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Hello My People!
It has been a bit since I have posted here, and I will just say that I have been involved! Involved with creating and producing lots of art and art education content! Whew! Check it all out on my website, especially take a look at Art with Lórien, my fairly new online learning platform and community! Woot! I have also been up to the following hobby of mine, which is supporting women in the media. One of my favorite organizations is the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, an organization that engages, educates, and influences the need to dramatically improve gender balance, reduce stereotyping and create diverse female characters in entertainment targeting children 11 and under.
Also, I am a huge fan of the #heforshe campaign that Emma Watson launched with the support of the UN Women organization. Check that one out and recruit your guys to support! 🙂
One of the “armchair” ways that I support women in the media, is my consumption of films that are directed by women, are written by a woman and/or feature stories about women. One of my guiding litmus tests for the content of a film, is applying the Bechdel test. What is the Bechdel test you may wonder? It asks whether a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. The requirement that the two women must be named is sometimes added.
So, to solidify my commitment to my hobby and quest, in January 2016, I pledged to watch one film per week as part of the #52FilmsByWomen campaign sponsored by Women in Film. What I am really excited about is discovering the #52weeks List of Gayle Nachlis, Women in Film Senior Director of Education, so many superb films on her list! I also learned about Film Fatales, a network of women filmmakers who meet regularly to mentor each other, share resources, collaborate on projects and build a supportive community in which to make their films. Here’s Film Fatales list of films directed by women streaming on Netflix USA, 245 and counting!
In other news this year on my journey, I went a red-carpet premier in Hollywood at the TCL Chinese Theater where the series was created and written by a woman. Even though the content was not my style, too much violence and cursing, it’s always good to see a woman get up and address a full theater of guests (invited) viewers, supporters and talk about their vision being supported, funded and birthed into the world! Super cool!
And, so as we approach the end of 2016, and my 52-week pledge, I am sharing what I have enjoyed so far… And, I do pledge to continue into 2017 and beyond. With our evolving landscape, values, priorities and the balancing act that is occurring, there will be much to catch on the screen, big and small! Enjoy and join the fun!
MY LIST from 2016 so far: (in no specific order)
Miss Representation- Watched this in 2014- a must see on the topic.
The Women’s List
Woman in Gold
What Happened Miss Simone?
Hello, My Name is Doris
All About Eve
The Story of Ruth
East Side Sushi
The Lady in the Van
Coco Before Chanel
Joan of Arc: Virgin Warrior
He Named Me Malala
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel
The Passion of Joan of Arc
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
Me Before You
Middle of Nowhere
Orion: The Man Who Would be King
Big Stone Gap
Under the Same Moon
Testament of Youth
What Other Couples Do
A Ballerina’s Tale
Me Without You
Under a Tuscan Sun
Ai Wei Wei Never Sorry
And, please take a look at a blog post here from earlier this year that features a new documentary called Seeing Is Believing: Women Direct by friend Cady McClain, She is directing, writing, and producing along with Kate Super.
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May your days be filled with a sense of wonder, love, creativity, adventure and play!
In love, gratitude and beauty…