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Do Female Director’s fair better in features? Nah

Posted by Rena Sternfeld on April 14, 2016 in The search |

In this article, you can find why there are so few women directing features. http://www.vulture.com/2015/07/how-hollywood-discriminates-female-filmmakers.html Tweet This Post

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Female Directors – Are we There Yet?

Posted by Rena Sternfeld on April 14, 2016 in The search |

    Well, it looks like the ACLU letter about female director’s employment was exactly what was needed. We wanted to rattle the industry. We did. We wanted to open it wide and drain the abscess. We opened it wide, but the drainage is yet to come. My dear friend, Maria Geise, showed us the way and did […]

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Posted by Rena Sternfeld on April 6, 2016 in The search |

A dear friend wrote this post about her experience in trying to mount a feature production. Read it and weep. I’m a Lilly – And You’re Probably One Too: All Women Face Gender Discrimination   Tweet This Post

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Why is The DGA Included in the ACLU Letter About Women Directors

Posted by Rena Sternfeld on May 23, 2015 in The search |

So, the DGA is mad about being included in the ACLU letter. “The ACLU has made no effort to contact the DGA concerning the issues raised in its letters. The ACLU’s assertions reflect this lack of investigation as to the Guild, and ignore its efforts to combat discrimination against women directors and to promote the […]

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The ACLU Takes Action

Posted by Rena Sternfeld on May 12, 2015 in The search |

After many conversations, phone calls, meetings, statistics and more statistics, the ACLU of Southern California is taking action. You can read the whole article in the NYT here, and the full letter here Tweet This Post

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The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women on the Top 250 Films of 2014

Posted by Rena Sternfeld on January 15, 2015 in The search |

by Martha M. Lauzen, Ph.D. Copyright © 2015 – All rights reserved. _________________________________ In 2014, women comprised 17% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 (domestic) grossing films. This is the same percentage of women working in these roles in 1998 (see Figure 1). Women accounted for […]

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2015 Oscar nominations show lack of diversity in a year when films didn’t

Posted by Rena Sternfeld on January 15, 2015 in The search |

Here is another article from The Washington Post “Instead, as photographs of the nominees flashed behind the announcers, what emerged was a depressingly monochrome, uni-gendered visual tableau — reflecting the statistical realities of a steadfastly un-diverse industry. On Tuesday, Martha Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film […]

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DGA Five-Year Study of First-Time Directors in Episodic Television Shows Women and Minority Directors Face Significant Hiring Disadvantage at Entry Level

Posted by Rena Sternfeld on January 15, 2015 in The search |

DGA First-Time Episodic Directors Study January 8, 2015 Los Angeles – The Directors Guild of America today issued the results of a five-year analysis of the gender and ethnic diversity of first-time directors on scripted series. In the five-year period studied (2009-2010 through 2013-2014 television seasons), 479 directors received their first assignment in episodic television. […]

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“With A Smile”

Posted by Rena Sternfeld on July 21, 2014 in The search |

  A genuine man left us. James Garner.     When he was asked by Barbara Walters how he would like to be remembered, he answered “With a smile”. Just a mensch that made it a pleasure to be on the set for 12-16 hours a day. I heard it  from a 1st AD who was there, […]

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Another Open Letter from a Female TV Director

Posted by Rena Sternfeld on July 17, 2014 in The search |

This time from my friend Rachel Feldman. The fight to be recognized and employed continues. This article has a little bit more information about what is really going on inside the television and movie business and why female TV directors are so rarely employed. An excellent open letter to showrunners who are at the neck […]

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