Women’s Equality Day: The Introduction Aug26

Women’s Equality Day: The Introduction

In 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The observance of Women’s Equality Day commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment that allowed women to finally vote and calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward complete equality. We here at Audiences Everywhere are lucky to work with a group of talented, empathetic, thoughtful, and endlessly supportive men and women. Part of what makes this site special is the way that we are always striving to be better, to expand our thinking, to further understand and appreciate the art form that is filmmaking, and to make the film world a more equal and...

Netflix Hidden Gems: Female Directors (And Creators) Edition: Part Two Aug26

Netflix Hidden Gems: Female Directors (And Creator...

Happy Women’s Equality Day, and welcome to part two of a feminist little feature that holds a special place in my heart. (Check out part one here.) As a women living and working in the film industry in Los Angeles, it’s clear to me every day that even in our more progressive era, women still have a major problem in film. According to a study conducted in 2014 by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, 85% of films made in 2014 had no female directors, 80% had no female writers, 33% had no female producers, 78% had no female editors, and 92% had no female cinematographers. Today, in...

The Violence of Grief and Coping Aug26

The Violence of Grief and Coping

‘Yes! Very funny this terrible thing is. A man that is born falls into a dream like a man who falls into the sea. If he tries to climb out into the air as inexperienced people endeavour to do, he drowns […] The way is to the destructive element submit yourself, and with the exertions of your hands and feet in the water make the deep, deep sea keep you up. ‘ -Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim If the simplest, conventional definition of an antihero is “one who lacks most, if not all, of the attributes of the hero,” then seasons 34 through 36 of my life explored a story arc rich in complicated motives, episodic freakouts and...

Bad Moms and the Fiction of Motherhood Aug26

Bad Moms and the Fiction of Motherhood

As I broach the subject of parenthood – well, as I continue to be badgered by others about when (not if) I’m going to have children – I’m trying to wrap my mind around how I’m going to do that, how I’m going to do it all. It occurs to me that maybe I don’t have to do it all, but it also occurs to me that I don’t see a mom not doing it all. I want a wildly successful career, a home in a rather expensive city, and a happy, engaged marriage—all things that will require effort and time on my part. I also want me time and time to binge watch every TV show I find mildly interesting, if I’m being honest. Just kidding. I don’t even have time for...

5 Female Superheroes Who Don’t Need Capes Aug26

5 Female Superheroes Who Don’t Need Capes

With the dominance of DC and Marvel exert over blockbuster season growing as formidable as ever while each powerhouse grows its respective expanded universe, much discussion surrounds the presence and characterization of the select few female superheroes in these franchises. With a Black Widow film in high demand and a Wonder Woman movie in the way, ground is just now being broken on female equality in the comic film universe. However, we have no shortage of female characters in film who have been nothing short of heroes, and they have proven themselves to be ‘super’ all on their own merit as women, with super powers such as...

The 11 Scariest Women in Film and Television Aug26

The 11 Scariest Women in Film and Television

Horror is arguably the most subjective and personal genre. While it has been lambasted in former eras for being misogynistic, there are currently many very talented women who contribute enormously to the genre, and they deserve to be celebrated. As a horror fan, it just made sense that to celebrate Women’s Equality Day I’d bring you 11 terrifying women in film. No matter her role, these artists prove they can bring out the terror you crave, so be prepared to get inspired…to death!   LYNN LOWRY At age 68, Lynn Lowry is still killing it. I had the pleasure of meeting her at this year’s Northwest Horror Show where she gave a...

Review: Iron Jawed Angels Aug26

Review: Iron Jawed Angels

Overview: Alice Paul (Hilary Swank) and Lucy Burns (Frances O’Connor) start the National Woman’s Party (NWP) after a falling out with the National American Woman’s Suffrage Association (NAWSA) over their approach to lobbying for a constitutional amendment guaranteeing female citizens the right to vote. HBO; 2004; 125 minutes. “Simply, women were not viewed as an integral part of the historical record.” – Judith P. Zinsser: It’s incumbent upon the citizens of any free nation to understand and perpetuate the stories of those people that made them free, and so we, in the United States, see film after film about the American Revolution,...

Why I Think Ghostbusters Is 2016’s Most Impo...

Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters finally hit theaters, and the reaction has been, well, mixed… to say the least. A wave of criticism of the all female reboot has clouded discussion in the months leading up to the film’s release, allowing a slew of sexist insults targeted at the cast and creators, the most racist and vile of which temporarily chased Leslie Jones off Twitter last week after the movie’s debut. Although Ghostbusters has been faced with an uphill battle for inane reasons, we can’t afford to allow the hate to have a louder voice than the love for the release of a film that showcases that women are finally...

Where Are All the Female Movie Critics?

Since clueless adults only seem to ask children, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I got that answer down and down fast. Veterinarian, duh. It’s the obligatory career desire of every young girl, and I was going to be no exception. Quickly, though, that answer morphed into trauma surgeon, mostly fueled by my favorite childhood program, Trauma: Life in the ER, a show I insisted watching while eating dinner much to my parents’ disgust. Not to spoil the ending, but in keeping with my childhood passions, naturally I chose to be an English teacher. But somewhere in between my fixation on all things surgery and...

Let’s Look at Gender in Children’s Programming, Shall We? Aug26

Let’s Look at Gender in Children’s Pro...

Lately, Hollywood has been making more than a cursory effort to not only include women and girls in movies meant for children but give them leading roles, and producers of children’s television have frequently made the conscious decision to feature girls and minorities instead of white boys or male anthropomorphic animals. Now, we have Dora the Explorer, Ni Hao, Kai Lan, and Frozen. Go ahead and pat yourself on the back. The amount of attention movies and shows like this get purely for featuring a female lead or two seems to me to say, “Look! We have one or two options for girls! Our work here is done. We have satisfied our diversity...

Netflix Hidden Gems: Female Directors Edition

In our regular Netflix Hidden Gems feature, we focus on one movie and discuss it in great detail. Today, in honor of Women’s Equality Day and in an effort to highlight female directors on Netflix, I’m going to do something a little different. In this list, I won’t go into too much detail about each film, but I’ll do my best to help you find a large selection of great films of every genre directed by women and streaming on Netflix right now. Women have a problem in film. According to a detailed study from 2012, women comprised just 18 percent of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on...

The Evolution and Importance of Horror Movie Final Girls Aug26

The Evolution and Importance of Horror Movie Final...

In certain ways and for fairly superficial reasons, horror is often seen as a masculine genre. That notion is not only outdated–it’s downright preposterous. Women can and do not only enjoy horror movies just as much, if not more, than their male counterparts, but they’re also an integral component of horror movie history in more ways than one. In various horror subgenres throughout movie history, women have been objectified and massacred brutally. There’s no way to write off this fact and certainly no easy solution to unraveling sex and violence after years of being dangerously entwined with one another in this...

No One Loves Chili Dogs That Much: Amazing Amy and the Cool Girl Aug26

No One Loves Chili Dogs That Much: Amazing Amy and...

I’ve been unabashedly fascinated by the character of Amy Dunne since I devoured Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl on a Florida beach in the summer of 2012.  Since then, I’ve been met with a mixed reaction from those who have guffawed and ranted by the possibility that I could be in awe of a sociopathic, psychotic murderer.  Most of these reactions have been from either men or those who watched Fincher’s movie and never read the book.  It’s likely these aforementioned men read my “All hail Amy Dunne” tweets, saw a tall, thin, blonde in my profile photo, and immediately hit the unfollow button.  I’m not...