In honor of Black History Month, Women Wednesday will use this month in particular to highlight incredible black female filmmakers! WW's very own Maddie Breeland has co-written the emails for this month!
Tonight's Movie: HARRIET, directed by Kasi Lemmons.

8:30pm. Private Screening Room.
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Kasi Lemmons 
Kasi is an award-winning director, writer, actress and professor who has been a staple in Hollywood for nearly three decades. Her acclaimed 1997 feature directorial debut, Eve’s Bayou, was recently inducted into the National Film Registry, and is considered among the first to showcase the beauty of African American Southern culture. The film received the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, and the National Board of Review bestowed her with a special first-time director award. 

Lemmons’ sophomore feature, The Caveman's Valentine, opened the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, while her third film, Talk to Me, earned the 2008 NAACP Image Award for outstanding directing. She also adapted Langston Hughes’ musical Black Nativity for the big screen in 2013. As an actress, Lemmons appeared in such notable films as Jonathan Demme’s Silence of the Lambs, John Woo’s Hard Target and Spike Lee’s School DazeAlong with Academy Award®-nominated composer Terrence Blanchard, Lemmons recently added librettist to her formidable body of work, creating the stage adaptation of Charles Blow’s New York Times bestselling memoir Fire Shut up in My Bones, for the Opera Theater of Saint Louis. She is currently in pre-production for the Madam CJ Walker limited series on Netflix. 

Watch the HARRIET trailer here!

(Ranked in order of the most votes)

Herself / Phyllida Lloyd 
Shirley / Josephine Decker
Zola / Janicza Bravo
The Forty-Year-Old Version / Radha Blank
I Carry You With Me / Heidi Ewing
Never Rarely Sometimes Always / Eliza Hittman
Promising Young Woman / Emerald Fennell
Charter / Amanda Kernell
Cuties / Maïmouna Doucouré
Relic / Natalie Erika James
Save Yourselves / Alex Fischer, Eleanor Wilson
Wander Darkly / Tara Miele

Baldwin Beauty / Thembi Banks
Blocks / Bridget Moloney 
He's the One / Jessie Kahnweiler 
Meats / Ashley Williams 
Pillars / Haley Elizabeth Anderson
Slug Life / Sophie Koko Gate

** Now let's add these fantastic directors to our lists and get them hired! **

Naledi Jackson
Writer/director based in Los Angeles by way of Toronto and Zimbabwe. She is currently a Co-Producer on Season 3 of Anne with an E for CBC/Netflix. She recently wrapped on the Netflix series Another Life. Previously, she worked as an Executive Story Editor on Season 2 of Anne, along with CTV's detective drama, The Detail. Other screenwriting credits include CBC's 21 Thunder and the Netflix horror anthology, Slasher. Naledi's short film, The Drop In, premiered at TIFF in 2017 and was part of TIFF's Canada Top Ten Festival in 2018. She is a recipient of grants and awards from BravoFact, The Toronto Arts Council, The Harold Greenberg Fund, and the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. She is also a Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Awards nominee.

Watch her short, 'The Drop In' here (pw: Industry2017)!

New & Noteworthy:
Meet 22 Black Directors Who Answered Hollywood's Call For Diversity And Inclusion

"For decades, Hollywood’s excuse was that they just couldn’t find Black female directors. As a project worked its way through big and small screen studios, the same names—belonging to white men—would be written on a sheet of paper, continually shutting its tinseled doors in the faces of Black women who were uniquely qualified to tell stories.

But the day of reckoning is here.

With Black women helming projects on TV, film and streaming platforms, the excuse has expired. From lighter fare such as Claws, a show about the dark side of manicurists, to a biopic about one of America’s heroes, Harriet Tubman, Black women are not only comfortable in front of the lens, but behind it as well.

ESSENCE wants to salute 22 women who are not only changing Hollywood by showing up, but by bringing diverse and inclusive projects to our screens."

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