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A study by San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film suggests Hollywood still has a long way to go before it achieves gender equality.

Film’s future is female: Join these women leading from the front

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In the wake of Hollywood’s sexual misconduct scandal, gender equality remains a central theme within the industry. While female filmmakers like Lady Bird’s Greta Gerwig, Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins, and A Wrinkle in Time’s Ava DuVernay may be recognized as some of the greatest talents working today, a study by San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film suggests Hollywood still has a long way to go.

The study discovered the jaw-dropping statistic that women held just 18% of behind-the-scenes film jobs including directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers in the top grossing movies of the past year. The figures have hardly budged since 1998. Out of the 250 top-grossing domestic films, just 1% employed 10 or more women, while 70% employed 10 or more men. Furthermore, 30% of the titles featured zero or one woman in behind-the-scenes jobs, while none of the films had fewer than one man.

Rather than simply sitting back and despairing at these dismal figures, a series of organizations and initiatives have launched to encourage gender parity both in front of and behind the lens.

Seeking to prove actions speak louder than words are the Film Fatales – a community of female feature film & TV directors who meet regularly to share resources, collaborate on projects, and discuss relevant topics in their careers. Currently there are over 500 members in Los Angeles and New York, and hundreds more across Europe, Australia, and Africa.

Film Fatales Founder Leah Meyerhoff thinks the statistics for female filmmakers are too low. “Half of our society is women. Half of the audiences are women. Half of the creative content needs to be made by women. The more that women and people of color can see reflections of themselves on screen, and the more that straight white men can learn to empathize with other subject positions through watching a variety of stories unfold, the healthier our society will be as a whole.”

That’s where Film Fatales comes in. So far the company has programmed over 250 films directed by women at 90 independent theaters and organized over 100 panel discussions, workshops, and networking events in partnership with festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Toronto, and more. “By expanding the landscape of storytelling to include more underrepresented voices, Film Fatales continues to bring new and exciting films to the big screen.”

Meanwhile, the Alliance of Women Directors offers many programs to benefit its members. Chair of the organization, Jennifer Warren, claims that the non-profit’s primary goal is to achieve parity in the workplace for female directors. “As an organization, we are fighting for change in the hiring practices. One example would be our partnering with the ACLU in identifying discriminatory patterns within the studios.

“In addition, we have outreach to all the film festivals, which provides our members with various perks, including lower entry fees; we have affiliations with many of the professional organizations; we have educational programs and panels with high-visibility directors; and we have different kinds of shadowing programs all aimed at getting our members employment.”

Over in the UK, Women in Media provides networking opportunities and professional development for directors in the film and TV industries. Executive director Tema L. Staig outlined the company’s reason behind the launch of its female-focused IMDB-style list, the so-called WiMCrewList.

“For the longest time, we heard that people just couldn’t find women in the crew. For some reason, even though I knew tons of women, they were invisible to many decision makers. With the WiMCrewList, women can add their IMDB, resume, reels, SoundCloud, mini bio, if they are union / non union, and the rest. Our members can add all their credits, which is necessary when it comes to decision makers vetting new talent.”

The Director List is a hub for finding female directors and their work. As a filmmaker herself, founder and editor Destri Martino sought out the work of seasoned female directors to provide inspiration and guidance for her own projects, but was often disappointed by the low number of women she found.

“While doing research for a masters thesis back in 2005, I realized there were a lot more working directors than mainstream media coverage”. Out of this realization, The Director List was born. Since then, the list of female directors with demonstrable experience in features, TV, and/or large-scale commercials and music videos has jumped to 1,000 members and growing.

In addition to the database, the site provides news, photos, video, and a community focused on the film, TV, and video projects women are actively creating around the world.

Elsewhere, Reel Angels has been breaking boundaries as an agency that represents female technical crews for film, TV, and entertainment events. The company claims to promotes gender equality in technical departments by providing a credible and proven resource of top-end talent.

Lulu Elliott, founder of RA Agency, told Film Daily how the company exists at a time when there has never been a more opportune moment to employ female talent in film and TV. “By representing women, we see ourselves as leaders in the ongoing progress towards full gender parity across the industries.”

These organizations’ efforts haven’t been going unnoticed. Since 2016, Telefilm Canada, the powerful, well-funded film financing arm of the Canadian government, unveiled its ambitious drive to gender equality in the film sector by 2020. It seems the initiative is already having effect, as a 2017 study shows a 27% increase in agency-backed projects directed by women since 2015.

While gender counting in filmmaking crews & casts will undoubtedly remain a hot topic in 2018, it remains to be seen whether a world in which crews maintain 50% representation between genders across the entire industry is actually desirable, or even possible. And what about those who identify as something else entirely? Film Daily recommends the underrepresented feline contingent in entertainment production create a non-profit to promote human-cat parity by 2026.

What with the first 'Wonder Woman' reboot seeing such success in 2017, it’s no surprise the fandom is getting a sequel. Here's why we're pumped for the movie's release.

All the reasons we’re excited for ‘Wonder Woman 2’, ranked

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You could argue 2018 has been the year of Marvel domination, with the likes of Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Deadpool 2 hogging a significant chunk of box office sales and audience buzz over the past few months. However, there’s one superhero from the DC Extended Universe preparing for an almighty comeback who’s likely to smash every single cape-wearer out of the water and into the stratosphere with her ferocious female power – that superhero is Wonder Woman.

What with the first Wonder Woman reboot seeing such success in 2017, it’s no surprise the fandom is getting a sequel. Although Wonder Woman 2 won’t be dropping until November 1 2019, Warner Bros. Pictures is already rousing our inner warriors with the release of some first-look production photos. With this in mind, we think it’s about time we went for a ride on the hype train by ranking all of the reasons we’re excited for the movie’s release. The future of justice begins with her!

Gadot returns

Gal Gadot

You might argue the news that Gal Gadot (Furious 7) reprising her role as Wonder Woman is the most exciting news, but since we’ve already knew this, we think it deserves to be at the top of this list to make way for more exciting updates. (That’s not to say you can’t do a little celebration dance at Gadot returning as the former Amazon Princess – we won’t judge!)

Jenkins also returns

Patty Jenkins

Yes, director Patty Jenkins (Monster) – who was at the helm for the first Wonder Woman – will continue her role behind the camera for the sequel. Since last year, she’s been working hard crafting the story and screenplay with Geoff Johns and Dave Callaham. In a tantalizing tease of the sequel, Jenkins described it as an enjoyable fun movie, but one that turns to some very big issues in the third act that will aim to add weight and profundity. “Because that’s a formula that I really like, and I like the idea of taking somebody on a very solid, great journey but that arrives at a bigger question being answered.”

Wonder Woman’s got stiff competition

'Captain Marvel'

We’re excited to see how Wonder Woman 2 will fare next to the release of the female-fronted Captain Marvel, also set for release in 2019. The buzz surrounding the latter movie has been louder than a thousand tribe calls, meaning the Amazon princess has got some stiff competition coming her way. It’s the ultimate female-led Marvel vs. DC showdown and we’re going to be living for it!

Wonder Woman, meet Javier

Pedro Pascal

We were stoked at the recent news Narcos’s Pedro Pascal – who plays the DEA agent Javier Peña in Netflix’s crime drama – has landed a role in the Wonder Woman sequel. His character details are being kept under wraps, but either way we have no doubt he will slay in whatever role he takes on.

A Cheetah never changes its Wiig

Kristen Wiig

First up, you should know that in the second instalment, Wonder Woman will be up against her comic book enemy Cheetah. Secondly, you should know that the role of Cheetah will be filled by none other than comedy star Kristen Wiig (Downsizing). No doubt she’ll bring some lighthearted humor to the role.

First-look photos reveal Pine’s return

Chris Pine

Yes, the first-look photos released by Warner Bros. today reveal the movie will indeed feature the return of Chris Pine (Star Trek) as Diana’s love interest from the first film, Steve Trevor. The news we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived via some photos of Pine looking rather sheepish in some 80s getup. Speaking of which . . .

The sequel’s set in 80s America

'Wonder Woman 2'

We had you with the whole Wonder Woman 2 thing – this week, Jenkins revealed the official title is Wonder Woman 1984 and the film will be set in 80s America. The director did a fantastic job at portraying the WWI setting next to the lush hidden paradise of Themyscira in the first instalment, so we can only imagine what she’s got in store this time round at a time when the turmoil between the United States and the Soviet Union was brewing.

As Refinery29 pointed out, the logo clearly echoes George Orwell’s dystopian classic 1984, suggesting the film could well cover themes of authoritarianism and government control. Either way, this new setting and time frame will give the movie the chance to explore new ground and pose new challenges for Wonder Woman to overcome.  

She’s an important role model for women worldwide

'Wonder Woman'

The prevailing reason we’re so excited Wonder Woman is making a return is because she’s an important role model for women worldwide. For years, female superheroes have taken a backseat to the male leaders, with 2017’s Wonder Woman being the first ever female-led superhero movie of the modern era. The character is a fresh, new protagonist who inspires audiences by breaking social norms and showing women can have just as much strength, determination, and confidence as their male counterparts. The 80s setting will make for the perfect time period as Gadot’s character will be given the chance to dominate as a woman in a male-centric world. Once again boys and girls will be shown the true value of her character. Not just for her gender, but as a powerful superhero to look up to.