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This is a fabulous film by Penny Marshall. If you haven’t seen it, do check out this wonderful history of women playing professional baseball during World War II.
Gawd, I love this film. Forget about Tom Hanks, who’s usually a deal killer for me. But the relationships and chemistry between the women on the team, including Geena Davis, Madonna, and Rosie O’Donnell, are just amazing. Plus directed by Penny Marshall. Bonus!
Geena Davis co-founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which advocates for gender diversity both in front of and behind the camera in film and television. So even more appropriate that the film is being shown this month.
If you’re in Indianapolis, you can see the film tonight at the Irvington branch of the public library. Or, just get your own copy from your local library or Netflix and hold your own Directed by Women viewing party!
Alice Buy-Blaché – a woman making history.
This is on my must-watch list this month. Alice Guy-Blaché is regarded as the first female director, and she created more than ONE THOUSAND films in the US and France between 1896 and 1920. According to historian Joan Simon, Guy-Blaché was the first to develop narrative filmmaking, or the idea that the film should be a story with a beginning, middle and end.
She had one of the longest careers of any of the early cinema pioneers, and she was one of the first two female filmmakers to own her own studio
All while raising two daughters.
Talk about girl power.
You can get her films on DVD, or see them September 26th at the Nighthawk Cinema in Brooklyn.
An Australian doc- screening this week, but also available for purchase. Global viewing party anyone? #DirectedbyWomen
There are films showing all over the world as part of the Directed by Women global viewing party. Click the link – they keep adding films EVERY SINGLE DAY.
But this film by Catriona McKenzie caught my eye.
Mr. Patterns is a documentary set in the 1970s at the Aboriginal settlement of Papunya in Australia’s Western Desert, where a teacher named Geoff Bardon helped start one of the most significant art movements of the 20th century by encouraging the community to paint their traditional dot designs using western materials.
It’s playing September 3rd as part of the Museum of Contemporary Art Film Series in Sydney, Australia.
Or you can buy it here.
Shirley Clark’s “The Cool World” is a worthwhile addition to the Directed by Women global screening party.
This documentary-style feature film was directed by American filmmaker Shirley Clarke in 1964. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman served as the film’s producer.
The film was based on a novel by Warren Miller and tells the story of Harlem street gangs.
The Harvard Film Archive said:
Clarke’s marginalized position as a female filmmaker afforded her an authentic, deeply felt outsider/insider view; thus, her subject matter of her films also spotlit the alienated, the oppressed, the othered. Unable to even conform to a “standard” format, Clarke instead inhabited the spaces in between art forms, in between dance and film, documentary and fiction, performance and experience.and later film and video.
Clarke died in 1997.
The Cool World screens September 1 at Fabrica in Brighton in connection with the Bijou Electric Empire Forever.
Why you should be a part of the Directed by Women film festival.
This September is the first-ever Directed by Women film festival – a global viewing party celebrating films directed by women.
Why is this important?
Well, according to the Indiewire’s Women and Hollywood project, from 2009-2013:
- 4.7% of studio films were directed by women
- 10% of independent films were directed by women
So in honor of the event, I’m going to be focusing on women-made films here on the blog, both historical and contemporary.
Check out the Directed by Women tumblr for more about the party.
We’re a part of the Directed by Women global film viewing party happening September 1-15. The party is a worldwide celebration of women-directed films.
We’ll be reposting pages from our other blog here to help raise awareness of the event and give you ideas of films you may want to watch during the month.
But as part of the celebration we’re also offering you a discount on Homefront Heroines. Purchase the DVD from Create Space or get it on demand from Vimeo and we’ll give your 15% off your purchase or rental price. Enter promo code 3MY4J86N. The offer is good through September 15th.
Create Space: https://www.createspace.com/431830
Vimeo on Demand: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/homefrontheroines
Thought you might enjoy some of these. Happy Independence Day!
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