women's film festival - x-posted

Hi all,
I'm putting together a film festival to promote women's cinema and video art in reaction to the following:

The film industry shuts out both women filmmakers and audiences. Making just more than half the population, there are huge numbers of women who belong to at least one of these two parties. The problem is not a lack of women who wish to work as filmmakers: the numbers of film school graduates are evenly male and female. Despite this, only 4% of directors are women.

In the history of the Academy Awards, only three women have been nominated for Best Director (none of them have won). Sofia Coppola was the last woman to be nominated, in 2003, for Lost in Translation. Prior to this, Jane Campion was nominated in 1993 for The Piano. The third, and the first woman ever to be nominated, was Lina Wertmüller in 1976 for her film Seven Beauties. There has never been an Academy Award nomination for a woman cinematographer.

I am VERY EAGER for submissions of all varieties of film - shorts, features, video art, doccos, etc. - please drop me a line at and I will send you an application form.

Please consider!

Movie Movie Movie

I was wondering if you fine ladies and gents would be interesting and seeing a film I directed last semester here at Columbia College Chicago. Watch it and give me your thoughts! This was all filmed on the bolex and edited by hand by the crew. Sorry if the quality isnt the best, the movies goes through alot of different processes to reach this point and loses some of its quality. But let me know what you think!

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I hope this is allowed. I created an RP revolving around directors and promoting it in RP promotion communities doesn't seem to work, since no one on them has heard of any directors, so I thought I'd go to sites for people who know something about movies. The community is the_crf and it's just a faux celebrity RP revolving around directors. Lots of good ones are available.

attention women.

Attention all women filmmakers -
I've made a website called Seen and Heard ( to promote the work of known and unknown women filmmakers. Women are a serious minority in filmmaking - women are known to make up only 4% of directors, but are half of film school graduates. For more stats, click here:

I am looking for women who are interested in posting trailers, clips, short films, essays - pieces of writing of any length - to the site. Please comment or email me at I want to build a site that is informative, resourceful and enjoyable - somewhere visitors can come to learn about women directors and experience their work, and to feel like part of a community. Please contribute.

Gun Crazy

I'm not sure how this one escaped me for so many years. Directed in 1949 by Joseph H. Lewis from a screenplay by MacKinlay Kantor (based on his 1940 Saturday Evening Post short story) and blacklisted Dalton Trumbo masquerading as Millard Kaufman, Gun Crazy reset the standard for film noir and paved the way for the attractive, sympathetic -- albeit sometimes psychotic -- antiheroes that showed up two decades later in movies like Bonnie and Clyde (whose real-life characters inspired Gun Crazy's lovin' couple on the run) and The Getaway.

Cinematically, the film's often expressionistic; its startling and (then) innovative use of extended "backseat driver" takes, shot from within the getaway car, and get the viewer caught up not only in the characters' predicament but the sexual excitement their larceny generates. And Russell Harlan's black-and-white cinematography is right up there with his work on Red River, The Thing from Another World, and Blackboard Jungle.

Not again until Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway would the screen see crooks as charismatic as Peggy Cummins and John Dall. Director Lewis told critic Danny Peary in 1981: "I told John, 'Your cock's never been so hard,' and I told Peggy, 'You're a female dog in heat, and you want him. But don't let him have it in a hurry. Keep him waiting.' That's exactly how I talked to them and I turned them loose. I didn't have to give them more directions."

Everything Is an Afterthought

I recently sold my first book. In conjunction, I've established another LiveJournal to report on the project's progress, occasionally provide links about, and writings by, its subject, the journalist and critic Paul Nelson, and share snippets of information or parts of interviews that may or may not be covered further in the final product.

In addition to being a critic and screenwriter, Nelson co-wrote the fine book: 701 Toughest Movie Trivia Questions of All Time (about which Martin Scorsese said, "Some of the sections were so tough I could only guess at the answers, but the book taught me a lot I was happy to learn").

The new journal shares the book's working title, Everything Is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson. Just follow the link.

Anybody interested in learning more about this brilliant writer, whose own life proved just as mysterious and fascinating as the artists' about whom he wrote, is welcome to join. As well, tracking the process of how a book goes from sale to publication should prove interesting. I'm rather curious about that part myself...

Year of the Dog

For his directorial debut, Mike White chose to make a movie (based on his own original screenplay) that's a treatise about loneliness and people who have love but can't find a place to put it. Like many of the characters in White's previous scripts (to name a notable few: Chuck and Buck, School of Rock, Orange County, three episodes of Freaks and Geeks, and one of my all-time favorite films, The Good Girl), Year of the Dog's Peggy (played by Molly Shannon) doesn't quite have a sense of herself; her strong feelings and opinions locate her a little outside of the mainstream. The thing is, the people in the orbit of her life who don't get her, whose eyebrows and judgment she raises, are no less idiosyncratic.

Following the surprising but inevitable course that Peggy's life takes, Shannon is excellent, as is the rest of the cast, with the ever-dependable John C. Reilly, Peter Sarsgaard, and John Pais particularly outstanding.

As exemplified by a user comment at IMDb, the film is far from the chick flick that its plot and advertising suggests: " I thought I was going to see a funny movie. I came home feeling suicidal. If I wanted to see a pathetic over-40 woman who has bad dates and lives alone with the pets she dotes on too much, I woulda stayed home and stared in the mirror!" Year of the Dog -- the chick flick from hell?

Regardless, by movie's end, as in all of White's work, he manages to humanize his offbeat characters so that we, too, can understand and perhaps even identify with them -- if we hadn't already all along.


Spidey 4? Paltrow in Iron Man? Comic News Galore!

hello helllo

Here's some news i found interesting. Suposedly Sony has contacted David Koepp to write Spider-Man 4. Which is odd since it doesn't seem that movie would ever happen. Well with Maguire, Dunst, and Raimi. Since they were only signed on to do three films and they are all ready to leave the series. And I think the studio should do the same. Make a nice trilogy and leave it at that. But since both Spider-man 1 & 2 grossed over 1 BIllion $$$ together, I don't see them wanting to quit quite yet.

As you probably know the new Iron Man movie will be coming out next year. But who is going to play Tony Stark's love interest in the flm? Well reportedly Gwenyth Paltrow has signed on for that role. Jon Favreau has put together quite the cast. So far three actors - Robert Downey, Jr., Terrence Howard and Paltrow - and all of them are Oscar nominees. So it looks like we won't have another Punisher or Daredevil on our hands. He seems to know what he's doing which is refreshing.

Upcoming Comic Films:
300 - March 9th
Spider-man 3 - May 4th
Animated Dragon

Selling Footage

Got a question. A filmmaker is looking to buy two different clips from me. One is a 30 second clip, the other is a 60 second clip. It's for a documentary and he's got a lot of corporate backing. He wants to use these clips both in the trailer and in the actual production.

My problem is I don't know how much to charge him for the clips. I want to charge a price that's fair, but also enough that I'm not taken to the cleaners or kicking myself later. Any thoughts?

TOP 5 List

Top 5 List

OK this is real simple
We have three TOP 5 Movie Lists.

However I’m going to make you think a little bit about the categories.


TOP 5 Movies that shows a Main Character smoking…

1. Pulp fiction
2. Basic Instinct
3. Oh God
4. Lethal Weapon
5. Monument Ave

TOP 5 Movies that feature Robert Duvall
1. Days of Thunder
2. Open Range
3. Civil Action
4. Gods & Generals
5. Falling Down

Top 5 Crime Dramas

1. Seven
2. Some one to watch over me
3. Basic Instinct
4. Black Rain