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October 12, 2015

ArcLight Cinemas to Launch Women in Entertainment Summit

Theater chain ArcLight Cinemas will launch the inaugural ArcLight Presents Women in Entertainment Summit, set to take place at the Hollywood Dome on November 5. ArcLight’s first venture into live programming will be hosted by the privately owned company’s Executive Vice President Gretchen McCourt and will feature keynotes from actress Geena Davis, founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and Cathy Schulman, President of Women in Film. Read More…

October 11, 2015

Geena Davis Smacks Hollywood In the Jaw: ‘Give Women More Clothes to Wear!’

Academy award-winner Geena Davis wasn’t messing around when she gave her speech at the Global Symposium on Gender in Media. The 59-year-old actor, known for her roles in such hits as “A League of Their Own,” “Thelma and Louise,” and “The Accidental Tourist” (for which she won an Oscar), explained how Hollywood is hurting families and children—because of how it represents women. ““Women are seriously under-represented in almost every sector of society across the world. I want reaching parity in films to seem fun and easy and creative. Give female characters more to do, more to say, greater aspirations…give them more clothes!” Read More…

October 09, 2015

Geena Davis predicts ‘historic’ rise in number of female film characters

Hollywood is poised to make “historic” improvements in the number of female characters in films within 10 years, the actor Geena Davis has predicted, after decades in which the comparatively low numbers of women and girls onscreen have not risen. The Oscar-winning actor told the Guardian she was very confident that filmgoers would notice differences in mainstream Hollywood movies within the next few years, in part thanks to work she has done lobbying producers and directors to include increased numbers of less cliched female characters in their films. Read More…

October 07, 2015

Liza Donnelly – Stop looking at women’s magazines and call me in the morning

Liza Donnelly, cartoonist for the New Yorker, shares her cartoons with us. See this week’s cartoon…

October 06, 2015

London Film Festival: Why 2015 is the year for strong women

The BFI London Film Festival, which kicks off on Wednesday this week, has proudly declared 2015 ‘the year of the strong woman’. Now in its 59th year, the festival has a rich history of diversity, showcasing progressive and challenging cinematic perspectives from all around the world. This year alone it will screen over 240 films from 72 countries. If there’s one corner of the film industry that’s going to bring an issue such as gender equality to the forefront, it’s surely the LFF. But make no mistake; it remains an industry that’s undoubtedly male-dominated. As festival director Clare Stewart tells me, the year of the strong woman looks to redress the balance. Read More…

October 06, 2015

Geena Davis Makes Women the Center of Attention With Her Institute

When Geena Davis’ daughter was a toddler, the Academy Award-winning actress noticed something unsettling about the content of children’s programming that her little girl was watching. “There were very few female characters in these series and films for kids,” Davis says. “Whenever I’d bring up this point to producers or studio executives, every single one of them would say, ‘No, that’s been fixed and we helped fix it.’ And then they would name a movie with one single female character in it — one. A vast majority of the people making (these shows) are unaware that there are so few female characters made for kids.” Read More…

October 06, 2015

As one person says in the excellent documentary Miss Representation, “the media is the message and the messenger.” For most of us it requires quite a bit of work to unravel those messages – to get a grasp on just what the messengers are doing at the moment, and then, maybe to consider how to change them. Luckily there are plenty of others who are both clear-sighted and proactive, like Madeline Di Nonno – the CEO of See Jane, an organization set up by actor Geena Davis (she of Thelma and Louise fame) to look at gender inequality in films and TV. With a mix of research projects, education resources and an increasing number of events, they’re provoking big conversations. Read More..

October 05, 2015

Geena Davis lands movie role as Jon Hamm’s daughter

Geena Davis, 59, has been cast as the daughter of Jon Hamm, 44, in new indie movie “Marjorie Prime.” The “sci-fi dramedy” follows an elderly woman, played by 84-year-old Lois Smith, who interacts with a holographic re-creation of her husband as he looked at a younger age. “We may have met at all those glamorous celebrity parties I go to,” joked Davis when asked if she knew Hamm before landing the role “over the phone.” ­Read More…

October 05, 2015

Geena Davis ‘Would Love’ to Be in ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel

Geena Davis is known for a slew of iconic roles, including (if not especially) Thelma in Thelma & Louise, Dottie Henson in A League of Their Own, and her Academy Award-winning turn as Muriel Pritchett in The Accidental Tourist. But, this being October and all, there’s one movie of hers in particular that’s fresh in our minds: Beetlejuice. Read More…

October 03, 2015

London Film Festival Turns Spotlight on Gender Equality

The Institute is excited to launch its first international Global Symposium on Gender in Media in partnership with BFI London Film Festival on Oct. 8th. Read More…