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Megan Kearns is a feminist vegan blogger and freelance writer living in Boston. She blogs at The Opinioness of the World, a site she founded in 2010 focusing on gender equality and living vegan. A Bitch Flicks Contributor, Megan reviews film, television and media from a feminist perspective. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology from UMass Amherst and a Graduate Certificate in Women and Politics and Public Policy from UMass Boston. You can follow Megan on Twitter at @OpinionessWorld.

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The Athena Film Festival “is an engaging weekend of feature films, documentaries and shorts that highlight women’s leadership in real life and the fictional world.” I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with Athena Film Festival co-foundersKathryn Kolbert, Constance Hess Williams Director, Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College, and Melissa Silverstein, Founder and Editor, Women and Hollywood. We discussed the upcoming festival, creating opportunities for female filmmakers, and the importance of seeing women leaders on-screen.


1. Megan Kearns: Why did you both start the Athena Film Festival?

Kathryn Kolbert: The festival started after an event at Gloria’s Steinem house that Melissa had organized to honor Jane Campion. Canada, mexico, india, Both of us were very struck by hearing the same thing from all the filmmakers who were there about the difficulty of having movies with strong female courageous women characters in their films. I had just started at Barnard at the Athena Leadership Center and really felt like we needed to focus some of our attention on changing what I call the “blink” — what do you think of, what do you see when you think leader or when you’re asked what does a leader look like. Most people respond to that by thinking of a white man with gray hair at the temples, BUY ADVAIR NO PRESCRIPTION. I think our view was we need to change that in the wider culture. And we need to level the playing field for women or men who want to tell stories about great women leaders. From there, ADVAIR trusted pharmacy reviews, the festival was born.

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Melissa Silverstein: Firstly, we are very excited for three films that would highlight our opening film, our centerpiece film and our closing film. They’re all really different.

Belle directed by Amma Asante, tells the true story of a woman from history who helped basically bring down the slave trade in England. Decoding Annie Parker, doses ADVAIR work, also based on true events about two women, not connected to each other but separately, who came up with the idea that breast cancer is passed down from person to person. And then lastly, the documentary on Geraldine Ferraro [Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way], BUY ADVAIR NO PRESCRIPTION. Those are the pieces that we’re holding up as our “tent poles, ADVAIR over the counter, ” as they say. And Megan, you write about Hollywood, you know those “tent poles” are never about women, right. So all of our “tent poles” are about women at the Athena Film Festival, ADVAIR pharmacy.

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The second thing I think is really interesting across the festival is we have everything from a teenager sailing across the ocean alone [Maidentrip] to an animated film [Frozen], to women from all different countries around the world do many different kinds of things. I encourage people to go see more than one film, to come in and see 3 or 4, because that’s the story, that’s the subtext of what we’re doing that doesn’t get noticed until you’re seeing lots of things, BUY ADVAIR NO PRESCRIPTION. The shorts are a really good example of that. Both shorts programs are great. Low dose ADVAIR, Melissa Silverstein: We curate a program that allows you to see all different kinds of women doing all different kinds of leadership. You have an opportunity to put together for yourself a vision of what you think films could be like and leadership could be like. I know the readers of Bitch Flicks BUY ADVAIR NO PRESCRIPTION,  like that vision and believe in that vision. By coming in and just sampling one or two things you get a little bit of it. But if you feel the breadth of it, you can understand the potential if we have more women’s stories in our culture.

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Melissa Silverstein: BUY ADVAIR NO PRESCRIPTION,  So bringing in a person like Lexi Alexander, who has taken on — she doesn’t always think this is the thing she needs to do but she understands by putting this out there — she has taken on a responsibility. She wants this business to change. Not just for herself but for other women, the women who can’t get jobs and for the girls who want to see — as Kitty always says, “What do you think a leader looks like. ADVAIR for sale, The guy with gray hair at his temples.” When you ask girls, “What does a director look like?” They describe Steven Spielberg-like. We want girls to be able to dream, to see themselves as potential directors. That way we’ll have more stories about women, because we know the research shows that when you have more women behind the scenes, you have more stories about women, BUY ADVAIR NO PRESCRIPTION.

4. Megan Kearns: There’s a panel on the Bechdel Test at Athena and last year 4 Swedish cinemas employed a Bechdel Test rating to indicate gender bias, real brand ADVAIR online. How important do you think the Bechdel Test is?

Melissa Silverstein: I’m going to push back on you on the Bechdel Test. It’s not the beginning and it’s not the end. BUY ADVAIR NO PRESCRIPTION, We get stuck in the fact that two women talking to each other about a man. Two women talking to each other about something other than a man is not enough. And should not be enough. Buying ADVAIR online over the counter, Kathryn Kolbert: If we put this in another context, it would be like saying because one Fortune 500 company has one woman on their board of directors, that the fight is over. It’s just beginning. It’s not really a fight, BUY ADVAIR NO PRESCRIPTION. It’s an effort to bring parity in the world in a whole range of arenas. From my perspective, effects of ADVAIR, in terms of leadership, you only can change the world if women get beyond their gender and can contribute equally within any kind of organization or entity. And as long as they’re a minority, in any respect — whether it’s on-screen, ADVAIR description, behind the screen, directors, whatever role they’re playing — as long as they’re a minority, their gender is the only issue people are looking at them for, rather than the huge contributions they bring to the table. We believe in parity because it makes the product better, cheap ADVAIR no rx.

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Melissa Silverstein: What we’re trying to do with the Athena Film Festival is give women directors the opportunity to have their films at a first-class event and create conversations that show people — basically what we want to say is, it shouldn’t be a big deal to have six movies directed by women in a film festival. Yet, Australia, uk, us, usa, at all the film festivals I go to, it is always a big deal to see six movies by women. We want to create opportunities for them out there, they just don’t have the opportunity to be seen at this level. We want people to take them more seriously and we want people to understand that their work stands on its own. People in the film business need to look at this work a bit differently and to redefine what success is, BUY ADVAIR NO PRESCRIPTION.

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6. Megan Kearns: What are your thoughts on the Celluloid Ceiling’s Report that there hasn’t been progress for women in film in 16 years, ADVAIR street price. How can we move past the “gender inertia” of film that Dr. Martha Lauzen talks about and achieve more diverse female representation in film?

Kathryn Kolbert: It’s not much different than any other major institutions in the country. Hollywood has despicable numbers but so do Fortune 500 companies, so do non-profits, so does the education sphere, BUY ADVAIR NO PRESCRIPTION. All over the world, this is a problem, After ADVAIR, in terms of women and leadership roles. I think that the solutions are more complicated than any of us would like. It would be really nice if we could say there’s one thing that could be done and the problem is solved. It’s not that simple, nor do we believe that to be the case. BUY ADVAIR NO PRESCRIPTION, But I do think for Hollywood, there are two things that can make a significant difference. One is this myth that the major audience are 18- to 25-year-old guys, ADVAIR use. The blockbuster films are kind of geared toward that audience. In fact, women go to the movies, women are more likely to go to the movies when they’re not seeing blockbuster films for 18-year-old guys. ADVAIR from mexico, That’s one really significant thing: the industry has to catch up to their own data.

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Melissa Silverstein: I’m a huge Lynn Shelton fan. I also feel like I’ve seen Nicole Holofcener’s body of work. There are many men you can say, “I’ve seen that person’s body of work.” There are not that many women where you can have the body of work and you can feel really connected to it. For me, I have that connection to Nicole Holofcener’s work. And I think one of my favorite movies of all time is Whale Rider. And Bend It Like Beckham.


The 4th Annual Athena Film Festival takes place February 6-9, 2014 at Barnard College in New York, NY. Learn more about this year’s lineup and buy tickets.

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Hmmm so which season is worse. The season 2 horrendous handling of emergency contraception and its anti-abortion plotline. Or is it Season 3 with sexual assault used as a plot device and women dying to propel men’s emotional journeys. It’s all bullshit.

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And don’t even get me started on the idiotic argument, “Well, that’s life. That’s what would happen during an apocalypse of any kind.” I call bullshit. Am I really supposed to believe that if the shit hits the fan, women can’t or won’t be able to pull themselves together and not only survive but take leadership roles. Obviously that’s ludicrous.

With Robert Kirkman reinforcing the notion that sexism builds the foundation of the series, my hope that The Walking Dead will improve regarding its depiction of women, race and gender has shattered. So I’ll stop hoping it will get better and just keep on hate-watching it.







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Just because Pepper donned the Iron Man suit for like two minutes, INDOMETACIN from canadian pharmacy, doesn't mean she isn't a "damsel in distress." She still is for a majority of the film. Archvillian Aldrich Killian kidnaps Pepper and ties her up, using her as bait to lure Tony and blackmail him, INDOMETACIN FOR SALE. Yep, that sounds like a passive damsel to me.

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It’s a strange juxtaposition between "she’s perfect the way she is" and "I’ll fix you, INDOMETACIN without prescription," especially in proximity to one another. This dialogue could have easily been altered to show Pepper’s agency -- that either she wanted to keep the virus and harness the superpower or have it removed. INDOMETACIN FOR SALE, We could have seen things from her perspective. But instead, INDOMETACIN samples, it’s all to convey how Tony is decisive and protective of his woman and how he’s grown emotionally.

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Pepper isn’t an empowered, self-actualized character in Iron Man 3. Instead she’s used as an object for the two dudes to fight over, INDOMETACIN FOR SALE. She’s used to show that Killian is a villain who never really loved her while she’s used as an incentive for Tony to fight and to realize what truly matters in life. Tony and Killian battle it out with Pepper as a trophy to the victor, buy INDOMETACIN no prescription, aka the better dude.

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If the film really played with the conventions of a "damsel in distress," rather than playing out every other superhero trope, Pepper wouldn’t have been kidnapped or if she had, she would have saved herself, rather than needing Tony’s rescue, australia, uk, us, usa. At the film’s climax, we do see Pepper, injected with the Extremis virus, Order INDOMETACIN from United States pharmacy, kick ass and save Tony. Oh and of course she does it in a skimpier, sexy outfit, INDOMETACIN FOR SALE. So even in the shadow of empowerment, Pepper must be anchored as a sex object, intertwining power and sexuality. Again, INDOMETACIN mg, it isn't about Pepper's growth and development. It's about how Tony sees her.

While she acknowledges it “isn’t perfect on gender issues, INDOMETACIN treatment, ” Alyssa Rosenberg posits that Iron Man 3’s “progressive gender play is noteworthy when you consider the kinds of roles actresses in superhero movies usually get stuck with.” But no, no it’s not progressive. INDOMETACIN FOR SALE, Did we watch the same movie. Having women scientists and women CEOs in your film, while a good start, isn’t smashing gender stereotypes if you ultimately reinforce the same old tired gender tropes and clichés, INDOMETACIN no prescription. It isn’t actually showcasing powerful women if you continually undercut women’s agency.

While action sequences are enjoyable, fighting is probably not what audiences find empowering. Ordering INDOMETACIN online, It's characters' decisiveness, assertiveness, ingenuity, struggle to survive -- all of which can be conveyed through a visual manifestation of action sequences.

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The problem with the Damsel in Distress trope is that it strips women of their power and insinuates that women need men to rescue or save them. And yet again it places the focus on men, reinforcing the notion that society revolves around men, not women.

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Ladies, you’re not broken, incomplete, unfeminine or any other nonsensical bullshit if you choose not to have children. Whatever you decide, whatever is right for you…well, that’s just fabulous. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

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As of 2010, “family films exhibited a gender disparity as only 29% of speaking roles belonged to female characters in the top grossing films within the past few years.” Superhero films (Spiderman, Iron Man, Batman, The Avengers aside from Black Widow), and swashbuckling adventures (Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars) -- all with huge audiences of children -- also feature male protagonists, TRAMADOL FOR SALE. Most movies for kids are just sexism in training.

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TRAMADOL FOR SALE, In too many films for both children and adults, female characters’ fall into tropes of damsels in distress, femme fatales, and manic pixie dream girls. Their stories often revolve around men, just like in Oz. The women talk about men. They wax about finding love. They yearn to be rescued, looking to men to fix their lives.


With the pervasive lack of female protagonists, media implies that girls and women don’t matter. It teaches girls they should serve as supporting roles in real life, rather than lead themselves. In a film with three powerful sorceresses, the message shouldn't be that a "good man" can save us all.


So no, we don’t need any more films, fairy-tale or otherwise, revolving around men.

 

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Writer Katey Rich said she was fascinated how Maya’s “femininity is never talked about out loud, NOLVADEX coupon, but influences everything she does and the way her colleagues react to her.” All of the male colleagues and superiors refer to her as the infantilizing term “girl” rather than “woman.” Yet Maya engenders enormous respect from her colleagues and superiors. Two times in the film, a superior asks one of Maya’s colleagues if she’s up for the job. In each instance, she’s described as “a killer” and “intelligent,” although James Gandolfini as the CIA Director dismisses that assertion by saying, “We’re all intelligent.” A Navy SEAL trusts Maya’s judgment on bin Laden’s location because of her unwavering confidence.


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Many have raised the question whether Zero Dark Thirty excuses or glorifies or endorses torture while others have refuted these claims, arguing it depicts but doesn’t defend torture or is ambiguous in its stance. Some of the same people who didn’t give two shits about torture and halting human rights atrocities in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo -- including Senator John McCain, NOLVADEX gel, ointment, cream, pill, spray, continuous-release, extended-release, himself a torture survivor with a “spotty record on torture” as he speaks out against torture yet votes in favor of it -- are the same vocalizing outrage over Zero Dark Thirty.


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Torture does not yield accurate information. Yet Dan repeatedly says to Ammar, NOLVADEX natural, “You lie, I hurt you.” When Ammar begs Maya for help, she tells him, “You can help yourself by telling the truth.” Not only does it subvert our gendered assumptions that she would be sympathetic to him. It puts the onus on the tortured detainees, NOLVADEX australia, uk, us, usa, not on the racist atrocities committed by government officials.


Jessica Chastain as Maya and Christopher Stanley as Admiral Bill McCraven in 'Zero Dark Thirty'


But Zero Dark Thirty also shows the inefficacy of torture. When Ammar is put into the box, he lies that he doesn’t know if there will be another attack. Cheap NOLVADEX, And yet we quickly see an attack in Saudi Arabia. We see CIA analysts uncovering intelligence without torture, NOLVADEX OVER THE COUNTER. After Ammar has been abused, demoralized and dehumanized repeatedly for months (years?), Maya and Dan eventually treat him with a modicum of decency and respect. Only then does he finally provide accurate and vital information.


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But Zero Dark Thirty also portrays characters who repeatedly say that they can’t do their job without torture -- or as they put it “enhanced interrogation techniques” -- even after finding leads without torture and even after torture fails to stop terrorist attacks, NOLVADEX description, which undercuts the message that torture is ineffective and reprehensible. NOLVADEX OVER THE COUNTER, It frames torture more as a Machiavellian means to an end: it’s not pleasant but still kinda necessary. But maybe that’s the point -- to showcase the traditional thinking of the CIA in how to obtain intelligence, even when everything points in the opposite direction.While it certainly doesn’t condone torture, sadly Zero Dark Thirty doesn’t outright condemn human rights atrocities either.


It is this back and forth, this ambiguous juxtaposition of narratives and views that makes it difficult to analyze and open to interpretation, buy NOLVADEX online no prescription. Zero Dark Thirty has been called a “reverse Rohrsach test” where everyone will see in it “something they would rather not see, but no one can agree on what's wrong.” Take the opening: some will see it as inciting fear and terror while others (aka me) will see it as transporting us back to that time, reminding us why we as a nation reacted – right or wrong – the way we did. NOLVADEX steet value, Bigelow herself said “there's certainly a moral complexity to that 10-year hunt” for bin Laden. Bigelow and Boal didn’t spell everything out for us and “didn’t spoon-feed their opinions to the audience in a way that made for easy digestion.” They expect us to complete the puzzle for ourselves.


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The last image we see is Maya, alone shedding silent tears. She allows herself a much-needed emotional release. While she should be satisfied at the culmination of her life’s work, pain tinges this moment. Lost and forlorn, she doesn’t know where to go next.


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Putin’s Kiss
Director: Lise Birk Pedersen
Run Time: 85 minutes
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Women Aren’t Funny 
Director: Bonnie McFarlane
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WONDER WOMEN. The Untold Story of American Superheroines 
Director: Kristy Guevera-Flanagan
Run Time: 62 minutes
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Tracing the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman and superheroines in film from the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN!examines how popular representations of women reflect society’s anxieties about women’s power and liberation. Goes behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, comic writers and artists, and real life superheroines as well.


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A Hollywood Conversation with Gale Anne Hurd

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In Her Voice is the first book to ever take the words and experiences of celebrated women film directors and put their voices front and center. This unique volume of interviews presents more than 40 feature and documentary directors from around the world including Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone), Courtney Hunt (Frozen River), Callie Khouri (Mad Money), Sally Potter (Rage), Lone Scherfig (An Education) and Lynn Shelton (Humpday).

Sundance Institute Presents: Women Directors in Independent Film

The Sundance Institute has partnered with Women and Film to examine the submissions and selections for the Sundance Film Festival and for Sundance Institute Feature Film and Documentary Film Programs to determine whether gender makes a difference. After examining data from multiple years, the research identifies systemic obstacles that hinder women directors at key stages in their independent film careers. The research was released at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Keri Putnam, Executive Director of the Sundance Institute will participate in the discussion.

 

 

 

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