Supporting creative work by women
Last week, The Huffington Post, among other outlets, announced that Sundance Institute and Women in Film joined forces to track the careers and opportunities for female filmmakers at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
The theater world has the 50/50 in 2020 initiative, of which Works by Women is a part, to work for equal opportunities and pay for women working in theater by 2020. This grassroots effort began two years ago when studies showed alarming numbers, namely that less than 20% of plays on the American stage are written and/or directed by women.
The Huffington Post notes that “only 5 percent of the top 250 films last year were directed by women.” Not a promising outlook.
On the brigther side, the second annual The Athena Film Festival opens in New York City next week. As a production of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College and Women and Hollywood, the festival will feature nearly 30 films as well as conversations with filmmakers February 9 – 12, 2012. For the full schedule and tickets, visit the festival’s web site.