Women Breaking New Numbers in Documentaries

On the documentary front, women were best represented as directors (39 percent) followed by producers (35 percent), writers (32 percent), executive producers (31 percent), editors (27 percent) and cinematographers (16 percent). The Wrap, citing a report from The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.

The good news comes out of the doc festivals at Sundance, Tribeca and others: women made substantial progress in all the major filmmaking categories.

Dr. Martha Lauzen of  San Diego State’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film–who has been doing the definitive research in all genres for years– seldom has anything positive to say about women making movies. This holds true most especially for narrative films…but now here signs of real life in documentaries.

Of course, the budgets are smaller and the potential to make money practically nil…but, we’ll take it. Congratulations to all the women who worked so hard to tell great stories! And thanks, Martha, for keeping us in the loop on this important aspect of women in media.

Here’s the link:

More Female Documentary Directors, But Celluloid TheWrap.com

And here’s Dr.Lauzen’s latest report on narrative, big movie-making:

Celluloid Ceiling: Women Comprised Only 5% of Directors in 2011

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