussion on Women in Comedy.
Current confirmed panelists include:Tracy Oliver (Stark alum) and Issa Rae: producer and creator of hit web series: "Awkward Black Girl" www.awkwardblackgirl.comKatie Dippold, writer of "The Heat." and for "Parks and Rec". started as UCB improvisor.Dana Fox (Stark alum): creator of TV show "Ben and Kate," writer of 2005 film The Wedding Date, the 2008 film What Happens in Vegas. Also a well known script Doctor.
Hi WCAers and Friends!
Exciting news over here in WCA land. We are in the midst of transitioning to the brand new WCA Board 2013-2014. We have so many amazing women who are taking the reins and we are excited to see what they do in the next year.
With regards to the website, we would love to introduce you to Annie Lukowski, our new Web Editor. She earned her MFA at USC and has a huge swath of experience ranging from features like Big Fish to new media content at Working Bug. She will be shepherd the site into new and uncharted territory and we are so excited to see it grow. Learn more about Annie and her work here! Please give her a warm welcome to WCA and all the support you can. Thanks and always feel free to reach out to us with new ideas!