AWD member Monika Estrella Negra spoke with Amy Oden about her journey to filmmaking and her 2017 Emmy win for a documentary about one of the first pure-fentanyl overdoses in Maryland.
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I'm from New York originally, but grew … Read On ›
By AWD member Angie Comer
A few years ago, I was suddenly smitten with coffee cups; I collected cups from every vacation, weekend get-a-way’s and film related events. One of my favorite cups features a young girl at a fork in the road—walking towards a sign that reads … Read On ›
“There are no roadblocks only detours.” Prolific television director, AWD honorary member, and author Mary Lou Belli recently released Acting for the Screen, a collection of essays written by and interviews with working actors, producers, directors, casting directors, and acting professors. AWD sat down with Belli to … Read On ›
by AWD member Karen Bacellar
All Photos by Ashly Covington
In 2015, director Amy Adrion was searching for answers. How could she make a living as a director? How could she deal with rejection? How could she break into a male-dominated industry?
Around that time, there were tons of articles … Read On ›
by AWD Member Angie Comer
AFM is a dynamic, must-attend event for filmmakers and writers.
It is to your benefit as a creator to not simply attend AFM -- you need to work it! It’s essential to have your AFM game plan before the actual event starts, so that … Read On ›
Heartland and Indy Shorts International Film Festivals - Indiana’s largest and longest-running and Midwest’s largest short film festivals, respectively - are the first film festivals to program a full block of films by the Alliance of Women Directors' members as part of an HIFF-AWD partnership. AWD spoke to Director … Read On ›
Inspired by “Nevertheless, she persisted,” the Nevertheless Film Festival was established in response to the rising conversations about equal representation in the film industry. AWD spoke to Festival Director and Founder Meredith Finch about the origins of the festival and the plans for the fest's inaugural year.
Congratulations with the … Read On ›
Photo: Festival Director Lisa Gallagher and Director Skye Borgman leading a Q&A after screening "Abducted in Plain Sight"
After a successful inaugural year, Toronto True Crime Film Festival is returning in June 2019 with complicated cases and compelling cinema. AWD spoke to Festival Director Lisa Gallagher about the origin … Read On ›
The Board of Directors of Alliance of Women Directors (AWD) has named its first Executive Director. This marks the first staff position for AWD which has been an all-volunteer organization dedicated to fostering a community of professionals to advance the art, craft, and visibility of women directors … Read On ›
Cleveland International Film Festival is entering its 43rd edition, and AWD had an opportunity to chat with the CIFF Executive Director Marcie Goodman the day after the signoff for the CIFF43 Program Guide. The CIFF43 website goes live on March 1st at 11am EST, and festival programs … Read On ›