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November 06, 2015

Catherine Hardwicke: “Be Fearless and Create Your Own” to Combat Hollywood Sexism

The first annual Women in Entertainment Summit took place at the Arclight Theater in Hollywood Nov. 5, featuring numerous panel discussions and fireside chats about the current state of the distaff half both in the spotlight and behind the scenes. Hosted by Arclight Cinemas’ executive vice president Gretchen McCourt, and featuring key-note speakers actor/activist Geena Davis and Women In Film President Cathy Schulman, the discussion centered not just on facts and figures illuminating gender disparity in Hollywood, but also on ways to combat unconscious bias, mentor the next generation and hold those in power accountable. “Nobody’s under the illusion they’re doing right by female directors,” Institute on Gender in Media head Davis told The Hollywood Reporter. “I think there is a belief that women are not quite as good directors.” Read More…

October 28, 2015

Media images have a huge impact on our perceptions, and on our social and cultural beliefs and behaviors

The first FLO Film Festival organized by FICCI Ladies Organisation(FLO), Mumbai Chapter,the women’s wing of FICCI, today announces a new partnership with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media that will see the Festival host the Institute’s first Global Symposium on Gender in Mediain Mumbai, India inFebruary 2016. Read More…

October 26, 2015

Mumbai Diary: Monday Dossier

It has been announced that Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis’ The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media will partner with FICCI FLO Film Festival this year to increase awareness about gender issues in media, women empowerment and social change. The institute is known to fight against gender disparity in the entertainment industry and aims to increase the visibility of women and put an end to stereotypes. More details about the association of the institute with the film festival will be announced at a press conference at Nehru Centre today. Read More…

October 26, 2015

Bentonville Film Festival adds day, kids activities

The 2016 Bentonville Film Festival will include an extra day, kids’ activities, a diversity and inclusion summit and unique cinema venues. Allagier mentioned a competition where students would rewrite movie scenes and Geena Davis and other actors would perform the parts. That event may be at The Scott Family Amazeum. “This year we want to be more purposeful about creating this educational tract.” Read More…

October 24, 2015

“Suffragette” Director Sarah Gavron on Fixing the Gender Imbalance In Filmmaking

Director Sarah Gavron’s new film, Suffragette, tells the story of the the women’s right-to-vote struggle in Britain at the turn of the century. “I think that, one, it’s about shifting perception and making people aware. What’s interesting is the research that Geena Davis has done (at the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media) really reveals how it’s an unconscious bias a lot of the time and people aren’t even aware.” Read More…

October 21, 2015

Deeds not words: in the spirit of the suffragettes

When I was a young woman, the suffragettes were my heroes. I called my first car, a battered Renault, Emmeline (after Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the British suffragette movement in the early 20th century). I also loved the film Thelma and Louise and its 2 female stars, Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, who defied all the stereotypical ideas of the time about how women should behave. So when the chance came to attend an event where both came together, I couldn’t resist. Read More…

October 21, 2015

Geena Davis Has a Simple Way to Fix the Gender Bias in Hollywood

Geena Davis is a walking, talking font of knowledge and outrage about the representation of women in film. Her Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media has worked tirelessly for eight years to research, shed light on, and engage conversation about inequality in media and entertainment. And while female equality in Hollywood may look as dim as it does in Congress (which, by the way, is currently 19.4 percent in the House and 20 percent in the Senate), Davis—who is planning the second year of this spring’s Bentonville Film Festival, which champions women and diversity in media and guarantees distribution for all its winners—isn’t letting the data get her down. Here, she talks candidly about her agency for change, bolstered by an “impatient optimism.” Read More…

October 20, 2015

TIME – Geena Davis on Inequality in Hollywood: ‘It’s a Big Relief Not to Pretend’

In the not-too-distant past, many women in Hollywood, myself included, felt that we shouldn’t speak out about unfairness in the industry. We tried to put a better angle on it. We said things like “I’m just picky” when there weren’t enough parts for women or “he’s a more established star” when we thought about salary. It’s a big relief not to pretend anymore. Read More…

October 19, 2015

London Film Festival Closes With Well-Received ‘Steve Jobs’ And Femme-Dominated Awards Ceremony

The fest’s awards ceremony was dominated by women filmmakers, a fitting end to an edition that had seen the debate about gender equality dominate from the opening night. Actress Geena Davis gave the keynote address at Global Symposium on Gender in Media, hosted by the LFF in collaboration with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and Women in Film and Television. Read More…

October 16, 2015

The Conversation With Geena Davis, Leading The Charge On Gender Equity In Entertainment

In this signature espnW column, Allison Glock sits down for a candid Q&A with Geena Davis, Academy Award-winning actress, star of several seminal feminist films and founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Read More…

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