Supporting women and feminist filmmakers.
agnesfilms.com is named in honor of Agnès Varda, the French filmmaker who has been making women-centered fiction films and documentaries for over 50 years. Varda, in spite of the high quality of her work, remains an obscure figure to mainstream audiences around the world. This is not surprising, since the film industry is not always supportive of women who want to work behind—as opposed to in front of—the camera. According to the 2013 Celluloid Ceiling report, women comprised only 16% of directors, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors in the 250 top-grossing films. This represents a 1% decrease from 1998, when Dr. Martha Lauzen began keeping track of women’s presence in film.
In an effort to provide support to emerging and established women filmmakers, our site aims to do the following:
• Foster a community of women filmmakers, scholars, instructors who teach film and filmmaking, and film lovers who support each other. We hope to be joined by men who are interested in films made by women, as well as male filmmakers, scholars, and filmmaking/film instructors. Our aim is for our community to be diverse in terms of race, class, and sexual orientation.
• Shed light on the work of talented and committed women filmmakers working today, who, like Varda, don’t have the visibility they merit. We do this in the form of reviews of films made by women, and less often films by men featuring prominent female roles. We also have interviews with women filmmakers and through our featured member section we share narratives of the experiences women undergo as they stand behind the camera. We also discuss the history of women and feminist filmmakers through our critical analyses of past and current films.
• Help women not trained in cinematic techniques be able to tell stories in this powerful medium.
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