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Meryl Streep's act of kindness - Writers Lab


Most people love Meryl Streep because she's undoubtedly talented and resourceful. From Kramer vs Kramer to The Devil wears Prada to Into the Woods.

On top of her relevant place in the history of female acting as we know it today, Streep has also engaged in annex activities like the funding of a lab for women screenwriters over the age of 40, to be run by New York Women in Film and Television and a collective of women filmmakers called IRIS. NYWIFT, which presents the annual Muse Awards as well as the Designing Women honors, is an entertainment industry association that supports female leadership in film, TV and digital media. Collective IRIS was founded by a trio of women with the goal of championing the female voice in narrative film. News of the lab’s inception was announced during a panel at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday.

The lab called Writers Lab will be accepting submissions from May 1 to June 1, after which eight applicants will be chosen. The writers can submit any genre the writer. This endeavor hopes to be apart of a larger fight against the ageist and sexist trends in the screenwriting world. Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids, Insidious, X-Men), along with four of her countrywomen (including Gracie Otto, Shannon Murphy, Jessica Carrera, and Krew Boylan) have also teamed up to form The Dollhouse Collective, another excellent endeavor meant to support women's careers in the arts. The Dollhouse ladies are looking to launch a full-scale artistic collaborative. Otto explains “the core aim is to develop theatre, film and television together and tell stories with a strong female presence… This formalizes what we are already doing. Sitting around the dinner table we have always been sounding boards for each other.” The collective will also “champion women across the industry who haven’t had opportunities in the past and to support the work of women who have paved the way for them.”

Back to our Writers Lab, Streep is thought to have donated a large sum of money to get the lab started. In its first year, relevant movie figures such as Boyhood producer Caroline Kaplan, Beyond the Lights writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood, Bring it On writer Jessica Bendinger and Legally Blonde writer Kirsten Smith will be mentoring participants at an Upstate NY retreat.

Meanwhile, Streep is getting ready for her women’s voting rights drama Suffragette, meant to premiere in October 2015.

Tags:   news, Meryl Streep, writing, film news, celebrities, Writers Lab, women over 40

Related:   Legally Blondes, Beyond the Lights, Boyhood, X-Men 2, Insidious, Bridesmaids, Into the Woods, The Devil Wears Prada, Kramer vs. Kramer



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