Supporting creative work by women
Everyone Is Talking About: Jessica Williams‘ (pictured left) speech at the Women’s March down Main Street in Park City, Utah. Her powerful words were lauded by many, including Vulture, Blavity, and The Mary Sue. Also, read this terrific profile on Williams, and the film, The Incredible Jessica James, that she stars in at Sundance via The Daily Beast.
How to Keep the Momentum Going: Gothamist put together a cheat sheet for ways to continue supporting women, post-march.
Arts Funding: The National Endowment for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Humanities are on the chopping block, according to The Hill. The new presidential administration plans to strike them from the federal budget. I’ve been involved with two organizations–a small theater in New York City and a prison playwriting program in small town Kentucky–that received NEA grants, which were absolutely vital to both groups. These grants make a huge difference in culture programming throughout the United States. Here’s a great website–http://www.neafunded.us/–that lists all the great art the NEA funded in 2016.
Deals: According to Women and Hollywood, three films for and by women–Novitiate, Fun Mom Dinner and The Big Sick–have made a splash, landing deals. Read more here.
Welcome to Women’s World: BroadwayWorld.com launched a monthly column about women in theater, written by Lauren Yarger. Read it here.
Opportunity: The Filmshop in New York is accepting applications to its Spring 2017 Workshop, which runs weekly from February 20th through June 5th. You must have a film project that you need to workshop in order to apply. For full details, click here.