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June 09, 2016

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…

June 08, 2016

Geena Davis Producing Documentary on Hollywood’s Gender Inequality

Geena Davis and CreativeChaos vmg are launching a partnership to produce an untitled feature documentary on gender disparity in Hollywood. “I’ve been encouraged by my peers speaking out on gender disparity in recent years, but we still are not seeing the actual number change,” Davis told Variety. “There’s been no real improvement in the number of female roles since 1946 and there’s still a dearth of female directors.” Read More…

June 08, 2016

Geena Davis Set to Executive Produce New Documentary Exploring Unconcious Gender Bias and Misrepresentation of Women in Hollywood

Film To Be Produced In Partnership with The Geena Davis Institute on Gender In Media and Regina K. Scully Artemis Rising Foundation

New York, NY – June 8, 2016 – Today Academy Award®-winning actor and advocate Geena Davis and CreativeChaos vmg announced a partnership to produce a new untitled feature documentary on gender disparity in Hollywood.  Set to direct the film is Tom Donahue, director of the Emmy-nominated HBO feature documentary ‘Casting By,’ which followed the evolution of casting in the film and television industries and raised awareness for the contributions of the casting director.  

The story will be told through the eyes of experts and researchers and using cutting edge data provided by The Geena Davis Institute on Gender In Media, as well as first-person accounts of high-profile actors, executives and artists in the field.  It will take a systemic look at unconscious bias and seek to provide a roadmap for solutions and act as a catalyst for change.

“I’m thrilled to be partnering with Tom Donahue and Regina K. Scully. I’ve been working directly with content creators behind-the-scenes for nearly 10 years,” said Geena Davis. “This documentary will allow us to share what has worked and highlight our successes and impact on the industry.”

The film is being produced by CreativeChaos vmg in association with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, the only research-based organization working behind the scenes in the media and entertainment industry to influence the need to dramatically improve gender balance, reduce stereotyping and create diverse female characters in entertainment targeting children.

“We are elated to have Geena as partner on this project.  She’s been a pioneer on shining the spotlight on the unconscious and conscious bias that forms the foundation of gender inequality in our industry,” said director Tom Donahue.  “Having access to the Institute’s groundbreaking research and data will add an exciting component to the film, helping to shape and guide the message.”

In partnership with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, the film is being produced in association with the Artemis Rising Foundation, founded by three time Emmy award winning and two time Oscar nominated producer Regina K. Scully (‘Anita Hill,’ ‘Miss Representation,’ ‘Invisible War,’ ‘Hunting Ground,’ ‘Fed Up’). The Artemis Rising Foundation has helped launch ground-breaking projects focused on media activism, education reform, and entertainment/arts that transform our culture. 

“I am proud to support both Geena and Tom’s extraordinary work on two of the most important issues of our time, gender parity and mental health,” stated Ms. Scully.

CreativeChaos vmg, a feature film, documentary and television production company, was founded in 2010 by Tom Donahue, Ilan Arboleda and Steve Edwards.  The company focuses on provocative projects that can move the dial on the cultural conversation.  Recent successes include the Emmy-nominated HBO feature documentary, ‘Casting By’ and the feature documentary, ‘Thank You for Your Service,’ which focuses on the continuing mental health crisis in the U.S. military. CreativeChaos is currently in post-production on ‘Santiago Calatrava,’ a documentary on the world-renowned architect (directed by Alexandra Liveris) and Donahue’s latest, ‘A Very Good Year.’

Filming is set to commence in early June. Madeline Di Nonno, Patty Casby and Steve Edwards are also attached as Executive Producers. Ilan Arboleda and Kerianne Flynn are set to produce.

About CreativeChaos vmg:
CreativeChaos vmg is a New York­-based feature film, documentary and television production company. Founded in 2010 by Tom Donahue, Ilan Arboleda and Steve Edwards, CreativeChaos focuses on provocative projects that can move the dial of the cultural conversation. Social disruption is the cornerstone of the company’s work.

About the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media:
The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, at Mt. St. Mary’s University, is the only research-based organization working behind the scenes in the media and entertainment industry to influence the need to dramatically improve gender balance, reduce stereotyping and create diverse female characters in entertainment targeting children. www.seejane.org.

About the Artemis Rising Foundation:
Regina K. Scully is the Founder and CEO of Artemis Rising Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to developing and promoting media, education and the Arts that transform our culture.

June 01, 2016

Smart Snacks with Geena Davis

Last month, we had the pleasure of attending the Bentonville Film Festival, which champions women and diverse voices in media. Our very own Rhea Butcher, co-host of She Said, met up with Geena Davis to talk about the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and how the impact of women in movies like A League of Their Own have inspired countless young girls (including Rhea) to play sports. Read More…

May 27, 2016

Geena Davis On Why Hollywood Is At A Turning Point In Gender Equality

Since Davis’s initial hunch that not all was equal in Hollywood, diversity has become a hot topic in the industry. Last year, the ACLU asked state and federal agencies to investigate the matter. The debate was a cover New York Times magazine story in which leading figures like Lena Dunham and Jill Soloway all spoke about the challenges of being a woman in a male-dominated profession. Read More…

May 24, 2016

19 Things You Might Not Have Known About Thelma & Louise for the Film’s 25th Birthday

Thelma & Louise, which has managed to become both a quintessential girl power and road trip film, turns 25 this year. To help celebrate, we’re taking a look back down the long dusty road that Thunderbird traveled and rounding up some of the best bits of trivia from the iconic film. Watch Video…

May 24, 2016

Watch: 7 Facts You Might Not Know About Thelma & Louise

Thelma & Louise is turning 25! Watch Video…

May 23, 2016

25 years later, Geena Davis reflects on ‘Thelma & Louise’

Directed by Ridley Scott, the road movie (which opened May 24, 1991) follows two women on the run, caught in an outsized misunderstanding with law enforcement. Thelma & Louise was nominated for six Academy Awards and won best screenplay, a prize that went to Nashville creator Callie Khouri. The film ranks No. 24 and No. 78 on the American Film Institute’s lists of the top movie heroes and the most inspiring films of all time, respectively. Read More…

May 19, 2016

Star Wars and CodeGirl to Win Best Portrayals of Leading Women in Tech

“Our research has shown that there is a 15:1 ratio of male to females characters depicted with STEM careers in family films, prime time and children’s TV shows,” said Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media CEO Madeline Di Nonno. “It may take years to achieve actual gender parity in STEM, however in media, we can create an abundance of female characters in STEM overnight. We’re honored to be founding partners with Google and NCWIT of the Reel WIT Awards.” Read More…

May 18, 2016

At Cannes, The Year of the Women

Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis reunited at this year’s Cannes Film Festival some twenty five years after “Thelma & Louise” sparked a feminist firestorm. The film was a box office success, inspired countless think pieces and fierce debate, and scored Oscar nominations for both actresses. But Sarandon lamented that its impact was ephemeral. “Well I don’t think the studios have fallen off their horse and had some kind of epiphany about women in film,” she said. “After Thelma and Louise, they predicted there would be so many films starring women. But it didn’t happen.” Read More…

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