Harvard News: Mira Nair comes full circle with donation of archive

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.”

Getty: Archive of Celebrated Stage Director Peter Sellars Comes to the Getty Research Institute

Getty: Archive of Celebrated Stage Director Peter Sellars Comes to the Getty Research Institute. “For over 40 years, Peter Sellars has pushed boundaries within the theater and performing arts communities—from unconventional reimaginations of classic plays to politically charged operas, to festivals that celebrate art around the world. The acclaimed stage director, UCLA Distinguished Professor and MacArthur Fellow has donated his vast personal archive to the Getty Research Institute. Along with a related donation—the Los Angeles Festival records—his papers will greatly enhance the Research Institute’s holdings related to developments in the history of perform­ing arts.”

American Theatre: Seeking a Director of Color? Now There’s a Database for That

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.”

Database of Women in Filmmaking Will Expand Globally

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.”