It’s that time of year again, kids! Just a friendly reminder that The Oscars are not the end-all-be-all of good films, k?
I joined in a great twitter discussion yesterday on the topic of Women at the Oscars hosted by Women’s Media Center, Bitch Flicks, and Melissa Silverstein from Indiewire. A great little roundup of the convo is here. (I’m the first tweet!)
This is just a tiny piece of the issue I’ve been wrestling with for well over a year now. Underrepresentation in media, not just for women, but for POC and LGBT populations as well (and all the places these intersect), is the #1 thing I find myself wanting to fight for.
I’m not ready to dive into my manifesto yet, but here are a few bits to chew on since it’s Oscar season…
Women make up 51% of the US population and purchase 50% of movie tickets.
Only one woman (and only one person of color) have ever won the award for Best Director.
Women directed 5% of the top grossing films of 2011.
But here’s the thing, having women in front of or behind the camera has no effect on box office gross. Only budget does.
I think it’s easy for film-people to say, “The Oscars don’t even really matter. It’s all politics.” Well, that’s nice that you know that, but to most of our culture, that awards show IS film. This season is the time of the year when a lot of people make an effort to see “real film” in theaters.
I’m not saying the films featured at the Oscars are bad, nor that the people who made them are not good filmmakers. (Although, do we really need to give Spielberg a nod every time he farts out an epic? Sorry, sorry. /snark.) But we NEED more representation in front of and behind the camera. Why? Why does this even matter? Why can’t we just see films as stories, no matter who is in them or making them?
Well that is a whole ‘nother enormous issue that I will write about at length later.
Working on: everything!
Last weekend, my job had me on the east side of the state for a few days for the Pure Michigan 400 Nascar race. It was… an eye-opening experience. (I have extensive insights that I will share with you if you so desire.)
In addition, some friends of mine are shooting a feature-length film in town and asked me to shoot behind the scenes video. It’s been a blast. I’ve missed being on film sets.
I’m getting dangerously close to burnout, though. Between my job and BTS shooting, I’ve worked about 70 hours in the past week. Woof.
After five years of commuting over an hour to a job that was really not the greatest, my dad got a job that is right in Kalamazoo and just plain perfect for him. Hallelujah.
My sister had another baby! Little Esme Jane. I just call her Ezzie J. That’s what cool aunts do, right?
Going to see said sister and her family in New York City! I bought tickets yesterday to fly out in October. My brother-in-law also suggested that we go to NY Comic Con while I’m there, which I am ridiculously excited about. It’ll be my first. Plus, Central Park in the Fall, duh.
Also, in two weeks, I’ll be getting my first tattoo. I already met with the artist and put a deposit down. Life changes, I tell ya.
Three words: Friday. Night. Lights.
Tim Riggins! Matt Saracen! Landry Clark! Oh my goodness, I have fallen in love with these characters and all the rest. I’m almost finished with season three.
Perfect for both getting work done and driving which is most of what I’ve been doing lately. Focused. Intense. Also a little nostalgic. <3
borrowed stole my folks’ old Pentax K1000 35mm camera. I’ve snapped three rolls of film so far this year, two Fuji 400 and one Kodak 200.
I know it’s sort of becoming a cliché, but there really is something wonderful about shooting film. Not knowing exactly what you just shot, having to wait for the development (a whole hour, heaven forbid), seeing the photos first as prints in your hands.
Analog, man. The imperfection is key.
So I thought I’d spend a few posts sharing my exploits. First up: portraits.
[Top to bottom: Derik at Yesterdog, Fuji 400 // Sara, Fuji 400 // Kevin, Fuji 400 // Annie at One Stop Coney, Kodak 200 // Craig playing with fire, Fuji 400 // Batman cuddles, Fuji 400]
too late for any more film suggestions. Already finished the calendar.
Here’s a link if you’re interested: Lent Calendar 2011.
Feel free to pull any ideas from it that you want. Or let me know if you’d like to partake in any of them with me, ie: film watching, meal eating, etc. Especially The Last Temptation of Christ. I watched it last year right before Easter and it was a great experience. Hoping to find some people to share it with this year.
I am actually pretty excited about this.
A Prayer for Owen Meany (I’ll be finishing this soon, and I have the feeling that it will have a large impact on my experience of lent this year.)
I’ll be jumping between a few prayer/devotional books.
Common Prayer: a liturgy or ordinary radicals.
Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter (featuring Chesterton, Lewis, Bonhoeffer, L’Engel, etc.)
The Divine Hours: Prayers for Springtime by Phyllis Tickle.
Oh yeah, will probably pick up Love Wins at some point if I want to be part of any conversations anyone is having after March 15th. ;)
One more disclaimer:
I will fail at this. This is not a “look at how awesome I am” attempt. I found very little resources online for creative Lenten practices, so I guess I just wanted to throw these out there.
But I will fail. I will skip days. and I will feel guilty. and I will feel worthless and stupid and unspiritual. But that’s kind of the point anyway. Lent is a terrifying season of darkness and exploration. But Sunday’s coming.