Earlier this week, I made the pledge to watch 52 films helmed by women. The #52FilmsByWomen social media campaign is designed to increase the awareness of female filmmakers and their talents.
But why is any of this important? According to Women in Film - Los Angeles, one of the biggest challenges female filmmakers face is the systematic lack of trust within the industry. Back in June,Slated released additional research that statistically proves how skewed the industry is towards women. Their infographic below highlights just how pervasive the gap within the industry is.
Let's be honest; these stats aren't the most encouraging. What can we do to change the tides? Even something as simple as watching movies and sharing about how great they are generates buzz and confidence in these exceptionally talented filmmakers. So I'm committing myself to the challenge and plan to watch one film by a woman a week for the rest of the year.
For my first film, I've decided to watch The Hurt Locker (2009) by Kathryn Bigelow. In the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' nearly 90-year history, Bigelow is the first and only woman to win an Oscar for Best Director.
If you're interested in joining the challenge, be sure to visit Women in Film's website and make the pledge!