So excited October is kicking off with not just one, but two, different celebrations of women’s contribution to film.
Trailblazing Women, a series hosted by Illeana Douglas will profile 47 female directors over nine nights (Tuesdays and Thursdays) this month on TCM. Tonight is the first night, showing shorts directed by Alice Guy-Blache and her film The Ocean Waif, followed by The Blot directed by Lois Weber.
Women in Film – Los Angeles has also started a campaign, 52 Films by Women, enlisting people to watch one female directed film a week for a year (something this blog is currently undertaking!)
We’re fighting the equality battle on many forefronts. In addition to putting more women in the director’s chair, we have to include women in film history. The American Film Institute list of the Top 100 films of all time did not include any films directed by women. Women’s place in film history is one of the areas I’m focused on, not only with this blog, but in my future plans. Currently, I’m applying to PhD programs in film studies. Women in film will be my focus area, with a special focus to change the film education narrative, by bringing more women into the curriculum of film history classes at the college level. I loved my film classes in college, but I do remember we only watched one or two films directed by women over the course of a two semester film survey class. (Niki Caro’s Whale Rider and Jane Campion’s The Piano.)
Brava to both TCM and Women in Film for bringing this issue to the forefront.