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Geena Davis’ Two Easy Steps to Make Hollywood Less Sexist “We are in effect enculturating kids from the very beginning to see women and girls as not taking up half of the space." Read Geena's guest column in
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INSTITUTE NEWS Geena Davis to Produce Documentary on Gender Disparity in Hollywood … With a Male Director?

I heard about this documentary mostly through the female filmmakers in my social media feeds, all of them angry that this film that is specifically about the problem of women not being offered enough opportunities in the entertainment industry had a male director, and that Geena Davis of all people would “allow” this to happen. I totally got sucked into the anger and outrage vortex for a second. Then, I needed to know more, so I went to the source, and what I discovered was that like most things, it wasn’t as cut-and-dried as all that. Thank you @TheMarySue for your support and getting the story right. Read More…

July 01, 2016 Study Finds Films Directed By Women Suffer From Distribution ‘Trust Gap’

The fact that female filmmakers have limited opportunities when compared to their male contemporaries is unfortunately nothing new, though a new study conducted by online film-financing hub Slated and published on The Hollywood Reporter this morning is putting some frustrating facts and statistics into perspective. Read More…

June 30, 2016 ‘The First Wives Club’: Vanessa Lachey Joins Alyson Hannigan & Megan Hilty In TV Land Remake

Dads alumna Vanessa Lachey is set as a lead alongside Alyson Hannigan and Megan Hilty in the TV Land pilot The First Wives Club, a reboot of the 1996 feature, from Paramount Television and Sex and the City alumna Jenny Bicks and Karen Rosenfelt. With Lachey’s casting, the three lead roles are now set. Read More…

June 29, 2016 Local group, Arclight form SD Women’s Film Network

The local nonprofit San Diego Filmmakers and ArcLight Cinemas have partnered to form the San Diego Women’s Film Network, which is “designed to support, educate and enrich women working in and those aspiring to work in the film, media and entertainment fields.” The new group will officially launch July 19 with a kickoff event at ArcLight Cinemas in La Jolla that will feature a discussion about and by women in the film-making industry. Read More…

June 28, 2016 The Women Of Abstract Expressionism: 12 Artists History Should Not Forget

It’s a tired claim — that art history systematically forgets the women who took part in it — but it’s also true. Some books recognize the other de Kooning — Elaine, and the great Helen Frankenthaler. But for the most part, the annals of Ab-Ex art are filled with Roberts and Peters and even a Clyfford or two. According to recorded history, the painters experimenting with spontaneous, automatic or subconscious creativity were almost exclusively (white) male. Read More…

June 27, 2016 Liza Donnelly – I want to see every girl around the world in school.

Liza Donnelly, cartoonist for the New Yorker, shares her cartoons with us. See this week’s cartoon…

June 26, 2016 Krysten Ritter & Melissa Rosenberg on ‘Jessica Jones’: “So Many People Feel Represented By Jessica” – Emmys

Jessica Jones follows an alcoholic, PTSD-plagued, rape-surviving gumshoe who possesses an incredible degree of physical strength. Jessica Jones is a serious show about the realities of abuse survivors and is told through a vigilante prism. In the wake of her emotionally powerful turn as a tragic heroin addict on Breaking Bad, Krysten Ritter outdoes herself here, playing a sublimely intense, fierce antihero, who in her deepest cynicism is just trying to keep peace in the world. Read More…

June 25, 2016 Erin Moriarty & Danika Yarosh Team On Inspirational Sports Movie ‘Live Like Line’

Erin Moriarty, who played Woody Harrelson’s troubled teenage daughter on the award-winning HBO drama True Detective, and Danika Yarosh, who next will be seen opposite Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, have been cast in LD Entertainment’s inspirational true story Live Like Line. Read More…

June 25, 2016 Geena Davis to Star in Indie Comedy ‘Don’t Talk to Irene’

Thelma and Louise star Geena Davis has boarded the indie comedy Don’t Talk to Irene. The Oscar winner will co-star in Pat Mills’ sophomore feature comedy from Edyson Entertainment, along with newcomer Michelle McLeod, Scott Thompson, Bruce Gray and Anastasia Philips (Skins). Read More…

June 25, 2016 Male film critics greatly outnumber female critics, study finds

Last year, Meryl Streep made headlines when she spoke out against gender imbalance in film criticism, telling reporters she personally counted the critics on Rotten Tomatoes and found a huge disparity between the number of male and female writers. Now, a new study from San Diego State University backs Streep up, revealing that a whopping 73 percent of Rotten Tomatoes’ top critics are men. Read More…

June 25, 2016 Anadil Hossain: How One Woman’s Production Company Is Bringing Diversity To Hollywood

Anadil Hossain, the Bangladeshi-American woman behind Dillywood Inc., successfully brought some of the most diverse stories to our screens. The founder of her own production company based in New York, which develops and produces film projects with a “distinctly international focus.” Read More…

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