While passing through the airport last weekend, I had plenty of time on my hands and recalled that the November release of ELLE is the Women-in-Hollywood issue. Eager to put my money toward the recognition of leaders in the film community, I handed over my $5 for the Riley Keough cover. Not only is Riley a working actress, but in August she announced the start-up of a production company, Felix Culpa, with Gina Gammell who spoke to their goals:
While Riley and I are interested in telling all kinds of human stories, as women filmmakers, we are proud that the first three projects out of the gate for Felix Culpa happen to feature wild, complicated, intelligent female protagonists…
In total, ELLE selected Jennifer Lawrence, Laura Dern, Jessica Chastain, Margot Robbie, Tessa Thompson, Riley Keough, Cicely Tyson, and Kathleen Kennedy as powerful women in Hollywood in 2017. Obviously, the power of Hollywood still remains largely in the long-established studio system where the bigger tends to buy out the smaller or where massive companies like Sony & MGM merge. It’s important that women in leadership are recognized and stand as an example of persistence to other executives, but they are overlooking a huge part of the industry.
Equally important are the supporters and leaders of the independent film community, like Sundance Institute president, Keri Putnam, who oversees a multitude of programs including the Women Filmmakers Initiative. Recently, Women at Sundance Fellows were announced to include Ramona Diaz, Sabrina Schmidt Gordon, Eliza Hittman, Angela C. Lee, Lana Wilson, and Lauren Wolkstein. Sundance describes the program:
Women at Sundance Fellows are a cohort of six emerging and mid-career narrative and documentary directors and producers, selected from a pool of recent Sundance Institute alumnae.
You, too can be an important supporter of women in film– take some time to look at the projects listed below and remember that each dollar, “like,” or share of a campaign makes an impact for the success of women in the industry.
Reminder: All of the projects listed below have female directors at the helm OR they are projects that benefit women directors (e.g., film festivals, funds, etc). The campaigns at the top of the list are the ones ending soonest, so get in there and support ASAP (with $$ or an RT on Twitter). Click the titles to go directly to each project’s crowdfunding page, those in italics are new additions this week.
Crowdfunding Projects for Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
LIKE WE DON’T EXIST, co-directed by Ansley Sawyer – @AnsleySawyer1
CRAZY CAT LADY, directed by Carrie Wachob & James Winters – @CrazyCatLady981
COVER, directed by J.Y. Chun – @CoverShortFilm
MAMA’S BOY, directed by Samantha Kolesnik – @The_SKolesnik
AMAZING GRACE, co-directed by Nina Brissey – @ninabrissey
SLATE YOUR NAME, directed by Catherine Beckett & Lara Goldie – @threebridgespro @beckettbrooklyn
COMING HOME, directed by Matia Karrell – @FlyGirlsSeries @MatiaKarrell
UNEMPLOYABLE, directed by Jil and Joanna Pasiecnik
#LIKE, directed by Sarah Pirozek – @Like_TheFilm
THE EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY – directed by Natalie Rodriguez, @theextraordfilm
ARTIST IN EXILE, directed by Kiyoko McCrae and Jason Foster – @JunebugNoLa
THE R WORD, directed by Angie Comer – @angiecomer8 @1mswrite
SEASON OF PASSAGE, directed by Catherine Ryan – @ccryannyc
If you’d like your project included in our next #FF Fri Fundraiser post, please email us with the details listed HERE.