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Holiday Soul Party Celebrates Inclusion Progress in Film and Television
Merry doesn't even begin to describe the crowd gathered at UTA on Tuesday night for the fourth annual Holiday Soul Party. Organized by the Committee of Black Writers of the WGA, the African-American Steering Committee of the DGA and the African-American Film Critics Association, and hosted by the Ghetto Film School Roster, the networking event celebrated industry tastemakers and innovators people who are moving the needle in terms of diversity in Hollywood, said producer and writer Wendy Calhoun.
Dec 19 6:59PM Variety

A love letter to the late Penny Marshall, TV and film pioneer
Beloved actress and director Penny Marshall's career spanned screens big and small. EW TV critic Kristen Baldwin fondly remembers Marshall's most iconic TV role, and film critic Chris Nashawaty recalls when things got Big for the New York native, who died at 75 on Dec.
Dec 18 10:44PM EW.com

Oscars: Film Academy Narrows the List of Contenders in Nine Categories
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced shortlists of semi-finalists in nine separate categories. From here, the organization's separate respective branches will vote to determine nominees, which will be announced along with all other Oscar categories next month.
Dec 17 10:50PM Variety

Lena Waithe, Brian Tyree Henry to Present $125k in Annual Film Independent Grants
Writer-creator Lena Waithe and actor Brian Tyree Henry will present a quarter of a million dollars in filmmaker grants come January as hosts of the annual Independent Spirit Awards nominee brunch. Waithe, this year's Spirit Awards honorary chair, and Henry will dole out the prizes in four categories, including a $50,000 unrestricted grant for a mid-career female filmmaker and $25,000 to emerging producers.
Dec 17 6:51PM Variety

Independent film in the age of the 1%
Independent film is what we live and breathe for at Raindance. There is nothing like the thrill of getting to watch a film from a new filmmaker, and be utterly transported by it.
Dec 16 10:03AM Raindance