Supporting creative work by women
Shout out to Serena Williams, who captured her 23rd Grand Slam singles title over the weekend. This victory, at age 35, demonstrates what a fierce competitor Williams is. While she isn’t a filmmaker or theatermaker, greatness should be recognized, especially in a sport that boasts trailblazing women–Althea Gibson, Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, Serena and her sister Venus Williams, to name just a few.
Now to news about the worlds of theater and film.
Go: BAMcinématek celebrates black women directors with a screening series, One Way or Another: Black Women’s Cinema 1970-1991, February 3 through 23. The New York Times did a lovely profile on the series; which includes animation, documentary and narrative films; HERE. Get your tickets HERE. (Pictured, film by Camille Billops)
Political Play in DC: Lisa Loomer‘s play Roe, which is nominated for the Kennedy Prize (mentioned in WBW Brief: January 17, 2017), is now on stage in Washington, D.C. While any play about abortion is always timely, it feels even more so given the current political climate. The Huffington Post ran a terrific article about the play and the playwright. Loomer said, “I was interested in the case, yes, but I was also interested in why this case is still being argued 44 years later.” You can see it at Arena Stage through February 19. For information and tickets, click HERE.
Award Winners: The Sundance Film Festival announced its award winners. Many of the top honors went to films by women filmmakers, including Eliza Hittman, Amanda Lipitz and Maggie Betts. Read the Los Angeles Times story about the winners.
Profile: Producer Kimberly Steward is on the rise, and her film Manchester by the Sea is up for the Best Picture Oscar. Learn more about her from the profile by The Huffington Post.
Another Profile: Stefania LaVie Owen is an up-and-coming actor who has landed a role in Anna Jordan‘s play Yen, on stage Off-Broadway at MCC through February 19. Women’s Wear Daily profiled Owen HERE.
Opportunity: Women screenwriters over 40, take note. From NYWIFT: “The Writers Lab, produced by IRIS and New York Women in Film & Television and funded by Meryl Streep, in collaboration with the Writers Guild of America, East, opens February 1 for submissions. The Lab, now in its third year, welcomes screenplays by women over 40 (birth date on or before 3/30/77).” Applications open February 1 and close March 30. For information and further details, visit HERE.