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October 18, 2016

The Geena Davis Institute is participating in the LA2050 Grants Challenge

With your vote, we could win $25,000 to help empower girls and create a more gender-balanced media landscape. Please VOTE today…

October 11, 2016

Why Media Representation Matters for Women in Banking

“If she can see it, she can be it.” Geena Davis announces a new effort to encourage women and girls to enter financial services while speaking at the Most Powerful Women in Banking gala in New York. Her institute on Gender in Media will conduct research in partnership with American Banker and sponsored by Zions Bank. Watch Video…

October 08, 2016

Selfies, Short Films, The Geena Davis Institute And The Media’s Effect On Self Esteem For Girls: Dr Barbara Becker Holstein, Psychologist, Filmmaker, Brings It All Together

“Geena Davis’s work is vitally important on many levels,” Dr. Holstein stated. “It isn’t enough to present programming to youngsters that is ‘safe’ and perhaps educational. Not if there are fewer characters who are female than male and not if the female characters have less important information to share or are stereotyped.” Read More…

October 07, 2016

Geena Davis: Women Face ‘Unconscious Bias’ in Banking, Media

What can bankers in formal wear learn from an actress who made her name in Hollywood playing a free-spirited, Thunderbird-driving outlaw? Quite a bit, it turns out. Speaking Thursday at American Banker’s annual Most Powerful Women in Banking dinner, Geena Davis — star of the 1991 film “Thelma & Louise” — said that the way women in banking are portrayed on film affects their career trajectory. It’s an issue of “unconscious bias.” Read More…

October 04, 2016

2017 Bentonville Film Festival Submissions Now Open

Submissions are now open and will close in late January 2017. Next year’s festival will be held May 2-7, 2017 and we could not be more excited! This year we are expanding faster than ever with a few new categories. In addition to narrative and documentary feature-length films, we are now accepting submissions for short films, commercials and episodic content. Read More…

September 29, 2016

‘The Exorcist’: Oscar winner Geena Davis could contend at Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards

Geena Davis returns to series television on Fox’s “The Exorcist.” This marks her first regular role since playing the eponymous character in ABC’s “Commander in Chief” from 2005 to 2006. Despite that drama’s troubled production — three show runners over 18 episodes — and swift cancellation, Davis was roundly acclaimed for her commanding performance, winning the Golden Globe for Best Drama Actress and earning nominations from the Emmys and Screen Actors Guild Awards. It was no breakout role for Davis though, as she was already an Academy Award winner for “The Accidental Tourist” (Best Supporting Actress, 1988) and nominee for “Thelma & Louise” (Best Actress, 1991). Read More…

September 27, 2016

Advertising and Hollywood Have the Power to Change How People See Women Erasing gender stereotypes ‘overnight’

How women are portrayed in advertising and in Hollywood has a major impact on how people see and think about women, and whether they belong in positions of power, panelists discussed today during Advertising Week. “Overnight every brand, every Hollywood movie, can show female CEOs,” said Madeline Di Nonno, CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, during the “Our Challenge to Erase Gender Stereotypes in Ads” panel. “We’re the only sector that can fix that gender disparity overnight.” Read More…

September 27, 2016

Shining a Light on Gender Imbalance in Media

While the Bechdel Test has been a positive conversation-starter in the fight towards gender equality in art, it clearly doesn’t go deep enough. How much are males dominating the screen? And are the depictions of a females on screen a fully realized portrayal of a person or a mere stereotype? The Geena Davis Institute’s GD-IQ (Geena Davis Inclusion Quotient) hopes to paint a clearer picture on a film’s gender representation, and urge content creators to fight against their unconscious biases and tell stories that are truly reflective of the world. Read More…

September 26, 2016

Geena Davis Wants to Solve Hollywood’s Gender Gap Problem With New Tech Tool

Actress Geena Davis has a new weapon in her arsenal for her decades-long battle against gender inequality in Hollywood. At a global symposium in New York City on Thursday, she unveiled the Geena Davis Inclusion Quotient (or GD-IQ). The new tool, sponsored by Google and crafted at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering, can track how often women appear on screen, how much they talk and the quality of their dialogue. Read More…

September 24, 2016

Geena Davis on ‘Exorcist’ TV series reboot: We want it to be as ‘life-scarring’ as original

Geena Davis, who stars in the new television series reboot of the classic horror film “The Exorcist,” tells TODAY that the original movie was “life-scarring, and we’re trying to do that to a new generation.” She says she doesn’t have trouble sleeping after working on the show because “we’re just trying to make it so YOU can’t sleep.” She also appears to have no trouble with the world’s hottest tortilla chip (but then again, she is an Oscar-winning actress). Watch Video…

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