Lena Waithe to Deliver Keynote at Annual AFI Directing Workshop for Women Showcase
The annual AFI Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) Showcase on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The opening keynote will be delivered by Emmy®-winning creator, writer and actor Lena Waithe.
Presented by Lifetime, the event provides an opportunity for the program’s 2018 participants to showcase their work to an invitation-only audience of representatives and working artists from throughout the creative community.
A celebrated voice in film and television, Waithe made history in 2017 as the first African-American woman to win the Primetime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, for MASTER OF NONE. She is the creator of the acclaimed series THE CHI, with additional credits including the films DEAR WHITE PEOPLE (2014) and STEP SISTERS (2018) as a producer, as well as onscreen roles in the series MASTER OF NONE and TRANSPARENT, and the film READY PLAYER ONE (2018).
The DWW Class of 2018 filmmakers in attendance will be: Beth de Araújo, Georgia Fu, Milena Govich, Tiffany Johnson, Katrelle Kindred, Nancy Mejía, Gandja Monteiro and Lorraine Nicholson. Bios are available here. Learn more about the films here.
The May 3 event will also introduce the newly selected DWW Class of 2019: Parisa Barani, Jessica Kaye, Shilpi Roy, Amber Sealey, Siyou Tan, Carly Usdin, Marielle Woods and Talia Zucker. Bios are available here.
As the official Showcase sponsor, Lifetime will continue its commitment to guarantee employment to DWW filmmakers through its Broad Focus initiative, including the Class of 2018 filmmakers. The initiative provides women with more opportunities to write, develop, produce and direct content for the network.
As a new Major Supporter of the Showcase, this year FIJI Water committed $100,000 to DWW with the goal of increasing the number of women working professionally as directors and showrunners in film and television. Support from the campaign provided crucial funds for DWW’s female filmmaker education and mentorship programs.