In a World

‘Short Term 12,’ ‘In A World,’ and Athena

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Local film festivals have proliferated in recent years–every city and town seems to want its own Sundance and my city is no exception: every spring it has a well-respected, week-long independent film festival with celebrity appearances and panels. But well-publicized festivals focusing on women don’t seem to be part of this trend. In the 90s women in the arts, not just film, seemed to finally be given a chance to do their own work and tell their own stories. In the era of ‘Thelma and Louise,’ women taking up a more equitable piece of the pie in filmmaking (as well as in writing books and in the visual arts) seemed inevitable. In the 21st century we seem to be going backward: the percentage of women making films has dropped since 2012 so we’re overdue for a festival like Athena: “a celebration of women and leadership.”

“I’ll Have the Car Drive Faster Over the Cliff” and Other Lessons from the 2014 Athena Film Festival

The Panel

My entry point to this area is my interest in creating media that highlights women of color, queer people, its intersection, and other types of characters not often seen on screen. People who aren’t lawyers or in advertising. People who wear the same sweater more than once. People who don’t fit into prefab boxes. My conviction about the need for more diverse content won’t ever falter, but hearing truths from women working in the field is, unfortunately, a downer. While representation of women remains a glaring issue, it’s in the creation of stories and characters where we continue to see problems.

Top Ten Reasons Why I Am Thankful for Lake Bell’s ‘In a World’

Movie poster for In a World … This is a guest post by Molly McCaffrey. 1) Number one and most important of all, I’m thankful this movie was written and directed by a woman and that it’s a story about a strong, smart, interesting woman. Director and screenwriter Lake Bell at the Sundance Film Festival […]

Bitch Flicks’ Weekly Picks

Girls on Film: How women were written out of film history by Monika Bartyzel at The Week An Open Letter to Joss Whedon: I’m Not Asking for More Female Superheroes, I’m Demanding Them by Celeste Mora and xoJane New Film In a World… Gives Winning Voice to, Well, Women’s Voices by Andi Zeisler at Bitch […]

Bitch Flicks Weekly Picks

Girls on Film: How women were written out of film history by Monika Bartyzel at The Week An Open Letter to Joss Whedon: I’m Not Asking for More Female Superheroes, I’m Demanding Them by Celeste Mora and xoJane New Film In a World… Gives Winning Voice to, Well, Women’s Voices by Andi Zeisler at Bitch […]