“As a male director, if your first movie out of the gate is not very good, you’re definitely going to get a second movie and a third movie — now you have a reel,” the actress says. “If you’re a woman and you direct your first movie and it’s not very good, it’s terrifying because you might not work again, and we don’t get that second, third, fourth, and fifth chance to make it right. [Studios are] not plucking women from Sundance and saying, ‘Hey, direct Jurassic [World].”
A DGA diversity study, released this past December, showed that of the 347 feature films released in the U.S. between 2013 and 2014, only 6.4 percent were directed by women — 5.1 percent caucasian females and 1.3 percent minority females
Reese also mentions that “there’s a lack of opportunity at a very ground level — interns, getting girls from different walks of life to tell their stories, to write their stories”
Eva Longoria emphasizes the importance of creating more opportunities for young women to build a foundation in the entertainment industry from the bottom to the top.
Witherspoon and Longoria have founded companies focused on producing stories by and about women; Witherspoon’s Pacific Standard backed 2014’s Wild. Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment is currently producing her comeback television series, NBC’s Telenovela.
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Have you seen any movie directed, written and/or produced by women recently, ontd?