The American Film Institute is celebrating Dorothy Dandridge, Ida Lupino and Anna May Wong as female trailblazers in Hollywood as part of its upcoming AFI Fest in November.
Dandridge was the first African American nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award; Lupino was a pioneering director, writer, producer and actress who became the first woman to direct a film noir; and Wong was the first Chinese-American actress to rise to international prominence.
AFI Fest will screen Otto Preminger’s 1954 musical “Carmen Jones,” starring Dandridge; Lupino’s 1953 drama “The Hitch-Hiker”; and E.A. Dupont’s “Piccadilly,” starring Wong. The trio will also be celebrated in key art for the event.
“This year, AFI Fest continues its annual commemoration of influential women in film by reviving the contributions of these three screen legends,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, director of the festival.
AFI recently partnered with 20th Century Fox to help increase the number of female directors working on major studio films through an initiative that will provide alumnae of the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women the opportunity to direct short films. Nearly half of the AFI Conservatory Fellows in the Directing discipline are women — up more than 60% from three years ago.
The festival opens Nov. 10 at the TCL Chinese with the world premiere of Warren Beatty’s “Rules Don’t Apply.”