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Geena Davis, Callie Khouri and Mimi Polk Gitlin Talk Thelma & Louise at 20

Geena Davis, Callie Khouri and Mimi Polk Gitlin Talk Thelma & Louise at 20
The Academy celebrated the 20th anniversary of Thelma & Louise August 25th by screening a splendid new print of the iconic Ridley Scott movie that turned the traditional buddy movie on its head. I moderated a Q & A with Geena Davis, Callie Khouri and producer Mimi Polk Gitlin afterwards; highlights can be found here. Mainly, they admitted that things have not changed a whole lot for women in Hollywood. (Trailer is below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 31, 2011 5:29 AM
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Oh The (Female) Horror! Viscera Film Festival Launches in LA

Oh The (Female) Horror! Viscera Film Festival Launches in LA
The Viscera Film Festival, featuring horror shorts made by femme directors, launches this weekend in Los Angeles. Running the gamut from hard-to-watch gross-out gore to slowly suspenseful, this festival proves that “women can be just as twisted, emotionally grinding, terror-inducing and splatter spewing as men," states the Viscera Fest.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 13, 2011 7:47 AM
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Cholodenko Hosts AFI Directing Workshop for Women Showcase

The AFI has long supported fattening the ranks of working women directors--still too thin--with its Directing Workshop for Women. Cari Beauchamp covered Monday night's showcase of recent grads, hosted by Lisa Cholodenko.Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids are All Right) opened Monday's AFI showcase at the DGA Theatre and soon had the audience laughing with the tales of serving as an assistant at AFI in the early 90s. She claimed she was totally inept at her job, but used the opportunity to thoroughly study the resumes and proposals of all the applicants to the DWW to learn how to “present” herself, Having learned her lessons well, she got into Columbia where she earned her MFA and was off and running.
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • May 11, 2011 12:11 PM
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How Rookie Director Tadjedin Made Miramax/Tribeca's Last Night, Starring Knightley

How Rookie Director Tadjedin Made Miramax/Tribeca's Last Night, Starring Knightley
Last Night is a high-profile test of new indie distributor-on-the-block Tribeca Films' video-on-demand model. Screening April 25 at the Tribeca Film Festival following its Toronto Fest debut, the movie was released on VOD on April 20, opening night of the Fest, and will open theatrically in limited situations on May 6. (Caryn James likes it. Trailer is below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 25, 2011 8:00 AM
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Gender Imbalance in Media, Geena Davis, Broken Models of Masculinity & Femininity

Gender Imbalance in Media, Geena Davis, Broken Models of Masculinity & Femininity
In December we applauded Geena Davis's Institute on Gender in Media, which she founded after having a daughter in 2004 and became aware of how growing girls are represented and hypersexualized on screen, long before they have to confront the issue of how grown women are shown. Davis was astonished by the institute's research results -- upon which all of her comments are based: “I was absolutely floored to see that the same kind of imbalance and unfairness that exists in movies made for the general populace was also in these movies made for the very youngest kids.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 12, 2011 7:19 AM
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Anna Faris and Women at the Movies: Not a Pretty Picture

In last week's issue of The New Yorker, Tad Friend cleverly uses a profile of comedienne Anna Faris ("Funny Like a Guy") as a way to examine the woeful state of women's roles in Hollywood today. He interviews Stacey Snider, Amy Pascal, Judd Apatow and others as he attempts to understand why Hollywood, dominated by men, so demeans and discourages smart movies by and about women.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 11, 2011 6:19 AM
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Women in Film LA Announces 2011 Crystal + Lucy Awards Honorees, Including Bening and Holmes

Women in Film LA Announces 2011 Crystal + Lucy Awards Honorees, Including Bening and Holmes
Women in Film's 2011 Crystal + Lucy Awards honorees are listed below. WIF LA honors the industry's most "creative, dynamic and forceful" women, and will throw a gala fundraiser on June 16 in their honor and in support of WIF LA's educational and philanthropic programs. Says new WIF LA president, Cathy Shulman: "Each of these women has made a genuine impact.  Collectively, as leaders in every aspect of their lives, professionally and philanthropically, they stand as shining examples to men and women throughout the entertainment industry that achieving everything is possible.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 5, 2011 9:24 AM
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State of Women in Film, Elizabeth Taylor's Advice for Millennial Women, Miss Representation Trailer

Older women are not happy with their depiction on film, says the latest survey from the UK Film Council (which is itself "on the verge of closure," points out The Guardian). Of the survey's findings, 61% of women between 50 and 70 are unhappy at being portrayed as not having sexual needs or desires, while seven in ten feel their demographic is under-represented and younger women are glamorized.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 28, 2011 8:45 AM
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SXSW Video: Catherine Hardwicke Talks Red Riding Hood, Twilight, Women in Hollywood

SXSW Video: Catherine Hardwicke Talks Red Riding Hood, Twilight, Women in Hollywood
Women directors really do have a tough time. So many factors work against them, no matter how successful they are, in terms of what the powers that be will let them do. Big-budget action films? Mimi Leder and Kathryn Bigelow are among the few who have been allowed into that club. Back in the day when Renny Harlin and Rachel Talalay both directed hit horror sequels, he got a career and she didn't. Even after Twilight, Hardwicke couldn't land the gig directing The Fighter, which went to a director, David O. Russell, who had been in movie jail. It's a boys' club, one in which failure for women is not tolerated. After she turned down the Twilight sequel because it was on a fast track and she wanted more time, Hardwicke tried to make Hamlet with Emile Hirsch, but has yet to raise the money.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 13, 2011 12:31 PM
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Women In Film's Film Finishing Fund in its 26th Year: Now Accepting Applications

The Women in Film Foundation's Film Finishing Fund is accepting applications now through April 29 for cash grants and production services for films by, for and about women. Founded in 1985, the WIFF FFF has given more than $2 million in cash and in-kind services to some 170 films. For the third year, Netflix is sponsoring the fund and offering distribution consultation in addition to the cash prizes. According to Netflix's Content Acquisition VP Cindy Holand, "WIF is a critical force behind the success of some of Hollywood’s most innovative minds."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 2, 2011 4:58 AM
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