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Here's the latest on the Institute and Geena Davis.

October 02, 2015

Geena Davis So Not Into a Thelma & Louise Remake: “Leave It the Hell Alone!”

Hollywood sure loves a remake. And it seems like every couple of months we’re hit with another rumor that producers are looking to remake Thelma & Louise. That doesn’t sit well with Geena Davis, who starred alongside Susan Sarandon in the 1991 film. Read More…

September 29, 2015

Why Thelma & Louise Was Really Frustrating For Geena Davis

Ridley Scott’s 1991 film Thelma and Louise will surely go down in history as one of the great female empowerment films. Stars Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon were given bold, strong, take-action characters to sink their teeth into, and the result is a fantastic and unfortunately rare bit of woman-led entertainment. But while most of the movie-going world reflects back on the movie positively, part of Geena Davis’ reaction is sadly dedicated to frustration, as it never actually sparked the start of a significant feminist wave in Hollywood – despite a lot of conversation on the matter. Read More…

September 28, 2015

Geena Davis slams Hollywood’s gender inequality: ‘It’s frustrating’

Actress Geena Davis has spoken of how “frustrating” she finds gender inequality in the media and film industries. Davis, who played Thelma Dickinson in 1991 feminist hit Thelma & Louise, said that despite playing some iconic female roles, none of the films she has appeared in have made a change. Read More…

September 28, 2015

Geena Davis: ‘After Thelma & Louise, people said things would improve for women in film. They didn’t’

Geena Davis is tall, very tall. In her bare feet, she reaches 6ft. Today, she is wearing 5in wedge heels and towers over everyone in the near vicinity. Davis has long made it her mission to ensure women occupy more space in a notoriously sexist business. The film industry has never been an equal opportunities employer. Read More…

September 23, 2015

Girl Power: Awesome female characters for kids!

In September, YouTube Kids and the Geena Davis Institute teamed up to produce a series of playlists curated by Geena Davis with a kid-friendly focus on gender bias and diversity in the media. First in line: Girl Power, featuring strong female characters for kids. Playlists kick off with custom introductions from Geena herself and cover genres and interests from animated cartoons to read-aloud stories with female heroines. Watch Videos…

September 20, 2015

Muhammad Ali awards mix glamour, activism

The harrowing story of a Congolese human rights activist charged the room with emotion Saturday night as the Third Annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards were presented in Louisville. Geena Davis, co-star of “Thelma & Louise” with Susan Sarandon, is a women’s advocate who was honored as Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year. Read More…

September 09, 2015

Geena Davis, Adrien Brody to be Feted at San Diego Film Festival

Adrien Brody and Geena Davis are set receive awards for their creative work at the San Diego Film Festivals’s Night of the Stars Tribute ceremony. For her pursuit of gender equality in film, through the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, Davis will receive the Reframed Humanitarian Award, an accolade created in partnership with her Thelma and Louise co-star, Susan Sarandon. Read More…

August 28, 2015

Bentonville Film Festival will return for second year

With a turnout of over 37,000 and 50 filmmakers last year, we are proud to say The Bentonville Film Festival will be returning for its second run May 3-8, 2016! Read More…

August 27, 2015

Bentonville Film Festival to Offer More Diversity in 2016, Says Geena Davis

Academy Award winner and women’s rights activist Geena Davis is bringing her message of diversity in media back to Arkansas for the second annual Bentonville Film Festival (BFF), taking place May 3-8, 2016, in the art-soaked city-cum-global headquarters of fest founding sponsor Walmart. Presenting sponsor Coca-Cola will also return to help shepherd the festival, with Arc Entertainment and AMC Theaters acting as co-hosts. Read More…

July 17, 2015

Female Filmmakers Initiative Resource Map

Sundance Institute and Women in Film launched an amazing and comprehensive resource for female filmmakers which includes the Institute’s research. Read More…

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