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SPY Director Paul Feig Jumps In to Helm AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women

LOS ANGELES, CA: If you haven’t had enough of Melissa McCarthy’s spoof as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, you can study with Paul Feig, the director who pulled some amazing performances out of the BRIDESMAIDS’s star. Paul Feig is responsible for that priceless McCarthy CIA training video in his movie SPY, and now Feig will take on The AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (DWW).

This is AFI’s filmmaker training program designed to increase the number of women working as directors and show-runners in film and television.

Paul Feig, also a four-time Emmy® nominee for TV’s THE OFFICE and GHOSTBUSTERS rebooter, will embark on a year of mentorship, collaboration and creation to make a short film or series — all in preparation for professional success in narrative directing for the participants in 2018. (Yes, we think even Jack Nicholson’s daughter Lorraine is one of his upcoming pupils.)

“To meet with this amazingly impassioned group of diverse, talented filmmakers is a dream come true,” said Feig. “I salute the AFI for their strong support of female storytellers. We need their voices more than ever.” The DWW Class of 2018 filmmakers are: Beth de Araújo, Georgia Fu, Milena Govich, Tiffany Johnson, Katrelle Kindred, Nancy Mejía, Gandja Monteiro and Lorraine Nicholson. Full bios are available at AFI’s website.

The 2017 DWW Showcase for this year’s graduating class of participants, who began their work in the program last year, will take place on April 18, 2017, at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles.

A serious champion of female creators through his film and television work, as well as through his production company Feigco Entertainment, Paul fielded questions from the incoming DWW participants in an intimate meet-and-greet on Friday, February 3, on campus. And he probably is having a LOL at McCarthy’s spicier send-up of Trump’s press rep, just a guess. Because comedy works when nothing else lands a glove, ps.

And Here’s Melissa McCarthy In that SNL Footage… Because, Wow!

The 411 on  AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women

Founded in 1974, the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women is a hands-on training program committed to increasing the number of women working professionally in screen directing. The innovative and tuition-free workshop is open to women with three years or more of professional experience in the arts, providing them an immersive opportunity to learn by doing — with each participant required to complete a short film or series by the end of the program. 

DWW participants have gone on to great success, including Pippa Bianco (AFI DWW, Class of 2015), Cannes Cinéfondation Prize winner for her DWW short SHARE; Lesli Linka Glatter (AFI DWW, Class of 1983), Emmy®-winning producer/director of HOMELAND; Sian Heder (AFI DWW, Class of 2006), director of Netflix’s TALLULAH, based on her DWW short MOTHER; and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro (AFI DWW, Class of 2013), co-creator of UNREAL.PaulnMel17

The AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women receives generous support from Twentieth Century Fox, Lifetime’s Broad Focus, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Google, Comcast/NBCUniversal, the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation, 20th Century Fox, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, Indiegogo, Linda Hope, the Jean Picker Firstenberg Endowment, The Nancy Malone Endowment provided by The Bob and Dolores Hope Charitable Foundation and the Estate of Nancy Malone, and the many other individual supporters committed to providing opportunities for women in the media arts.  For more information visit: AFI.com/DWW. Or apply here directly, directors.

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