- Of U.S. films selected for the Sundance Film Festival from 2002-2012, 29.8% of filmmakers (directors, writers, producers, cinematographers and editors) were female.
- Across all behind-the-camera positions, females were most likely to be producers. As the prestige of the producing post increased, the percentage of female participation decreased. This trend was observed in both narrative and documentary filmmaking. Fewer than one third of all narrative producers but just over 40% of associate producers were female. In documentaries, 42.5% of producers and 59.5% of associate producers were female.
- When compared to films directed by males, those directed by females feature more women filmmakers behind the camera (writers, producers, cinematographers, editors). This is true in both narratives (21% increase) and documentaries (24% increase).
- Females were half as likely to be directors of narrative films than documentaries (16.9% vs. 34.5%).
- Female directors of Sundance Film Festival films exceed those of the top 100 box office films. 23.9% of directors at the Sundance Film Festival from 2002-2012 were female, compared to 4.4% of directors across the top 100 box office films each year from 2002 to 2012 that were female.
- 41.5% of the female directors across 1,100 top-grossing movies of the past ten years had been supported by Sundance Institute.
- Five major areas were identified as hampering women’s career development in film:
- Gendered financial barriers (43.1%)
- Male-dominated industry networking (39.2%)
- Stereotyping on set (15.7%)
- Work and family balance (19.6%)
- Exclusionary hiring decisions (13.7%)
- Opportunities exist to improve the situation for women in independent film. Individuals mentioned three key ways to change the status quo:
- Mentoring and encouragement for early career women (36.7%)
- Improving access to finance (26.5%)
- Raising awareness of the problem (20.4%)
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“AWARDSLINE: Callie Khouri has been involved in many projects, but I think many women associate her with writing Thelma & Louise, about two women literally on the road to self-empowerment. Are there any parallels here?
BRITTON: I am, and was, and always will be an enormous fan of Thelma & Louise. I really grew up with that being a seminal movie for me. So I’ve always known who Callie Khouri was; that’s why I was so excited when I got this script. Hers is an interesting kind of feminism. It’s not in your face. (In Nashville), it’s dealing with the complexities of being a woman in a society that really isn’t built for feminism. That’s what I’ve always liked about playing Southern women; some of the most fierce women I’ve known were women from the South, yet they are coming from a world that is not very welcoming to their fierceness. I think Callie really confronts those aspects of feminism in a really unique way. It’s a little subversive, actually.”
“There’s too much cheesecake out there that is sold, or at least marketed, as a ‘strong female’ character or book when it’s anything but, it just reinforces the worst opinions of the most sexist fans, and we gain no new ground. We probably lose ground. I’m not approaching this new X-Men as a ‘female book,’ but I’m writing it as a high action X-Men comic, and with some luck that will nullify some of these poisonous critics who go looking for something to feel angry/uncomfortable/threatened by.”
DirecTV’s upcoming first original series, Rogue, stars Thandie Newton as an undercover detective. Great to see a woman of color featured in that lead role!
You may know Newton best as Dr. Carter’s love interest on ER, or as the woman targeted by a racist cop in the film Crash. Interesting fact: Newton once gave a TED talk on otherness. Among her comments, she shared this — “From about the age of 5, I was aware that I didn’t fit. I was the black, atheist kid in the all-white, Catholic school run by nuns. I was an anomaly.”
It is a good moment for woman of color on TV. Kerry Washington is killing it as the focus of ABC’s Scandal, and Meagan Good stars in NBC’s new Deception. Creators of Deception have stated that there was no specific intent to cast an African-American, Good simply read the part the best. Here’s hoping this kind of diversity in casting leads continues to increase…
I’ve bought tix for Brave this weekend — have you? Support Pixar’s 1st lead female protagonist! Opening box office matters!
Did anyone see the Push Girls premiere on Sundance last night? Read this article for more deets on the new inclusive reality show!
So ridic excited for Ryan Murphy’s newest: “The New Normal” THIS FALL! Co-created with lesbian writer Ali Adler, it features an awesome single mom and a gay couple looking to become parents.
“We, the undersigned, encourage an industry-wide discussion about this issue, and call on the leaders throughout the industry to participate in and contribute to a dialogue about how we can, to quote Mr. Fremaux, ‘create a greater space for women within cinema.’”
“It’s unsettling to recall that these are not merely pretty women; they are unknown actresses who must strip, front and back, then mimic graphic sex and sexual torture, a skill increasingly key to attaining employment on cable dramas. During the filming of the second season, an Irish actress walked off the set when her scene shifted to what she termed “soft porn.” Of course, not everyone strips: there are no truly explicit scenes of gay male sex, fewer lingering shots of male bodies, and the leading actresses stay mostly buttoned up. Artistically, “Game of Thrones” is in a different class from “House of Lies,” “Californication,” and “Entourage.” But it’s still part of another colorful patriarchal subculture, the one called Los Angeles.”
“Scandal is the first dramatic network television series written and produced by an African-American woman for an African-American woman in the lead role. The show is also only the fourth hour-long primetime drama with a black woman in the lead role.”
“Kate will be the first ever out lesbian on Saturday Night Live in its 37 years on air. The show has had its fair share of lesbian skits, kisses and jokes, but the addition of a real live lesbian comic is really something to celebrate. Some blogs are bemoaning SNL’s choice to add another white woman to the cast instead of a desperately needed woman of color, but this is a landmark of its own.”