Women Directors

Female directors

It’s no secret that Hollywood is populated by far more male directors than female — and stop right now if you want to argue about that, the numbers back it up, and if you want to turn this into something about how dudes are better at directing, just get out before things get bloody — but while that’s easy enough to say (look: “there are more male directors than female directors”), it’s sometimes more impactful to deliver that message in a handy graphic. Some of us are just visual people, after all, and isn’t that why we like movies so much? Fortunately, the team over at IndieWire’s Women and Hollywood has put together a sleek and simple infographic that takes aim at a seemingly limited range of things — female directors working in the studio system over the past five years — and uses it to illuminate Hollywood’s prevalent problem with gender equality. Here’s just a little sample: over the past five years (the chart covers films released by major studios between 2009 and 2013), just one woman has directed two features. That’s a problem — but is there a little bit of hope buried in all of this apparently bad news? Take a look!

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Women Directors

Several studies and reams of statistics show what’s obvious at a gut level: there aren’t nearly as many women directing movies as men, and there probably aren’t nearly as many women directing as want to be. What are we missing out on as a culture as a result? How do we help to fix the problem? Is there even a problem that we can fix, and if so, how do we each define it? Today on the show we’ll speak with writer/director Beth Schacter about her experiences and how the industry can work toward a truly balanced meritocracy. We’ll also briefly highlight Tangerine Entertainment and speak with Filminism columnist Jenni Miller and Movies.com editor Peter Hall about women directors who’ve earned a bigger spotlight. For more from us on a daily basis, follow Beth (@bethshax), Jenni (@msjennimiller), Peter (@petershall), the show (@brokenprojector), Geoff (@drgmlatulippe) and Scott (@scottmbeggs) on the Twitter. And, as always, we welcome your feedback. Download Episode #14 Directly Or subscribe Through iTunes

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Uber sex-columnist Bethany Perryman takes a break from her usual assortment of tranny-loving, fetish-having columns and commands your attention to talk about something very important: a little girl-on-girl… er, girl-on-film.

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