Vanessa Elliott, director of the short film The Lone Drone

#FF Friday Fundraisers for March 31, 2017

There’s an excellent list of projects crowdfunding this week! Before we get to that, I noticed two upcoming films that exemplify the current state of women in the industry.

On one hand we have Joss Whedon.  As I continue a “Buffy” re-watch this year, I’m struck by the way Whedon arms Buffy with power, emotion, and self-determination. However, it seems studios use his reputation with female leads to justify his selection as director of fem-centric films like the newly announced Bat Girl.  Refinery29 recently covered reasons why, even though Whedon is a mindful-to-women director, it’s problematic he’s been chosen. He’s not a woman. Plain as that. The writer proceeds to outline practical reasons a woman would be better equipped to direct the much-anticipated film.

Then there’s Jessica Chastain’s reaction to interview questions concerning women as “frenemies” on set of The Zookeeper’s Wife, directed by Niki Caro (opening today in theaters!). Chastain’s frustration about the perception or stereotype of women as too competitive to be efficient on set is many working women’s frustration. And yet this theme persists.

In order to curb the studios’ habit of taking cover for their sexist choices by hiring “safe” male directors, those directors, like Whedon, need to speak as an advocate for qualified women instead of accepting the positions. And as for the idea that women on set are preoccupied with cat-fights, one need look no further than social media for many positive and successful visions of set life– like the fantastic Instagram stories shot by Ava DuVernay during the filming of A Wrinkle In Time.

As the refrain goes on the #FF blog, see below for the many ways you can affect positive change! In order to push a campaign to it’s completion, give your financial support, a shout-out on social media, or a re-tweet during TDL’s #FF twitter storm. Thanks for your continued support!                                   — Sarah

                                                                                     

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.

Thanks for visiting and thank you very much for helping us support and raise awareness about WOMEN DIRECTORS AT WORK!
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Crowdfunding Projects for Friday, March 31, 2017

 

TO LIFE, directed by Diane Dresback – @tolifemovie

HIDE AND SEEK, directed by Shoshana Rosenbaum – @ShoshanaRosenba

AND THE MOON, directed by Shelley Farmer – @ShelleyBFarmer

SOILED DOVES, directed by Lauren Tracy – @laurentracyfilm

FORBIDDEN STEPS, directed by Iram Parveen Bilal – @irampbilal

MAE, directed by Anjalika Sharma – @indienari

THE LONE DRONE, directed by Vanessa Elliott – @DroneLone

MARGOLAND, directed by Sarah Simone – @sarrrahs18 @MargolandFilm

LULU, directed by Diana Cignoni – @GroundHeroFilm

HUMAN PLIGHTS, directed by Melanie D’Andrea – @melaniedandrea

SILVER STREAM, directed by Grace Kiley – @gracekileyact

MI TIERRA, directed by Sandra Camargo – @mitierrafilm

 

If you’d like your project included in our next #FF Fri Fundraiser post, please email us with the details listed HERE.

 

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