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Queen Latifah Teams Up w/ Jessica Chastain & Others to Launch Company to Produce Films By & About Women

Queen Latifah Teams Up w/ Jessica Chastain & Others to Launch Company to Produce Films By & About Women

Queen Latifah has teamed up with actresses Jessica Chastain and Juliette Binoche, and director Catherine Hardwicke to launch a production company called We Do It Together (WDIT), which will focus on producing films and TV programming by and about women.

The non-profit company is planning to develop a slate of “inspiring” films that they hope will help ensure future opportunities for known and emerging women voices within the industry.

The We Do It Together (WDIT) advisory board includes Chastain, Latifah, Binoche and Harwicke along with director Amma Asante; Henry Louis Gates; actress Freida Pinto; director Hany Abu-Assad; actress Zhang Ziyi; director Marielle Heller; director Katia Lund; director Małgorzata Szumowska; actress Alysia Reiner;and director Haifaa Al-Mansour.

The board of directors includes producer Albert Berger; Gersh Agency’s Sandra Lucchesi; Mosaic manager Paul Nelson; producer-director Carol Polakoff; producer Shelby Stone; producer-philanthropist Chiara Tilesi; and writer-producer Hanna Weg.

The first film will be announced in May at the Cannes International Film Festival.

WDIT will raise capital from grants, governments, corporate sponsors and individual donations to invest in the production of films. The proceeds will be reinvested in the company to create a self-sustaining organisation to invest in additional films.

The organisation is scheduled to participate at the United Nations’ Third Annual Power of Collaboration Global Summit on February 29.

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Jacquelyn Jackson

This is so amazing,I currently live in Tulsa Oklahoma and part of making a documentary about plus size women called "In the Thick". I would love to be a part of this. How can I make that happen?

Barb

How wonderful….I wish you all the success
in the world. This is certainly going forward!!!!!

Paul Mitchell

Thank you for writing a check that your (Butt Can Cash).
IF ALL OF THESE BLACK ACTOR/SPORT FIGURES//!MILlIONARE, got together and pool their money. We can tell so many of our OWN STORIES. With Black Producter/Director/Actor/Music Director/ and of course THE WRITER.
As a people we have a untapped wealth knowledge of stories to be told.
Please let this be just the tip of the ice bird.

Twyla Morrison

This is RIGHT ON TIME!!!

THANK YOU!!#

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D.C. Kirkwood

Notice Queen Latifah a rapper turned actress is a main player in this. Queen Latifah and her little production company have produced and employed quite a few black actors and actresses. If she can do it why can’t some of the other black well known actors and actresses who have been in the business a lot longer do the same thing. Could it be ego, jealousy, and lack of unity between African Americans in Hollywood? And not the white Hollywood that we love to blame for us not moving forward? Just food for thought. Congrats to her.

yes

Brilliant! This is what I’ve been waiting for. Thanks ladies and good luck.

Princess Mapp

Love it! I have pitter pattered too long and now I know why! Thanks for the diving board to spring from!

Joy Shannon

Sistas are makin’ change!!!!!

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