Tonight's Movie: BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, directed by Fran Rubel Kuzui.

8:30 PM. My Apartment. 

** Come by at 8:15PM for pizza kindly provided by Time's Up **
Fran Rubel Kuzui  

Fran is an American film director and producer. She received her master's degree from New York University and was a script supervisor for a decade, prior to her first film, 1988's TOKYO POP, which she co-wrote and directed. The movie was shown at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival and received critical acclaim for its depiction of an American woman trying to make sense of the Japanese youth culture. However, she's best known as the director of the 1992 film BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, whose original screenplay was the basis for the television series of the same name. Fran and her Japanese husband, Kaz Kuzui, pioneered the distribution of independent films in Japan and they now divide their time between the US and Japan.

Watch the BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER trailer here!
Laura Gillis
Laura graduated from NYU film school and her work has placed in WeScreenplay, Slamdance, and the Fresh Voices screenwriting competitions.

Watch 'Crystal' here (pw: crystal19)!
Carolina Markowicz (Credit: Maria Ascanio)
Carolina Markowicz is an award-winning filmmaker based out of São Paulo, Brazil. She has written and directed 6 short films selected to more than 300 festivals such as Cannes, Locarno, Toronto, SXSW, AFI and awarded with more than 100 prizes. Her short film 'The Orphan' is one of the most awarded short films of the year, worldwide. It premiered in The Director’s Fortnight-Cannes 2018 and was the winner of the Queer Palm, being the first Brazilian film to ever win this award. Inspired by true events, her latest short film, 'The Orphan' tells the story of a teenage orphan who is cruelly left isolated for being ‘different’. A sad reflection of harmful and pervading conservative attitudes of the moment. Read her interview on the short here! 

Watch 'The Orphan' here (Pw: oorfao123456)!
New & Noteworthy:
Pioneering Director Lina Wertmuller to Finally Get Her Oscar. In 1977, Italian filmmaker Lina Wertmuller became the first woman to ever be nominated for best director at the Academy Awards. Although she didn't win that year — "Rockyz" director John G. Avildsen did — the 91-year-old with the famous white glasses will finally get an Oscar of her own Sunday at the annual Governors Awards. "This is making me very happy," Wertmuller said last month through a translator... The honor is long overdue," said Amy Baer, Women in Film's board president. On Saturday, "The Lizards" will have its American premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre, Sunday she'll be feted by the film academy and on Monday she'll receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Wertmuller isn't just a piece of Oscars trivia for being "the first" female directing nominee: She remains only one of five... "I'm obviously very happy and proud and full of admiration but five is too few. There should be a lot more." Read the full article here! 
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