SWOON NYC and RED Digital Cinema teamed up for a curated event bringing together Women & Film.
For years, film consumers have been equally divided male and female, yet gender equality in film industry has not changed. From late 1990s till now, less than one-fifth of top 250 films in the U.S. include female directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers and editors. Women tend to direct lower budgeted / grossing productions than men.
Female empowerment is crucial in the film industry because females are hired more frequently when there are female directors. In female directed films, there are 52% writers, 35% editors, 26% cinematographers while in male directed films, there are only 8% female writers, 15% editors, and 5% cinematographers. Across all boards, only 10% of the film industry employs more than 5, 28% employ 3-5, 23% employ two, and 38% employ zero to one females.
Thematically, there are more female documentary than narrative filmmakers. In narrative films, women are more likely to direct drama and animations than action, horror and sci-fi. In all films, less than about one-tenth of protagonists are female.
Kristina Sorge, Director & Producer
Roxy Toporowych, Director
Nilou Safinya, Producer
Jendra Jarnagin, Cinematographer
Julia Zhou, Creative Producer at Big Spaceship
Bernice is now available to order on iTunes, Vimeo, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, and Xbox after securing distribution with The Orchard.
The gallerist Bernice Steinbaum is an instigator: she’s been described as a “fireball” and “overwhelming” by artists who’ve worked with her. A new documentary by Kristina Sorge goes inside Steinbaum’s tireless and lifelong efforts to champion the work of female artists and artists of color, at a time when their art was considered second-tier.
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Steinbaum devoted her career to both social and artistic causes. The racial and gender inequality of the art world, especially in her early years, bled into hurdles and hardships that not only posed a problem for Steinbaum but also for the artists she resolutely represented. Despite the setbacks, she maintained her belief that, when confronted with obstacles in the art world, “you only need one person to believe in you and that should be magic.”
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The 26th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival showcased 60 of the best contemporary Jewish themed films from around the world.
Date: February 7, 2016
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Bernice headlines the San Diego Jewish Film Festival
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Monday night’s sold-out screening of the short documentary film, Bernice, was the icing on the cake for what turned out to be an incredibly successful festival. The film took home two awards including the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary in addition to the Audience Choice Award for Favorite Film.
Program: Documentary Shorts #1
Date: Sunday, January 17, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm (PST)
Screening Location: Coronado School of the Arts, Black Box Theatre, 650 D Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118
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Read about the launch of the Coronado Island Film Festival in the Hollywood Reporter