Barbara Hammer: Our industry lost a legend this week, pioneering queer experimental filmmaker Barbara Hammer. A recent Vanity Fair interview highlighted the inclusive spirit that was a hallmark of her work: “There is room for everyone.”
Self-Advocacy Skills: Five powerhouse women offer advice on how to advocate for yourself – how to speak up about your needs, seek out allies and champion your own work. It’s key to getting ahead.
Rotten Reviewers: Within hours of Captain Marvel’s release a staggering 58,000 online reviews of tanked its rating on Rotten Tomatoes — leaving the film with an abysmal (and inaccurate) score of around 30%. Armchair critics have made similar efforts with ethnically diverse and female-driven films like the Ghostbusters remake, Black Panther and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Finally, Rotten Tomatoes has taken action – deleting the “want to see” score, disabling comments before a film’s release, and revising the layout; future changes may even include having “verified” reviewers. All this to protect inclusive films from the rage of angry fanboys.
Provincetown Summit: Want to advocate for women in the media and get involved on a grassroots level? The next Women’s Media Summit in Provincetown is March 23rd – attend this weekend to help chart the course of the summit’s future.
Director Disconnect: While the call for diversity in Hollywood is getting more bandwidth than ever, the movement toward inclusion is still not reaching the director’s...READ MORE
Marking the 40th anniversary of the IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project), Sandra Schulberg, IFP founder and a long-time activist on behalf of filmmakers working outside the Hollywood studios, was awarded the Berlinale Camera for her 40 years of service to the field at the EFM (European Film Market). NYWIFT member Heidi Philipsen sat down with Schulberg to reflect on her legacy of film preservation, and how much work is left to be done.READ MORE
Female Grips: The New York Times pays tribute to the few women who work as grips – one of the most grueling and important tasks...READ MORE