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Women in the Directors Chair

Women in the Directors Chair

Kaeley Boyle

In 1984 Barbara Streisand took home the Golden Globe for Best Director in a Musical or Comedy for Yentl. It was the first, and last time in the Golden Globes’ 77 year history that a woman took home the prize for Best Director. 

In the words of Streisand in her 2018 speech addressing this fact at The Globes, “Time’s up!”

The 2018 Time’s Up movement addressed concerns about pay inequality, harassment, racism and sexism within the industry. And this movement has pointed the focus of content on a more equitable conversation among filmmakers, industry professionals and production companies. This conversation ranges from the stories being told, the people telling them, and the dollars being put behind the projects.

In 2021, we finally saw a spike in the number of female directors nominated for one of the industries biggest prizes. Before 2020, only five female directors had ever been nominated for Best Director. This year alone there are three. The nominees include established voices and one first-time director, Regina King.

The nominees are as follows,  Nomadland by Chloe Zhao , One Night in Miami by Regina King and Promising Young Woman by Emerald Fennell. The Globes are seen as the appetizer of and often precursor for who will take home film’s biggest prize, the Academy Award.

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In honor of the Golden Globes this Sunday, we’re continuing the conversation about equity and equality in the Directors Chair. Join us tonight at 6pm Pacific//9pm Eastern Time with a panel of award-winning female filmmakers including, Ellie Foumbi (Our Father, the Devil), Pamela B. Green (Be Natural: the Untold Story of Alice Guy Blache), Aimee Long (A Shot Through the Wall), Tracy Kleeman (Fear Filter), and Sara Seligman (Coyote Lake). 

Follow the link below to  join us tonight at 6:00PM PST on Clubhouse! https://www.joinclubhouse.com/event/M8nz4jJ7

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