Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis took the opportunity during the "This Changes Everything" press tour to call out the film industry for having so few female directors, saying statistics from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film shows only 4% of directors were women among last year's top-grossing 250 films. "It's a global embarrassment. Nobody has come up with a solution to having more female directors," she said.
(L-R) Keke Palmer, Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu and Lili Reinhart (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
Trish Bendix talks to the cast of "Hustlers" and explores how the new film -- based on a true story -- tackles female empowerment and aspirations. Keke Palmer, Constance Wu and Lili Reinhart discuss their objective in making a solid "female Goodfellas" and the value in having an all women-cast ensemble.
Hollywood is making strides in bringing more storylines of people with disabilities to the forefront, while also making these projects more authentic with the casting of actors who are disabled, writes Whitney Friedlander. Several studios and networks have also prioritized this initiative by creating lookbooks for actors with disabilities to reference or working with showrunners and publicists on messaging.
Pipeline Equity's Katica Roy addresses the disparities of gender in media and how an uneven playing field limits the scope of the messages and contributes to disproportionate compensation between male and female journalists. She implores those at the table to take action by closing the gender gap and do what is needed to save democracy.
Caroline Bologna gives readers recommendations for books that provide parents with the tools needed to raise empathetic, kind children. Michele Borba's "UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World" and Katie Hurley's "The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World" are two parenting resources that address the current "empathy crisis."
The 45th American Film Festival premiered last week in Bayeux, France, with several keynote women central to this year's celebration, including Geena Davis for the screening of her documentary "This Changes Everything" and Sophie Turner on hand for the "Game of Thrones" showcase. French actors Catherine Deneuve and Anna Mouglalis are judging the main and emerging talents competitions, respectively.
The Geena Davis Institute has Adverting Week NYC covered
Institute executives will participate in several panels at Advertising Week NYC later this month. Institute CEO Madeline Di Nonno will participate in two panels, while Advisor/New York Council Lead Mary Ellen Holden will participate in the Plan International Panel at the Equality Lounge on Sept. 23.
With the fall television season set to debut, the Institute will present for the first time its GD-IQ machine learning tool insights for TV. This in-depth research presentation will be followed by a panel discussion featuring prominent children's TV industry executives who will share best practices and case histories on how they are addressing representation in stories told through Family television. See the full list of speakers. This event is for See Jane Members only. If are a member and would like to attend please contact Jazmin at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to join please visit our website here.
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