The Athena List And Why It Matters

Thanks to the brilliant Ava DuVernay, who tweeted this:

That link is to Time Magazine and an article about the inaugural Athena List. In case you haven’t heard of it (which I hadn’t until today), it is a list that has grown out of the Athena Film Festival comprised of 3-5 screenplays that feature a strong female protagonist. All the scripts on the list (at least for the current year) are based on true stories and the lives of real women. I don’t really know of the people or scripts involved, nor the methodology of how these particular screenplays were chosen.

And you know what? I don’t care.

I don’t care who’s on the list or why some great script isn’t on it or my great script isn’t on it. I am just really, very happy that this list exists. And I’m excited to see whatever comes of it.

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Show Of Hands: Yet Another Depressing Infographic, Anyone?

Sorry if this graphic renders huge but, hey, it`s worth seeing. In glorious, depressing detail.

The shocker for me was that Lena Dunham was the first woman honored by the DGA. It`s the 21st century and, really, this is just happening now. Really?

Bright side:  It`s great to be inspired by women who are really at the top of their game. Especially Ava DuVernay. I had a chance to hear her speak at TIFF this past year. She is awesome. All the women listed here are doing amazing and inspiring work. There`s lots out there to get inspired by. That`s the good news. So let`s focus on that for the moment.

Thanks to the New York Film Academy.

New York Film Academy takes a look at gender inequality in film