Out soon. Order from U. of Minnesota Press.
She concludes that the biggest problem facing women filmmakers is cultural.
Society has a powerful heritage of disrespect towards women. It goes way beyond physical violence, to various emotionally abusive behaviours – silencing women who speak out; misrepresentation and underrepresentation of women and girls; withholding resources of time, money and appreciation from women. All these behaviours affect women’s storytelling in public forums and on screens.
Mary Beard recently gave a wonderful lecture called The Public Voice of Women, about how we’ve been excluded from ‘authoritative public speech’ since Homeric times. Today, writing and directing films can be seen as a kind of authoritative public speech, primarily the ‘business of [white] men’, who are now discovering that filmmaking can generate good business if it tells stories with women as central characters. But the old old tradition is so deeply embedded that decision makers don’t embrace women as the writers and directors of the stories. This behaviour will be very hard to shift.
Maura Magazine “Tilt”
The new issue has Miles Raymer (our pinball columnist!) on the reverie inspired by Batman’s multiball stages, Brad Cohan interviewing Mudhoney’s Mark Arm, my thoughts on the Twitter debacle of the other day, and Michele Catalano’s recollection of wreaking havoc at Mid-Island Plaza, now known as Broadway Mall. Plus another great cover by Tim Moore.
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