Women in Film

Have you heard of the Bechdel Test? It started out as a tongue-in-cheek litmus test to see how many movies have:

  1. at least two women
  2. who talk to each other
  3. about something other than a man

It shouldn’t be taken too seriously as a feminist credential because you can pass it very superficially or fail even with a very strong female lead. But it is telling that so many mainstream movies fail this low bar. I think it’s because the vast majority of movies are made by men. And men tend to write about other men and the worlds they know, with the occasional woman for dressing.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with people telling stories that they’re familiar with. People should tell stories that are meaningful to them. But don’t you ever long to see something different?

Well, if you’re like me and want to support something like that, then check out this short film project my friend Emma is going to make.

It’s an awesome short film Western (with real horses and everything!) that will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen before but she needs your help to make it happen. Even a small contribution means a lot. But if you’re looking for an investment, for a $100, you’ll get a set of signed limited edition prints that are going to be worth a lot when Emma makes it big. Just sayin’…

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