“I tend to like films about things that I would like to walk up and tell people about, but I can’t because they would like punch me.”
– Alison Bagnall
Alison Bagnall launched her career into the Feature Film World in 1998 as co-writer to Vincent Gallo for his directorial debut Buffalo ’66. Her most recent film Funny Bunny, which she both directed and wrote, played in the prestigious Film Festival South by Southwest in March of 2015. Funny Bunny is her third feature. She also directed and wrote Piggie (2003), and The Dish & The Spoon (2011).
Hollywood is a suction for your confidence or your faith or your togetherness. Just walking on the street you can feel it.
– Robin Wright
The wage gap is not going to disappear on its own. Hollywood is famous for paying women actors less than their male counterparts. Robin Wright is an actress known for her roles in House of Cards and Forest Gump. Her voice is one of many in the fight to close the wage gap. She is at the center of this discussion as she battles to receive payment for what she is truly worth.
“When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need.”
– Jennifer Lawrence
Women are undervalued. The wage gap between men and women is a major aspect of gender discrimination. Star-studded powerhouses like Jennifer Lawrence are not exempt from experiencing what it means to be a woman in the working world. She was paid less than her two male supporting co-stars from The Hunger Games Trilogy, making it clear Hollywood has issues paying their female stars what they are worth.
The film industry has stopped stocking the shelves with actresses over 40. They’re considered expired. “Aging Out” is being brought out of the shadows; the conversation surrounding gender inequality in Hollywood is rapidly expanding. The youth-obsessed business the industry has become is creating an acidic environment .
Ignore the glass ceiling and do your work. If you’re focusing on what you don’t have, focusing on the limitations, then you will be limited.
– Ava DuVernay
If you pay attention to the film world, even slightly, the name Ava DuVernay should call to mind a number of recent productions. The film world is buzzing with talk about her most recent television show, co-produced with Oprah Winfrey, Queen Sugar on the OWN Network. Premiering over two nights (September 6th and 7th) the show is a landmark for women as they continue to break into a world dominated by men.