The 2nd Sex and the 7th Art: Women Directors in Film
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|And yet another exciting piece of news! A new central character for the documentary. One of my interview subjects, Lauren Tracy (pictured at left), is directing her first feature Sweet Desert Palm. I will be following her through the process and interspersing the incredible interviews I've conducted thus far with her experiences. Find a link below to her trailer.|
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Women have been directing films in the United States since the beginning of the industry. In the nineteen teens Lois Weber was one of the highest paid directors in Hollywood, male or female. However, in mainstream culture much is made of how few female directors there are and little is known of their place in history - and even their triumphs in contemporary culture. Making movies is a challenging endeavor but there are challenges still specific to gender, hopefully that is changing. This year, for the first time in history, fifty percent of the narrative films in competition at Sundance were directed by women. By following Lauren through the making of her film Sweet Desert Palm I hope to elucidate some of the challenges and the changing landscape of movie making for women while also hearing the voices of other women who have succeeded in making movies despite directing being a male dominated field.