News Archive

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

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…

June 25, 2015

Geena Davis Institute selected as one nonprofit to receive Cannes Lions proceeds

The Cannes Lions festival had a new award this year called “Glass Lion: The Lion for Change” that celebrates campaigns that highlight gender inequality and the Cannes Lions plans to donate all proceeds from the entry fees and put them back into a program that promotes and enables the creation of a more gender-neutral media landscape. The Geena Davis Institute has been selected as one of the nonprofits who can be awarded up to 87,000 Euros! If you are attending the event, please vote for us as it’s only open to those of you attending the conference. Read More…

June 13, 2015

Students Create Cartoon Characters to Raise Awareness of Gender Stereotypes

Fair Haven – Students in grades 1 – 5 from across Monmouth County were invited to submit their original drawings and stories into the “If You Can See It, You Can Be It!” contest. Small Factory Productions, an Emmy winning visual arts and media studio for kids and young adults, developed the contest in partnership with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media sponsored by the Friendship Train Foundation, to bring awareness to gender stereotypes in children’s media and entertainment. Read More…

June 13, 2015

Geena Davis Gives Voice to Girl Power on ‘Annedroids’

When it comes to empowering young women, Geena Davis doesn’t kid around. The Oscar-winning actress was so disturbed by the lack of female characters in movies and on TV that in 2007, she founded The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media (read more about it here). Now she’s using her star power to bring attention to Season 2 of Amazon’s tech-themed kids’ series Annedroids. Read More…

May 14, 2015

Bentonville Film Festival pushes diversity message from year one

The first Bentonville Film Festival is a little festival with big aspirations and deep pockets. The aspirations come from Geena Davis — or, more precisely, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, a research-based advocacy group that tackles issues of gender inequality and stereotyping, particularly in family-oriented movies and TV. Read More…

May 11, 2015

Geena Davis’ Inaugural Bentonvillle Film Fest Promotes Femme Filmmakers and Diversity in Media

Bentonville, Arkanasas, a sleepy, tree-lined city that exudes a Norman Rockwell-esque vibe but whose citizenry is primarily made up of Walmart employees, morphed into a professional powerhouse of female filmmakers, artists and media gurus May 5-9 for the first annual Bentonville Film Festival, co-founded by Trevor Drinkwater and Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media and sponsored by Walmart and Coca-Cola. Read More…

IF SHE CAN SEE IT, SHE CAN BE IT