There is simply not enough time to read all that the internet has to offer. Just when I think I’ve got a perfectly balanced and diverse lineup of film enthusiasts to browse through each week, I find myself adding another to my bookmark folder. Today’s newest addition is a weekly column on Indiewire called “Heroines of Cinema”.
I assumed a female film enthusiast authored this series because of the following manifesto:
“Yet there is no corner of the film industry — past or present — that isn’t awash with women worthy of such honours. From iconic screen roles to cult actresses, acclaimed directors, producers and writers to the swathes of creatives, agents and other under-the-radar talents, the assembled picture is never all-male far beneath the surface. Each week, Heroines of Cinema will profile a different woman, fictional or real, alive or dead, on screen or off. The only criteria for selection will be the value and interest in highlighting and celebrating that woman’s contributions to the world of cinema.”
I was wrong. So thank you, Mr. Matthew Hammer Knott for not beating a dead horse. Women will only stay invisible in film as long as the film community keeps dwelling on the same sad statistics that have been blasted across the web (this recent report HERE from the DGA, for example). There are countless female pioneers (Mary Pickford, the first woman to found and co-own a Hollywood Studio -United Artists) and current gamechangers that are mysteriously forgotten (the recent premiere of WADJDA, the first film shot in Saudi Arabia by female Saudi Arabian filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour at Telluride) in the trending topic of “Where are the women in film?” I’m excited to see where this new article series will go and hope that you’ll add “Heroines of Cinema” to your daily reading list too.