I generally stick to fiction – you won’t find a lot of posts about documentaries here. That’s about to change.
The last few weeks were challenging. I have looked at this blog on numerous occasions and thought, NO – I can’t. Going back to #31DaysofHorror feels wrong, in light of the real world horror I and so many others feel after the results of this election.
On the other hand, maybe you don’t feel bad about it at all. There are those of you who will call me a “special little snowflake” and tell me to “buck up, buttercup,” because this is reality. This is who won. Donald Trump is the next President of the United States.
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Another month has passed, Fall is officially in full swing, and you know what time it is – time for October new releases!
It feels like just yesterday (it was only a couple of weeks ago) that I was hammering out TWO separate lists to cover September’s offerings in film and television. This month is a little less crazy, but no less full in terms of offerings from female creators.
I met Rebekah Suellau – writer, director, and now producer, of Kept Woman – in film school. She directed my very first piece of theatre. We wrote screenplays, met for tea, and learned (then forgot) how to run electric on a film set together.
When I learned that Rebekah would be bringing Kept Woman, a play I first read more than four years ago, to an Off-Broadway stage this fall, I was floored. That’s no small feat. I called to talk more about it (as one does when your friend announces her anywhere-near-Broadway debut).
What follows is our conversation about Kept Woman.
Edited for length, and also clarity (but definitely not language – #sorrynotsorry).
My hope is that, although I normally cover film on this blog, you’ll see the parallels between crafting a work for the stage and for the screen. And also, that you’ll see this group of women creating a work of art together, and be inspired by it.
Yes, you heard me right – there were TOO MANY female directed (written, directed, produced, you name it) projects to list in one post this month. Enter the Fall Television special – wherein we list every bit of tv programming created by women in September.
It’s a big task (YES!), but somebody’s gotta do it.
This month is so loaded with new work from women writers and directors, in fact, that I’ve been forced to split September new releases into TWO posts: one for film and one for television.
That’s Bad-Ass. And unprecedented for this list.
Much of this has to do with the Fall TV schedule – you’ll see when the special Fall television edition goes up tomorrow. But this shouldn’t discount the TEN films coming out this month that are the product of women filmmakers.
Is that enough? Not in my opinion. Is it an improvement over the somewhat desolate summer months? Hell yes.
When I think August, I think END OF SUMMER. That’s a frightening thought. So let’s think AUGUST NEW RELEASES instead, shall we?
What’s The Women to Watch List?
I started this project all the way back in May. Three months later and I’m both surprised and not surprised. Surprised, because there are SO MANY movies and television shows I would not have thought to watch (or even known were premiering), that are the product of women in the film industry. Not surprised, because (as you’ll see with these August new releases) there just aren’t enough.
I premiered this monthly series back in May as a means to an end. An end to not knowing how few feature films are written and directed by women each year; to missing some of the best female created series on television; to just not knowing what the hell to watch.
Why not get all the work in one place and help support these women filmmakers, writers, and show-runners?
And so here we are. June’s list was heavy on the television. July is nicely balanced, with more to offer on the theatrical front. I’m very pleased to see two major studio productions (Absolutely Fabulous and Ghostbusters) with huge female influences.
A systemic, deep-set, unacceptable, not-so-small problem. Women filmmakers – where are they? Do they exist? Are they all on some secret retreat writing, planning, getting ready to release their work into the world on a historic day called THE DAY WOMEN FINALLY TAKE OVER THE WORLD?
Probably not (but I’ve still got my fingers crossed).
I read some sad statistics earlier in the week that unfortunately only fueled my frustration.
Out of every big studio film released in Hollywood in 2015, only 9% were directed by women filmmakers.
9%! 9. fucking. percent.
Independent film doesn’t fare much better considering it has “independent,” and therefore the illusion of freedom in the title – documentary filmmakers are 35% female, and only 19% working on narrative film (stats from Number of Women Indie Filmmakers Stagnant – by Brent Lang, Variety).