“Transparent” creator and “Afternoon Delight” writer-director Jill Soloway will deliver the keynote address at the AFI Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) Showcase on May 14.
Soloway will serve as the Artist-in-Residence for the incoming 2015 participants alongside filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Beyond the Lights”) and TV director Daisy von Scherler Mayer (“Orange is the New Black”).
The showcase’s nine presenting directors are Pippa Bianco, Tessa Blake, Roja Gashtili, Devon Kirkpatrick, Alexis O. Korycinski, Jean Lee, Kantu Lentz, Julia Lerman and Thoranna Sigurdardottir. Two DWW shorts will be featured at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival: Bianco’s “Share” and Blake’s “Election Night.”
Founded in 1974, the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women has trained more than 275 women in screen directing, including Maya Angelou, Anne Bancroft, Neema Barnette, Tricia Brock, Ellen Burstyn, Rebecca Cammisa, Dyan Cannon, Hanelle Culpepper, Jan Eliasberg, Naomi Foner, Jennifer Getzinger, Lyn Goldfarb, Randa Haines, Victoria Hochberg, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Lesli Linka Glatter, Lynne Littman, Matia Karrell, Nancy Malone, Becky Smith, Cicely Tyson and Joanne Woodward.