Posts tagged women

There’s a double standard in terms of the kinds of things men can say in PG-13 movies. You put those same words in the mouths of women and it became far more terrifying. As soon as we articulated this and brought up examples, it was incredibly gratifying to see the MPAA came to the same conclusion.

Emma Watts (President of Production, 20th Century Fox) on getting The Other Woman's initial R rating reduced to PG-13 without making any cuts

SNL’s newest cast member! Sasheer Zamata! Details here: http://www.deadline.com/2014/01/saturday-night-live-adds-sasheer-zamata-black-cast-member/

SNL’s newest cast member! Sasheer Zamata! Details here: http://www.deadline.com/2014/01/saturday-night-live-adds-sasheer-zamata-black-cast-member/

Bechdel-passing female characters make bank!! (Chart courtesy of Vocativ)

Bechdel-passing female characters make bank!! (Chart courtesy of Vocativ)

When creative executives get in a room and go down the list of possible directors for a movie that’s already financed, they simply don’t see many women to choose from. If we get more women making movies, there will be more people to consider from that list. On some level it’s simply a numbers game.

Mary Jane Skalski, a veteran film producer currently serving as a senior advisor to Gamechanger

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at the current rate of growth it would take women 42 years to catch up with men in terms of TV writing staff jobs

Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles Study Examines Gender Disparity in Independent Film

Findings include:

  • 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%)

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.

an interview with Connie Britton (aka Coach’s wife on Friday Night Lights) about her new show (ABC’s Nashville) and its writer (Callie Khouri)

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.

Brian Wood, writer of the new all-female X-Men comic (more on that here)

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…

Women’s bodies in films are either highly objectified and sexualised or, past a certain age, made fun of. In North American films, there’s no sort of routine nudity so I wanted something that wasn’t particularly eventful for them in that moment.

Sarah Polley talking about a scene in her new film Take This Waltz, featuring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen. More here

Hollywood in 2012 Was Female-Action Packed

(via WomensENews.org)

YES: Mila Kunis to exec produce new CW drama about the women’s lib movement! (Set in the 70s, but timely as ever!)

YES: Mila Kunis to exec produce new CW drama about the women’s lib movement! (Set in the 70s, but timely as ever!)

How can women gain influence in Hollywood?

Eight pieces in the NYTimes dedicated to the subject!!!

BBC Drama More Popular Than 'Downton Abbey' Takes on Universal Healthcare

BBC’s hit “Call the Midwife” premieres on PBS this fall! The show is about young midwives in 1950s London, right after the implementation of universal healthcare. Female centric stories + healthcare issues + great ratings = DON’T MISS!