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Kristen Stewart Makes Feature Film Directing Debut With Biopic of Bisexual Olympic Hopeful

Actress and Cannes Film Festival juror Kristen Stewart has been evolving as a director recently, having directed several music videos as well as a short film as part of Refinery 29's Shatterbox Anthology. Now, she's finally taking the plunge to write and direct her feature film debut, having found inspiration in the world of sports.

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Victoria Mahoney Is the First Black Female Star Wars Director as 2nd Unit Director on Episode IX

Star Wars: Episode IX has only just started pre-production, and there's already great news coming out of that shoot. Yesterday, Ava DuVernay announced via her Instagram that the film's director and Executive Producer, J.J. Abrams, has hired Victoria Mahoney as his 2nd unit director on the film, making her the first black woman to direct a story from a galaxy far, far away.

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“You’re Doing a Tough Job”: Filmmaker Lynne Ramsay on Being “Difficult”

The You Were Never Really Here director talks about her departure from the film Jane Got a Gun, and being labelled "difficult".

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Ava DuVernay Subverts Hollywood Sexism By “Doing It Herself” in Clip From Half the Picture Documentary

In her documentary, Half the Picture, director Amy Adrion tells the stories of other female filmmakers, like herself, who've had to navigate sexism at every turn in order to make any of their projects happen. Check out this clip with Ava DuVernay after the jump.

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Tracee Ellis Ross Is Directing Her First Episode of black-ish

The episode will be titled "Fifty-Three Percent."

Already serving as one of the show's stars and executive producers, Tracee Ellis Ross announced that she'll be directing an episode of black-ish later this season.

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Does Sundance’s Most Female-Driven Year Being Called “Quiet” Prove the Film Industry’s Irrelevance?

This year's Sundance Film Festival was its most female-driven yet, with all four of its directing prizes going to women and, to quote Buzzfeed, "countless panels about sexism and unconscious bias and pay parity." Yet, despite all that, this year's festival is being called "quiet" within the industry. As in, there's nothing really exciting coming out of the festival. It's difficult not to see those two things as related.

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Things We Saw Today: Solo: A Star Wars Story Could Have a Different Name in China Because The Last Jedi Bombed

Has the Star Wars brand become toxic in China?

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These Rumors About Handmaid’s Tale Director Reed Morano Joining the Star Wars Family Are Too Much for Us to Handle

Reed's work is beautiful and intense. It tells not just a narrative story, but an emotional one. We would love to see what she would do with Star Wars. And yes, the fact that is a woman makes this prospect all the more exciting.

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New #MeToo PSA Tackles Harassment, Assault, and Rape of All Types Across Many Demographics

While there's been a focus on the higher-profile cases of harassment and assault being experienced by figures in the public eye, the #MeToo Movement, as well as the #TimesUp initiative, have always been about the instances of harassment, assault, and rape that women experience in all industries, among all demographics, and at all socioeconomic levels. This poignant PSA exists to capture that.

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Natalie Portman Kills at the Golden Globes With a Well-Timed Comment on the Male-Dominated “Best Director” Category

One of the highlights of last night's Golden Globes ceremony came from Natalie Portman as she presented the Golden Globe for Best Director alongside Ron Howard.

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Ava DuVernay and Jay-Z Construct an Epic “Family Feud” That Centers People of Color and a Feminine Perspective

After seeing snippets and hints for seemingly forever, we finally have the full video for Jay-Z's "Family Feud," featuring Queen Bey and directed by another Queen, Ava DuVernay. Oh yeah, and it stars damn near every celebrity on the planet.

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Cate Blanchett Is This Year’s Jury President at Cannes…So, Why Can’t I Be Entirely Happy About It?

I love me some Cate Blanchett. I love her when she's mainstream, and I love her when she's artsy and weird. She's not only a phenomenal actress, but she's been the artistic director of a theater company, she's been a producer, and she's an outspoken feminist. All of these things make me thrilled that she's just been chosen to be this year's Jury President at the Cannes Film Festival. So...what's this feeling of dissatisfaction that's gnawing at me...?

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None of the Major U.S. Animated Films in 2018 Have a Female Director (Again)

Efforts to include more women has been a challenge in the animation industry, a fact illustrated by incredibly depressing numbers. Unfortunately, it's looking like 2018 is not going to be much different.

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Heather Graham Makes Her Feature Writing and Directing Debut With Half Magic

Oh, and Stephanie Beatriz in a dominatrix outfit, for those of you who are into that sort of thing.

Heather Graham's making her feature film debut as a writer and director with the upcoming comedy, Half Magic. Check out the first trailer after the jump!

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5 Female Writer/Directors Better Suited to Batgirl Than Joss Whedon

Batgirl is a symbol that belongs to everyone, particularly to women, girls, and anyone on the female side of the spectrum who needs a hero in which they can see her/themselves. Joss Whedon isn't the voice we need to be hearing on this right now. Here are five women who could be.

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DGA Touts TV’s Most Inclusive Season, But Do They Even Understand What Counts as Inclusion?

The best thing about the current "Golden Age of Television" is that there's so much of it. Sure to us fans and consumers of content, it can seem a bit overwhelming, but every new TV show or limited series provides hundreds of jobs to hundreds of working professionals, many of them women, men of color, or members of other marginalized groups who are typically underemployed.

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Kristen Stewart’s Narrative Directorial Debut Come Swim “a Surrealistic Journey” Through Anxiety

Refinery 29 is doing good work with its Shatterbox Anthology series, which puts the focus on female directors directing their first narrative short films. The series that brought us Courtney Hoffman's The Good Time Girls (which led to her getting her feature debut over at Amblin) and Gabourey Sidibe's The Story of Four, a fiercely feminine and nuanced look at the effects of racism in America, now brings us a film by Kristen Stewart.

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Exclusive Clip: Marianna Palka’s Feminist Dark Comedy Bitch Shows a Family in Shambles When Mom Disappears

The emotional and domestic labor that women are expected to provide for free (while men get to think about themselves and their own needs) often gets taken for granted. In this exclusive clip from the upcoming feminist dark comedy, Bitch, we see what a family might look like if Mom suddenly weren't around.

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Director Nora Twomey Delivers a Film That “Celebrates the Strength of Afghan Women” in The Breadwinner

Irish director Nora Twomey, has already made a huge impression on animation as the director of the Academy Award-nominated film, The Secret of Kells. Now, she's delivering her second feature film, The Breadwinner, based on the best-selling children's novel by Deborah Ellis.

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Francesca Andre’s Short Film Charcoal Explores Generational Effects of Colorism

You can't go very far as a woman of color without encountering the oppressive nature of colorism. While it certainly affects men's lives as well, the way it's tied to beauty standards for women (and the sexism involved in women being taught their only value lies in physical beauty) makes the way in which they interact with it distinct. Filmmaker Francesca Andre explores this in a unique way in her short film, Charcoal.

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