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Congratulations to Production Assistance Program alum Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi whose film FREE SOLO (co-director, Jimmy Chin) won the Academy® Award for Best Documentary Feature!  Our Oscar streak continues: films and filmmakers from our programs have been nominated or won for the last 12 years.

Additionally, congratulations to filmmaker Rayka Zehtabchi on her feminist film PERIOD: END OF A SENTENCE for winning the Oscar for Best Short Documentary! We're thrilled that the Academy has chosen to honor women in both categories.

Films and photographs by the acclaimed German filmmaker and artist Ulrike Ottinger will be exhibited on both coasts in March, and she will be present for many of them: 

  • UNDER SNOW screens at the Museum of Modern Art on March 2 & 10 as part of their series Carte Blanche: Mariette Rissenbeek on German Women Cinematographers. Ottinger will be in person for a discussion following the March 2 screening. 
  • In conjunction with the German Women Cinematographers series at MoMA, Ottinger will participate in a conversation with other female cinematographers at Deutsches Haus at NYU on March 3.
  • The Metrograph will be screen JOHANNA D'ARC OF MONGOLIA on March 2 with Ottinger in attendance and TICKET OF NO RETURN on March 5. 
  • Ottinger's amazing photographs will be on view ONLY until March 3 at Bridget Donahue Gallery. Ottinger will be in attendance on March 3 for the closing of the exhibition. 
  • On the west coast, the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) will host a retrospective of Ottinger's work March 1 - April 7 including WMM films TICKET OF NO RETURN and Brigitte Kramer's film portrait of Ottinger, ULRIKE OTTINGER: NOMAD FROM THE LAKE as well as THE IMAGE OF DORIAN GREY. See the full list of films here.
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WMM Executive Director Debra Zimmerman will be traveling to Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Istanbul Cinema Network and the Sofia International Film Festival. Highlights include:
  • As part of an American Film Showcase program in Greece, Zimmerman will lead a workshop called Getting Your Film Out Into the World: Film Festivals and Marketing, and a workshop with young refugees who are learning to make films through the NGO The Refugee Trauma Initiative
  • At the Istanbul Cinema Network on March 12, Zimmerman will take part in a panel with WMM board member and IDA's Claire Aguilar along with Tribeca Film Institute's Monika Navarro followed by a screening of Michelle Memran's THE REST I MAKE UP

WMM's newest release MARCELINE, A WOMEN, A CENTURY , about the extraordinary life of French filmmaker, writer, and Holocaust survivor Marceline Loridan-Ivens will screen at the  Thessaloniki Documentary Festival  on March 2 and 3. 

Michelle Memran's THE REST I MAKE UP, a beautiful portrait of the late playwright Maria Irene Fornes continues to screen around the world.  The New Yorker's Richard Brody named the film one of "The Best Movies of 2018" and recently included it on his list of films that should have been nominated for an Oscar. Upcoming screenings include:

About WMM:
For more than 45 years, Women Make Movies (WMM) 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.
Women Make Movies gratefully acknowledges the support of our funders: The National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. The Andy Warhol Foundation, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation with the encouragement of Rebecca Gregg.

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