The Berkeley Film Foundation is set to honor the trailblazing filmmaker Cheryl Dune with the inaugural Award for Justice & Inclusion in Film. She will be given the award at the foundation’s 10th Anniversary Celebration, the Gala for Justice & Inclusion in Film at SFJAZZ on November 23.
The Award for Justice & Inclusion in Film was established to recognize visionary local filmmakers whose careers have paved the way for future generations of Bay Area filmmakers, especially filmmakers of color, women, students, people with disabilities and LGTBQ filmmakers.
Dunye emerged during the “Queer New Wave” of young filmmakers during the ’90s. Her debut feature film The Watermelon Woman won the Teddy Award for Best Feature at the 1996 Berlin International Film Festival. The film was re-released and restored in 2016 for its 20th anniversary. The film has cemented itself as a groundbreaking classic and is now part of the permanent cinema collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
In 2002, Dunye's released her second feature Stranger Inside at the Sundance Film Festival. It was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards including Best Director. She went on to direct My Baby’s Daddy 2004, The Owls 2010 and Mommy Is Coming 2012. She then made her way to television and directed two episodes of Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar on OWN and is set to serve as the Producing Director of season 4.
“We are honored to give Cheryl Dunye the inaugural Award for Justice and Inclusion in Film,” said Berkeley FILM Foundation President Abby Ginzberg. “Through her extraordinary body of work—from The Watermelon Woman to Queen Sugar—Cheryl embodies the type of bold filmmaking that the Berkeley FILM Foundation seeks to support. Cheryl Dunye is a model for young Bay Area filmmakers from all backgrounds who believe they have an important story to tell.”
“Making movies is hard work under the best of circumstances,” said Dunye. “But there are extra barriers for queer women of color and filmmakers with diverse backgrounds and experiences. The work of the Berkeley FILM Foundation is so important because they elevate local voices that need to be heard. Sometimes a small grant at the right time is all it takes to help a pioneering young filmmaker move their project forward. I'm honored to receive this award and proud to support the efforts of the Berkeley FILM Foundation.”
Set to replace the couple's Sussex Royal brand, the not-for-profit organization's activities will include film and TV, according to paperwork filed in the U.S.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have outlined plans for a new charitable foundation called Archewell.
Set to replace their Sussex Royal brand and first reported in The Daily Telegraph Monday, Archewell will reportedly include a multi-media educational empire and wellbeing website.
The couple told the paper that further details about the organization had been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but an announcement would be made "when the time is right."
According to paperwork filed in the United States last month and seen by The Hollywood Reporter, activities under the L.A.-based operation would include the production of "motion picture films, articles, books, audio books, podcasts, audiovisual entertainment, television shows, digital entertainment content, and informational programming."
Since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex first revealed their shocking exit — dubbed "Megxit" — from the U.K. royal family in January and their plan to become financially independent, there has been a great deal of speculation about their next move, and whether they would attempt forge a path in Hollywood, similar to the deal Barack and Michelle Obama's Higher Ground production banner signed with Netflix.
Since then, the couple have moved to L.A. and Markle has recorded the voiceover for the Disney nature documentary Elephant, which recently debuted on Disney+.
Speaking to The Telegraph, the two said that the name Archewell derives from the Greek word meaning source of action, and was the inspiration behind the name of their baby son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
"We connected to this concept for the charitable organization we hoped to build one day, and it became the inspiration for our son's name. To do something of meaning, to do something that matters," they said. "Archewell is a name that combines an ancient word for strength and action, and another that evokes the deep resources we each must draw upon. We look forward to launching Archewell when the time is right."
Source: Hollywood Reporter
While major studios have the resources to debut their theatrical releases early on digital and streaming platforms amid the nationwide shutdown of movie theaters due to coronavirus COVID-19 concerns, indie filmmakers are being left without an audience for their small films. Typically, film festivals give these indie films the exposure they need to build up an audience or critical acclaim.
But with film festivals cancelling left and right, indie films are the ones that suffer the most. However, Jay and Mark Duplass, who got their start in the indie filmmaking world, want to use their clout to support those indie filmmakers whose small films are left without a home.
Film festivals are more than a fancy place for high-profile filmmakers to debut their next awards contender. They’re an essential home for many indie films that otherwise wouldn’t get a chance to debut to big crowds. But with those crowds dispersed and shut up in their homes for the time being, indie filmmakers are being left with nowhere to show the small films that they worked on for years. They don’t have the resources to just drop their movies on digital platforms and even if they did, they’re more likely to get overlooked in favor of Bloodshot.
However, the Duplass brothers are attempting to lessen the financial blow that indie filmmakers are feeling by using their clout to elevate those small films. In an interview with IndieWire, Mark Duplass put out the call to indie films for a home, offering the resources of Duplass Productions to boost indie filmmakers’ works.
“[The streamers] are all doing their best overtime watching pretty much every movie that’s being submitted to them from the festivals that didn’t have their premieres. We as Duplass Brothers have also come forward to those people and said, ‘If you find a movie where you feel like ‘This is really great but it’s not there yet,’ bring it to us and we will help partner with you to make that movie what you feel like it needs to be for your service.”
While streaming platforms have been a godsend for many stuck inside, or the many people who can’t afford to go to the movie theater every week, Duplass said that not only independent filmmakers, but independent studios have been struggling to cope with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
“There are so many positives and negatives to where we’re at with the prominence of streamers, what they have done to places like IFC and Magnolia who’ve been around for years and who are an integral part of our ecosystem,” Duplass said. “They were really damaged by some of these acquisition prices at film festivals. We used to … sell our movies to these niche distributors, and we wouldn’t hammer them for too much money because if we did, they wouldn’t be...