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Tonight's Movie: SIMPLE WEDDING, directed and co-written by Sara Zandieh

8:30 PM.
Sara Zandieh
Zandieh is an Iranian-American filmmaker based in LA who holds an MFA from Columbia University’s School of Arts and is a recipient of the Fulbright Grant for Filmmaking. Sara’s debut feature SIMPLE WEDDING, starring newcomer Tara Grammy, Oscar nominated and Emmy winning actress Shohreh Aghdashloo, and veteran actress Rita Wilson, premiered at Film Independent’s 2018 LA Film Festival to rave reviews and was just acquired for distribution by Blue Fox. Her first short film, THE POOL PARTY, won a Jury Award at the Tribeca Film Festival and Best Short Film at Cinequest, and played at festivals worldwide. Her next short, Reza Hassani Goes to the Mall, starred Maz Jobrani and premiered at the Telluride Film Festival. It won both the Focus Features Best Film Award at the Columbia University Film Festival and Best Short at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

Watch a clip here!
BADASS SHORT FORM FILMMAKERS OF THE WEEK:
Tayo Amos (flagging credit: Kaveh Veyssi)
Tayo Amos is a director and filmmaker from the Bay Area, now currently living in Los Angeles. She is a recent grad at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in the MFA Film Production program with a focus on Directing. There, she received the James Bridges Directing Scholarship and received USC’s First Look Faculty Award for excellence in Directing. Her thesis film ON THE CLOCK has screened at the Diversity in Cannes Showcase (where the film won BEST ACTOR) and Creative Mind Group showcases at Cannes Film Festival. The short has also been accepted in a number of festivals including the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival, the Oaxaca Film Festival, and more.
 
Currently, she is developing her first feature. Her screenplay ELITE was a finalist for the Project Cre8 screenwriting contest hosted by BET and Paramount Players and is planning to be in production next year.

Watch her short, ON THE CLOCK, here! (pw: hardhat)
Runyararo Mapfumo (flagging credit: Gabby Shepard)
Runyararo has directed a number of short films that have been selected at festivals such as BFI London Film Festival, Future Film Fest, London Short Film Fest, Underwire Fest, amongst others. Currently, Runyararo is working on developing DessyMak’s next project with BFI NETWORK.. 
Watch her short, MASTERPIECE, here!
New & Noteworthy:
Slamdance Announces 2020 Competition Lineup

The narrative lineup includes Women Wednesday's own Olivia Peace premiering her film TAHARA. The lineup also includes female directors Nadia Bedzhanova, Heather Young, and Sarah Sherman. 

Tahara has a woman-led crew including writer (Jess Zeidman), producers (Dasha Gorin, Madison Ginsberg), DP (Tehillah De Castro), animator (Emily Hoffman), and casting director (Noa Weinberg). 

Check out the full article here!
Marielle Heller Speaks About Ways to Be More Inclusive to Women Directors

Marielle Heller on Fresh Air with Terry Gross:

"After CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME, over the course of the year people were asking me 'How can we get more women directors? What do we need?' And I thought that one of the things we need to stop {ignoring} is that a lot of us are moms...So on A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, we did 'French Hours.' Instead of doing a 12 or 13 hour day with a lunch break in the middle, you do a 10 hour straight day (everyone eats food throughout the day), and then you're done. For me, it was the difference between getting home to put my kid to bed or not."

Listen here! (The "French Hours" conversation starts around 36:00)
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