After 11 years of working in television and film roles as the thankless girlfriend, wife, or best friend, actress Lake Bell finally figured out a way to put women front and center. Bell worked on a feature script for several years and her agent suggested she should direct it, too. But Bell said she felt … Continue reading 52 Weeks of Directors: Lake Bell
Many of Mira Nair’s films often portray characters who are split between two cultures—Mississippi Masala, The Perez Family, Monsoon Wedding, and The Namesake—and through these films, she’s been credited with bringing Indian film and culture to America. Born in 1957 in Rourkela, India, Nair grew up with her parents and two older brothers. Nair’s family … Continue reading 52 Weeks of Directors: Mira Nair
In the years since September 11, several films dealing with the war in Iraq have been released—The Hurt Locker being the most notable—but few focus on the war in Afghanistan and even fewer still have a female service member as the main character, but that’s the premise of Ft. Bliss, a film by Claudia Myers. … Continue reading 52 Weeks of Directors: Claudia Myers
We may already be three weeks into 2015, but with the release of new statistics on women in Hollywood, specifically the percentage of women directing, it felt like a good time for this post and the undertaking of a new project. It’s no secret that the statistics for women in film are dismal, but it’s … Continue reading 2015: 52 Weeks of Directors
Do TV honchos finally get that women watch TV? No more dumb comedies about dads this season. (Although dumb comedies never seem to go away.) But this season, for the first time in recent history (possibly ever), each broadcast network has at least one night where the majority of the line-up have shows with lead … Continue reading Ladies’ Hour: It’s About Time, TV Land
Despite the buzz around the usual suspects—Mad Men and Breaking Bad—last night’s Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live seemed to be coming up ladies. Even though the show was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris—who seems to be taking on one too many hosting duties—Amy Poehler and Tina Fey started the night out on a good … Continue reading Who Run the Emmys? Women.
It seems like Lake Bell is everywhere lately. NPR, The Daily Show, etc. Most recently she’s in our faces—in all her glory—on the cover of New York Magazine. She has written and directed a film, In a World, about a woman, Carol (played by Bell), who is trying to break into the male-dominated world of trailer voice … Continue reading Lake Bell poses nude on cover of New York