It’s true — women do direct films.
“But,” you’re thinking to yourself, “Exactly where are
these films? Certainly not at my multiplex.” Unfortunately,
that may be true as well; after all, roughly a mere 5 percent of Hollywood
features are directed by women. It’s important, then, to show
support whenever we can in the hopes that someday there will be true
equality behind the camera. Visiting Movies by Women to
learn more and, of course, getting your butt to the theater to see these
movies are two good ways to help.
My butt (and the rest of me as well,
actually) will be at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles tonight for
the 3rd Annual Focus on Female Directors,
an entire evening’s worth of short films directed by women.
American Cinematheque promises “the work of industry heavyweights,
cinema pioneers, actresses-turned-directors, festival darlings, and
the brightest stars emerging from film school.”
Tonight’s roster includes In the
Spotlight, directed by Hilary Goldberg (Render: Spanning
Time With Ani DiFranco) and Room 10, the reportedly very
strong directorial debut of Jennifer Aniston.
screenwriter Andrea Buchanan, Room 10 was originally part
of Glamour Magazine’s Reel Moments short film series. Say,
wouldn’t it be something if Aniston got attention for her work
rather than her relationships? I know, I know … it seems
unlikely. But then, I’ve always been one to hitch my wagon to
The longest film of the evening clocks
in at 18 minutes, so even the most … er, attentionally-challenged
among us can stay planted for the duration. There’ll be a
Macy Gray video, a film starring Robin Wright Penn, a film
starring Guinevere Turner, a discussion with filmmakers Goldberg,
Michelle Hung (Chinese Dumplings) and Mariam Jobrani
(The Fighting Cholitas) … and it’s all in support of
a worthy cause. Maybe someday soon female directors won’t need
a single, special evening — nor will they need to be labeled “female
directors”. They’ll just, you know, exist.
Visit American Cinematheque’s
website for more info.