Women’s Stories Weekly

Side by Side: To Siberia, With Love

“Lynch Mob Like Tactics From Homophobic Youths and Inadequate Police Protection Force Side by Side LGBT Film Festival to Cancel the Third and Final Day of the Event in Novosibirsk.”

Read the full post over at Wellywood Woman.

Producing Legend Kathleen Kennedy Named Co-chair of LucasFilm

Read the full story at Variety.

Janet Jackson to Produce Documentary About Transgender Lives

Read the full story at the Huffington Post.

Women-Centric Films Opening Friday, June 8

Check out this awesome list over at Bitch Flicks.

Hollywood Reporter Drama Showrunner Panel — Four White Guys and Two Women of Color

Post from Melissa Silverstein of Women and Hollywood.

A Scandalous Portrayal? Black Women in the Media

Excellent piece over at Left Out.

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Oscar Nominations: Few women in sight

The Oscar nominations for the 84th Annual Academy Awards were just announced live online and television.  Few women made the cut whether they were producers, directors or screenwriters.

I wish I could say these were SOME of the standouts, but really, these were the only women nominated in these categories:  (See below for updates which include several more women!)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig (BRIDESMAIDS)

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

IN DARKNESS (dir. Agnieszka Holland)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

(co-writer) Bridget O’Connor (TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY)

BEST PICTURE

THE HELP (based on novel by Kathryn Stockett/female main cast)

UPDATES:

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

KUNG FU PANDA 2 (dir. Jennifer Yuh Nelson – highest-grossing woman film director ever)   Thanks to @FemmeFilmFridays for their tweet about this as I’d missed the animated nominees in the frenzy!

Kathleen Kennedy was also nominated in her role as producer with Steven Spielberg on WAR HORSE.  Letty Aronson (MIDNIGHT IN PARIS) and Rachael Horovitz (MONEYBALL) were also nominated as producers.

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

THE BARBER OF BIRMINGHAM: FOOT SOLDIER OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT (Robin Fryday and (the late) Gail Dolgin)

GOD IS THE BIGGER ELVIS (Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson)

SAVING FACE (Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy w/Daniel Junge)

THE TSUNAMI AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM (Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen)

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

A MORNING STROLL (Sue Goffe w/Grant Orchard)

WILD LIFE (Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby)

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

PENTECOST (Eimear O’Kane w/Peter McDonald)

THE SHORE (Oorlagh George w/Terry George)

TIME FREAK (Gigi Causey w/Andrew Bowler)

Find the full list of Oscar nominees over at the Oscars headquarters or at the Los Angeles Times’ The Envelope.