Harvard News: Mira Nair comes full circle with donation of archive. “When Mira Nair ’79 was offered the chance to give her professional archive to Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library, something clicked. ‘Harvard has changed my life,’ said the award-winning director on a recent Zoom call from New York. ‘There’s no question about it.’ For almost two years the director of ‘Monsoon Wedding,’ ‘The Namesake,’ and ‘Vanity Fair’ filled boxes with papers and other material related to her long career. She had fielded a request from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences regarding her papers, but Radcliffe’s interest tugged at her heart.”
American Theatre: Seeking a Director of Color? Now There’s a Database for That. “Among the challenges faced by U.S. theatre directors, both practitioners of color and their white counterparts, is the feeding frenzy that can happen when an in-demand director becomes a hot commodity. Directors who toil in obscurity for years can suddenly get a high-profile regional, Off-Broadway, or Broadway gig, and then everyone wants to hire them, whether it’s Sam Gold or Lileana Blain-Cruz. [Kareem] Fahmy said the BIPOC Directors Database could also be used by fellow directors who want to be able to refer directors to qualified colleagues when they can’t take the gig.”
Now available: a database of female Canadian filmmakers. “The professional development initiative Women in the Directors Chair (WIDC) launched today (May 23) an online directory of Canadian women directors who have attended WIDC programs since starting in 1997.” The amount of information available varies a lot, from nothing to a picture to a decent biography.
A database of Nordic women in filmmaking is expanding globally. “The Swedish Film Institute continues its pioneering work to achieve gender equality in film, including the launch of a new website that will be “a kind of Wikipedia” for female filmmakers. At Nordicwomeninfilm.com, there are already 700 filmmakers listed, from cinema’s start in 1895 to today. The list will be expanded globally.”