Wonder Woman, Warner Brothers new action-adventure blockbuster based on the DC Comics superhero, earned over $100 million in its opening weekend in the US and Canada. Worldwide sales totaled over $225 million. The movie is getting a lot of attention. Not only does it feature a strong female lead role, a rarity in an action adventure movie, the weekend box office totals set a record for a female-directed feature film.
Director, Patty Jenkins’ success with Wonder Woman has renewed conversation about how few female directors get hired in Hollywood.
Not only do women struggle to be taken seriously as would-be directors of male-driven pictures, they aren’t even considered reasonable picks for female-driven dramas, comedies and fantasies. Both Sex and the City movies, all three Divergent films, all four Hunger Games movies and the majority of female-driven comedies you can think of offhand (The Other Woman, The Ugly Truth, etc.) were directed by men. Men are offered the presumption of competence regardless of experience. Women are considered a risk regardless of experience.
When they do get hired, their work is often measured by different standards than men. This has led directors like Ava DuVernay to hire female directors exclusively for her TV show Queen Sugar. Netflix’s hit show, Jessica Jones, will do the same, with a different woman director for each episode in its second season.
The number of women making films and working in all facets of the movie industry is growing steadily. Organizations have appeared to help the women at various stages of their careers. Here is a listing of the best blogs offering a boost to women working in the film business.
The preeminent entertainment industry association for women in New York, NYWIFT brings together over 2,200 women and men working both above and below the line. NYWIFT is part of a network of 40 Women In Film chapters worldwide, representing more than 10,000 members.
Located in one of the country’s leading non-fiction film production centers and at the center of federal, non-profit and non-governmental agencies, WIFV is uniquely positioned to offer its members unsurpassed continuing education offerings and connect them to professional opportunities across the globe.
Women In Film & Television – Toronto accepts members who have made a commitment to work in the industry. WIFT-Toronto welcomes women of every race, ethnicity and ability and at every stage of work and life. Programs and activities are designed to meet the needs of women at every stage of their careers. Member events are entertaining, engaging, purposeful and rewarding.
I couldn’t find a blog here but WIF Los Angeles seems to be the home site for the Women In Film organization. This page has a listing of the WIF chapters in the US, Canada and around the world. Women In Film is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women, encouraging creative projects by women, and expanding and enhancing portrayals of women in all forms of global media.
Hollywood is broken. Especially for women. Women and Hollywood blogs in a unique proactive style to engage filmgoers and filmmakers with news and information highlighting women filmmakers and agitates for increased opportunities for women. On a daily basis, Women and Hollywood sets the standard, defines the conversation, fuels coverage and reinforces messages throughout the specialized and mainstream media to call for gender parity.
Often laugh-out-loud funny, this Tumblr site is an anonymous open blog for all individuals identifying as women who work in film & television. It’s a crazy business, especially for women. Until now, we haven’t had a platform to share some of the let’s call them “unusual” things people have said to us while working. This is for catharsis and to expose some of the absurd barriers women face in the entertainment business. Open to all women in film. Please feel free to submit stories via the anonymous submission box. We’d love to share your story.
Since it’s founding in 2004 the Women’s Film Institute (WFI) has a long history of amplifying the voices of women and girls. WFI is proud to support, promote, and celebrate women’s voices. WFI is a powerful global network dedicated to women’s leadership in the media and 21st-century storytelling. Subscribe to the WFI podcast and listen to informative, compelling and up close and personal conversations from a diverse selection of writers, directors, producers and content creators.
On October 21, 2016, the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Wonder Woman, that character was designated by the United Nations as its Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls, a gesture intended to promote gender equality and empowerment of women and girls. In attendance to mark the occasion was director Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman actresses Gal Gadot and Lynda Carter, DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson, and U.N. Under-Secretary-General Cristina Gallach.
Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, past credits include the crime drama Monster (2003), which she wrote and directed. Monster starred Charlize Theron in the role of serial killer Aileen Wuornos, a former prostitute executed in 2002 for killing six men.