2/03/2023

WMM: February E-News

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Sundance and Slamdance Awards!

We're excited to share great news from Park City, Utah: films and filmmakers from WMM won both Grand Jury prizes for Documentary at this year's Sundance Film Festival. GOING TO MARS: THE NIKKI GIOVANNI PROJECT from directors Mich√®le Stephenson (STATELESS) & Joe Brewster won Sundance's Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Documentary Competition and Production Assistance Alum Maite Alberti won the World Cinema Documentary Grand Jury Prize for THE ETERNAL MEMORY. Jessica Devaney (dir. LOVE THE SINNER  & President of Multitude Films, which WMM partners with on sponsoring their productions) received the 2023 Amazon Studios Nonfiction Producers Award!

At Slamdance, WMM filmmaker Kimi Takesue (HEAVEN'S CROSSROAD/SUMMER OF THE SERPENT) received Slamdance's Grand Jury Award-Honorable Mention for the Breakouts Section for her WMM-sponsored film ONLOOKERS!

Congratulations to All!

WMM Academy Awards Nomination Streak Continues

The 95th Academy Award nominations have been announced and we are excited that 3 WMM filmmakers and program alum have been nominated, making this the 17th year in a row that a WMM film and/or filmmaker has won or been nominated for an Oscar! 

THE MARTHA MITCHELL EFFECT (dir. Anne Alvergue and co dir. Debra McClutchy; prod. Beth Levison and Judith Mizrachy), which was made with the support of the WMM Production Assistance program, has been nominated for Best Documentary Short.

ALL THE BEAUTY AND THE BLOODSHED, directed by Program Alum Laura Poitras, and FIRE OF LOVE, directed by Program Alum Sara Dosa, have both been nominated for Best Documentary Feature. Congratulations to all!

Read more on our blog

WMM and WMM Filmmakers at Big Sky!

WMM is heading to Big Sky Documentary Film Festival! WMM release STORMING CAESARS PALACE (dir. Hazel Gurland-Pooler) will have its Northwest Premiere on Sunday, February 19. LILY GLADSTONE: FAR OUT THERE, a new film from WMM filmmaker Brooke Swaney (dir. DAUGHTER OF A LOST BIRD), will screen on Monday, February 20th. WMM Managing Director Kendra Hodgson will be in attendance and will serve as a panelist in the Educational Distribution & Impact session during DocShop.

WMM-sponsored HOME COURT (dir. Erica Tanamachi, prod. Jenn Lee Smith) and UNTITLED BABY DOE FILM, a new film from Program alum Jessica Earnshaw, are among the 8 projects selected to participate in Big Sky Pitch. KANENON:WE - ORGINAL SEEDS, a new film from WMM filmmakers Katsitsionni Fox (OHERO-KON: UNDER THE HUSK and WITHOUT A WHISPER - KONNON:KWE) and Katja Esson (SKYDANCER, FERRY TALES, and more) is one of 4 projects selected to participate in IF/THEN SHORTS PITCH

WMM Celebrates Black History Month with 25% Off 

In honor of Black History Month, we are offering a special discount on select films! From now through February 28, save 25% off of our Black History Month collection titles by using code: BHM23 *. Take advantage of this offer to explore films about many of the pressing issues faced by African American women in America today. Essential tools for sparking conversations about race in the United States, these films examine questions of race and identity, the impact of gentrification, racial profiling and police brutality, the intersection of race and illness, and more. 
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MORE FILMS IN THE NEWS
A recent article in Rolling Stone by Maggie Freleng focuses on the impacts of the shackling of incarcerated pregnant women. The article highlights the experience of Pamela Winn, whose story is featured in new WMM release, WINN. Learn more about this adversarial practice. 
 
In a highly politicized vote on Feb. 2, Rep. Ilhan Omar was ousted from the Foreign Affairs Committee. Omar is interviewed in the Peabody-winning WMM film MUSLIM IN AMERICA (dir. Deeyah Khan) about the ways she has been subject to vitriolic, anti-Muslim rhetoric. Learn more about her journey in the film.

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The Florida High School Athletics Association recently issued a decision that will require female athletes to report on their periods. This contributes to policing of women's bodies, a pattern that is detailed in WMM new release CATEGORY: WOMAN. Learn more and get the film now.

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In a recent article in Scientific American, Professor Emeritus Michael W. Howard explains how a universal basic income can help address the issue of poverty in the U.S. This approach is at the heart of long-time welfare activist Ruby Duncan, whose life and work is profiled in the new WMM release STORMING CAESARS PALACE

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*Promotion excludes DVD/DSL bundles. Available on college/university, community college, K-12, and public library purchases only. Expires 2/28/23. Use promo code BHM23 at checkout.
For more than 45 years, Women Make Movies has helped elevate diverse women directors and producers and improved equity in the film industry. The largest distributor of films by and about women in the world, WMM also supports hundreds of independent filmmakers each year with our highly successful Production Assistance Program. 
 
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