Passes are on sale now for the Citizen Jane Film Festival on the Stephens College campus Oct. 4-6.
In its sixth year, the festival aims to spotlight films made by women. Aarik Danielsen of the Tribune has a great break-down of the films that will be screened this year; you can check that out here.
So why do we need a film festival dedicated to female filmmakers?
Glad you asked. Spoiler alert: It’s depressing.
The numbers are dire. In the history of cinema, one woman has won best director. One. The number of top 100 grossing films of all time directed by women? Two. Women are so underrepresented in the film industry, it’s almost criminal.
The good news is it hasn’t always been that way–after all, the first narrative filmmaker was female. The bad news is, no one remembers.
I’ve been reading a lot lately about Alice Guy- Blaché, whom, of course, I’d never heard of until the ladies operating the Citizen Jane Film Festival blog introduced me to her. Guy-Blaché was the first female director and is believed to have been the first to create a narrative film. Ever.
She wrote, directed or produced more than 1,000 films during her 20-year career, but most were lost over the years. Then, she was basically written out of the film history books and forgotten. Fortunately, a group is reviving her story in a documentary. You can read more about that project and Guy-Blaché’s amazing story here.
So, yes. Unfortunately in 2013 we still need a film festival dedicated to showcasing the works of female filmmakers. Fortunately, Stephens is filling the void. Check out the CJFF website and reserve your passes today.