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Lena Waithe to Receive Variety Producing Honor at Palm Springs Film Festival

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 28: Lena Waithe attends Apple's global premiere of "The Morning Show" at Josie Robertson Plaza and David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on October 28, 2019 in New York City. "The Morning Show" debuts November 1 on Apple TV+, available on the Apple TV app. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Apple TV+)

Producer and writer Lena Waithe is set to receive the Variety Producing Honor at Palm Springs International Film Festival.

According to Variety, Waithe will be the recipient of the Creative Impact Producing Award. The award will be presented to Waithe as part of Variety’s annual 10 Directors to Watch brunch, held at the Parker Palm Springs hotel, on Jan. 3.

“Lena Waithe is one of the most prolific writer-actor-producers working in Hollywood right now, with an extraordinary ability to get projects with black filmmakers and talent produced for film and television,” says Claudia Eller, Variety editor-in-chief. “With ‘Queen & Slim,’ Lena wrote and produced a story that has been central to the conversation regarding representation and storytelling in the black community. Her determination to get these stories told is inspiring.”

“Queen & Slim”

Waithe is an Emmy-winning writer and producer, known best for her work on “Master of None,” “Bone,” “The Chi” and “Boomerang.” She recently made her featrue film writing debut in penning the screenplay for Melina Matsoukas’ hard hitting debut drama, “Queen & Slim.”

“Queen & Slim,” from Universal Pictures, secured an impressive $11 million its openind weekend debut. It has grossed over $36 million at the domestic box office.

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) honored the film this year by awarding it the Impact Award and naming it among the critics group’s Top 10 Best Films of the Year list.

Other special honorees slated for the PSIFF brunch include “The Irishman” star Robert De Niro, who is being honored with the Creative Impact in Acting award, and “Joker” director Todd Phillips, who will receive the Creative Impact in Directing award.

The Palm Springs International Film Festival takes place Jan. 2- 13.

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Written by Jessica Peña

Jessica Peña studied journalism at Volunteer State Community College before she began writing about film on a personal blog that sprouted from an electronic media course. She is now a film journalist for Awards Circuit, as well as a content editor and writer for the UK-based site JumpCut Online. She also loves the Child's Play/Chucky franchise with no end in sight.

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