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Women in Independent Film Report Shows Stagnation in Hiring

The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, led by Executive Director Dr. Martha Lauzen, has released a new study title "Women In Independent Film," which demonstrates that though women directors fared better in the independent realm than with major studios this year, the percentage of women behind the camera is "stagnant." Lauzen said that despite the marked improvement over studio features, women are "not close to achieving parity in the independent realm." The recent increased awareness of the gender disparity in Hollywood has not yet translated to actual change.

According to the report, women account for 28% of all directors working in indie film during the past year, a five-point increase over 2014-15 and slightly below the historical high of 29% in 2011-12. Additionally, women make up 35% of documentary directors and 19% of narrative features. These statistics are a great improvement over the 9% of women who directed the top-grossing films of 2015. The study also illustrates that hiring women directors also increases other behind-the-scenes work by women; if a project has at least one female director, women account for 77% of writers, 43% of editors, and 20% of cinematographers.

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