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Women in Film toast 20th with mini-fest

Women in Film is celebrating its 20th year of existence with a mini film festival, of sorts, to spotlight films touching on the woman’s experience.

“One of the problems with films like these (made by and about women) is that they tend to have a high level of invisibility when they’re released,” said Joan Hyler, WIF prexy and senior veepee at the William Morris Agency.

“We’d like to see that change.”

Among the films to be screened as part of the festival will be the CBS miniseries “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All,” a two-part four-hour production starring Diane Lane, Donald Sutherland, Cicely Tyson and Anne Bancroft. Telefilm, directed by Ken Cameron, will be screened April 13 at the Directors Guild theater.

The TNT telefilm “Amelia,” starring Diane Keaton as aviator Amelia Earhart, will then be screened in June. The film is produced by Cary Brokaw.

A third screening will be held in June or possibly later of the feature “The Beans of Egypt, Maine,” based on the novel by Carolyn Chute. The feature was produced by Rosilyn Heller, directed by Jennifer Warren and stars Martha Plimpton, Kelly Lynch, Rutger Hauer and Patrick McGaw. It is an American Playhouse production, with I.R.S. Media handling domestic distribution.

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