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Next up for McMillon is "Lemon," a film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22.

"Lemon" is Janicza Bravo's directorial debut, but it's already generating buzz at Sundance and the Rotterdam Film Festival. 

"I'm excited for people to experience [Janicza Bravo's] work," McMillon said. "She's also another talented female director who, one day, the world will definitely be talking about. They've already started talking about her, so it's just a matter of time before the spotlight's on her."

She's also working with Sanders on "The Glass Castle," a forthcoming Lionsgate film directed by Destin Cretton.

It's only up from here for Joi McMillon — and the Black women film editors she's holding the door open for.