It’s a substantial jump from just 3% in 2018. Perhaps diversity efforts in Hollywood are starting to bear fruit. – Jeremy Fuster, The Wrap. More:
By choosing to hire only women independent film directors who have never worked in the episodic television form, Ava Duvernay is profoundly changing the industry game, and changing women filmmaker’s lives in unprecedented ways. – Elisabeth Subrin, Filmmaker. More:
In our first interaction with Paula she is headbutting her ex-boyfriend’s door and knocking herself out: a display of unproductive aggression and self-loathing popularised by Robert DeNiro in Raging Bull. She is not quirky, just slightly off. If she were a man her behaviour would be edgy, or romantic. In a sense this is a landmark of post-millennium feminist cinema. It could be the start of a movement. – Theo Macdonald, Scenes Journal. More:
What I love about this beautiful script (apart from the insanely brilliant Noomi Rapace) is that it’s about intuition. We all know what it’s like to know something deep in our bones and yet fall into the trap of doubting ourselves; and that questioning can drive us crazy. – Director Kim Farrant in Variety.
2018 Recipients: Julie Dash & Nina Menkes. The EOS World Fund is a new global initiative that supports bold & innovative women directors. Launch: Jan 19th 2018, The Black House, Sundance Film Festival.
Created by Apricot Films’ visionary producer / director Gwen Wynne, EOS is a response to the crisis involving the severe lack of women helmers in cinema.
Gwen Wynne’s EOS World Fund seeks out material and artists who are known for their unusual, innovative and provocative cinematic work, in both form and content.
Scorsese’s Film Foundation has just awarded a restoration grant to Mark Toscano at the Academy Film Archives, to photochemically restore Nina Menkes’ feature film, QUEEN OF DIAMONDS (1991). Grants are given to work that is considered “culturally and historically significant”.
We are raised on a Hollywood diet that argues that the grim, determined, anti-authority male hero or anti-hero who neglects his family and/or is terrible to the few women in his life is a strong/complex male character. Hollywood prioritizes male-centric hero’s-journey action fantasies, war movies, mob dramas and angsty-white-guy morality tales as a matter of course. – Scott Mendelson, Forbes. More:
Dee Rees elevates her storytelling to a whole different level with ‘Mudbound’. Rarely do women, and particularly women of color, have the opportunity to tell epic stories. But damn, this movie is epic, complemented with extraordinary acting all around. It’s a post-WWII period piece about race that feels so relevant to today. – Melissa Silverstein, Women and Hollywood. More:
The ending of the highest-grossing live-action film ever made by a female director speaks volumes. Love is the most effective way to defeat evil. —Victoria Berggren, The Hollywood Reporter. Read More:
Director Patty Jenkins’ response to director James Cameron’s recent comments on Wonder Woman:
“James Cameron’s inability to understand what Wonder Woman is, or stands for, to women all over the world is unsurprising as, though he is a great filmmaker, he is not a woman. Strong women are great. His praise of my film Monster, and our portrayal of a strong yet damaged woman was so appreciated. But if women have to always be hard, tough and troubled to be strong, and we aren’t free to be multidimensional or celebrate an icon of women everywhere because she is attractive and loving, then we haven’t come very far have we. I just believe women can and should be EVERYTHING just like male lead characters should be. There is no right and wrong kind of powerful woman. And the massive female audience who made the film a hit it is, can surely choose and judge their own icons of progress.” — Twitter, Aug 25, 2017.
XX is a delightful, horrific variety pack — four risky and irreverent short films that pay homage to the tropes and traditions of horror filmmaking. It’s nuanced storytelling and solid genre filmmaking that also passes the Bechdel test, severed hand over bloody foot. — Rhienna Renée Guedry, Bitch Media.
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